Music in GTA V

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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

Original Soundtrack

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.

No. Title Length
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
6 The Grip 3:10
7 Mr. Trevor Philips 4:25
8 A Bit of an Awkward Situation 4:42
9 No Happy Endings 5:19
10 His Mentor 1:27
11 (Sounds Kind of) Fruity 4:44
12 Minor Turbulence 4:33
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
17 Fresh Meat 4:03
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.

Next-Gen Updates

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.

Radio Stations

Logo Radio Station Hosts Genres
Blaine County Talk Radio Blaine County Talk Radio Programme-specific Right-wing talk radio
Channel X Channel X Keith Morris Punk (punk rock, hardcore punk)
East Los FM East Los FM Don Cheto & Camilo Lara Latin American music
FlyLo FM FlyLo FM Flying Lotus Electronic (electronica, IDM)
Hip hop (alternative hip hop)
Los Santos Rock Radio Los Santos Rock Radio Kenny Loggins Rock (pop rock, hard rock, soft rock)
Non Stop Pop FM Non Stop Pop FM Cara Delevingne Pop (dance-pop, synthpop)
House (nu-disco)
R&B (contemporary R&B)
Radio Los Santos Radio Los Santos Big Boy Hip hop/rap
Radio Mirror Park Radio Mirror Park Twin Shadow Pop (synthpop, indie pop)
Electronic (chillwave, indietronica)
Rebel Radio Rebel Radio Jesco White Country (outlaw country)
Rock (Southern rock, rockabilly)
Soulwax FM Soulwax FM Soulwax House (dance-punk, deep house, fidget house)
Space 103.2 Space 103.2 Bootsy Collins Funk (post-disco, P-Funk)
R&B (contemporary R&B)
The Blue Ark The Blue Ark Lee "Scratch" Perry Reggae (dub, dancehall)
The Low Down 91.1 The Low Down 91.1 Mama G Soul
Vinewood Boulevard Radio Vinewood Boulevard Radio Nate & Steve Alternative rock (garage rock, post-punk revival, punk rock)
WCTR 95.6 WCTR 95.6 Programme-specific Left-wing talk radio
West Coast Classics West Coast Classics DJ Pooh Hip hop/rap (West Coast hip hop, gangsta rap, golden age hip hop)
Worldwide FM Worldwide FM Gilles Peterson House (deep house)
Jazz (jazz fusion)

In-universe bands

Logos of the new bands appearing in GTA V.

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.

Nightride FM

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.