Here's why the Grand Theft Auto's online commercial song sounds familiar

Amber Peake April 16, 2022
Here's why the Grand Theft Auto's online commercial song sounds familiar


Rockstar Games announced the launch of Grand Theft Auto V and GTA Online with a new commercial last month that featured a familiar 70s track, but what is the song?

While the commercial hyped the gameplay of the new releases, the featured song seems to have also caught the attention of audiences.

We take a look at why the Grand Theft Auto V and GTA online commercial song may sound familiar and where you have probably heard it before.

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Grand Theft Auto’s new online commercial song is a 70s classic

Last month Rockstar Games celebrated the launch of Grand Theft Auto V and GTA Online with a new commercial that explored the new releases’ gameplay along with a familiar tune.

Amid the hype of Grand Theft Auto V and GTA Online’s releases, some have wondered what the featured song heard within the commercial is.

For those who couldn’t quite name the tune, the song played in the commercial is Baker Street by Scottish singer-songwriter Gerry Rafferty.

Rafferty released Baker Street as a single in 1978, and it later featured on his album City To City, released that same year.

The Atlantic reports that following its release, the song reached the top five of music charts across the US, Canada, Australia and the UK.

In 2010 the song also surpassed five million worldwide radio plays and, at the time, was honoured by the Broadcast Music, Inc (BMI).

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Twitter soon recognised Baker Street’s iconic sax solo

Following the commercial’s release last month, it didn’t take long for Twitter users to acknowledge Gerry Rafferty’s classic soft rock tune:

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Here’s why Baker Street probably sounds familiar

Gerry Rafferty’s Baker Street has featured across many notable TV shows and film over the years. As per WhatSong, some of Baker Street’s features in recent years include Rick And Morty, Sing as well as Narcos: Mexico.

GTA’s 2022 use of the track is not its first commercial feature as, according to TV Ad Music, the song also featured in a 2010 advert for insurance company More Than.

Elsewhere the song has been covered by the likes of The Foo Fighters with another fan also recognising the songs use in the intro of American radio personality Dave Ramsey’s nationally syndicated The Ramsey Show:

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Amber is a freelance writer on The Focus who mainly covers anything celeb, music, and entertainment related. Having graduated with a BA (Hons) in Journalism from Brunel University in 2020, she has spent the last two years reporting the latest celeb news and pop culture trends across leading and national publishers. Starting her career at as a showbiz reporter, Amber began contributing on The Focus in 2021. As well as her work on the site, she has also written across other GRV Media publications, including both Reality Titbit and HITC. When she's not scrolling endlessly on TikTok, you'll find Amber wrapped up in yet another DIY crafting project.