If there's one thing important about a Grand Theft Auto game, it's of course the soundtrack, the radio, the songs we hear during gameplay and of course the banter from the DJ's or on the Talk Shows, and Grand Theft Auto V certainly tries in this regard, boasting the largest song selection of any Grand Theft Auto game to date. There's something we'd like to bring up in this regard, the soundtrack for Grand Theft Auto V seems to be one of the most commented on, for good and bad reasons, comments ranging from "awesome station" to "the entire radio suxs" and I have kept an eye on these kind of comments because we have to be honest here, the Grand Theft Auto V soundtrack does feel, well, odd at times, things seem like they shouldn't be there, songs don't fit the stations, etc. There is a brilliant reason for this and it's all due to development time.

Work began on Grand Theft Auto V around 2008 but records for the music seem to appear and jump out from Mid-2009 onwards. 2009 was when Grand Theft Auto V in a sense had its first Radio Line Up, which was very different to what we have today. As the years went on stations were dropped, some changed style and genre completely and others came in late right near the edge of going gold.

Well, let's look back at old magazine previews and articles, one German preview for example which mentioned a few genres that they heard on the radio for Grand Theft Auto V, including Opera, now I don't even have any records on that one! So I can only assume here the Opera station was one of the first radio stations to be cut from the game completely as there as no traces at all in the gxt files. Then we have magazine and web previews which mention tracks like "187 Proof", "I Like It", "Radar Love" and "Regulate", we even made a post about some of those tracks on our Facebook and Twitter pages. These tracks DID appear in the earlier game builds and were cut from the final either due to license reasons or for other problems. You can see a full list of cut tracks at the end of this article.

Where's the metal? Where's the heavy stuff? Well here is one I'm sad to talk about, along with the cut tracks the games internal files reveal a much earlier build of the radio line up, and here we actually have a station under the internal name of "90s_rock". Now sadly from the full track listing in the gxt I can't seem to find much on cut stations, but I would guess this would have been a station at least covering some of the heavier rock tracks from the 1990s from genres like Grunge to Metal (maybe even stuff from bands like Kyuss? Hey, I can dream). This station eventually became Vinewood BLVD Radio at a mid point in time. However when stuff like this happens, it can cause a fall through of confirmed and licensed tracks, an example of this would be Worldwide FM which goes under the internal name of "jazz", as the Jazz station was dropped Rockstar still had the rights to a few songs, now comes the inconsistency, on Worldwide FM which mainly plays modern music from at least the past 10 years, there's a section of the station which just starts playing 1970s Jazz and Groove, with tracks like "You and the Music". Worldwide FM was one of the later stations to join the line up as Gilles Peterson confirmed, he sent his final mix in to Rockstar just a couple of months before the gold date so a request to include some left over tracks into his mix is a perfect way to at least keep some of those Jazz Funk tracks in the game.

This kind of thing started to affect other radio stations to, let's look at 100.7FM Non Stop Pop, a station which actually changed style multiple times over the development course, once a party pop style station to a pop dance station to what now is more a Contemporary Pop Station playing a mix from the past 30 years, well, hold on, those three 80s songs sure feel out of place on a station playing "Gimme More" and "Only Girl (In The World)". This one is a difficult station and one Rockstar clearly had some internal conflict with, the amount of cut songs and style changes it had before it lands on what feels like, essentially, a thrown together modern day pop station that also plays Euro 2000 dance tracks and the odd few 1980s pop songs, giving the awkward feeling of things not fitting right.

These changes, the fall throughs and having licenses to songs that no longer fit on certain stations seems to be a common thing with the radio on Grand Theft Auto V, and it's not difficult to see why, Grand Theft Auto V was in development for five years, it's the longest time a Grand Theft Auto title has been in the works, especially in regards to the music line up. As we all know, over time, things change, an idea you had or vision you loved can be altered, mixed up as the years go by, etc and Grand Theft Auto V has fallen victim to this. The vision and music line up they had for Los Santos in 2009 was different to what they eventually settled on in 2013 and the changes along the way are still felt by us gamers. Now, the stations that came along late, when they hit, they hit hard, stations like SoulWax FM and Worldwide FM which were mixed late stand out as sounding consistent for the most part and of high production but then you have other stations which have been around longer such as 100.7FM Non Stop Pop and Los Santos Rock Radio which feel like they fall short at times and some stations even feeling, if we're being honest here, sort of taped together with whatever they had remaining before going gold, and for a Grand Theft Auto game that kind of thing just doesn't feel acceptable. So yes, Grand Theft Auto V has the largest song list to date of any Grand Theft Auto game, but due to the way it's handled, it feels kind of messed up and awkward in the final line up. I guess what I'm trying to say, from the feedback MANY people have given on this subject, is that the radio line up and song choices of Grand Theft Auto V in a way feels unfinished, it doesn't have that polish we've come to expect, it feels as if Rockstar NYC just paused the development and said "Well, that will have to do, this needs to be finished now!".

Talk Radio is a difficult one to talk about, first of, if you haven't done so already, go and listen to "Beyond Insemination" and "The Fernando Show" they are brilliant and hilarious to listen to, the talk radio is very well done here after what was, personally for me anyway, the let down of the talk radio in Grand Theft Auto IV. The problem here though, is that it feels like it's lacking, each radio show is barely 20 to 30 minutes, and each talk station only has three shows. However, unlike Grand Theft Auto IV and San Andreas where each show was split into multiple parts, on Grand Theft Auto V each show is in a single block without any breaks between, alluding to that lesser feeling compared to other talk radio stations in the series. Now I don't know what Rockstar's plans are in this regard, but I sure hope there's DLC at some point just to add more talk shows to the line up of both 96.5FM Blaine County Radio and WCTR: West Coast Talk Radio in the same way more radio shows were added to WKTT: We Know The Truth and Integrity 2.0 in Grand Theft Auto IV.

Now, one question a lot of you ask "Where's NightRide FM??" and "what about that Kavinsky station?", well, we did report on that last year when Kavinsky and another DJ made tweets about GTAV and NightRide FM being in the game (As did Chief Keef saying "Love Sosa" would be in the game), sadly this was just a complete lie, why did they do this, well we don't know for certain, but it sure got Kavinsky in the headlines across most gaming websites for a few days and had people talking about him and his music. It's just a let down as that's the kind of thing a good few of you out there were really looking forward to but records wise, Kavinsky was just never involved with any build of Grand Theft Auto V. It's still a station I'd like to hear to, so hey, Kavinsky, if you're reading this, how about throwing all of us a mix of what you would have done for the game as a way to say sorry?

There were other stations again mentioned in magazine previews that either never came to be or were basically just early concepts and renamed, over the course of many online previews we saw mentions of K-Jah and a station that went by the name of KWKR Radio, they of course became The Blue Ark and SoulWax FM.

Well, this is the end of the article, I hope this has at least cleared up or put some perspective onto the Grand Theft Auto V soundtrack, let us know what you think in the comments or on Facebook and Twitter. And now, the thing you came here for, below is a list of songs that were in previous builds of Grand Theft Auto V, over 130 tracks including some alternate choices from artists that do appear in the final game:

"187 Proof" by Spice 1
"2 Hearts" by Kylie Minogue
"6 Underground" by Sneaker Pimps
"American Boy" by Estelle ft. Kanye West
"Animal" by Neon Trees
"Answer To Yourself" by The Soft Pack
"Assistant Director" by Ducktails
"Awesome Awesome" by Buddy
"Bad News" by Johnny Cash
"Be Alright (LP Version)" by ZAPP
"Before The Bridge" by Future Islands
"Black Betty" by Ram Jam
"Blind" by Rainbow Arabia
"Blink Of An Eye" by Michael McDonald
"Check This, Dig That" by T.I. ft. Trae Tha Truth
"Cissy Strut" by The Meters
"Cooler Than Me (Single Mix)" by Mike Posner
"D. Ray White" by Hank Williams III
"Dancing Machine" by The Jackson Five
"Day One" by Toro Y Moi
"Don't Push Me Around" by The Zeros
"Doused" by DIIV
"Duh Weh Mi Waah" by Bramma ft. Elephant Man
"Easin' In" by Edwin Starr
"ep" by Junior Boys
"Eraser" by No Age
"Everybody Wants To Rule The World" by Tears For Fears
"Ffun" by Con Funk Shun
"Fopp" by The Ohio Players
"Fuckin' Problems" by A$ap Rocky
"Funny Feeling" by The Delfonics
"Future Love Paradise" by SEAL
"Get Ready" by Rare Earth
"Get With It" by Charlie Feathers
"Hang Me Up To Dry" by Cold War Kids
"Head In The Dirt" by Hanni El Khatib
"Hold On" by Wilson Phillips
"Hot Rod Lincoln" by Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen
"How Do U Want It" by 2Pac ft. K-Ci & JoJo
"Hurting" by Friendly Fires
"Hysteria" by Def Leppard
"I Believe In Miracles" by The Jackson Sisters
"I Don't Need Society" by D.R.I.
"I Get By" by Phychic Ills
"I Got Love" by Nate Dogg
"I Like It" by Enrique Iglesias
"(Pardon Me) I've Got Someone To Kill" by Johnny Paycheck
"I Want You (Vocal)" by Marvin Gaye
"I'm Alright" by Kenny Loggins
"In Real Life" by The Ruby Suns
"Intimate Connection" by Kleeer
"It's Been Awhile" by Staind
"It's Only Natural" by Crowded House
"Jah Jah The Conqueror" by Linval Thompson
"Jungle Lion" by Lee Perry And The Upsetters
"Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)" by Kenny Rogers & The First Edition
"Kids" by Robbie Williams ft. Kylie Minogue
"Kingston Town" by Busy Signal ft. Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley
"Let It Rock" by Kevin Rudolf ft. Lil Wayne
"Lil' Devil" by The Cult
"Linda Blair" by Redd Kross
"Live It Up" by Sizzla
"Los Angeles" by X
"Love Foolosophy" by Jamiroquai
"Love In Motion" by SebastiAn ft. Mayer Hawthorne
"Manimal" by The Germs
"Me & You" by Cassie
"Mr. Bill Collector" by Bone Thugs N Harmony
"Magic Mountain" by Silver Convention
"Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)" by Steve Harley
"Master Plan" by The KayGees
"Meet Me Halfway" by The Black Eyed Peas
"Mr. Money Man" by Danny Hensworth
"Mr. Writer" by Stereophonics
"New Beat" by Toro Y Moi
"No Sympathy" by Glasses Malone ft. Jay Rock
"Nothing Means Nothing Anymore" by The Alley Cats
"O.N.E." by Yeasayer
"One Girl/One Boy" by !!!
"One Piece" by Panama
"Outlaw" by 2Pac
"Police & Thieves" by Junior Murvin
"Pop That" by French Montana
"Rack City" by Tyga
"Radar Love" by Golden Earring
"Reach For It" by George Duke
"Regulate" by Warren G ft. Nate Dogg
"Ride The Wild" by The Descendents
"Rooster In My Rari" by Waka Flocka Flame
"Round And Round" by Paul Weller
"Run My Heart" by Twin Shadow
"Run Pete Run" by Jimmy Martin
"Sable On Blonde" by Stevie Nicks
"Se Me Perdio La Cadenita" by La Sonora Dinamita
"Serious" by Duran Duran
"Sex Beat" by Gun Club
"She Runs Away" by Duncan Sheik
"Side" by Travis
"Slippin' Into Darkness" by WAR
"Smalltalk (Four Tet Remix)" by Ultraísta
"Solitude Is Bliss" by Tame Impala
"Star" by Kiki Dee
"Starlight" by The Supermen Lovers
"Steal Away" by Robbie Dupree
"Strong As I Am" by The Prime Movers
"Subterranean Homesick Blues" by Bob Dylan
"Superman Lover" by Johnny Guitar Watson
"Surrender" by Cheap Trick
"Tape Loop" by Morcheeba
"Temperature" by Sean Paul
"The Drummer" by Niki & The Dove
"The Great Disruptors" by Sweethead
"The Murda Show" by Spice 1 ft. MC Eiht
"The Only One I Know" by The Charlatans
"The Real Thing" by Faith No More
"The Time Is Now" by Moloko
"The Way I Are" by Timbaland
"This Is Radio Clash" by The Clash
"Thunder" by Gold Fields
"Time to Dance" by The Shoes
"Tin Soldier" by The Small Faces
"(It's Good) To Be Free" by OASIS
"Truly Alive" by Mitzi
"Until She Says" by Moving Units
"Want A Wine" by Leo Graham
"We Are Only Gonna Die" by Bad Religion
"We Getting Down" by Weldon Irvine
"Westbound Train" by Dennis Brown
"Westside Slaughterhouse" by Westside Connection
"Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get" by The Dramatics
"Whoop! Whoop!" by DJ Pooh
"Wide Open Space" by Mansun
"Yes We Can, Can" by The Pointer Sisters
"You Make Me Feel..." by Cobra Starship ft. Sabi

If you prefer you can also listen to most of the tracks in this Spotify playlist which has been put together. For the full radio and soundtrack listing as well as a copy of the unused track list visit our Music & Radio section of our V portal.