In Grand Theft Auto V, instead of just having radio stations, many missions are scored, with specific music tracks played at specific moments in order to build atmosphere and tension. However, radio stations continue to exist.
We though could do something interesting if we scored missions in GTA. Obviously we didn't want to lose radio stations, so we thought we'd do both. Exactly how we're going to balance between the two we're not entirely sure yet – we're still trying to figure that out. But we have some very cool people doing the score, different people, who will work in the same stem-based system that we used in the other games".
Dan Houser in The Guardian
The original soundtrack in GTA V was composed by the electronic group Tangerine Dream, the composer Woody Jackson, and the rappers and producers The Alchemist and Oh No, and was then mixed by DJ Shadow.
GTA V is the first game in the series that features a dynamic score, adapting to the player's progress and situation in-game. Max Payne 3, Rockstar's last major release before GTA V, already used the same system, where every track is decomposed in several different parts that are live-mixed by the computer in-game in order to reflect the player's advancement.
The original soundtrack was commercially released as part two of The Music of Grand Theft Auto V, while part one and three mostly contained songs heard on the radio stations.
|1||We Were Set Up||3:31|
|2||A Legitimate Businessman||2:57|
|3||A Haze of Patriotic Fervor||5:30|
|4||Los Santos at Night||1:43|
|5||North Yankton Memories||4:02|
|7||Mr. Trevor Philips||4:25|
|8||A Bit of an Awkward Situation||4:42|
|9||No Happy Endings||5:19|
|11||(Sounds Kind of) Fruity||4:44|
|13||Chop the Dog||4:11|
|14||A Lonely Man||3:32|
|15||You Forget a Thousand Things||3:36|
|16||Impotent Rage/Am I Being Clear Now?||2:08|
|18||Therapy and Other Hobbies||0:57|
|19||Rich Man's Plaything||4:07|
|20||The Agency Heist||3:22|
|21||Hillbilly Crank Dealers' Blues||5:19|
|22||Welcome to Los Santos (Outro)||1:11|
The main theme, Welcome to Los Santos, was composed by Oh No.
The Next-Gen version of the game updates 13 stations with new content, including 150 new songs. The new content will play alongside the old, and is exclusive to the new versions.
|Blaine County Talk Radio||Programme-specific||Right-wing talk radio|
|Channel X||Keith Morris||Punk (punk rock, hardcore punk)|
|East Los FM||Don Cheto & Camilo Lara||Latin American music|
|FlyLo FM||Flying Lotus||Electronic (electronica, IDM)|
Hip hop (alternative hip hop)
|Los Santos Rock Radio||Kenny Loggins||Rock (pop rock, hard rock, soft rock)|
|Non Stop Pop FM||Cara Delevingne||Pop (dance-pop, synthpop)|
R&B (contemporary R&B)
|Radio Los Santos||Big Boy||Hip hop/rap|
|Radio Mirror Park||Twin Shadow||Pop (synthpop, indie pop)|
Electronic (chillwave, indietronica)
|Rebel Radio||Jesco White||Country (outlaw country)|
Rock (Southern rock, rockabilly)
|Soulwax FM||Soulwax||House (dance-punk, deep house, fidget house)|
|Space 103.2||Bootsy Collins||Funk (post-disco, P-Funk)|
R&B (contemporary R&B)
|The Blue Ark||Lee "Scratch" Perry||Reggae (dub, dancehall)|
|The Low Down 91.1||Mama G||Soul|
|Vinewood Boulevard Radio||Nate & Steve||Alternative rock (garage rock, post-punk revival, punk rock)|
|WCTR 95.6||Programme-specific||Left-wing talk radio|
|West Coast Classics||DJ Pooh||Hip hop/rap (West Coast hip hop, gangsta rap, golden age hip hop)|
|Worldwide FM||Gilles Peterson||House (deep house)|
Jazz (jazz fusion)
The band Love Fist from the GTA III Era make a return. One Strangers and Freaks mission has Trevor Philips betting up the bassist Willie to get a "souvenir" for Nigel and Mrs. Thornhill, an eccentric, elderly English couple who collect celebrities' personal items. On the reality talent show Fame or Shame, contestant William Angio sings a power ballad from Jezz Torrent's solo career. Several new bands are also mentioned in GTA V, including Barbeque Spaceflight, Sorry Commode, Softly Softly Catchy Monkey, Anguished Cornhole, and Fatal Incursion; however, none of these bands make a physical appearance within in the game nor do any of their songs appear on the game's soundtrack.
In early 2012, Kavinsky revealed that he was going to be the host of a radio station in GTA V called Nightride FM. However, there have been no news about that station whatsoever since then.