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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.

Radio stations[]

The Sims[]

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.

Base Game
  • Classical
  • Country
  • Latin
  • Rock
House Party[n 1]
  • Beach
  • Country Dance
  • Disco
  • Rap
  • Techno
Hot Date
  • Classical Strings (grey Nonstop Noise Wall Speaker only)
  • Easy Listening (Audible Enlightenment Wall Speaker only)
Unleashed
  • Zydeco (green Nonstop Noise Wall Speaker only)
  • Live Band (Screaming Buttress Wall Speaker only)
Superstar
  • Orchestra (Return of the Vacuum Tube only)

The Sims Online[]

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:

  • Horror
  • Old World
  • Sci-Fi

The Sims Bustin' Out[]

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.

  • Bluegrass
  • Hip-Hop
  • Metal
  • Pop
  • Smooth Jazz
  • Techno

The Urbz: Sims in the City[]

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 2[]

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.

Base Game
University
Nightlife
Open for Business
Pets
  • Country
Happy Holiday Stuff
  • Holiday (Funky the Snowman only)
Seasons
Bon Voyage
  • Big Band
  • Reggae
  • Surf
  • World
Freetime
  • Indie Wave

The Sims Stories[]

Pet Stories
  • Country
  • Electronica
  • Indie
  • Jazz
  • Pop
Castaway Stories
  • Beach
  • Disco
  • Island
  • Zydeco

The Sims 2 (console)[]

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.

  • Alternative Rock
  • Ambient Dub
  • Bluegrass
  • Industrial
  • Lounge Music
  • Nu-Metal
  • Pop
  • Punk Pop
  • Trance Dance

The Sims 3[]

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 favorite 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.

Base Game
  • Fav Classical.png Classical
  • Fav Custom.png Custom
  • Fav Electronica.png Electronica
  • Fav Indie.png Indie
  • Fav Kids.png Kids
  • Fav Latin.png Latin
  • Fav Pop.png Pop
World Adventures
  • Fav Chinese.png Chinese
  • Fav French.png French[n 12]
  • Fav Egyptian.png Egyptian
Ambitions
  • Fav Roots.png Roots
  • Fav Soul.png Soul
Fast Lane Stuff
  • Fav Rockabilly.png Rockabilly
Late Night
  • Fav Hip-Hop.png Hip-Hop
Pets
  • Fav R&B.png R&B
  • Fav Country Music.png Country
  • Fav Songwriter.png Songwriter
Showtime
Supernatural
  • Fav Dark Wave.png Dark Wave
70's, 80's, & 90's Stuff[n 13]
  • Fav Disco.png Disco
  • Fav Rap.png Rap
  • Fav Rock.png Rock
University Life
  • Fav Geek Rock.png Geek Rock
Island Paradise
  • Fav Beach Party.png Beach Party
  • Fav Island Life.png Island Life
Movie Stuff
  • Fav Spooky.png Spooky
  • Fav Epic.png Epic
  • Fav Western.png Western
Into the Future
  • Fav DigiTunes.png DigiTunes

The Sims 4[]

The Sims 4 currently features 31 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.

Sims can select their favorite music genres with the likes and dislikes system in Create a Sim.

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.

Base Game
Get to Work
  • TS4 Like Easy Listening Music.png Easy Listening
Perfect Patio Stuff
  • TS4 Like Backyard Music.png Backyard
Spa Day
Get Together
Romantic Garden Stuff
  • TS4 Like Baroque Music.png Baroque
Dine Out
  • TS4 Like Jazz Music.png Jazz
Kids Room Stuff
  • TS4 Like Tween Pop Music.png Tween Pop
City Living
  • Talk Radio
  • TS4 Like World Music.png World
Bowling Night Stuff
Cats & Dogs
  • TS4 Like Singer-Songwriter Music.png Singer-Songwriter
Jungle Adventure
  • TS4 Like Latin Music.png Latin
  • TS4 Like Latin Pop Music.png Latin Pop
Seasons
  • TS4 Like Summer Strut Music.png Summer Strut
StrangerVille
  • TS4 Like Strange Tunes Music.png Strange Tunes
Island Living
  • TS4 Like Island Music.png Island Radio
Eco Lifestyle
  • TS4 Like Americana Music.png Americana
Nifty Knitting Stuff
  • TS4 Like Focus Music.png Focus
  • TS4 Like Metal Music.png Metal
Journey to Batuu
  • Batuu Radio
  • DJ R-3X Stereo[n 36]
Snowy Escape
  • TS4 Like Japanese Folk Music.png Japanese Folk
Cottage Living
  • Cottagecore

Appearances by game[]

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
Alternative TS4 Icon.png
Alternative Rock TS2C icon.png
Ambient Dub TS2C icon.png
Americana TS4 EP9 Eco Lifestyle Icon.png
Backyard TS4PPS Icon.png
Baroque TS4RGS Icon.png
Batuu Radio TS4 GP9 Journey to Batuu Icon.png
Beach Party TS3IP Icon.png
Beach The Sims House Party.gif The Sims Online Logo.png TSCS Icon.png
Big Band The Sims 2 Bon Voyage Icon.png
Bluegrass Bo logo.gif TS2C icon.png
Blues TS4 Icon.png
Chinese TS3WA Icon.png
Classical The Sims Icon.png The Sims Online Logo.png The Sims 2 Nightlife Icon.png TS3 Icon.png TS4 Icon.png
College Rock The Sims 2 University Icon.png
Cottagecore TS4 EP11 Cottage Living Icon.png
Country Dance The Sims House Party.gif The Sims Online Logo.png
Country The Sims Icon.png The Sims Online Logo.png The Sims 2 Pets Icon.png TSPS Icon.png TS3P Icon.png
Dark Wave TS3SN Icon.png
DigiTunes TS3ITF Icon.png
Disco The Sims House Party.gif The Sims Online Logo.png TSCS Icon.png TS3DCS Icon.png
DJ R-3X Stereo TS4 GP9 Journey to Batuu Icon.png
Easy Listening The Sims Hot Date.gif The Sims Online Logo.png TS4GTW Icon.png
Egyptian TS3WA Icon.png
Electronica TSPS Icon.png TS3 Icon.png TS4 Icon.png
Epic TS3MS Icon.png
Focus TS4SP17Icon.png
French TS3WA Icon.png
Geek Rock TS3UL Icon.png
Hip Hop Bo logo.gif The Sims 2 Icon.png TS3LN Icon.png TS4 Icon.png
Holiday The Sims 2 Happy Holiday Stuff Icon.png
Horror The Sims Online Logo.png [n 37]
Housemix The Sims 2 Nightlife Icon.png
Indie Wave The Sims 2 Icon.png
Indie TSPS Icon.png TS3 Icon.png
Industrial TS2C icon.png
Island Life TS3IP Icon.png
Island TSCS Icon.png TS4 EP7 Island Living Icon.png
Jam Bands The Sims 2 Seasons Icon.png
Japanese Folk TS4 EP10 Snowy Escape Icon.png
Jazz The Sims 2 University Icon.png TSPS Icon.png TS4DO Icon.png
Kids TS3 Icon.png TS4 Icon.png
Latin The Sims Icon.png The Sims Online Logo.png TS3 Icon.png TS4AT Icon.png
Latin Pop TS4AT Icon.png
Live Band The Sims Unleashed.gif
Lounge Music TS2C icon.png
Lullabies TS4 Icon.png
Metal Bo logo.gif The Sims 2 Icon.png TS4SP17Icon.png
New Age The Sims 2 Seasons Icon.png TS4SD Icon.png
New Wave The Sims 2 Open for Business Icon.png
NuDisco Bowling Night Stuff Icon.png
Nu-Metal TS2C icon.png
Old World The Sims Online Logo.png
Oldies The Sims 2 Nightlife Icon.png
Orchestra The Sims Superstar.gif
Pop Bo logo.gif The Sims 2 Icon.png TS2C icon.png TSPS Icon.png TS3 Icon.png TS4 Icon.png
Punk Pop TS2C icon.png
R&B The Sims 2 Icon.png TS3P Icon.png
Rap The Sims House Party.gif The Sims Online Logo.png TS3DCS Icon.png
Reggae The Sims 2 Bon Voyage Icon.png
Retro TS4 Icon.png
Rock The Sims Icon.png The Sims Online Logo.png TS3DCS Icon.png
Rockabilly TS3FLS Icon.png
Romance TS4 Icon.png
Roots TS3A Icon.png
Salsa The Sims 2 Icon.png
Sci-Fi The Sims Online Logo.png
Shopping The Sims 2 Open for Business Icon.png
Singer-Songwriter TS4 Cats and Dogs Icon.png
Smooth Jazz Bo logo.gif
Songwriter TS3P Icon.png
Soul TS3A Icon.png
Spooky TS3MS Icon.png TS4 Icon.png
S-Pop TS4 Icon.png
Strange Tunes The Sims 4 StrangerVille Icon.png
Summer Strut TS4 Seasons Icon.png
Surf The Sims 2 Bon Voyage Icon.png
Talk Radio TS4 City Living Icon.png
Techno The Sims House Party.gif The Sims Online Logo.png Bo logo.gif The Sims 2 Icon.png
Trance Dance TS2C icon.png
Tween Pop The Sims 4 Kids Room Stuff Logo.png
Western TS3MS Icon.png
Winter Holiday TS4 Icon.png
World The Sims 2 Bon Voyage Icon.png TS4 City Living Icon.png
Zydeco The Sims Unleashed.gif TSCS Icon.png

Popular radio stations[]

All popular radio stations features conventional category that identifies some pieces of music in all Sims games with different names with musical elements.

Fav Beach Party.png Tropical and Caribbean-influenced[]

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.

Fav Country Music.png Country[]

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. Americana is an American-styled radio station included in The Sims 4: Eco Lifestyle.

Fav Classical.png Classical[]

Classical mainly appears in The Sims, The Sims 2: Nightlife, The Sims 3, and The Sims 4. A similar station called Baroque appears in The Sims 4: Romantic Garden Stuff.

Fav Disco.png Disco[]

Disco can be found in The Sims: House Party, The Sims Castaway Stories, and The Sims 3: 70s, 80s, & 90s Stuff. Disco is alternatively known as NuDisco in The Sims 4: Bowling Night Stuff.

Fav Electronica.png Electronic[]

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.

Fav Hip-Hop.png Hip-Hop[]

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.

Bass skill icon.png Jazz[]

Jazz is included in The Sims 2: University, The Sims Pet Stories, and The Sims 4: Dine Out. A similar station called Smooth Jazz is included in The Sims Bustin' Out (console).

Fav Latin.png Latin[]

Latin appears in The Sims, The Sims 3, and The Sims 4: Jungle Adventure (along with Latin Pop). A similar station called Salsa is included in The Sims 2.

Fav Pop.png Pop[]

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, and Latin Pop in The Sims 4: Jungle Adventure.

Fav R&B.png R&B and Soul[]

R&B first appeared in The Sims 2, and was later included in The Sims 3: Pets. Soul is a radio station that first appeared in The Sims 3: Ambitions. In The Sims 3, the icon for R&B is taken from a famous photo of Ray Charles.

Fav Rock.png Rock[]

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), The Sims 2, and The Sims 4: Nifty Knitting Stuff. Jam Bands appears in The Sims 2: Seasons. Surf appears in The Sims 2: Bon Voyage, and a station with a similar surf rock sound, Strange Tunes, appears in The Sims 4: StrangerVille. 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.

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Notes[]

  1. These stations are only available on the Wurl 'N' Hurl Retro Jukebox, the Turntablitz DJ Booth, and custom items based on them.
  2. Custom content speakers for the College Rock and Jazz stations are available from ModTheSims.
  3. Pets adds songs to this station
  4. Teen Style Stuff adds songs to this station
  5. Family Fun Stuff, Pets, Seasons, FreeTime, and Apartment Life add songs to this station
  6. This is the default station.
  7. Glamour Life Stuff, Pets, and Apartment Life add songs to this station
  8. Pets and Apartment Life add songs to this station
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 9.7 Can only be played on the DJ booth
  10. This station exclusively plays Buy Mode music from The Sims.
  11. This station exclusively plays Build Mode music from The Sims.
  12. This station plays the same music from The Sims: Makin' Magic.
  13. These stations play the same music as the radio stations from The Sims and The Sims: House Party.
  14. No longer exclusive to Get Famous as of Patch 88.
  15. Get Famous adds songs to this station.
  16. 16.0 16.1 Added with Patch 46.
  17. Plays music from previous The Sims titles.
  18. Added with Patch 5.
  19. Spooky Stuff, Vampires, Realm of Magic and Paranormal Stuff add songs to this station.
  20. No longer exclusive to City Living as of Patch 103.
  21. City Living adds songs to this station.
  22. Added with Patch 9.
  23. Seasons adds songs to this station.
  24. Makes Sims "Focused"
  25. DJ Booth with level 5 DJ skill
  26. DJ Booth with level 4 DJ skill
  27. DJ Booth with level 3 DJ skill
  28. DJ Booth with level 9 DJ skill
  29. DJ Booth with level 2 DJ skill
  30. DJ Booth with level 8 DJ skill
  31. DJ Booth with level 7 DJ skill
  32. DJ Booth with level 2 DJ skill
  33. DJ Booth with level 10 DJ skill
  34. DJ Booth with level 6 DJ skill
  35. This station plays Disco music from The Sims House Party.
  36. Only available on Droids and the DJ R-3X DJ set.
  37. 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.

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