Some enterprising Grand Theft Auto fans spent their weekend combing through more than 20 hours of leaked audio containing the music that will appear across Grand Theft Auto V’s many radio stations. While Rockstar, the game’s developer, has yet to confirm whether or not this leaked list of songs is accurate, Sony has apologized for the leak, admitting that the files were extracted from the digital version of the game that people were able to purchase and download to their PlayStation 3s (but not play) ahead of the game’s release. Sony has pulled the game from its European digital store, the source of the leak.
While the original investigative thread on the fan-run Grand Theft Auto message board appears to have been locked down, the sleuths’ work has been put together into playlists on both Spotify and Grooveshark, but those are missing one key component: the names and set-lists of each radio station. Some of the station lineups are still out there, like in this Reddit thread, but they’re not as complete or accurate (“Windowlicker” on the pop station?) as what was put together in that original forum thread.
For my musical tastes, this is the best lineup of songs Rockstar and their guest radio DJs have ever compiled—and the full list has yet to be uncovered. Notably missing from the playlists is the music from the station curated by Kavinsky, the French house artist best known for his song “Nightcall” which appeared in Drive and for making an album named after Sega’s Out Run. There’s the modern garage/punk rock of a Vinewood Boulevard Radio, which features music from Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall, METZ, and Bass Drum Of Death. There’s an ’80s dance station playing classics like Rick James’ “Give It To Me Baby” and Eddie Murphy’s “Party All The Time.” Given the game’s Los Angeles-based setting, it’s no surprise that there’s a station dedicated to the biggest names of early West Coast hip-hop like N.W.A., 2Pac, and Snoop Dogg. Even the pop station has some gems, like Rihanna’s “Only Girl (In The World)” and Stardust’s “Music Sounds Better With You.” But most of all, I can’t wait to drive around and wreak mayhem on phony L.A. while blasting “What A Fool Believes.”