I have been a mid-level video gamer for years (if you’re playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, look for the intimidating handle “omgjellybeans” and you’ve found me), and I have barely heard from my gamer friends since the release of the much-anticipated Grand Theft Auto V last Tuesday.
Based in Los Angeles, the “Los Santos” video game caused lines around the block at game stores and broke several records, the most notable of which was earning the title of fastest selling entertainment product in history. While the game itself has its pros and cons, there is one point most gamers can agree on in regards to the fifteenth installment of the Rockstar Game series: the music is the perfect complement to the exciting, gritty game play.
The Music of Grand Theft Auto V is a trio of distinct albums used and inspired by the game.
Volume 1: Original Music is a collection of brand new music from a wide array of artists including Wavves, Twin Shadow, and Tyler, The Creator, along with The Chain Gang of 1974’s “Sleepwalking,” which was featured in the game’s official trailer.
GTAV is the first entry in the series to include an original score, which is featured in Volume 2: The Score. The score is completely responsive to the player’s actions within both missions and open world gameplay and was created by producers and composers such as vanguard German electronic band Tangerine Dream and Woody Jackson (Rockstar games such as Red Dead Redemption and L.A. Noire).
Volume 3: The Soundtrack is the biggest and most ambitious soundtrack in the history of the series and contains select songs from across the game’s unique in-game radio stations.
The music of GTAV is incredibly diverse, ranging from rap to electronic to beach indie, so check out my playlist below for the perfect soundtrack to car jackings, jewelry store robberies, drug deals, and assassinations!
Grand Theft Auto V Playlist:
1. Oh No – “Los Santos”
2. BJ The Chicago Kid feat Freddie Gibbs & Problem – “Smoke and Ride”
3. Twin Shadow – “Old Love / New Love”
4. Wavves – “Nine Is God”
5. Tyler, The Creator – “Garbage”
6. A$AP Rocky – “R Cali”
7. Yeasayer – “Don’t Come Close”
8. Marion Band$ feat. Nipsey Hussle – “Hold Up”
9. 100s – “Life Of A Mack”
10. The Setup – “Favored Nations”