Mafia 3 60’s themed soundtrack is revealed

Mafia 3The Mafia series has always been good at replicating the era it’s games are set in and Mafia 3 is going to be no exception it seems. The games sound track has been revealed and its rammed full of  hits.

The Mafia games have until now been set in the days of the wireless and taken inspiration from films such as the Godfather trilogy. Mafia 3 however will be set in the 60’s, when cars were a bit noisier and faster, clothing was dramatically different, The Vietnam war and racial tensions dominated politics. Perhaps the most defining thing about the 60’s though was the music which was so different from what you would have heard from the era that the first two games were set in. So it stands to reason that the soundtrack for Mafia 3 would be quite different and something quite special.

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Haden Blackman, a music obsessive and the creative director of Mafia 3, has spoken of how it was crucial to capture the sound of the 1960’s. Blackman said “From the outset we knew we had to have a kick-ass soundtrack,” Blackman says. “Our approach was very much that we have to make sure it’s an amazing soundtrack, because that will lead to an amazing game.”

Legal issues can often come between a developer and their wish list for a sound track but it seems Hanger 13, the games developer, has been very lucky in that respect with Mafia 3. “There were artists that I thought there would be no way we’d ever get, and yet they came through,” Blackman says. “So Creedence, the Rolling Stones, we have the Beach Boys, Aretha Franklin, Johnny Cash, Sam Cooke, Elvis. Honestly, I was doubtful that we’d be able to get this wide spectrum of Sixties artists.”

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“I really wanted to get ‘Sympathy for the Devil’ in, and ‘Paint It Black’ obviously, because it’s such a Vietnam-era song. And then Sam and Dave. It was really important to me to get some representation from Sam and Dave because I could see driving to that, being in combat to that, applying it to cinematics or story moments. Their music is so versatile.”


Unlike say the GTA series, Mafia 3 will use the music to add atmosphere to dramatic scenes and to compliment the story. Some songs were selected to represent the Southern setting whilst others were picked to compliment a dramatic scene.


Find the full tracklist below:


“Mother’s Little Helper” by the Rolling Stones

“Paint it Black” by the Rolling Stones

“Sympathy for the Devil” by the Rolling Stones

“Street Fighting Man” by the Rolling Stones

“Chain Gang” by Sam Cooke

“Wonderful World” by Sam Cooke

“Bring it on Home to Me” by Sam Cooke

“Another Saturday Night” by Sam Cooke

“I’m Gonna Forget About You” by Sam Cooke

“Ninety-Six Tears” by Question Mark and the Mysterians

“Go Go Shoes” by Lonnie Youngblood

“Take me for What I Am” by L.C. Cooke

“I Let a Good Thing Go By” by Dewey Edwards

“Dance of the Hours” by Beethoven Ben

“Hang Ten” by the Fun Sons

“Proud Mary” by Creedence Clearwater Revival

“House of the Rising Sun” by the Animals

“Fortunate Son” by Creedence Clearwater Revival

“You” by Marvin Gaye

“Hold On, I’m Comin’” by Sam and Dave

“Pictures Of Matchstick Men” by Status Quo

“Chain Of Fools” by Aretha Franklin

“Respect” by Aretha Franklin

“Piece Of My Heart” by Big Brother & the Holding Company

“I Fought the Law” by Bobby Fuller Four

“The Letter” by Box Tops

“Time Has Come Today” by the Chambers Brothers

“Slip Away” by Clarence Carter

“Psychotic Reaction” by Count Five

“White Room” by Cream

“Bad Moon Rising” by Creedence Clearwater Revival

“Born On The Bayou” by Creedence Clearwater Revival

“Palisades Park” by Freddy Cannon

“Somebody To Love” by Jefferson Airplane

“Folsom Prison Blues (Live)” by Johnny Cash

“Shotgun” by Jr. Walker and the All Stars

“Nowhere To Run” by Martha and the Vendellas

“(Sittin’ on) the Dock of the Bay” by Otis Redding

“Palisades Park” by Ramones

“King of the Road” by Roger Miller

“Soul Man” by Sam and Dave

“Li’l Red Riding Hood” by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs

“Desperation” by Steppenwolf

“You Keep Me Hangin’ On [1]” by the Supremes

“Ain’t Too Proud To Beg” by the Temptations

“Wild Thing” by the Troggs

“One” by Three Dog Night

“You Keep Me Hangin’ On” by Vanilla Fudge

“One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer” by John Lee Hooker

“Good Times are so Hard to Find” by Blue Cheer

“Ay-Tete Fee” by Clifton Chenier

“You Belong To Me” by The Duprees

“Take Me for What I’m Worth” by the Searchers

“What Kind of Fool (Do You Think I Am)” by The Tams

“Black Ghost Blues” by Lightnin’ Hopkins

“Green River” by Creedence Clearwater Revival

“Walking the Dog” by Rufus Thomas

“I Got My Mojo Working” by the Shadows of Knight

“You Belong To Me” by Misfits

“Bad Moon Rising” by Mourning Ritual ft Peter Dreimanis

“Tramp” by Otis Redding & Carla Thomas

“On The Road Again” by Canned Heat

“Don’t Go To Strangers” by Etta James

“Long Tall Sally” by Little Richard

“Running Scared” by Roy Orbison

“Crazy” by Patsy Cline

“Runaway (1967 version)” by Del Shannon

“Eve of Destruction” by Barry McGuire

“Knock on Wood” by Eddie Floyd

“Help Me, Rhonda” by Beach Boys

“Born To Be Wild” by Steppenwolf

“I Wish It Would Rain” by Temptations

“Heroes and Villains Beach Boys

“Reach Out, I’ll Be There” by Four Tops

“White Rabbit” by Jefferson Airplane

“G.I. Blues” by Lightnin’ Slim

“Keep Searchin’ (We’ll Follow The Sun)” by Del Shannon

“Love Child” by Diana Ross & the Supremes

“You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me” by the Miracles

“Baby Love” by the Supremes

“Son of a Preacher Man” by Dusty Springfield

“Wouldn’t It Be Nice” by Beach Boys

“Get Up and Get Down” by the Dramatics

“Bottom of the River” by Delta Rae

“Ring Of Fire” by Johnny Cash

“Kicks” by Paul Revere and the Raiders

“We Gotta Get Out Of This Place” by the Animals

“Needles & Pins” by the Searchers

“In-a-Gadda-da-Vida” by Iron Butterfly

“I Can’t Turn You Loose” by Chambers Brothers

“Hard to Handle”by Otis Redding

“The Weight” by The Band

“Paint it Black” by the Avengers

“Five Card Hand” by Mercy Dee Walton

“You Better Stop” by Sonny Rhodes

“Must Have Been the Devil” by Otis Spann

“I Got You (I Feel Good)” by James Brown

“Hey Big Momma” by Roosevelt Sykes

“Sinner’s Prayer” by Lightnin’ Hopkins

“The Howling Wolf” by Lightnin’ Hopkins

“A Little Less Conversation” by Elvis

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