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Ranking The Radio Stations In GTA V

There are a whopping FIFTEEN (15) radio stations in the newest installment of Grand Theft Auto (which set a record for first day sales). The radio is of great importance to the experience one has while playing Grand Theft Auto, and if you have ever played any game of the series (GTA 3 and onward at least) you know what I’m talking about.  I still think that Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas had the best radio (and story); I have yet to play a second of GTA V – sad I know.

Brief quote told to Rolling Stone from soundtrack supervisor Ivan Pavlovich:

“15 [music]radio stations, two talk radio stations, 240 licensed songs, and somewhere in the proximity of 20 movies worth of score. It’s the largest soundtrack that we’ve done, and the largest score that we’ve done.”

That insane, but adds to the absolute brilliance and hardwork Rockstar put into this video game; or should I say work of art?

Anyhow, here’s the radio stations and the music they play in the order of worst to best (15 – 1[in my opinion – obviously]). The talk show stations will not be included in the rankings, but rather added in at the end of the rankings – they are not a part of the ranking. Some stations are not yet available in game (I will label those that are not yet available), but are included in the rankings.

I do not own the music, nor do I own the images. Rockstar owns the images; each respective artist/band owns the music.

Here we goooooo.

#15 

Just not a big fan of funk. Sorry to all the funk fans reading this.

Just not a big fan of funk. Sorry to all the funk fans reading this.

Space 103.2

80s boogie-funk station
Hosted by: Bootsy Collins

Bootsy Collins – “I’d Rather Be With You”

D-Train – “You’re The One For Me”

Eddie Murphy – “Party All The Time”

Evelyn Champagne King – “I’m In Love” (12″ Version)

Kano – “Can’t Hold Back (Your Lovin’)”

Kleer – “Tonight”

Bernard Wright – “Haboglabotribin'”

One Way – “Cutie Pie”

Rick James – “Give It To Me Baby”

Sho Nuff – “Funkasize You”

Stevie Wonder – “Skeletons”

Taana Gardner – “Heartbeat” (Club Version)

Zapp – “Heartbreaker, Pts. 1-2”

#14

Eh, has a few artists I recognize, but overall their unknown to me. I may come to like this station after hours of playing, though.

Eh, has a few artists I recognize, but overall their unknown to me. I may come to like this station after hours of playing, though.

The Low Down 91.1

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Hosted by: Pam Grier

Aaron Neville – “Hercules”

B.T. Express – “Do It (‘Til You’re Satisfied)”

El Chicano – “Viva Tirado”

Marlena Shaw – “California Soul”

Smokey Robinson – “Cruisin'”

The Five Stairsteps – “O-o-h Child”

The Delfonics – “Ready or Not Here I Come (Can’t Hide from Love)”

The Trammps – “Rubber Band”

Undisputed Truth – “Smiling Faces Sometimes”

George McCrae – “I Get Lifted”

The Soul Searchers – “Ashley’s Roachclip”

War – “The Cisco Kid”

 

#13

Not a terrible grouping, but aside from Mala and inc. I've never heard of the other artists/bands. Could be a sleeper radio station in the end.

Not a terrible grouping, but aside from Mala and inc. I’ve never heard of the other artists/bands. Could be a sleeper radio station in the end.

Worldwide FM

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Hosted by: Giles Peterson

Cashmere Cat – “Mirror Maru”

inc. – “Cold Air”

Trickski – “Cold Air”

Mala – “Ghost”

Swindle – “Forest Funk”

Tom Browne – “Throw Down”

Donald Byrd – “You And The Music”

Candido – “Thousand Finger Man”

Toro Y Moi – “Harm in Change”

Kyodai – “Breaking”

Django Django – “Waveforms”

Gaslamp Killer – “Nissim”

Owiny Sigoma Band – “Harpoon Land”

Guts – “Brand New Revolution”

Yuna – “Live Your Life” (MeLo-X Motherland God Mix)

Kiko Navarro & Tuccillo, Amor – “Lovery” (Slow Cuban Vibe Mix)

Richard Spaven – “1759 (Outro)”

Hackman – “Forgotten Notes”

#12

Only this high in the rankings because of the song 'Disco Devil.'

Only this high in the rankings because of the song ‘Disco Devil.’

The Blue Ark

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Hosted by: Lee “Scratch” Perry

Chronixx – “Odd Ras”

Dennis Brown – “Money in my Pocket”

Gregory Isaacs – “Night Nurse”

Half Pint – “Crazy Girl”

Joe Gibbs & The Professionals – “Chapter Three”

Lee “Scratch” Perry – “I Am A Madman”

Lee “Scratch” Perry – “Disco Devil”

The Upsetters – “Grumblin’ Dub”

Konshens – “Gun Shot A Fire”

Yellowman – “Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt”

Tommy Lee – “Psycho”

Junior Delgado – “Sons of Slaves”

Vybz Kartel & Popcaan – “We Never Fear Dem”

Protoje – “Kingston Be Wise”

#11

Not bad, but not good.

Not bad, but not good.

Vinewood Boulevard Radio

The soundtrack to your broken dreams and unspent potential.
Hosted by: Nathan Williams and Stephen Pope

Wavves – “Nine is God”

Fidlar – “Cocaine”

Bass Drum of Death – “Crawling After You”

Hot Snakes – “This Mystic Decade”

Moon Duo – “Sleepwalker”

Sam Flax – “Fire Doesn’t Burn Itself”

Shark? – “California Grrls”

The Black Angels – “Black Grease”

METZ – “Wet Blanket”

Ceremony – “Hysteria”

Ty Segall – “Diddy Wah Diddy”

The Oh Sees – “The Dreams”

#10

One of the simpler logos, but it works. Also an 'all right' station, several unknowns here, but could get used to it.

One of the simpler logos, but it works. Also an ‘all right’ station, several unknowns here, but could get used to it.

Radio Mirror Park

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Hosted by: Twin Shadow

Battle Tapes – “Feel The Same”

Dan Croll – “From Nowhere” (Baardsen Remix)

DJ Mehdi – “Lucky Boy” (Outlines Remix)

Feathers – “Dark Matter”

Jai Paul – “Jasmine”

Living Days – “Little White Lie”

Miami Horror – “Sometimes”

Tony Castles – “Heart in the Pipes” (Kauf Remix)

Toro Y Moi – “So Many”

Twin Shadow – “Shooting Holes”

Twin Shadow – “Old Love, New Love”

Yacht – “Psychic City” (Classixx Remix)

Black Strobe – “Boogie In Zero Gravity”

Age of Consent – “Colours”

Favored Nations – “The Set Up”

Neon Indian – “Change of Coast”

Nite Jewel – “Nowhere To Go”

Yeasayer – “Don’t Come Close”

The Chain Gang of 1974 – “Sleepwalking”

Poolside – “Do You Believe”

The C90’s – “Shine A Light” (Flight Facilities Remix)

HEALTH – “High Pressure Dave”

#9

I'm not going to understand a word, but who cares? This is electronic music! Party time!

I’m not going to understand a word, but who cares? This is electronic music! Party time!

East Los FM

Mexican electronica mixing corridos and traditional songs with hip hop, rock, and ska.
Hosted by: DJ Camilo & Don Cheto

Los Buitres De Culiacan Sinaloa – “El Cocaino”

Mexican Institute of Sound – “Estoy”

La Vida Boheme – “Radio Capital”

Fandango – “Autos, Moda y Rock and Roll”

Don Cheto – “El Tatuado”

Sonora Dinamita – “Se Me Perdió La Cadenita”

She’s A Tease – “Fiebre de Jack”

Maldita Vecindad – “Pachuco”

Hechizeros Band – “El Sonidito”

Milkman – “Fresco”

Jessy Bulbo – “Maldito”

La Liga Ft. Alika – “Yo Tengo El Don”

Los Tigres Del Norte – “La Granja”

Los Ángeles Negros – “El Rey Y Yo”

#8

I'm glad they included punk in their radio stations, but the choices are... average. Not terrible, but average.

I’m glad they included punk in their radio stations, but the choices are… average. Not terrible, but average.

Channel X

Real Punk. Real West Coast.
Hosted by: Keith Morris

Agent Orange – “Bored of You”

Black Flag – “My War”

Circle Jerks – “Rock House”

Youth Brigade – “Blown Away”

The Germs – “Lexicon Devil”

The Weirdos – “Life of Crime”

Descendents – “Pervert”

T.S.O.L. – “Abolish Government/Silent Majority”

Fear – “The Mouth Don’t Stop (The Trouble with Women Is)”

Adolescents – “Amoeba”

Off! – “What’s Next”

Suicidal Tendencies – “Subliminal”

#7

Now I am a fan of a few artist on this list, but there are several I am not a fan of on this list that brings it down several notches. Still all right.

Now I am a fan of a few artist on this list, but there are several I am not a fan of on this list that brings it down several notches. Still all right.

Radio Los Santos

Blazin’ hip hop across San Andreas for 25 years.
Hosted by: Big Boy

YG – “I’m a Real 1”

100s – “Life of a Mack”

Ab Soul Ft Kendrick Lamar – “Illuminate”

A$AP Rocky feat. Aston Matthews & Joey Fatts – “R-Cali”

Marion Band$ feat. Nipsey Hussle – “Hold Up”

BJ The Chicago Kid feat. Freddie Gibbs & Problem – “Smoke and Ride”

Kendrick Lamar – “A.D.H.D”

Jay Rock feat. Kendrick Lamar – “Hood Gone Love It”

The Game ft 2Chainz & Rick Ross – “Ali Bomaye”

Freddie Gibbs – “Still Livin'”

Future – “How It Was”

Problem ft Glasses Malone – “Say That Then”

Clyde Carson ft The Team – “Slow Down”

Gucci Mane ft Ciara – “Too Hood”

Gangrene – “Bassheads”

 

#6

Not much to say about this listing, but Soulwax has some neato remixes.

Not much to say about this listing, but Soulwax has some neato remixes.

Soulwax FM

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Hosted by: Soulwax

Palmbomen – “Stock” (Soulwax remix)

Fatal Error – “Fatal Error”

Supersempfft – “Let’s Beam Him Up”

Mim Suleiman – “Mingi”

FKCLUB – “The Strange Art” (Inflagranti Remix)

Matias Aguayo – “El Sucu Tucu”

Daniel Avery – “”Naive Reception”

Joe Goddard feat. Valentina – “Gabriel” (Soulwax Remix)

Daniel Maloso – “Bodymusic”

Green Velvet & Harvard Bass – “Lazer Beams”

Zombie Nation – “Tryouts

Tom Rowland (The Chemical Brothers) – “Nothing But Pleasure”

Jackson and his Computer Band – “Arp #1”

Goose – “Synrise” (Soulwax remix)

Transistorcake – “Mr. Croissant Taker”

Tiga – “Plush” (Jacques Lu Cont Remix)

The Hacker – “Shockwave” (Gesaffelstein Remix)

Pulp – “After You” (Soulwax Remix)

#5

Never heard of Flying Lotus, but I dig the few tracks I just played on YouTube. Solid playlist here.

Never heard of Flying Lotus, but I dig the few tracks I just played on YouTube. Solid playlist here.

FlyLo FM

A mix to carry you through the Los Santos freeways at top speed. iGTA5
Hosted by: Flying Lotus

Flying Lotus feat. Niki Randa – “Getting There”

Clams Casino – “Crystals”

Flying Lotus – “Crosswerved”

Flying Lotus – “Be Spin”

Flying Lotus – “See Thru to U”

Flying Lotus – “The Diddler”

Flying Lotus – “Computer Face Rmx”

Hudson Mohawke – “100hm”

Flying Lotus feat. Niki Randa – “The Kill”

Tyler, the Creator – “Garbage”

Outkast – “Elevators (Me & You)”

Captain Murphy – “Evil Grin”

Flying Lotus – “Catapult Man”

Dabrye – “Encoded Flow”

Machinedrum – “She Died There”

DJ Rashad – “It’s Wack”

Thundercat – “Oh Sheit It’s X”

Flying Lotus – “Stonecutters”

Shadow Child – “23”

Kingdom – “Stalker Ha”

Aphex Twin – “Windowlicker”

#4

Admittedly this station is up so high in the rankings because I know most of these songs (sadly?) and it's nice to cruise along and sing songs that you know! (Lame I know.)

Admittedly this station is up so high in the rankings because I know most of these songs (sadly?) and it’s nice to cruise along and sing songs that you know! (Lame I know.)

Non Stop Pop 100.7 FM

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Hosted by: Cara Delevigne

All Saints – “Pure Shores”

Britney Spears – “Gimme More”

Corona – “The Rhythm of the Night”

Modjo – “Lady (Hear Me Tonight)”

Rihanna – “Only Girl (in the World)”

Stardust – “Music Sounds Better with You”

Jane Child – “Don’t Wanna Fall in Love”

Robyn ft. Kleerup – “With Every Heartbeat”

Kelly Rowland – “Work (Freemasons remix)”

Pet Shop Boys – “West End Girls”

Mis-Teeq – “Scandalous”

Fergie ft. Ludacris – “Glamorous”

Hall and Oates – “Adult Education”

N-Joi – “Anthem”

Wham! – “Everything She Wants”

Amerie – “1 Thing”

#3

Johnny Cash, two Waylon Jennings songs, and Willie Nelson? Sold. I SAID SOLD!

Johnny Cash, two Waylon Jennings songs, and Willie Nelson? Sold. I SAID SOLD!

Rebel Radio

The true sound of Blaine County – drunk, armed, and ready to party.
Hosted by: Jesco White

Charlie Feathers – “Can’t Hardly Stand It”

Hank Tompson – “It Don’t Hurt Anymore”

Hasil Adkins – “Get Out of My Car”

Jerry Reed – “You Took All The Ramblin’ Out of Me”

Johnny Cash – “General Lee”

Johnny Paycheck – “It Won’t Be Long (And I’ll Be Hating You)”

Ozark Mountain Daredevils – “If You Wanna Get to Heaven”

Waylon Jennings – “Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way”

Waylon Jennings – “I Ain’t Living Long Like This”

Willie Nelson – “Whiskey River”

C.W. McCall – “Convoy Theme Song”

#2

Now these are some classic west coast rap songs. Man I really wanted to put these #1, but the logo is lacking and I favor rock to rap. Sorry.

Now these are some classic west coast rap songs. Man I really wanted to put this as #1, but the logo is lacking and I favor rock to rap. Sorry, but we get two NWA songs!

West Coast Classics

Coming at you from the city of Davis – music from the days of the pager.
Hosted by: DJ Pooh

2Pac – “Ambitionz Az A Ridah”

Compton’s Most Wanted – “Late Night Hype”

DJ Quik – “Dollaz & Sense”

Dr. Dre (ft Snoop Dogg) – “Still D.R.E.”

King Tee – “Played Like a Paino”

Dr. Dre (ft Snoop Dogg) – “The Next Episode”

Ice Cube – “You Know How We Do It”

Kausion – “What You Wanna Do”

Kurupt – “C-Walk”

Mack 10 & Tha Dogg Pound – “Nothin’ But The Cavi Hit”

MC Eiht – “Streiht Up Menace”

N.W.A. – “Appetite For Destruction”

N.W.A. – “Gangsta Gangsta”

Tha Dogg Pound – “What Would U Do”

Snoop Dogg – “Gin and Juice”

The Geto Boys – “Mind Playin’ Tricks On Me”

Too $hort – “So You Want To Be A Gangster”

Kingdom – “Stalker Ha”

Aphex Twin – “Windowlicker”

#1

Of course this would be number 1! It's got Queen and Seger and a litany of another quality rock bands! Biased pick I know, but these are my rankings!

Of course this would be number 1! It’s got Queen and Seger and a litany of another quality rock bands! Biased pick I know, but these are my rankings!

Los Santos Rock Radio

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Hosted by: Kenny Loggins

Billy Squier – “Lonely Is the Night”

Bob Seger – “Hollywood Nights”

Bob Seger – “Night Moves”

Small “Faces – Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake”

Queen – “Radio Ga Ga”

Foreigner – “Dirty White Boy”

Gerry Rafferty – “Baker Street”

The Alan Parsons Project – “I Wouldn’t Want To Be Like You”

Elton John – “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting”

Greg Kihn Band – “The Breakup Song (They Don’t Write ‘Em)”

Simple Minds – “All the Things She Said”

Julian Lennon – “Too Late for Goodbyes”

The Doobie Brothers – “What a Fool Believes”

Phil Collins – “I Don’t Care Anymore”

Chicago – “If You Leave Me Now”

Def Leppard – “Photograph”

Steve Winwood – “Higher Love”

Stevie Nicks – “I Can’t Wait”

Don Johnson – “Heartbeat”

Robert Plant – “Big Log”

Kenny Loggins – “I’m Free (Heaven Help The Man)”

The Cult – “Rain”

Steve Miller Band – “Take the Money and Run”

There you have it. Go figure a guy that likes rock music, puts the rock radio station first, huh? Overall a great soundtrack, and a lot of new artists and bands to delve into. Here’s to gaming and music! If you would like me to add examples of the radio stations please comment below and I will post a soundcloud player with several songs.

Here are the two talk radio stations:

West Coast Talk Radio (WTCR) 96.5

west-coast-talk-radio

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Hosted by: Various

“Chakra Attack” with Dr. Ray De Angelo Harris and Charyl

“The Fernando Show” with Fernando Martinez and Jo

“Chattersphere” with Lazlow, Michele Makes and Brother Adrian

Blaine County Talk Radio

blaine-country-talk-radio

Coming Soon…
Hosted by: Various iGTA5

“Blaine County Radio Community Hour” with Ronald Jakowski

“Beyond Insemination” with Duane Earl

“Bless Your Heart” with Bobby June, Ricky, Jock Cranley and Samantha Muldoon

(All source information was found on IGTA5)

Xbox One: Where’s the (New) Gaming?

Microsoft announced on May 21st, 2013 their new console gaming system, Xbox One. (Here are some highlights)

It was an elaborate show, aesthetically, but Microsoft did not really reveal much of anything when it came to gaming.  Sure, now you can have “Xbox TV” through your Xbox and tell it to “Change to channel 6” or to “open TV guide.”  Pretty cool commands, but of the game trailers Microsoft showed only one was a preview of a new franchise, Quantum Break.  I am not even quite sure what type of game Quantum Break is because the teaser was confusing (A little girl is asked by her Mom/Aunt/Friend why “she’s different” then the little girl touches mommy/aunty/friendy’s ear lobe(?) and afterwards a ship crashes into a bridge).  The game is supposed to combine television and gaming into a complex, great story, but all I got from the preview was that there was a marked difference between the HD “TV scenes” and the gameplay, or it could have been the cinematic visuals – no one was clear about it.  It could be cool, but it likely will be poorly done with millions of dollars wasted on the project, and the last thing America needs is to integrate television AND gaming. Obesity rates may grow…

Microsoft trotted out mainstays such as Call of Duty (bleh), the EA Sports franchises (meh), and Halo (Live-Action Halo series by Steven Spielberg though!). For some reason Microsoft also trotted out Forza Motorsports 5 – “Next Generation Racing”. Great another racing game with “sick” graphics, but still poor gameplay and difficulty controlling your car around curves and bends. Racing games should stay in the arcade in my opinion!

From memory, I think the gaming aspect of the Xbox One was only spoken about for 25 minutes of the presentation.  Yeah it’s cool to talk about all the new things that this little box that looks like a crappy VCR, but shouldn’t the emphasis be on gaming, not all the new ways that you can scoop money out of people’s pockets?  The best way to get that money out of people’s pockets is to create good games and stop rehashing old games for the 5th, 6th, 7th, etc. installment, though people sadly keep buying the trash 5th+ installments.  If you create the fun, interactive, compelling games, you will attract the true gamers and even start to corral new gamers.

Maybe I’m just being selfish wanting new franchises that expand beyond shooters and sports.