Forza Horizon 5 offers breathtaking scenery, adrenaline-pumping races, and more to see and do in its magnificent view of Mexico. While some may like to navigate the vast desert in complete silence, with the sound of wind and cars passing by, others will choose to listen to the many radio stations present in the game.
There are six different radio stations in Forza Horizon 5, ranging from rock to EDM, with a decent array of other genres in the middle. Each station offers firecrackers, but some are definitely more stacked than others. There is nothing more satisfying than crossing the finish line at full speed while the Beastie Boys’ “Intergalactic” blasts through your speakers or hearing Tom Morello shred in unison with The Struts in their song “Wild Child”.
6 Radio Eterna
While not a terrible station, classic Radio Eterna sits firmly at the bottom of the list. For the most part, the trails are quite acceptable, but when you’re cruising the vast desert at over a hundred miles an hour it can kill the vibe and the vibes. That doesn’t mean it’s squeaky or anything like that, just not the music I would consider playing at a festival.
However, the saving grace of Radio Eterna is that it is a great station to broadcast to take in the magnificent views and atmosphere and relax for the day. But, for the most part, you’ll travel the world, take part in races, and complete a wide variety of challenges, making this opportunity rare.
5 Low Horizon Arena
Let’s put it aside. “Channel 43” by Deadmau5 and Wolfgang Gartner is an absolute banger that will always pump you up while speeding up the mind-blowing twists and turns of the Horizon Festival. However, the vast majority of this playlist leaves something to be desired.
Aside from Midnight Kids’ “Everything You Are” or CloudNone and Direct’s “Margarita”, each track is just passable, almost missing the mark of what you’d expect from the Horizon Bass Arena, the hype and excitement. Although these tracks are present here and there throughout the playlist, they are difficult to find, which is disappointing.
4 Hospital records
Hospital Records delivers the speed, progression, and raw energy you expect from a drum and bass playlist and performs its mission effortlessly, except it could have used a few extra tracks like Metrik’s “Utopia” or Etherwood’s “Naperone”.
Overall, Hospital Records has a solid compilation of drum and bass tracks that are sure to have you skyrocketing the charts as you play along to complex beats and sounds. Don’t sleep on Hospital Records Playlist if you’ve avoided it for some reason.
3 Block Party
Of course, you can’t have radio stations without including the juggernaut hip-hop and R’n’B genres, which Block Party handles exceptionally well. With a solid compilation of artists ranging from the Beastie Boys, Lil Nas X, Run DMC, Aloe Blacc and many more stars of the genre, this playlist is close to all the bangers.
The only thing stopping Block Party from climbing to the top of the list are the other station’s impeccable lists, which are slightly better than what you see featured on that radio station. There are so many groovy, catchy, straightforward bops in these last three playlists combined, leaving room for argument for each one deserving the top spot.
2 Horizon XS
Even with Horizon XS featuring bands like Bring Me The Horizon, The Foo Fighters, and Nothing But Thieves, it’s still a bit lacking compared to the last installment’s tracklist, which featured Queens of the Stone Age, Underoath, and The Wonder. Years. There was a certain edge to the compilation of songs from the previous year which seems to be missing here.
Although, that aside, Horizon XS offers a more low-key approach here, focusing more on high-speed rock anthems as opposed to the Metalcore goodness we’ve all been expecting. Nonetheless, it’s still a solid mix of songs and artists that deserve the recognition that will thrill you as you pass other cars like a bullet rushing through the finish line.
1 Horizon pulse
Entering Forza Horizon 5, we were sure that Horizon XS would have the best radio station based on the incredible quality of its playlist last year. However, Horizon Pulse has phenomenal bops and delivers an almost perfect roster of solid songs that will have you grooving and nodding to the poppy beats.
Some of the best tracks from Horizon Pulse stations are “Where We Started” by PRXZM, “New Heartbreak” by Sad Alex, “Levitating” by Dua Lipa and, of course, “The Valley of the Pagans” by Gorrilaz with Beck. And, trust us, there are many, many more catchy songs to disappear into as you race through Mexico as part of the Forza Horizon Festival.
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