Since its inception in 1997, Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto has made a name for itself among hardcore and casual gamers alike for its compelling (and often controversial) cocktail of meticulously-realised game worlds, bloody gun battles and car-jacking. Apart from that though, the multi-million selling crime juggernaut also boasts a brilliant soundtrack. Over the years, the series has included thumping beats from some of the biggest artists of the 80s, 90s and 00s, as well as injecting a spot of humorous ditties to boot. If you’re anything like us, then no doubt you’ve cruised GTA’s highways bobbing your head to the roaring guitar of Yes’s ‘Owner of a Lonely Heart’ or perhaps mowed down a few unsuspecting civvies to Slumpussy’s ‘This Life’ – admit it, we know you have.
With GTA fever having shifted up a gear as anticipation builds for the upcoming GTA V, PSU.com decided to extol the series’ finest selection of music stations, dating all the way back to the days of the top-down original.
Check out our picks below.
(Please note that while we’ve tried to include the full radio stations in each clip, this wasn’t always possible, so we’ve had to use individual songs and/or a 'best of' version of the station to represent them).
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GTA 1 – N-CT FM (Hip hop/rap)
GTA 1 – It’s Unleashed FM (Alternative/Hard Rock)
GTA 2 – Head Radio (Rock/Pop) GTA 2 – Futuro FM (Dance/Jazz-oriented pop/Jazz)
GTA 3 – Chatterbox FM (chatshow – Okay, so this isn’t a music station, but Lazlo – ‘nuff said!)
GTA 3 – Flashback 95.6 FM (1980s) GTA 3 – Game Radio FM (Underground hip-hop, East Coast hip-hop) GTA: Vice City – V-Rock (Heavy Metal, hard rock, thrash metal, glam metal) GTA: Vice City – Flash FM (Pop, Rock)
GTA: San Andreas – Radio X (Alternative rock/metal, Grunge, Heavy Metal, Hard Rock)
GTA: San Andreas – K-DST “The Dust” (Classic Rock)
GTA: San Andreas – Radio Los Santos (West Coast hip-hop, Gangsta rap)
GTA IV – Liberty Rock Radio 97.8 (Classic Rock, Hard Rock, Punk Rock, etc.)
GTA IV – The Beat 102.7 (Hip Hop, Gangsta Rap, R&B)
GTA IV – The Journey (Ambiet/Chillout/New Age)
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories - V-Rock (Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, Glam Metal)
Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories - Lips 106 (Pop)