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Twelve Game Music Tracks Worth Keeping

Zonk posted more than 6 years ago | from the not-just-de-bips-and-bloops dept.


The field of game music has gotten considerably better over the years, a fact that Games Radar highlights in a simple 'list article' about iPod-worthy game music. They highlight some obvious recent gems, like Coulton's "Still Alive" and "Hikari" from Kingdom Hearts, but also bring back some older goodies with choices like "Everybody Jump Around" from Jet Set Radio or "Chemical Plant" from Sonic 2. "Sonic games used to have amazing music. And while single-player Mystic Cave Zone came a close second, this has to make the list. It may be basic compared to modern CD recordings, but just listen to how each of the console's sound channels is used - it's remarkable. Intricate and dramatic, this industrial anthem builds and builds before seamlessly looping in a non-annoying way."

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Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21605277)

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Guitar Hero (3, Insightful)

INeededALogin (771371) | more than 6 years ago | (#21605317)

Just for the record... Guitar Hero Soundtracks should not count as they were not designed with the game in mind. Just thought I would get that out there before all the guitar hero freaks start saying Stairway to Heaven is the best game song of all time:-P

Re:Guitar Hero (5, Funny)

Chr0me (180627) | more than 6 years ago | (#21605683)

No stairway? Denied!

Castlevania Symphony of the Night Anyone? (3, Interesting)

BoyIHateMicrosoft! (1044838) | more than 6 years ago | (#21605379)

I think the music from the above mentioned PSone game was amazing. I think I must have played certain levels I didn't need to go through for the millionth time just so I could listen to the music. My favs are the Holy Chapel music, the Abandoned Mine music. Anyways just my two cents.

WHAT IS A MAN? (-1, Troll)

samwh (921444) | more than 6 years ago | (#21605431)

A miserable little pile of secrets. But enough talk, have at you!


CelticWhisper (601755) | more than 6 years ago | (#21605499)


God, those voice-overs were terrible. Fortunately, the music was more than enough to make up for them, though it did have the unfortunate tendency to leave me scrambling for the mute button when a dialogue sequence would come up, as I would previously have had the volume cranked up to enjoy the tunes. I think I've played and/or replayed more 'Vania games for their BGM than for their gameplay. Which is saying quite a bit considering the solid platforming fun to be had in the 2D series installments.


BoyIHateMicrosoft! (1044838) | more than 6 years ago | (#21605517)

They were really, really bad. I still love that little game though. I have to agree the music is always good. I always thought some of the BGM for the first one sounded like Bach's "Fugue". Maybe it was just me.

Another Gem for ya! (1)

BoyIHateMicrosoft! (1044838) | more than 6 years ago | (#21605505)

You claim to the love the darkness. Go then and dwell there for all eternity. Knowing these quotes mean simply I really need a life. What is a poor gamer girl to do though??


ClamIAm (926466) | more than 6 years ago | (#21605841)

There's actually a really awesome Castlevania remix [] that incorporates those voice samples...

Don't forget Lament of Innocence. (1)

Spy der Mann (805235) | more than 6 years ago | (#21605723)

House of Sacred Remains, Dark Palace of Waterfalls, and Garden Forgotten by Time.

And in Symphony, you forgot "Dance of Pales" (Olrox's headquarters)

Re:Don't forget Lament of Innocence. (1)

BoyIHateMicrosoft! (1044838) | more than 6 years ago | (#21605779)

I did indeed my bad. That one is awesome as well.

Actually it's kinda sad but I have never played Lament of Innocence. I never had the motivation to buy a PS2. How sad is that?

Re:Don't forget Lament of Innocence. (1)

I(rispee_I(reme (310391) | more than 6 years ago | (#21606139)

No great loss. The 3d Castlevania's are rather lackluster, and I wish Konami would pull out the stops and make a 2d CV for a home console.

Anyway, the Lament of Innocence mp3's can be found here [] , until their server 'splodes.

As usual, only CONSOLE games (3, Insightful)

samwh (921444) | more than 6 years ago | (#21605387)

Seriously, some of the work Jeremy Soule has done on games such as The Elder Scrolls and Guild Wars is astounding.

But more jarring then that seems to be the complete lack of Chrono Trigger. Or ANY Square(SOFT) music. Seriously, Kingdom Hearts? Hardly the best they have done.

On a side note, each track is on a different page, without a list to organize them by. Obviously a cheap ad-grab.

Re:As usual, only CONSOLE games (2)

vikhik (984981) | more than 6 years ago | (#21605527)

Elder Scrolls 3 : Morrowind has the best title theme of all time, seriously. The music has been on my iPod, and my friends iPods for as long as the game has been out.

Re:As usual, only CONSOLE games (1)

Sciros (986030) | more than 6 years ago | (#21605667)

Best title theme... I'd have to give that one to Baldur's Gate II... today haha. If you haven't heard it check it out. But Morrowind has a far better score overall. One I even listen to in my car while driving!

Re:As usual, only CONSOLE games (2, Interesting)

pushing-robot (1037830) | more than 6 years ago | (#21605921)

I'd have to say Civ4 has the best title theme I've ever heard in a game. [] The rest of the soundtrack didn't compare, but Chris Tin's bits were fantastic.

CT: To Far Away Times (3, Insightful)

Erioll (229536) | more than 6 years ago | (#21605821)

You're not wrong on Soule's work. I didn't like Guild Wars, but I don't regret buying the collector's edition purely because you got the game's soundtrack on CD, and the music was outstanding. As you said, his work on The Elder Scrolls was also good.

But considering they were going back into the console days, omitting one of the greatest tracks EVER imo is a great disgrace. The ending theme to Chrono Trigger (ranked the greatest RPG of all time on at least one list I've seen, and I don't disagree) is a piece called "To Far Away Times." It's a perfect blend of subtlety and power at different times. The music overall for the game is also a cut above nearly everything else, but this piece just pulls out all the stops and makes a masterpiece.

I found it on YouTube from an ending playthrough a guy did: here [] The song itself starts at EXACTLY 1m in, and ends around the 5:20 mark.

Re:CT: To Far Away Times (1)

Ambiguous Puzuma (1134017) | more than 6 years ago | (#21606087)

Speaking of which, anyone that enjoyed the music from Chrono Trigger should download the Chrono Symphonic remixes (including To Far Away Times): []

Planescape: Torment (3, Interesting)

myrrdyn (562078) | more than 6 years ago | (#21605393)

I think that "Planescape: Torment" also had some beautiful music tracks. Among my favourite themes: the main theme, the "smoldering corpse" and the credits (really different from others, but still "right atmosphere").

Re:Planescape: Torment (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21605483)

FFG's theme and the main theme were my favorites, but they aren't really that great without the story/game with them. They really served best as background music, rather than something to listen to by themselves.

Re:Planescape: Torment (3, Insightful)

Sciros (986030) | more than 6 years ago | (#21605531)

If you're going for PC RPGs from that time period, it's hard to get better than the scores composed by Michael Hoenig for Baldur's Gate I and II. Jeremy Soule's scoring of Icewind Dale was decent, as well.

Re:Planescape: Torment (1)

i kan reed (749298) | more than 6 years ago | (#21606195)

I wanted to mod you up, and I could have, but this is absolutely the most correct statement ever. The fact that there is Baldur's gate music playing right now is a testament to that. Also not on the list among music I've never heard anyone deny was incredible: Gerudo valley from Ocarina of Time, Tetris "A" music, and, oddly enough, "mute city" from the f-zero series. But baldur's gate across the board sweeps incredible sound tracks.

Bah, no Cannon Fodder? (4, Insightful)

isaac (2852) | more than 6 years ago | (#21605401)

Come on, how can you put a list like this together without mentioning the Cannon Fodder intro?! []


Metal Gear Solid (1)

sveard (1076275) | more than 6 years ago | (#21605403)

The music for Metal Gear Solid, especially that for Snake Eater, is awesome.

Re:Metal Gear Solid (1)

Saint_Waldo (541712) | more than 6 years ago | (#21605777)

Unless you're talking about the English lyrics of the main theme. And I quote:

Some days you go through the rain
Some days you feed on a tree frog

I rest my case.

Some PC titles have good music too (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21605407)

Quake 1, Doom, Deus Ex 2, Interstate 76, that I can think of offhand...

No Wipeout XL? (1)

amstrad (60839) | more than 6 years ago | (#21605411)

A lot of the tracks on the Wipeout XL [] soundtrack were developed directly for the game.

Katamari Damacy!!!! (5, Informative)

Cy Sperling (960158) | more than 6 years ago | (#21605419)

It is criminal that Katamari Damacy is nowhere to be found on that list. The principle theme is one of the stickiest (pun intended) melodies I have heard in a game. I am listening to the soundtrack right now! That simple catchy melody is transformed into such a wide array of styles and arrangements, and remains catchy and fun in every form. It is the only game I have ever sought out a soundtrack for. If only I could get the creepy red pandas out of my subconcious when I listen to it...

Re:Katamari Damacy!!!! (2, Informative)

Bones3D_mac (324952) | more than 6 years ago | (#21605927)

Check out the PlayAsia website sometime. There's a CD set of the soundtracks from the first three games for around $27. I'm tempted to buy a copy of the set to use in Beautiful Katamari on the 360.

For the record.... (2, Informative)

NeutronCowboy (896098) | more than 6 years ago | (#21605435)

I tried to purchase the JetSet Radio soundtrack. At $40 bucks, I thought it was a rip-off - especially since I had the game. Maybe one of the torrent sites has it.

Hikari from Kingdom Hearts? (3, Insightful)

CelticWhisper (601755) | more than 6 years ago | (#21605455)

I remember the craze over the game when it came out, but honestly I'm surprised the song is still that popular. Not that it's outright terrible or anything, but thinking back, I seem to remember it being relatively run-of-the-mill saccharine J-pop.

Again, not horrendous, but not really memorable either. There's much better game music out there. Look to Jeremy Soule, Hitoshi Sakimoto, Shoji Meguro, Yuki Kajiura, or Kurt Harland for examples. The article was spot-on in recommending Yamaoka's Silent Hill scores, though you do have to be just a little bit unhinged upstairs in order to enjoy SH1 as casual-listening material.

Offhand, I'd recommend Sakimoto's "Vagrant Story" score, Kajiura's "Xenosaga Episode 3," Meguro's "Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne" for those willing to let the ambience set in, or "Digital Devil Saga: Avatar Tuner" if you want something more casually listenable, and any of Harland's work on the Legacy of Kain series.

Re:Hikari from Kingdom Hearts? (2, Interesting)

Sciros (986030) | more than 6 years ago | (#21605511)

Fans of Kajiura should probably look more to her anime discography which easily eclipses what she has done for games. Her Xenosaga Ep. 2 and 3 scores are good (I prefer Ep. 2) but her best work is probably found in .hack, Noir, Mai Hime and Mai Otome, etc.

Re:Hikari from Kingdom Hearts? (2, Insightful)

CelticWhisper (601755) | more than 6 years ago | (#21605525)

Agreed, at least overall. Saga has a handful of standout tracks that, in my opinion, outshine Noir or Hack/Sign, but her anime work is consistently amazing. I only omitted mentioning it since the thread was on VGM and not anime music.

Re:Hikari from Kingdom Hearts? (1)

Sciros (986030) | more than 6 years ago | (#21605591)

I'd definitely agree that she's *consistent,* but to be honest I am getting a little impatient with her reluctance to experiment outside of this niche she's carved for herself. With her newer anime pieces (and Xenosaga Ep. 3) it's as if she's working from a "Generic Yuki Kajiura Soundtrack" template. I like her work, but the step she took with Noir, and then the step she took with Xenosaga Ep. 2 -- I would like more such progress from her. I still enjoy listening to all her soundtracks but sometimes I forget which one I'm listening to because there's often just not enough uniqueness there.

I can see that you know what you're talking about so I would like your thoughts on this ^_^

Twelve tracks? How about twelve hundred. (5, Informative)

Sciros (986030) | more than 6 years ago | (#21605459)

Video game music has come a long way, and I have about... oh, a LOT of it on my comp00tar at this point. I can't pick 12 favorite soundtracks, let alone 12 tracks. What I *can* do is recommend composers.

1) Yasunori Mitsuda. Some dislike him, but he has a certain style that can really draw the listener in. Xenosaga's orchestral pieces are very ambitious for a game. Notable scores: Chrono Cross, Xenosaga Episode 1

2) Yoko Shimomura. She has a problem using some really low-quality samples in some tracks, which is very apparent in KH2, but is generally quite good. Legend of Mana's end credits are fantastic. Notable scores: Legend of Mana, Kingdom Hearts 1 & 2, Mario RPG

3) Jeremy Soule. Every self-respecting gamer has to recognize this name at this point. A British composer who specializes in background orchestral music. Notable scores: Morrowind, Oblivion, Guild Wars

4) Koji Kondo. Composed the original Mario and Zelda themes. Very respected in the industry, but has yet to fully adjust to more current standards of using high-quality samples.

5) Hitoshi Sakimoto. Composer of FFXII's amazing score. While quite different from Nobuo Uematsu's FF scores, focusing less on melody and more on "theme," his music is reminiscent of John Williams with its complexity and orchestral balance.

6) Nobuo Uematsu. The great master himself, composer of many Final Fantasy scores. One of the most respected men in the business. Notable scores: FFVII, FFVIII

7) David Wise. Few have heard of him but this guy is one of the greatest. He wrote the music for Rare's games during its time with Nintendo. Playing the Tawfret track from the JFG soundtrack while going through a forest or swamp in an RPG makes the experience about ten times more immersive. This guy is a genius. Notable scores: DKC, DKC2, Jet Force Gemini

There are other great composers out there, but I encourage everyone to give these a listen for sure.

Re:Twelve tracks? How about twelve hundred. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21605561)

I was wondering who the first Sephiweenie to bitch was going to be. Congrats, you win the prize for "first Sephiweenie to mistake FF for having good music". And 12's music sucked too.

I was sure that Sephiroth's theme was going to make it onto that list, and I was quite relieved to see that it didn't.

In fact, with the exception of Jeremy Soule and David Wise, all those composers suck. Or at least the games they wrote for did. (And KH/KH2 mostly ripped music from Disney, so that hardly counts.)

Koji Kondo I'll give partial credit for creating great music on the NES, but more recent stuff has sucked.

And Nobuo Uematsu sucks. The only reason he's at all popular is thanks to the Sephiweenie crowd who think everything Final Fantasy is gold despite the small planet of evidence to the contrary (such as the entirety of FF11 and FF12).

Re:Twelve tracks? How about twelve hundred. (1)

Sciros (986030) | more than 6 years ago | (#21605627)

Actually I was going to say that Uematsu is heavily overrated considering his surprisingly low ratio of good pieces to bad/unmemorable pieces, but I imagined there to be more backlash from those who enjoy his better works than from brainless FF haters who can't even stay on the topic of *music* (I haven't played half the games I have soundtracks for) such as yourself.

Re:Twelve tracks? How about twelve hundred. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21605803)

I haven't played half the games I have soundtracks for
Why?! In a good game, the music and the game play come together to create a memorable experience. The music without the game is just worthless. There's a reason most movie soundtracks don't contain the background music - no one would want to listen to it, it's only interesting when combined with the entire experience.

In a bad game - well, let's just say there's a reason that most of the composers you listed were for JRPGs.

Re:Twelve tracks? How about twelve hundred. (1)

Sciros (986030) | more than 6 years ago | (#21605853)

Well, you see, I have listened to far, far more VG music than I own corresponding games for. I simply would never be able to find the time to play all the games I've heard music from. Of course having played a game add greatly to the level of enjoyment one gets from listening to the music on its own, but some soundtracks are indeed *standalone* in that they are enjoyable without having played the games they were written for. Chrono Cross is one of my favorite soundtracks, but I have never played the game and likely never will. Xenosaga Episode 1 I DETEST as a game, but I love the music.

And for the record I sometimes enjoy listening to the "background" music in a movie on its own if I can get a hold of it. I listen to A LOT of different music and find more of it listenable than not.

Re:Twelve tracks? How about twelve hundred. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21605673)

And Nobuo Uematsu sucks. The only reason he's at all popular is thanks to the Sephiweenie crowd who think everything Final Fantasy is gold despite the small planet of evidence to the contrary (such as the entirety of FF11 and FF12).

That statement just doesn't make any sense. Aside from the fact that your "Sephiweenie" label makes it clear that you're trolling, you do know that, regardless of whether you consider them good or not, he only had a small amount of influence on FFXI and FFXII's soundtracks, right?

Considering that Nobuo Uematsu was very well respected even before the FF series became a smash hit in the US, I have a feeling that either you're trolling or you just have no taste.

Re:Twelve tracks? How about twelve hundred. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21605757)

Every self-respecting gamer has to recognize this name at this point.

Why is that exactly? I've played games for over 25 years, own 2 of his games and I've never heard of him. I'm not denying hes good just I dont think I've ever heard anything hes done. The first thing I do on a game after installing is mute the music. I simply dont listen to music as I find it a distraction.

Re:Twelve tracks? How about twelve hundred. (1)

Sciros (986030) | more than 6 years ago | (#21605817)

Man, if you don't ever listen to the music in games why are you even posting here?

Re:Twelve tracks? How about twelve hundred. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21605785)

For Yoko Shimomura, I would also like to point out that she composed the Street Fighter II soundtrack.

Re:Twelve tracks? How about twelve hundred. (3, Informative)

Yosho (135835) | more than 6 years ago | (#21605815)

You managed to hit most of the big names, but I think it's worth also mentioning:

1) Koichi Sugiyama, composer of the Dragon Quest series, and the guy who made people take video game music seriously in the first place.

2) Sound Team JDK, though not a single person, is behind the music of the Ys series; the Ys series is, sadly, not very popular in the US, but I think you'll find that gamers who are familiar with the series agree that their soundtracks are among the very best.

Re:Twelve tracks? How about twelve hundred. (2, Informative)

KnightNavro (585943) | more than 6 years ago | (#21605995)

Agreed on the Ys. I still remember a lot of the tracks from Ys the Vanished Omens. It's amazing what they managed on the 8-bit Sega Master System. It's too bad not more than three people in the USA owned that game.

Re:Twelve tracks? How about twelve hundred. (1)

IorDMUX (870522) | more than 6 years ago | (#21605857)

8) Martin O'Donnell & Michael Salvatori. The artists in charge of the Halo series have produced some quite impressive pieces relying on orchestra, chorus, gutiar, and sci-fi synthesizer. Though all of their best stuff tends to have the same 'driven' feel, it is definitely good music, if not all that varied.

Re:Twelve tracks? How about twelve hundred. (1)

Sciros (986030) | more than 6 years ago | (#21605923)

Agreed. The Halo 2 score is very good; Ghosts of Reach, Unforgotten, and Epilogue in particular are my favorite tracks. I only wish the music were better integrated into the actual game, where it's unfortunately rather sparse.

I should probably have added them to the list I made, but the list has to end at some point ^_^ But while I'm at it, I'd like to add...

9) Kou Outani (Kow Otani). Composer of Shadow of the Collossus and like a billion anime series. PLEASE give the Shadow of the Collossus soundtrack a listen. It's half the reason the game leaves the strong impression it does, I swear.

Re:Twelve tracks? How about twelve hundred. (1)

Psx29 (538840) | more than 6 years ago | (#21606193)

Akira Yamaoka the man behind the Silent Hill soundtracks, is also amazing.

Re:Twelve tracks? How about twelve hundred. (1)

MoriaOrc (822758) | more than 6 years ago | (#21606227)

Mostly just posting in AoL "Me Too" mode, to say that all the composers on that list are worth checking out. There's some great stuff that gets made as video game soundtracks, even though the music is very good in it's own right. A few additions:

1) Yasunori Mitsuda did the Xenogears soundtrack a long time before Xenosaga Ep1's. The Xenosaga soundtrack draws a lot from the older Xenogears soundtrack, and I think the arranged version of Xenogears, Creid, is one his best albums. Chrono Cross is also amazing.

2) Not as good on average as the ones you listed, but Motoi Sakuraba (Valkyrie Profile, Star Ocean, Tales Of *) has some good stuff too.

3) Remix communities (and it's not all techno) have done some really good stuff with existing soundtracks. Check out OC Remix [] for a good example. Example of non-techno stuff: Chrono Symphonic [] .

Crusader (1)

locokamil (850008) | more than 6 years ago | (#21605479)

For what it's worth, I think George Oldziey's work on the Crusader: No Remorse and Cruasader: No Regret is the pinnacle of (old school) video game music.

Tracks that really rock the house: PARTY from No Regret, and M04 from No Remorse.

As for newer stuff, I have found myself listening to the Halo soundtracks a lot recently.

Re:Crusader (1)

jasontheking (124650) | more than 6 years ago | (#21605623)

yup , I enjoyed those as well :)


zelda: wind waker
metroid prime
descent 2

Re:Crusader (1)

locokamil (850008) | more than 6 years ago | (#21605783)

I had no idea that there are people out there who still remember the Crusader games.

Amazing, that makes my day.

Oh man... (1)

filterban (916724) | more than 6 years ago | (#21605503)

Chemical Plant Zone is actually already on my iPod - you can get a MIDI remix of it, and most older games, from VG Music [] . Spend a few hours on that site and relive some of the best games of all time.

Two old-school ones that should be included... (1)

CyberKender (135686) | more than 6 years ago | (#21605523)

...and whole soundtracks, not single pieces to boot: Quake 2 and MechWarrior 2. Both had excellent music for the whole game.

Amazing that the Portal ending song hasn't been mentioned yet.

Re:Two old-school ones that should be included... (1)

dorix (414150) | more than 6 years ago | (#21605839)

The summary mentioned the Portal ending song -- "Still Alive" by Jonathan Coulton.

Re:Two old-school ones that should be included... (1)

n00kie (986574) | more than 6 years ago | (#21605949)

It's there: "Out of cake?"

Re:Two old-school ones that should be included... (1)

Dan667 (564390) | more than 6 years ago | (#21606055)

Obviously, you are new around here. The cake is a lie.

Quake (4, Informative)

icebones (707368) | more than 6 years ago | (#21605543)

Quake 1 - the whole soundtrack. NIN also one of if not the only PC game that was designed to be put in a CD player to listen to the soundtrack.

Missing option - M.U.L.E. (1)

harrkev (623093) | more than 6 years ago | (#21605545)

I am probably dating myself, but M.U.L.E had one of the catchiest tunes that I ever heard. The actual intrument sounds weren't all that great, but what do you expect from a Commodore 64? [] .

Awesome game, awesome music.

Re:Missing option - M.U.L.E. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21605979)

Agreed. Great music. Great game!

Re:Missing option - M.U.L.E. (1)

Justjokin (1170167) | more than 6 years ago | (#21605997)

I used to rock M.U.L.E on the Atari 800!!! Base line stuck in my head as soon as I read this.

Re:Missing option - M.U.L.E. (1)

SydShamino (547793) | more than 6 years ago | (#21606067)

Speaking of C64 games, in addition to M.U.L.E. I really liked the introduction music to Frightmare [] . Great stuff. I spent a lot of time listening to that so I could reprogram it into the Commodore to play with the sound capabilities.

Sadly, if you get far enough into the game it just dies . . depending on the path you take the game either freezes, or gets garbled, or the screen blanks. I guess they shouldn't have spent so much disk space on the intro music... (The PC version on the other side of the disk has no music and is broken from page 1.)

Chrono Cross (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21605567)

Espeically the opening theme. But the entire game had a top end sound track. Some of the reorchestrated FF stuff is amazing as well, but since not actually part of the game hard to put down. Really Nobuo Uematsu should have more mentions.

Re:Chrono Cross (1)

dorix (414150) | more than 6 years ago | (#21605795)

Just so you know, Nobuo Uematsu wasn't involved in the Chrono Cross soundtrack; that was Yasunori Mitsuda.

[citation needed] []

c64 - galway or hubbard ftw! (1)

kn0tw0rk (773805) | more than 6 years ago | (#21605573)

What about the title tune from Wizball by Galway, or the tune from IK+ by Rob Hubbard.

Re:c64 - galway or hubbard ftw! (1)

kubrick (27291) | more than 6 years ago | (#21605843)

Also the Ocean tape loader music by Galway.

Casnio Night Zone (4, Funny)

k_187 (61692) | more than 6 years ago | (#21605583)

Bah, no list that has Sonic music is valid if it doesn't list the music to Casino Night zone. Especially with Lyrics!: Oh, casino night zone, casino night. Casino night zooone, casino nigght zoooone

Re:Casnio Night Zone (1)

superstick58 (809423) | more than 6 years ago | (#21606131)

Oh yes I loved the Sonic 2 music. Sonic 3 was good as well, but I remember I would use the debug code to go to the soundtrack screen and I'd just play the scores over and over because I like them so much. I did think that mystic cave zone was probably the best for me although I also really liked the Dr. Robotnik boss battle song.

A few more of my favorites (4, Interesting)

FleaPlus (6935) | more than 6 years ago | (#21605599)

It's kind of funny, but when I was kid for quite a while I would -only- listen to video game music, and had sort of a disdain for "normal" music. I guess that changed sometime in middle school, and I like all sorts of music now, but I still have a fondness for VG music. Here's a few more of my personal favorites, not listed in the article:

* "Radio" from Command and Conquer: Red Alert
* menu song from Forsaken (it's track 6 or 7 on the game CD... not sure if it has an actual title but the band that performed it is "The Swarm")
* "Tangerine" from Earthworm Jim 2 (soundtrack by Tommy Tallarico)
* the intro song from Earthworm Jim 2... I don't think I've ever seen it on a CD, but it's probably the first "a cappella" song I ever saw in a video game, even though it was just samples on a SNES/Genesis
* most of Mechwarrior II
* most of Katamari Damacy
* "Beyond the Bounds" from Zone of the Enders: Second Runner
* the operatic tracks from Heroes of Might & Magic II
* most of the Interstate '76 soundtrack
* one of the songs from Dr. Mario ("fever"?).
* "Skyward Fire" and "Save Me" from Unreal Tournament

Also, for those of you who haven't seen it already, OverClocked Remix has plenty of great freely-downloadable remixes of video game songs: []

Homeworld soundtrack (2, Interesting)

FlamerPope (218608) | more than 6 years ago | (#21605617)

I think that the music from Homeworld definitely deserves consideration. The combat themes help to highlight the different personalities of your enemies, and the thematic music for each music matches the deep-space atmosphere almost perfectly. The soundtrack was actually so popular that it was released as a separate CD in the "Game of the Year" edition.

Personally, I'd put their use of Samuel Barber's "Agnus Dei" (the choral version of his Adagio for Strings) at the top of any games-related music list, but they seem to be focusing on music especially composed for a game.

Re:Homeworld soundtrack (1)

PhoenixFlare (319467) | more than 6 years ago | (#21605959)

Personally, I'd put their use of Samuel Barber's "Agnus Dei" (the choral version of his Adagio for Strings) at the top of any games-related music list,

I don't know about being at the top of the list, but no argument that it was beautiful. And it perfectly suited the in-game events when it was used.

Re:Homeworld soundtrack (1)

pushing-robot (1037830) | more than 6 years ago | (#21606151)

I've got that CD. Agnus Dei is one of my favorite tracks, game soundtrack or otherwise.

My favorite track composed for a videogame is the menu theme from Civ4. [] If you like African choral music, don't miss it.

Command & Conquer is my pick. (1)

ToasterMonkey (467067) | more than 6 years ago | (#21605631)

The soundtrack from the original is my favorite.

Mega Man 3 Intro (1)

iamghetto (450099) | more than 6 years ago | (#21605637)

it's -amazing- the sound that the Capcom developers got out of that console. []

Re:Mega Man 3 Intro (1)

Chabil Ha' (875116) | more than 6 years ago | (#21605977)

Blue Lightning [] is its name. The link is to one of my favorite mixes of it.

Ecco (1)

mattb112885 (1122739) | more than 6 years ago | (#21605687)

I personally think Ecco 2: the tides of time has one of the best soundtracks for the mood of the game (which is very somber). Too bad the game was not too popular (probably because it's very hard and frustrating).

What about Portal? (1)

SacredByte (1122105) | more than 6 years ago | (#21605705)

What about the song that plays during the credits of Portal?

Re:What about Portal? (2, Funny)

Chabil Ha' (875116) | more than 6 years ago | (#21605953)

What? This one [] from TFA???? []

Re:What about Portal? (0, Offtopic)

SacredByte (1122105) | more than 6 years ago | (#21606081)

Sorry, I couldn't load TFA.... I'm having DNS issues ATM. I recently had Verizon's FiOS service installed here, and their DNS servers suck and/or are overloaded. I'm leaning towards and.

Re:What about Portal? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21605957)

FFS, it's the first song mentioned in the summary.

Obscure, but (1)

seebs (15766) | more than 6 years ago | (#21605709)

I rather liked the music in 3DO's _Starfighter 3000_.

No NES Metroid? Bah... (1)

jomama717 (779243) | more than 6 years ago | (#21605717)

Can't beat NES Metroid music [] (not me in video), particularly "Kraid's theme" - 2:03 in video.

Diablo (1)

halcyon1234 (834388) | more than 6 years ago | (#21605773)

The music from the main town in Diablo has been in my music collection since the game came out. I believe it plays in Tristam in Diablo II. Beautiful piece of music.

Snake Eater (1)

MBCook (132727) | more than 6 years ago | (#21605807)

What a thrill... []

In all seriousness, I have quite a few game soundtracks. Both Jet Set Radios, FF VII, MGS: 3 (which works very well away from the game), Katamari (and the sequel), a Zelda or two... there is quite a bit of very good music in games if you are listening. My favorite is probably my Super Smash Brothers: Melee CD. I got it as a pack in with an issue of Nintendo Power a couple of years ago. It has a bunch of fully orchestrated tracks from the game and sounds fantastic. It has a Metroid track, Yoshi's Story track, Kirby track, Pokemon track, and many more. I'd have gladly paid $20-$25 for it.

Too bad it's not all like that. It's hard to get many soundtrack CDs in the US (have to order them from Japan). Worse is that some games that have soundtracks I want have terrible soundtrack CDs. I thought the music in SSX 3 was fantastic, so I bought the soundtrack to it. It has like 10 tracks, only one of which I like. The game it's self had a ton more. The GTA soundtracks had everything, there was no excuse. Then again, there were missing tracks on the JSRF disc too (where was Aisle 10 by Scapegoat Wax?)

Oh well. Great music.

SimCity, surprisingly enough. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21605825)

Both 3000 and SimCity 4 have some masterful tracks.

Full Throttle (1)

dank zappingly (975064) | more than 6 years ago | (#21605877)

The intro track was pretty cool. I think it was by a band called the Gone Jackals, but it was a long time ago so I don't remember.

Re:Full Throttle (1)

Chabil Ha' (875116) | more than 6 years ago | (#21605993)

Right on the money. [] Full Throttle was one of my favorite adventure games, up there with the Secret of Monkey Island series. This one was cool because, like you mention, it featured music from a performing band.

Dune... (1)

Balinares (316703) | more than 6 years ago | (#21605907)

I wonder if anybody else still remembers what Stéphane Picq [] was able to do on the Dune soundtrack with a mere Ad Lib sound card? Damn, I loved what that guy made so much. I still own the Lost Eden soundtrack CD -- back in the day, making CDs of video game musics was unheard of. Gosh, I feel old now. :)

Mass Effect (1)

RamblinLonghorn (1074873) | more than 6 years ago | (#21605911)

I found Mass Effects score to be quite enjoyable. It has a very Blade Runner feel to it. Very pulsing rhythms and synth seem to enhance the moments of tension in the game, and the ending credits are something I'd love to play on rock band.

Sonic 3... (1)

ickoonite (639305) | more than 6 years ago | (#21605961)

...Ice Cap Zone.

Hands down the best evar. Fucking glorious.

Not sure about another eleven though. Probably a fair few Sonic ones in there.


C'mon, Utada Hikaru is the ONLY Square music? (2, Informative)

ZombieRoboNinja (905329) | more than 6 years ago | (#21605981)

How is it even physically possible to write this list without including Chrono Cross? []

Anyone for (1)

ChromeAeonium (1026952) | more than 6 years ago | (#21606011)

Sub-Terrania (Sega Genesis)? Great music, really good at setting the mood on some levels. I love the Crystal Space [] track.

Some of my favorites and remixes (1)

PoderOmega (677170) | more than 6 years ago | (#21606059)

Original game music:
-Might and Magic (and Heroes). Might and Magic VI, VII, and VIII had the tunes as CD tracks so they are easy to get if you own the game. Heores III had them as MP3s so that's even easier. I think most of the tunes are by Rob King. VII is my favorite
-Silent Hill 3 has a great soundtrack included with the PS2 game (at least the one I got).
-Oblivion. "atmosphere_07" is awesome. The theme is good as well, but Morrowind's is better.
-Wing Commander Privateer has some great tunes, esepically the New Constanople and Perry music. It is probably still there somewhere, but I downloaded all the tunes from [] . I couldn't find it after a quick search.

Remixes: -Sonic the Hedgehog 1 - Marble Zone. [] -Lots of Final Fantasy remixes. "To Zanarkand" has a couple good ones.

Album Rexies:
-Final Fantasy 7 - Voices of the Lifestream [] . Cid's Theme starts out wierd, but gets good. The Prelude and Main theme are good.
-Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo - Blood on the Asphalt [] Cammy, Ryu, Ken, Guile, Sagat, and Balrog stages are my favorite.

I liked the music in the late 80 and on pinballs.. (1)

Joe The Dragon (967727) | more than 6 years ago | (#21606123)

I liked the music in the late 80 and on pinballs.

The games that Brian Schmidt did the music on are good.
Chris Granner also did some good work on many games as well.

alot of the system 11 and later wms games have real good music like
Black Knight 2000
Banzai Run
Big Guns
Swords of Fury
Space Station

At the same time Data East Pinball games used a stereo sound midi like sound system for the music.

The pre DSC Williams WPC games also have good midi like music

The later DSC and stern S.A.M system games use recorded music and most of the games have good music.

The Capcom Pinball games used a cool mp3 based sound system with real good sound and music in them.

Alot of the pinball and video games that used the BSMT 2000 sound chip have good music also. []
Battletoads arcade is on of the games with good music that uses that chip

More info about the pinball sound systems is hear. []

Emperor of the Fading Suns (1)

Kingrames (858416) | more than 6 years ago | (#21606169)

If you get the opportunity, check out the soundtrack to Emperor of the Fading Suns. The Game CD can be put into a cd player and played just like any other, though the first cd track is the data track for the game.

It's really incredible music and nothing like what you'd find in a typical game. if you like classical music, you'll love it. I just don't know of any websites to send you to.

Redbook FTW (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21606181)

Descent 2
Carmageddon 2
Carmageddon 1
Mechwarrior 2 Mercenaries
Total Annihilation
Liberation Day

All are rock/metal escept for TA and LD.
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