Treat to the ears: Best songs ever to appear in GTA franchise

Grand Theft Auto (GTA) took the gaming world to a whole other level with its advancements in the open-world sector.

File Photo of GTA Vice City; Credit: Twitter
By Arnab Mukherji | Mar 18, 2021 | 3 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

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Grand Theft Auto (GTA) took the gaming world to a whole other level with its advancements in the open-world sector. The fictional location, which is modelled after the real-life ones, allowed the players to explore a new side of the game. Missions were no longer the only attraction in the game as GTA started expanding its side activities, allowing players with a massive amount of freedom to live the life in their own way.

Innovative features were being added with every new installment as the cities kept becoming bigger by day. With a humongous fan following, the game created nothing short of a revolution in the open-world games. Among the many features, the radio stations of GTA are perhaps as iconic as the game itself. With different set of radio stations, each game had new tunes. It does not get better than listening to the tracks while embarking on a massive chase. Let us look at the popular tracks from the game:

Africa (Toto)

American rock band Toto came up with the song ‘Africa’ in 1982 that ended up appearing in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. The song which was extremely popular in the 1980s and 1990s, was written by band members David Paich and Jeff Porcaro. Featuring in a library, Toto showcases various aspects of African culture in the video. While cruising around the Vice City, it does not get better than listening to ‘Africa’.

Saturday Night’s Alright (Elton John)

One of Elton John’s most commercially successful singles, ‘Saturday Night’s Alright’ became a global sensation in no time. Released on John’s best-selling album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1973), the song has featured on films, TV soundtracks and many games. The song which appears in the ‘GTA V: Los Santos Rock Radio station’ might not scream of heavy metal but the all-time classic breathes a new set of fresh air. ‘Saturday Night’s Alright’ might be the ideal track to make you hooked on to the game while playing.

Young Turks (Rod Stewart)

Rod Stewart’s classic ‘Young Turks’ appeared on his album ‘Tonight I’m Yours’ in 1981. Directed by Russell Mulcahy, the song, filmed in Los Angeles, revolves around a runaway couple. The song which is heard in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas provides a fantastic beat to suit the game. If you love to sing out loud while playing the game, this is your song. The beats can instantly get addicted even if you don’t know the music beforehand.

Strange Times (Black Keys)

They heavy on drums song is the first single from The Black Keys’ album ‘Attack & Release’ and was released in 2008. This popular song can be found in Grand Theft Auto IV. Infact the same song has appeared in other games and has also been used in many promo videos. If you are on a rampage, looking for the perfect motivation to cause carnage while taking down a rival mob boss, it does not get better than this song to lift you up.

Radio Ga Ga (Queen)

There can be nothing better than listening to a Queen’s song while driving through the city. ‘Radio Ga Ga’ that can be heard in Grand Theft Auto V is the perfect song to get you in the mood. While shuffling through the channels, hearing the voice of Freddie Mercury could be the ideal choice anyone can wish for. The 1984 song is an all-time classic that has everything you need in a song – great lyrics, amazing voice and fabulous beats.