Jukebox: Best Songs from Fallout 3 and New Vegas

Known for using famous American swing tunes dating back to the 1930s, the latest installments in the Fallout series prove a great introduction to the cheerful atmosphere of a bygone era in US music history.

 

In addition to being used as a form of dramatic irony to emphasize the bleak nature of life in the post-nuclear wasteland, these swing songs are perfect for a leisurely listen and could very much brighten your day:

Kay Kyser – Jingle Jangle Jingle
“Though I may have done some fooling this is why I never fell~”

A song celebrating the carefree aspects of singlehood, this joyous number by Kay Kyser is both catchy and crisp in its delivery, and will definitely have you, I quote, “riding merrily along”.

Jack Shaindlin – Let’s Go Sunning
“Life’s worth living, If nature’s giving~”

Revel in the joy of the outdoors with Shaindlin’s song as she sings about enjoying life on a beautiful day. A feel-good song that calms the soul, Let’s Go Sunning reminds listeners that life’s high points make the entire journey worthwhile.

Bob Crosby and the Bobcats – Way Back Home
“The love the liveliest, the life the loveliest, way back home~”

A more mellow, soulful track that expresses the homesickness of a man far away from home, Crosby croons about the little things – from nature to the pretty girls – that make home truly the sweetest place. Through Crosby’s song comes a reminder to appreciate the small things in life.

Dean Martin – Ain’t That A Kick in the Head
“How lucky can one guy be? I kissed her and she kissed me~”

Oozing pure class and jazzy finesse. Martin’s Ain’t That A Kick in the Head depicts the elation of experiencing requited love. Going through the flurry of happy thoughts in a man’s mind when his interest is reciprocated, many who have been/are in love can definitely relate with the smoothly-delivered lyrics.

Such is the allure of the song that it was used in a winning dance routine for one episode of the popular US talent show Dancing with the Stars. A timeless classic, that’s for sure.

Cole Porter – Anything Goes
“Good authors too, who once knew better words, now only use four-letter words, writing prose… Anything goes~”

Anything Goes is about how life continuously changes, with social norms never remaining the same over time. The song touches on changing dress codes, the acceptance of previously “mad” behavior and other societal shifts that people still contend with today, but does it in a catchy, lighthearted manner that’s pleasant to the ears.

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4 thoughts on “Jukebox: Best Songs from Fallout 3 and New Vegas

  1. Really enjoyed this, my only problem is that I’ve heard every song upwards of 9,000,000 times and if I were to hear it in the real world I’m worried that I might revert to being the Vault Dweller for real.

    1. Thanks! It could’ve been worse…could’ve been… Johnny Guitar *shudders*. As for “vault dwelling”, I think you’ll see a resurgence this November when Fallout 4 releases.

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