Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition is here, bringing visual and gameplay updates to the decades-old Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Ask any fan of these games and they’ll tell you their soundtracks are among their best features — and they’d be absolutely correct. While GTA III largely uses original songs created in-house, Vice City and San Andreas bring together some of the best bangers from the ’80s and early ’90s, respectively.

Unfortunately, with time, licensing issues have sprung up and many of the tracks featured in the original releases of these games have been removed. If you’re playing Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition, you aren’t truly experiencing the definitive version of these games’ soundtracks. However, while it’s frustrating that the “definitive” versions of these games are missing a whole bunch of music that made them great, cutting songs from GTA games is nothing new.

The removal of songs began in 2012, when Vice City was released for mobile devices; later, these same cuts were forced upon PC players through a patch, and when the game was ported to PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, these tracks were still missing. The same is true of San Andreas, which lost songs when it was ported to mobile (a patch removed them from PC versions of the game, and the eventual Xbox 360, PS3, and PS4 ports didn’t include them).

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City – The Definitive Edition includes most cuts from years prior, but re-adds one song, while Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas – The Definitive Edition only includes cuts made in prior releases. Grand Theft Auto III – The Definitive Edition has seen no cuts, likely due to its largely unlicensed soundtrack. Altogether, there are 25 missing songs in GTA: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition.

Keep scrolling for a full list of all the removed songs in Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition. We’ve independently confirmed these songs are missing by listening to each radio station in all three games. If you want information on all songs in the game, check out our full music list instead.

 

Songs missing in Grand Theft Auto III – The Definitive Edition

 

No songs have been removed from Grand Theft Auto III – The Definitive Edition. You’re experiencing the GTA III soundtrack as it was when the game originally launched in 2001!

 

Songs missing in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City – The Definitive Edition

 

There are 8 songs missing in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City – The Definitive Edition, although none of them are new to this release. Interestingly, “Running with the Night” by Lionel Richie, which had only appeared in the original PlayStation 2 release of Vice City and was cut in all other versions, is in The Definitive Edition.

 

TitleArtistRadio StationNotes
Herbie HancockRockitWildstyleOriginally removed in the 2012 iOS and Android re-release of the original Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and later removed via a patch for its PC version. All releases after 2012, including on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, do not include this song.
Looking for the Perfect BeatAfrika Bambaataa and The Soul Sonic ForceWildstyleOriginally removed in the 2012 iOS and Android re-release of the original Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and later removed via a patch for its PC version. All releases after 2012, including on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, do not include this song.
The SmurfTyrone BrunsonWildstyleOriginally removed in the 2012 iOS and Android re-release of the original Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and later removed via a patch for its PC version. All releases after 2012, including on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, do not include this song.
Billie JeanMichael JacksonFlash FMOriginally removed in the 2012 iOS and Android re-release of the original Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and later removed via a patch for its PC version. All releases after 2012, including on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, do not include this song.
Wanna Be Startin' SomethingMichael JacksonFever 105Originally removed in the 2012 iOS and Android re-release of the original Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and later removed via a patch for its PC version. All releases after 2012, including on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, do not include this song.
Bark at the MoonOzzy OsbourneV-RockOriginally removed in the 2012 iOS and Android re-release of the original Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and later removed via a patch for its PC version. All releases after 2012, including on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, do not include this song.
Añunga ÑungaIrakereRadio EspantosoOriginally removed in the 2012 iOS and Android re-release of the original Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and later removed via a patch for its PC version. All releases after 2012, including on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, do not include this song.
WowKate BushEmotion 98.3Originally removed in the 2012 iOS and Android re-release of the original Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and later removed via a patch for its PC version. All releases after 2012, including on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, do not include this song.

 

Songs missing in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas – The Definitive Edition

 

There are 17 songs missing in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas – The Definitive Edition, although none of them are new to this release.

 

TitleArtistRadio StationNotes
Critical BeatdownUltramagnetic MCsPlayback FMOriginally removed in the 2013 iOS and Android re-release of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, and later removed via a patch for its PC version. All releases after 2013, including on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4, do not include this song.
Runnin' Down a DreamTom PettyK-DSTOriginally removed in the 2013 iOS and Android re-release of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, and later removed via a patch for its PC version. All releases after 2013, including on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4, do not include this song.
Woman to WomanJoe CockerK-DSTOriginally removed in the 2013 iOS and Android re-release of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, and later removed via a patch for its PC version. All releases after 2013, including on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4, do not include this song.
Yum Yum (Gimme Some)Fatback BandBounce FMOriginally removed in the 2013 iOS and Android re-release of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, and later removed via a patch for its PC version. All releases after 2013, including on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4, do not include this song.
You Dropped a Bomb on MeGap BandBounce FMOriginally removed in the 2013 iOS and Android re-release of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, and later removed via a patch for its PC version. All releases after 2013, including on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4, do not include this song.
Running AwayRoy AyersBounce FMOriginally removed in the 2013 iOS and Android re-release of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, and later removed via a patch for its PC version. All releases after 2013, including on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4, do not include this song.
I Don't Give a Fuck2Pac feat. PogoRadio Los SantosOriginally removed in the 2013 iOS and Android re-release of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, and later removed via a patch for its PC version. All releases after 2013, including on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4, do not include this song.
Express YoutselfN.W.A.Radio Los SantosOriginally removed in the 2013 iOS and Android re-release of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, and later removed via a patch for its PC version. All releases after 2013, including on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4, do not include this song.
HellraiserOzzy OsbourneRadio XOriginally removed in the 2013 iOS and Android re-release of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, and later removed via a patch for its PC version. All releases after 2013, including on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4, do not include this song.
Killing in the NameRage Against the MachineRadio XOriginally removed in the 2013 iOS and Android re-release of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, and later removed via a patch for its PC version. All releases after 2013, including on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4, do not include this song.
Don't Let It Go to Your HeadBlack HarmonyK-JAH WestOriginally removed in the 2013 iOS and Android re-release of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, and later removed via a patch for its PC version. All releases after 2013, including on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4, do not include this song.
Ring My BellBlood SistersK-JAH WestOriginally removed in the 2013 iOS and Android re-release of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, and later removed via a patch for its PC version. All releases after 2013, including on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4, do not include this song.
Express YourselfCharles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm BandMaster Sounds 98.3Originally removed in the 2013 iOS and Android re-release of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, and later removed via a patch for its PC version. All releases after 2013, including on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4, do not include this song.
Rock Creek ParkThe BlackbyrdsMaster Sounds 98.3Originally removed in the 2013 iOS and Android re-release of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, and later removed via a patch for its PC version. All releases after 2013, including on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4, do not include this song.
Funky PresidentJames BrownMaster Sounds 98.3Originally removed in the 2013 iOS and Android re-release of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, and later removed via a patch for its PC version. All releases after 2013, including on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4, do not include this song.
The PaybackJames BrownMaster Sounds 98.3Originally removed in the 2013 iOS and Android re-release of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, and later removed via a patch for its PC version. All releases after 2013, including on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4, do not include this song.
The GruntThe JB'sMaster Sounds 98.3Originally removed in the 2013 iOS and Android re-release of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, and later removed via a patch for its PC version. All releases after 2013, including on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4, do not include this song.

 

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Written by Daniel Dell-Cornejo

Daniel is an editor at Nintendo Wire. Always with his head in the clouds, he is never apart from his creative thoughts – a blessing for an aspiring fiction writer. As a journalist and lifelong gamer, he aims to provide readers with the very best in Nintendo coverage.