The 411 Music Top Five 09.25.13: The Top 5 Songs From Grand Theft Auto
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 09.25.2013
From Kanye West's "Love Lockdown" and Megadeth's "Peace Sells" to Guns N' Roses' "Welcome to the Jungle," Anthrax's "Madhouse" and more, the 411 staff counts down their top 5 songs featured in the Grand Theft Auto games!
THE TOP 5 SONGS FROM GRAND THEFT AUTO
Criteria: As you have probably heard (unless you live in a cave far from civilization, in which case how are you reading this?), Grand Theft Auto V released last week. The game has set new high marks for sales with a staggering $800 billion in its first day and $1 billion in three days worldwide. This week for the music top five, we're looking at the best songs in the GTA series.
Phil Collins - "In the Air Tonight": Honestly, anything from Phil Collins is a guilty pleasure of mine, but my favorite song by him has to make this list, even if it doesn't exactly fit on it.
Thin Lizzy - "Jailbreak": Classic song that I adore greatly. It's a shame that it took me all the way until I bought GTA 4 to come to love it like I do now.
Entombed - "Drowned": This would have made the Top 5 had it been the track that I had always thought it was, which was "Revel in Flesh". But this song is great, and off of one of the best death metal albums in history.
5. Anthrax - "Madhouse"
This was my first experience with Anthrax, not in GTA, but just this song in general. I honestly still haven't played much of GTA: Vice City, it's actually the only iteration of the game that I don't own (besides V). This began my love affair with the band known as Anthrax, and since then, I haven't looked back. The song itself is great, that goes without saying, because I wouldn't be talking about it otherwise. The lyrics tell a simple story, of a man caught in an insane asylum, and manages to keep everything catchy, with a great chorus, and fun opening riff. This is quintessential Anthrax, and I love it so!
4. Accept-"Balls to the Wall"
I've had to have listened to this song a hundred times, but even now, as I put on the song to refresh my memory so I can ramble about it, I still am headbanging without even thinking about it, the song is just that powerful. It really is a simple start of a song, but it is hypnotic in its' catchiness. That is what carries most of the song for me, just how catchy it is, not to mention Udo Dirkschneider at his finest, giving us a performance of warthog greatness that only he could accomplish! I'm sure we've all heard and love this song, but if you haven't, go click on it...now!
3. At the Gates - "Slaughter of the Soul"
It was really a shame that it took until the expansion of GTA 4 to get extreme metal into the game, since there already was a hardcore station, they could have put this in the main game and educated some kids on the greatness of Gothenburg Death metal, but alas, it wasn't meant to be until the Lost and Damned expansion. This song is like a razorblade to your face, especially with the guitar sound, which I find comfort in, I absolutely adore the chainsaw guitar sound, and wish it were around more than it is now. It is pretty much an archetype for melodic death metal in one song, off of THE melodic death metal album from the mid-90s. It's a great song to headbang to, for sure!
2. Dio -"Holy Diver"
It was a real struggle between inner critic and inner fanboy on my top two picks, and fanboy won the battle, but it's not like this song isn't already one of the greatest metal songs of all time. The opening riff is nothing short of legendary, any metalhead worth their weight in guitar picks knows the riff by heart, and Ronnie James Dio's performance is superb, which is a given, but it had to be stated. The song, it has an epic questing feel to it, but honestly, I can't quite tell you what the song is about, I'm sure if Ronnie were around, he could tell us, but I can't!
1. Megadeth -"Peace Sells"
When this song starts, most people think of MTV News, luckily, I missed out on MTV showing music and news, so I only associate it with one of my favorite bands of all time, Megadeth. The lyrics are simple, it all boils down to can capitalism put a price on peace, which is paid for by the middle class. Or at least that's how I interpret them. The song itself is a simple structure with a great sped up section towards the end that has a great solo and a nice endcap question of, "Peace Sells, but who's buying?". This is a good intro to Megadeth if you want to start slow, but it's still not the best song from the album, but with that being said, it's still my favorite song from GTA!
Honorable Mentions: Kanye West (ft. Dwele) – "Flashing Lights", Rage Against the Machine - "Killing in the Name"
5. Rihanna – "Only Girl (in the World)"
Rihanna receives undeserved hate for her music. Unlike most music listeners, I am able to differentiate her personal life and her music. Loud had a plethora of great songs to choose from. I would have added "S&M" or "Fading", but this song is great too.
4. Guns N' Roses - "Welcome to the Jungle"
I have some funny memories when listening to this song. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is my favorite game in the series because of its' social content. Running over people, driving off of cliffs, or just dicking around with the police was 10x more fun when playing Guns N' Roses. It was almost bad ass. Almost.
3. Stone Temple Pilots - "Plush"
I had no idea this was in Grand Theft Auto. It's one of my favorite songs from the Grunge era, which I didn't like very much. Seriously, what was so great about shitty ear-splitting noise rock that a bunch of odor ridden punks got high to? It has to be one of the most overrated rock eras of all time. There were a few gems that came from the era, but overall, it sucked.
2. Kanye West - "Love Lockdown"
Another classic by Kanye that showed that he wasn't some one dimensional rapper who raps to the same beat, or about the same subject (looking at you Wayne). The Minimal production works well with his auto-tuned voice. Kanye has single-handedly changed the definition of Hip-hop through being ultra experimental.
1. Robyn featuring Kleerup – "With Every Heartbeat"
I love Robyn. She makes excellent pop music and I hold her to a higher standard compared to the other pop tarts. This is one of her finer moments in pop. She's able to successfully put emotion and depth into dance - pop. The song doesn't even have the catchy chorus like most pop songs do. It isn't the song that made me a Robyn fan, but it showed me that she has proven to be consistent. GTA V's pop radio looks very strong, and I will eventually pick up my copy.
The Final Word
As always, the last thoughts come from you, the reader. We're merely unpaid monkeys with typewriters and Wikipedia. Here's what you need to do: List your Top Five for this week's topic on the comment section using the following format:
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