Top 40(ish) Songs ripe for the Saints Row treatment

Whether I think they are good or bad, these are some songs that could use the Saints Row treatment, or something similar anyway. Volition has a knack for putting the right licensed music to the right moment. My favorite parts of both Saints Row: The Third and Saints Row IV wouldn't be the same without the tracks that accompany them. This list probably isn’t complete, and I keep thinking of more to add all the time (hence the “ish” in the title). Some are obvious, some maybe less so.

  1. Dancing Queen - ABBA (1976)
  2. A Whole New World - Aladdin Soundtrack (1992)
  3. Love Shack - The B-52s (1989)
  4. I Want It That Way - Backstreet Boys (1999)
  5. Kokomo or Wouldn’t It Be Nice - The Beach Boys (1988 / 1966)
  6. Tragedy - The Bee Gees (1979)
  7. Stand By Me - Ben E. King (1961)
  8. Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) - Beyoncé (2008)
  9. (I've Had) The Time of My Life - Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes (1987)
  10. Grenade - Bruno Mars (2010)
  11. My Heart Will Go On - Celine Dion (1997)
  12. Girls Just Want to Have Fun or Time After Time - Cyndi Lauper (1983 / 1984)
  13. I Touch Myself - The Divinyls (1990)
  14. War - Edwin Starr (1970)
  15. Always - Erasure (1994)
  16. All By Myself or Hungry Eyes - Eric Carmen (1975 / 1987)
  17. In the Mood - Glenn Miller (1939)
  18. I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor (1978)
  19. Don’t Stop Believin’ or Separate Ways (Worlds Apart) - Journey (1981 / 1983)
  20. Walking on Sunshine - Katrina and the Waves (1985)
  21. Firework - Katy Perry (2010)
  22. Danger Zone - Kenny Loggins (1986)
  23. Tik Tok - Ke$ha (2009)
  24. Thrift Shop - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (2012)
  25. Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough or Wanna Be Starting Something - Michael Jackson (1979 / 1983)
  26. Maniac - Michael Sembello (1983)
  27. Love Hurts - Nazareth (1974)
  28. Sister Christian - Night Ranger (1984)
  29. Push it to the Limit - Paul Engemenn (1983)
  30. In the Air Tonight - Phil Collins (1981)
  31. So What - P!nk (2008)
  32. Ghostbusters - Ray Parker Jr. (1984)
  33. Never Gonna Give You Up - Rick Astley (1987)
  34. Unchained Melody - The Righteous Brothers (1965)
  35. La Bamba - Ritchie Valens (1958)
  36. Space Jam - Quad City DJ's (1996)
  37. Push It - Salt-N-Pepa (1987)
  38. Whenever, Wherever - Shakira (2001)
  39. Eye of the Tiger - Survivor (1982)
  40. Africa or Hold the Line - Toto (1982 / 1978)
  41. Disco Inferno - The Trammps (1976)
  42. Ninja Rap - Vanilla Ice (1991)
  43. It’s Raining Men - The Weather Girls (1982)
  44. Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go - Wham! (1984)

Some other thoughts:

They should bring back I Need a Hero by Bonnie Tyler at some point. It is too perfect. The football music too, I always welcome football music used for anything but football (this Fox Sports theme would be great). Part of me also hopes they find a way to put Safety Dance to use, which is already in IV, but not for any key moment.

And no, this post isn’t over yet, the most important song for inclusion is, drum roll please…

With Arms Wide Open - Creed

It’s not that I see a particular way to integrate this song into Saints Row, or that I think this better than the rest of the songs; it’s that I like making fun of Creed, and I like when other people or things make fun of Creed. I also always thought the chorus was "'CAUSE I'M A MONKEY, I'M A MONKEY." And no, that isn't the chorus to With Arms Wide Open, but the jokes on you, I know you listen to Creed.

Yeah, so this is it for this list for now... I'm really bad at good byes... Um, yeah share your own possibly better picks or thoughts or something.

3 Comments Refresh
Posted by Sploder

A Whole New World and I Want it That Way- YES. Those would be perfect. Gett off by Prince would work well too.

Posted by morecowbell24

I thought about including a Prince song, but I ended up unable to commit to any. I'm surprised I didn't think of that one, it really fits the bill.

Posted by ShaggE

Strokin' by Clarence Carter. Just playing from opening to credits on loop.