While we have discussed often songs that have resonated with us (and the Duck has frequently listed top 5’s and 10’s from various games over on my own blog), we have yet to compile a list of our top songs from video games in general. Today, I am going to right this wrong with a top 10 of my favorite songs of all time, with a few rules. Some games (Okami, Undertale, Rayman Origins, etc.) have a lot of great music, so if I really listed my top songs, those games alone would monopolize the list. Instead, I will only choose one song per game for the sake of fairness.
10: Angkor Wat (Illusion of Gaia) – There are several obscure games out there that can be listed among my favorites, one of those being Illusion of Gaia on the SNES. One area in which this game excelled was the amazing soundtrack, with one of my favorite songs being the music that plays when you visit Angkor Wat. This song easily gets across the idea of danger amidst ancient ruins.
9: Snowy Mountain (Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy) – Jak and Daxter is one of my favorite games, and it benefits from having a peaceful, atmospheric soundtrack that, while not being terribly memorable, is right at home in the game’s scenic natural environments. Snowy Mountain, however, is one song that really hits home, making me feel like I’m really exploring a beautiful, but cold and lonely, landscape. Just by listening to it, I feel the need to put on a sweater to ward off the chill.
8: Fear Factory (Donkey Kong Country) – I don’t know what it is, but I pretty much. Always. Love. Factory music. Among my favorites is the factory music that plays in the original DKC. I was pretty happy when this music made a comeback in DKC Returns, though I’ll always prefer the original version.
7: Bombing Mission (Final Fantasy VII) – When talking about the music of FF7, you might assume I would list One-Winged Angel. And while that song is pretty amazing, for whatever reason, I find myself leaning towards the far less famous Bombing Mission. While not nearly as epic as a song that includes a chorus sung in Latin, Bombing Mission is easily the track I enjoy listening to most. (The good part starts around 1:13.)
6: Lums of the Water (Rayman Origins) – Rayman Origins has an amazing soundtrack, so it is really saying something when I choose to list Lums of the Water as my favorite. This song is really fun, with silly voices singing in what I can only assume is gibberish. Leave it to the Rayman series to have some of the most unique music out there.
5: Bonetrousle (Undertale) – Like Okami (listed higher up), Undertale is one game that could easily dominate this top ten list. Instead, I am forced to choose just one song in particular, Papyrus’ battle music, Bonetrousle. Maybe I am biased, considering the silly skeleton is one of my favorite characters of all time…but there’s no denying this song is pretty awesome and meets all of my standards. It’s also the ringtone on my phone, making it almost a disappointment that I rarely get calls from telemarketers anymore….
4: Battle Ghirahim (TLoZ: Skyward Sword) – In addition to factory music, I also typically enjoy boss battle music, which is more often than not pretty darn epic. And if you’re familiar with Skyward Sword’s flamboyant Lord Ghirahim, it should come as no surprise that he would have the most overly dramatic boss music of all time. This amazing music almost makes me forget how utterly aggravating fighting Ghirahim was.
3: Grunty Industries (Banjo-Tooie) – Ah, another factory theme has made it into my list. Grunty Industries is home to my favorite song in the Banjo-Kazooie series, particularly the version that plays outside. Every time I play this game and enter world 6 for the first time, I can’t help but stop and listen to the full track before bear and bird can continue their adventure.
2: Main Title (Metroid Prime) – When I think about amazing video game music, rarely do title screens come to mind. But I would be remiss indeed not to list the title theme for Metroid Prime, a beautiful song that never fails to give me chills. My only complaint is that this song isn’t featured more prominently in the game itself. (At least the song makes an appearance in SSB Brawl’s Subspace Emissary.)
1: Battle of the Twin Demons (Okami) – Okami is a masterpiece, with one of the best video game soundtracks I have ever heard. Easily the best music in the game (along with Wawku Shrine) takes place when you fight two rather creepy clockwork owls. The music is epic and beautiful, plus I love the part that sounds like gears being wound up. I love any song that incorporates sound effects so ingeniously!
What do you think of my list, dear readers? Which video game songs would you list among your favorites? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below!
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