There are a lot of reasons to enjoy a Fallout game: the story, the character creation, the sense of exploration. But the element that holds everything together is the fantastic music. The more recent games let you listen to the radio on your character’s wrist-worn Pip-Boy computer, where you can not only hear news from around the wasteland, but also classic tunes from the likes of Billie Holiday or Billy Ward and his Dominoes. Roaming the post-apocalyptic world can be depressing, but the right music not only makes it bearable, but actually enjoyable.
Fallout 4 continues this tradition, offering a mix of new songs and ones featured in previous games. Just hearing "I Don’t Want to Set the World on Fire" makes me want to explore a derelict building in search of supplies — it was my absolute favorite song from Fallout 3, and hearing it again in the sequel brings back plenty of fond memories. You can check out the game for yourself when it launches tomorrow, but in the mean time, here are a few tracks to get you in the mood for the end of the world.