Many people have mixed reactions for GTA V's soundtrack. However, the main problem I have is with the rock and pop stations. I don't want to sound like I'm complaining since there are songs I love. However, I feel that like alot of GTA V's soundtrack, these stations were rushed with not much thought put into them.
Regarding Los Santos Rock Radio, I will say that this is probably my favourite station, but even then I have issues with it. I can't help but feel like too much soft rock killed the vibe. It especially sounds awkward when they mixed these said soft rock tracks like Chicago, Doobie Brothers ("What a Fool Believes") and Simple Minds with harder rock like Def Leppard and Foreigner ("Dirty White Boy"). With the Southern Californian setting, there probably could have been more metal.
Non Stop Pop FM is even worse. The song variety doesn't even make much sense. They have stuff ranging from pop rock like Hall & Oates to synthpop like Pet Shop Boys, Wham and Jane Child to house music like Corona, Stardust and Modjo to modern pop like Britney Spears and Rihanna finally with a hip-hop/R&B Amerie song thrown in for good measure. Aside from the fact that alot of these songs probably don't qualify as "pop" as the station implies, they could have been on other stations as well. There could have easily been a separate station for the house tracks similar to SF-UR or something, but it's been mixed in with songs of sometimes completely different styles and kills the vibe imo. Alot of these songs don't even suit the LA vibe either, alot of it sounds like UK chart music back in the day (e.g All Saints, Mis-Teeq, Robyn). I don't know if Los Angeles has a pop station similar to this, but I wouldn't assume so (apologise if I'm wrong). And to top it all off, you have Cara Delevingne as (for me, personally) an annoying DJ with a rather irritating voice, and claims of some songs to be genres they're not, like "Anthem" by N-Joi being a "pop classic that sounds just like a modern pop record" when it's really a House/Rave song and sounds nothing of the sort. Overall, although I really enjoy alot of songs on this station (minus most of the modern pop tracks), I feel it's a bit of a mess with the genre variety. Most GTA stations have been confined to one genre or style, but I feel Non Stop Pop goes for too much at once and therefore feels very rushed and effortless.
Say what you will about GTA IV's soundtrack, but I at least felt the stations were better-organised and fitted the NYC/LC atmosphere more. Sorry if I've made some ignorant statements here, but these are just my views on V's soundtrack. I probably have opinions on the other stations but those two in particular are ones I wanted to talk about.
I'm not trying to start some arguing here, I just want to hear your thoughts about how the radio stations were set up, even other stations if you please. All opinions are welcome here.