Top 20 Songs From Video Games
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 my top 20 soundtracks from great games, some of which are instantly known by players, and even recognised by non-players.
20. "Original Theme" from Tetris (1984)
Tetris is a classic arcade game released as a classic arcade game and also on the Nintendo Game Boy, and it is still available as a mini-game for phones and even larger consoles today. The music is truly unforgettable, catchy, and exciting, which brings back fond memories for older gamers. If you don't know it, check it out! It's a real toe-tapper.
19. "Beauty of Dawn" from Elder Scrolls Online
The end credits song of Elder Scrolls Online is sung by the talented Malukah. The gentle theme captures the mix of calm and battle as well as determination and hope. It's the perfect ending song to the game.
18. "Basement" from 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.
17. "Priscilla's Song" from The Witcher III: Wild Hunt
The Witcher III: Wild Hunt is considered one of the best dark fantasy video games of all time, and this bard song brought hundreds of players to tears with an elegant tune and haunting lyrics. Malukah also did a fantastic cover of this great song.
16. "Fear Not This Night" from Guild Wars 2 (2012)
Guild Wars 2 is a fun online fantasy role-playing game with an unlockable map, countless side quests, and engaging game play where you can play with friends and strangers. It ate up a lot of hours I should have spent studying when I was at university.
I really love the song "Fear Not This Night." Asja Kadric has a beautifully pure voice that makes me want to log in and play Guild Wars 2 again.
15. "Mute City" from 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 U. 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" from World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria (2012)
Mists of Pandaria is an extension of the incredibly famous online role-playing 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" from 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" from 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" from 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 story line, 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" from The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (2006)
Oblivion is the fourth installment of the Elder Scrolls franchise. This fantasy RPG has some great quests and an open 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. "Leliana's Song" from Dragon Age: Origins (2009)
Another great fantasy RPG is Dragon Age: Origins, where you can choose your class, weapons, armour, and even teammates. The Dragon Age franchise is considered by many as one of the best in fantasy RPGs. Leliana is a bard whose song is unlocked after completing the correct side quests. It's a hauntingly gorgeous tune.
8. "Opening Track" from Demon's Souls (2009)
Demon's Souls is a very difficult fantasy role-playing game 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" from 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" from 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" from 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" from 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" from 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, magic, and heroism.
2. "Emil Karma" from 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 story line, great quests, and an 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.
1. "Complete Soundtrack" from Shadow of the Colossus (2005)
The entire soundtrack of this epic fantasy game, the Shadow of the Colossus, is number one on this list. 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.
Music plays an important part in video games, just as it does in movies. It can bring back fond memories of playing the game and immerses you into the world. Which song do you like best?
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