Top 5 Video Game Soundtracks
Picking the greatest music in gaming history is surprisingly difficult. While forming this list, I kept finding more tracks that really made a game worth playing through. This just goes to show how there’s plenty of amazing music that can be found in this form of entertainment. -Author David Giltinan
Picking the greatest music in gaming history is surprisingly difficult. While forming this list, I kept finding more tracks that really made a game worth playing through. This just goes to show how there’s plenty of amazing music that can be found in this form of entertainment.
I purposefully left out music based games like Dance Dance Revolution and Guitar Hero since those soundtracks are filled with licensed music that already existed. This is focused specifically on soundtracks that are uniquely made and put together for their respective titles. As always, please respect the choices made and let us know your favorites in the poll and comments below!
5. Mass Effect
If there was ever a series that begs for a “space opera” soundtrack, it’s Mass Effect. I picked the original game in this case since it sounds the most sci-fi and really sets the mood to fly around the galaxy and blow up some geth. The ending theme below is an excellent example of this and solidifies itself for the #5 spot.
4. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
This soundtrack can convey so much mystery and action that you’ll forget some times your character is a “mere lawyer”. In the world of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, however, nothing is at it seems! The music has a whimsical charm about it that gets broken up into lulling lows for somber moments and dramatic highs for epic court battles. Arguably the most well known track is the “Cornered” theme when Wright is on a roll during a testimony. There’s no objection about it, this will get your blood pumping!
3. Jet Set Radio
Time to get a little funky now! Fans of the Dreamcast library of games may fondly remember this unique gem for its cel-shaded graphics and graffiti gameplay. Jet Set Radio (titled Jet Grind Radio in North America) boasts a fresh soundtrack of music ranging in genres like J-pop, electronic, rock, and acid jazz. The opening track below does a nice job introducing players to this eclectic mix as they skate around a hyper stylized city.
Bastion was one of those rare instances where I had to immediately purchase the soundtrack once completing the game. It’s just that good. As if the narrator’s voice wasn’t enough to draw you into this crumbling world, the music will simply engulf you. Songwriter and composer Darren Korb worked on this soundtrack and effectively describes it as “acoustic frontier trip hop”. Listening to the ending theme is guaranteed to make you feel like you’re on some grand journey. This also makes for good music heading back home after a long day at work!
1. Chrono Trigger
What better way to close out the best music than from the soundtrack of the best RPG of all time? Seriously, there was no way anything else was going to top out this list other than the timeless classic Chrono Trigger. I can safely say I am in love with every single song from this game. The melodic tunes and rolling drums are nothing short of fantastic and helps represent the distinctive characters and time periods. There’s a reason why you hear this music orchestrated at nearly every game related convention. It is truly on another level.
-Author David Giltinan