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Top 17 Songs From Video Games

Updated on November 1, 2017
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Poppy Reid is a proofreader for Japan Info and a video game enthusiast. She lives in Tokyo and has two hamsters named Zelda and Hemingway.

There are many movies renowned for their accompanying theme music - the Harry Potter series, the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the Last Samurai, to name a few. Video games also have some incredible soundtracks, and are well-remembered for them. Here is a list of great games with great soundtracks, some of which are instantly known by players, and even recognised by non-players.


17. Original Theme | Tetris (1984)

Tetris is a classic arcade game originally released on the Game Boy, and still available as a mini-game for phones and even larger consoles today. The music is truly unforgettable, catchy and exciting. If you don't know it, check it out - it's a real head-bobber.

16. Basement | The Binding of Isaac (2011)

The Binding of Isaac is a classic cult indie game released in 2011 on Steam as a 2D PC game. Together with its creepy underlying meanings and adult themes, this game was accompanied with great music perfect for the atmosphere.

15. Mute City | Super Smash Brothers Brawl (2008)

Brawl is one of many Super Smash Brothers games released on various Nintendo consoles such as the Nintendo 64, Gamecube and Wii. There are many worlds and levels you can choose in order to fight in with various characters from other games, such as characters from the Legend of Zelda, Metal Gear and Pokémon. It's a great game for parties. My favourite song from SSBB is Mute City.

14. Heart of Pandaria | World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria (2012)

Mists of Pandaria is an extension of the incredibly famous online RPG game, World of Warcraft, adding new character classes, playable characters and dungeons. One of the new soundtracks was also a great addition: Heart of Pandaria.

13. Main Theme | Mortal Kombat (1992)

Another theme song that is timeless, classic and catchy is the main theme of the Mortal Kombat series, which remains as one of the most popular fighting games in the world, and a springboard for more ideas for fighting games such as Soul Calibur. The theme will put an instant smile on your face.

12. Main Theme | Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (2002)

Grand Theft Auto is another popular series, series of which are still being developed today since its initial release. Vice City has a cool soundtrack, which ties well with this open-world action-adventure game.

11. Theme of Laura | Silent Hill 2 (2001)

Silent Hill 2 on Playstation 2 is one of the most frightening and memorable games I've ever played with disturbing metaphors, a gripping storyline, and one of the most iconic video game monsters of all time, Pyramid Head.

With the protagonist's struggle with heartbreak and guilt as well as the dark undertone, this song fits perfectly with the game and remains a great tune to listen to.

10. Wings of Kynareth | The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (2006)

Oblivion remains one of my favourite games of all time. This fantasy RPG has some great voice actors, quests and an explorable world with countless collectible armour and weapons. A great song featured in Oblivion is Wings of Kynareth, which is played in some of the major cities and also in the main World. It's a nostalgic and pleasant tune.

9. Main Theme | Dragon Age: Origins (2009)

Another great fantasy RPG is Dragon Age: Origins, where you can choose your class, weapons, armour and even teammates. The main theme portrays peace, war, desperation and vengeance all in one song. A great tune for a great game.

8. Opening Track | Demon's Souls (2009)

Demon's Souls is a very difficult fantasy RPG with a truly epic opening theme, portraying how powerful (and scary) the evil in the world has become. It jumps right into the action with this tune.

7. Main Theme | Halo 3 (2007)

Halo is another popular series, this time in the first-person shooter genre. This great song ties in beautifully with the theme, and is a tune you won't easily forget.

6. Midna's Lament | The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (2006)

The Legend of Zelda is a highly successful series which people have loved playing since the 1990s. Twilight Princess had a little bit of a darker theme to the previous installments but was highly successful nonetheless.

Midna's Lament has a heartache feel to it and it's a song I love to listen to over and over again. It was also exciting to see this song featured in the Zelda-themed levels in Super Smash Brothers.

5. Yuna's Ballad | Final Fantasy X-2 (2003)

A lot of people might disagree here, saying that To Zanarkand from Final Fantasy X is better. To Zanarkand is definitely a great song, but I personally prefer Yuna's Ballad. It has just a little more sadness to it, portraying Yuna's ultimate sacrifice to save the world she loves - and therefore losing her lover in the process. Two years on, she's still searching for him. I feel her heartache when I hear Yuna's Ballad.

4. Dragonborn | The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011)

Maybe it's a little cliché, but no one can deny that Skyrim's Dragonborn is nothing short of epic. It's exciting, it's powerful, and it's talking about the main character having special powers that he's inherited from - what else? A dragon. An awesome tune that even appears on the radio now and then. A masterpiece for sure.

3. Main Theme | The Legend of Zelda (1986~)

The Legend of Zelda is another incredible game series that hit major popularity with its 2D Game Boy games and it's first 3D release, the Ocarina of Time in 1998. The theme song is one of the most widely-recognised theme tunes in existence - it portrays the rise and fall of evil, adventure and heroism.

2. Emil Karma | Nier (2010)

This tune is truly beautiful song from the vastly underrated fantasy adventure game, Nier. The game is layered with past mistakes, regrets, secrets and trauma, all rolled up into one heartbreaking storyline, great quests and awesome soundtrack. Emil Karma is one of the more exciting songs, in my opinion, sang in the made-up futuristic language of the Nier world.

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1. Complete Soundtrack | Shadow of the Colossus (2005)

Finally, number one - most, if not all, the songs from the epic fantasy game, the Shadow of the Colossus. This game has been described as 'art', from its beautifully designed landscape, epic-looking beasts and orchestral soundtrack. Below is the orchestra themselves performing the song The Opened Way.

Do you agree with this list, or do you have more suggestions? Comment below.

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      Link10103 3 years ago

      Cuz Ima Bum. That's my excuse and I am sticking to it lol

      If you liked Death Note at all, check out Code Geass. Plays on that psychological feel a bit, and now that I think about it they both have quite a number of comparisons.

      It also revolves around Gundam type fighting, which was a bonus for me having watched Gundam a lot growing up.

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      Poppy 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      I actually haven't seen that much anime. I watched two very recently and wrote reviews about them, and watched Pokémon as a kid and Death Note as a teenager. I wouldn't be able to do a 'best anime songs' article justice. Why don't you write one??

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      Link10103 3 years ago

      You should do a hub about the best anime/anime songs, provided you watch a lot of anime to begin with that is...release your inner otaku.

      And its funny, I just watched both rewrites of death note and they included that chip part but omitted pretty semi important stuff lol.

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      Poppy 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      "I'll take a potato chip... and EAT IT!"

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      Link10103 3 years ago

      Pokemon, Full Metal Alchemist, Bleach, Code Geass, and Death Note are the very few shows that come to mind where I do not care which version I watch.

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      Poppy 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Yeah Japanese versions are so much better. Though I love the American version of Pokémon - the nostalgia!

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      Link10103 3 years ago

      I have actually, sorta recently to. But for the life of me I can't say I remember much of it, simply because I tuned a good majority of it out since I wasn't able to play it in Japanese with English subtitles.

      After listening to anime's like One Piece in English then in Japanese...can barely stomach English voice actors in anything Japanese related half the time.

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      Poppy 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Thanks for your suggestions, man. I definitely haven't played enough games where I'd know all of the soundtracks. Have you ever played Nier?

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      Link10103 3 years ago

      Nothing from Assassins Creed?? I think I need to go cry in a corner :'(

      Kingdom hearts also has some pretty amazing soundtracks coincidentally, even more reason for you to play it O_o

      Along with Shadow of the Colossus and Zelda, don't think there have been many games for me where the soundtracks have overly wowed me enough to remember them throughout the years. Uncharted and The Last Of Us had decent enough ones.