When Fallout 3 was released in 2008, I was twenty years old. My favorite musical artists were Gorillaz and Daft Punk. There is no reason that I should have fallen in love with 1940's showtunes, but I did, and to me there is no greater indicator of how well Fallout used music to establish atmosphere.
The capital wasteland should be a bleak and terrifying place, but with my Pip-Boy tuned to Galaxy News Radio, abandoned buildings felt warm and inviting. I looted bodies to Bob Crosby. I fought the Enclave to Tex Beneke. I was a mighty, mighty man, young and in my prime, and I loved every minute of it.