GTA 6 is taking us back to Vice City, and given that the original game was known for its iconic tracks, we hope these ten songs make a comeback.

Those who played the original Grand Theft Auto: Vice City will almost certainly remember its music. The soundtrack, curated by Rockstar Games, is what gave the game its identity and cemented it among the franchise’s most memorable releases.

Given that Vice City was set in 1986, it had a distinctly 80’s feel, one that the soundtrack worked wonders to bring to life.

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And although GTA 6 is set in far more modern times, it’d feel wrong if the upcoming release neglected to bring back at least a few of these fan-favorite tracks.

The Best Songs of Vice City

2 Minutes to Midnight – Iron Maiden

Radio Station: V-Rock

The Grand Theft Auto series has had no shortage of high-octane songs over the years, but few get the blood pumping quite like Iron Maiden’s 2 Minutes to Midnight.

Released thirty-nine years to the day after the use of the first-ever atomic bomb in Hiroshima, the song protests nuclear war and makes reference to the Doomsday Clock, a symbolic clock that represents a countdown to global catastrophe.

Given just how impactful the events of GTA 6 end up being, perhaps we’ll see that clock countdown a little further.

Last Night a D.J. Saved My Life – Indeep

Radio Station: Fever 105

A classic disco track from 1982, Last Night a D.J. Saved My Life remains one of the greatest one-hit wonders of all time, from American group Indeep.

Interestingly, this song didn’t see as much success as it could have in the US due to the anti-disco movement taking place at the time of its release.

But the song remains a staple of Fever 105’s line-up, and Vice City just wouldn’t be the same without it.

The Message – Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five

Radio Station: Wildstyle Pirate Radio

NME ranked The Message as the number one track of 1982, and it’s not hard to see why. In terms of 80’s ‘feel,’ this song has it in spades.

Personally, we think The Message would be more than welcome in GTA 6, and we’d love to kill time on the sandy Vice City beach or drive around the massively expanded state of Leonida with the track playing.

In fact, we’d personally love to see it featured in GTA 6’s next trailer – but fans have another idea regarding which song might be making an appearance.

Kids in America – Kim Wilde

Radio Station: Wave 103

Kim Wilde’s debut track was released in 1981, and its pop rock energy made it feel like a perfect addition to Vice City’s soundtrack.

When the song first debuted, it sold so well that foul play was suspected, and it didn’t end up on that week’s music charts.

Although Kids in America never achieved the same level of chart success in the USA as it did in the UK, the song was heavily featured on the radio and MTV well after its official release, meaning real life Miami would have heard it plenty back in 1986.

Billie Jean – Michael Jackson

Radio Station: Flash FM

What makes Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean so heavily associated with Vice City is the fact that it plays during the original game’s introduction.

There are also several nods to MJ’s groundbreaking success in the game itself, including areas of the map that bear a striking resemblance to locations from the Thriller music video.

Unfortunately, both Billie Jean and Jackson’s other soundtrack contribution, Wanna Be Startin’ Something, were missing from the game’s radio in later versions of the game.

Anyone who played the recent GTA Trilogy – The Definitive Edition, or even the tenth-anniversary versions of the game might never know that MJ featured so heavily on the title’s soundtrack!

Self Control – Laura Branigan

Radio Station: Flash FM

Self Control (1984) is actually the first track on this list to be a cover of another artist’s song.

Despite the success of Raf’s original track, Laura Branigan’s cover was released in the same year and went on to become one of the defining songs of the 1980s.

This track is so quintessentially Vice City that it even featured in the game’s 10th Anniversary Edition trailer. We’d say that gives it a pretty good chance of returning in GTA 6, but only time will tell!

Cum On Feel the Noize – Quiet Riot

Radio Station: V-Rock

Interestingly, Cum On Feel the Noize is another song on this list that was not performed by its original artist.

The original song was written and performed by English rock band Slade back in 1973, whereas Vice City’s version is the track later recorded by Quiet Riot.

Given that Slade wasn’t big in the United States, it’s no surprise that Quiet Riot’s cover was a huge hit, and it makes sense that it ended up being featured in one of the most iconic video games of all time.

Africa – Toto

Radio Station: Emotion 98.3

Africa was by no means unpopular in its time, being certified gold in 1991. Still, it was actually the song’s resurgence on social media in the 2010s that was responsive for certifying it eight times platinum.

Given that Vice City released in 2002, it’s certainly possible that GTA contributed to the song’s major comeback.

And now that the track is even more iconic than it was in the early 2000s, it may make a welcome return as we head back to the Miami-inspired open world.

Out of Touch – Hall & Oates

Radio Station: Flash FM

Back in 1984, Out of Touch peaked at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100. As such, we imagine it’d be all-too-common to hear it on the streets of Vice City, just two years later in 1986.

This distinctly 80’s track elicits the exact feeling of driving alongside Vice City beach, and we can only hope that the song finds its way back onto our radios.

I Ran (So Far Away) – A Flock of Seagulls

Radio Station: Wave 103

Released in 1982, I Ran (So Far Away) was only the third single ever released by English New Wave band, A Flock of Seagulls.

This track is heavily ingrained in the minds of many Vice City fans, and for good reason – it was featured in the original commercial for the game!

For many gamers, this was their first time seeing footage of the new GTA, and it was backed by A Flock of Seagull’s iconic track.

It’s clear exactly why fans remember the music of Vice City so fondly, even all these years later.

And while some fans believe GTA 6 should let them link their Spotify and play whatever songs they like, there’s certainly something to be said about game soundtracks contributing to their overall feel.

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With almost a decade of experience in video game journalism, Max is a well-versed writer from Manchester, United Kingdom. His expertise shines in his comprehensive coverage of GTA 6, providing fans with the latest news and developments regarding the highly-anticipated sequel.
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