Hello again music fans! In case you missed our initial announcement, Gameplanet is very excited to be partnering with Pandora to bring you a series of playlists we hope will pump up your gaming experience.

We've hand-picked songs which we feel fit extra-well when paired with upcoming games, but don't worry if you don't have the relevant game to jam alongside these tracks – they are just as good when you are chilling on the couch, chatting with friends, or simply trying to drown out the voices in your head.

Listen to our Mafia III playlist now

Last week we dropped the hammer with some Kiwi and Aussie tunes we know are a perfect fit for the racing chaos of Forza Horizon 3. This week, we built a playlist with Mafia III – out today! – in mind. Mafia III is an explosive sequel that brings African-American war vet Lincoln Clay the to the Deep South of the USA just as that country's involvement in the Vietnam War peaks. It's a time of rebellion, turbulence, grit, and gothic darkness.

However, Clay is no shrinking violet. He wages his own war against the criminal underworld of New Bordeaux as the game's soundtrack pumps out period-appropriate classic rock, country, soul, and rhythm & blues – alongside a score created by two of the gaming industry's greatest composers, Jesse Harlin and Jim Bonney.

However, sometimes you need to bring a little modern-era swagger to your game, and that's why our bespoke Mafia III Pandora playlist is your secret weapon. Not feeling the swamp boogie of Creedence Clearwater Revival or the howl of '60s mainstay The Animals? Fair enough, your parents probably made out to those bands, and they don't sound quite as dangerous 50 years on. Ditch those tunes and check out our take on the gangster soundtrack instead: a searing collection of classic hip-hop cuts featuring everyone who's anyone in the genre, all rapping about life as a present-day gangster.

Listen to our Mafia III playlist now

Biggie? You bet. Nas? Hell yeah. Jay-Z? Well, we'd hate to spoil the surprise. Just know it's a list of wall to wall bangers that are the perfect musical compliment to your criminal empire, in-game or not. Just remember us when you've taken over, and don't be surprised if when you spin these tunes, a spontaneous raucous party erupts in your living room!

So, what are you waiting for? Meet your connect, hit play or download the mobile app, and nod your head while dreaming of the fat stacks your empire will earn. Just be sure to check out our other game-themed playlists coming out each week this month thanks to Pandora. Happy listening!

what are you waiting for? Meet your connect, hit play or download the mobile app, and nod your head