Everyone knows the Fallout series ships with fantastic soundtracks. They include classics like "I Don't Want to Set the World On Fire" by the Ink Spots and "Ain't That a Kick In the Head" by Dean Martin. But if you want to expand beyond what's on Galaxy News Radio, here are ten songs you can add to your playlist.
(Ghost) Riders in the Sky-Johnny Cash
This upbeat classic will get you pumped for a voyage across the wastes. Its surreal lyrics and creepy tone fit perfectly with a nighttime trek, dodging (or attacking) mutants, ghouls, and raiders.
Can't Help Falling in Love-Elvis Presley
Though Fallout has yet to include the King on any of its soundtracks, "Can't Help Falling in Love" would be a clear choice. Tonally, it fits with the themes of love and helplessness that are constant throughout the series. It'd fall in perfectly next to bands like The Ink Spots.
Mack the Knife-Bobby Darin
Widely regarded as one of the best songs of the 50's, "Mack the Knife" features a jazzy tune that goes well with the established tracks. it's upbeat, and lyrically, it'd a hell of a tune to march into Boston to.
Fly Me to the Moon-Frank Sinatra
Perfect for the classy wastelander, "Fly Me to the Moon" is pretty well known. Sinatra has had a song in Fallout before, and this song would fit right in with the space-age themes of the series. After the apocalypse, spring probably IS nicer on Jupiter and Mars.
Orange Colored Sky-Nat King Cole
Featured in the trailer for Fallout: New Vegas, its catchy piano interspersed with explosive moments of percussion and brasswind are perfect for combat. FLASH! BANG! ALAKAZAM! There go your enemies in mini-nuclear fire.
Ring of Fire-Johnny Cash
Johnny Cash's second entry on this list is another return to common themes of love and fire. Fallout's music has always been self-referential to an extent. A song that equates love to a burning ring of fire is just perfect. The flames went higher, and so did your excitement.
Fujiyama Mama-Wanda Jackson
Rock n' Roll, atom bombs, and alcohol. Wanda Jackson's hard-rocking song is another one that pumps you up for radioactive combat. Drink a quart of sake and blow the raiders' tops with your shoulder mounted nuke slingshot.
Bye Bye Love-The Everly Brothers
Everyone loses someone, whether its physical death or death of a relationship. This is especially true out in the wasteland, where anything goes and death is always a bug bite away.
That'll Be the Day-Buddy Holly
Have we mentioned love and death? Besides that, the upbeat tune is definitely great for long, lonely marches across the wasteland. And if you do happen to come across some degenerates, well, that'll be the day when they die.
La Bamba-Ritchie Valens
Seems a bit odd? Yeah, but so is Fallout. Besides, we all need a song for gleeful ridiculousness in the wastes. It's all discretionary, but I absolutely plan on going on Rock-It Launcher rampages to "La Bamba" on repeat.
These were my ten picks for a Fallout soundtrack. I hope you enjoy them, and enjoy Fallout 4 when it drops on November 10.