After purchasing a sound system, from a small transistor to a Hi-Fi surround system, Sims will be able to listen to music through radio stations covering different music genres. Some games and expansions even allow players to add their own radio stations by using music from their computer. DJ booths typically don't feature the regular radio stations. They have unique genres of music that can be played instead, which the games internally treat the same as other radio stations.
The Sims Medieval is the only game to not feature any radio stations as radios are anachronistic to the time period. Instead, background music is played when viewing inside buildings.
The Sims features 9 radio stations, four of which are in the base game and the rest introduced with House Party. Other expansions add stations that can only be heard on community lots, and are produced from dedicated wall speakers.
The Sims OnlineEdit
The Sims Online features all of the same stations as The Sims, excluding the dedicated speaker stations included with Unleashed and Superstar. The game also introduces three unique radio stations:
- Old World
The Sims Bustin' OutEdit
The Sims Bustin' Out features six radio stations, four of which contain original music created specifically for the game. The Bluegrass and Techno stations reuse music from The Sims, House Party, and Superstar.
The Urbz: Sims in the CityEdit
Each district of Urbzville in The Urbz: Sims in the City has its own radio station (except for Skyline Beach, which shares the same station as Cozmo Street). Each station is unlocked for selection after its associated district is visited for the first time.
The Sims 2Edit
The Sims 2 features 20 different radio stations, as well as an additional Holiday-themed station that is only available to listen to on a specific stereo. An additional 4 stations are exclusive to the DJ booth. 6 stations are available with the base game, with others being introduced through expansion packs. Each expansion and stuff pack also added new music to the existing stations as well, many of which are Simlish versions of real-life songs.
All stations except for College Rock and Jazz have a corresponding wall-mounted speaker which only plays that station, and can only be placed on community lots.[n 2] Some expansion and stuff packs also added to existing stations.
With FreeTime, custom radio stations can be created from the audio options menu. Players are able to create and name their own custom radio stations, and choose a playlist of songs to be played on it. Songs from any existing radio station, as well as all Build Mode, Buy Mode, Create-A-Sim, and Neighborhood View music can be added to the custom station. All custom radio stations are grouped under the "Custom Station..." pie menu and can be played on any stereo in-game, but cannot be played on wall-mounted speakers.
The Sims StoriesEdit
The Sims 2 (console)Edit
The console version of The Sims 2 features nine radio stations with entirely unique music, but reuses music from The Sims 2 Nightlife for the different modes of the game. Many of the songs were originally recorded for The Urbz: Sims in the City and were held over to be used in The Urbz 2, which was ultimately refactored into The Sims 2. Other songs in the game are remastered versions of existing songs from selected artists' work.
Several real-life songs were rerecorded into Simlish, and can be played individually on a stereo, much like selecting a radio station. These artists are Fischerspooner, Kitty Shack, MXPX, Paramore, Reggie & the Full Effect, and Trivium.
The Sims 3Edit
The Sims 3 features 27 radio stations, containing a mixture of original music, Simlish versions of real-world music, and reused music from previous games in the series. 6 stations are available with the base game, with others being introduced through expansion packs and stuff packs.
Sims can have a favourite station set for them in Create-A-Sim. They will gain a +40 "Enjoying Music" moodlet when listening to their favourite station, and will select it automatically when dancing or autonomously turning on the stereo.
The Custom station allows players to add their own custom music to the game. Unlike The Sims 2, it's not possible to create other custom radio stations without mods.
The Sims 4Edit
The Sims 4 features 28 radio stations, with an additional 10 stations exclusive to the DJ booth. 7 radio stations are included with the base game, with 4 stations being introduced to the game through patches. All other stations are introduced with expansion packs, game packs, and stuff packs.
Unlike previous games, there are no dedicated custom radio stations in The Sims 4. Custom music can be added (with the exception of Talk Radio) to existing stations. The Talk Radio station is also unique in that Sims cannot dance to it.
Appearances by gameEdit
|Radio Stations||The Sims||The Sims Online||The Sims Bustin' Out||The Sims 2||The Sims 2 (console)||The Sims Stories||The Sims 3||The Sims 4|
Popular radio stationsEdit
Beach and Caribbean-influencedEdit
Tropical music is included in the series under many different names. It is called Beach in The Sims: House Party and The Sims Castaway Stories. Reggae appears in The Sims 2: Bon Voyage. Island appears in The Sims Castaway Stories and The Sims 4: Island Living. Beach Party and Island Life appear in The Sims 3: Island Paradise.
Country mainly appears in The Sims, The Sims 2: Pets, The Sims Pet Stories, and The Sims 3: Pets. Bluegrass is a radio station in The Sims Bustin' Out (console), The Sims 2 (console). Country Dance is a party-themed radio station in The Sims: House Party. Country is alternatively known as Backyard in The Sims 4: Perfect Patio Stuff.
Techno is included in The Sims: House Party, The Sims Bustin' Out (console), and The Sims 2. New Wave appears in The Sims 2: Open For Business. Electronica is a radio station in The Sims Pet Stories, The Sims 3, and The Sims 4.
Hip-Hop is included in The Sims Bustin' Out (console), The Sims 2, The Sims 3: Late Night, and The Sims 4. A similar station called Rap appears in The Sims: House Party and The Sims 3: 70s, 80s, & 90s Stuff.
Pop is included in The Sims Bustin' Out (console), The Sims 2, The Sims 2 (console), The Sims Pet Stories, The Sims 3, and The Sims 4. It also borrows elements from other styles with different names such as Tween Pop in The Sims 4: Kids Room Stuff, S-Pop in The Sims 4: City Living, and Latin Pop in The Sims 4: Jungle Adventure.
R&B and SoulEdit
Rock is included in the series under many different names. It is called Rock in The Sims and The Sims 3: 70s, 80s, & 90s Stuff. Metal appears in The Sims Bustin' Out (console) and The Sims 2. Jam Bands appears in The Sims 2: Seasons. Surf appears in The Sims 2: Bon Voyage. Indie Wave and Indie are radio stations in The Sims 2: FreeTime and The Sims 3. College Rock and Geek Rock appear in The Sims 2: University and The Sims 3: University Life. Alternative is a radio station introduced in The Sims 4.
- ↑ These stations are only available on the Wurl 'N' Hurl Retro Jukebox, the Turntablitz DJ Booth, and custom items based on them.
- ↑ Custom content speakers for the College Rock and Jazz stations are available from ModTheSims.
- ↑ Pets adds songs to this station
- ↑ Teen Style Stuff adds songs to this station
- ↑ Family Fun Stuff, Pets, Seasons, FreeTime, and Apartment Life add songs to this station
- ↑ This is the default station.
- ↑ Glamour Life Stuff, Pets, and Apartment Life add songs to this station
- ↑ Pets and Apartment Life add songs to this station
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Can only be played on the DJ booth
- ↑ This station exclusively plays Buy Mode music from The Sims.
- ↑ This station exclusively plays Build Mode music from The Sims.
- ↑ This station plays the same music from The Sims: Makin' Magic.
- ↑ 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 Can only be played on the DJ booth
- ↑ These stations play the same music as the radio stations from The Sims and The Sims: House Party.
- ↑ No longer exclusive to Get Famous as of Patch 88.
- ↑ Get Famous adds songs to this station.
- ↑ Added with Patch 46.
- ↑ Added with Patch 46.
- ↑ Plays music from previous The Sims titles.
- ↑ Added with Patch 5.
- ↑ Spooky Stuff, Vampires and Realm of Magic add songs to this station.
- ↑ Added with Patch 9.
- ↑ Seasons adds songs to this station.
- ↑ Makes Sims "Focused"
- ↑ DJ Booth with level 5 DJ skill
- ↑ DJ Booth with level 4 DJ skill
- ↑ DJ Booth with level 3 DJ skill
- ↑ DJ Booth with level 9 DJ skill
- ↑ DJ Booth with level 2 DJ skill
- ↑ DJ Booth with level 8 DJ skill
- ↑ DJ Booth with level 7 DJ skill
- ↑ DJ Booth with level 2 DJ skill
- ↑ DJ Booth with level 10 DJ skill
- ↑ DJ Booth with level 6 DJ skill
- ↑ This station plays Disco music from The Sims House Party.
- ↑ No Horror station exists in The Sims 2 itself, but a series of Horror-themed music was made available on the official The Sims 2 website.
- Sims2Wiki - Sims 2 music
- Simpedia - Music at the Wayback Machine (archived March 24, 2011)
- Sim-Wolf Radio - List of Songs