What's the best video game music?

Here are some of my favorite songs from video games.  Feel the nostaliga.

Leave a comment with a fb link to yours.  Only leave one vid at a time though, otherwise the spam hamsters will steal your comment.  Which songs from games either rock your face or make you (and maybe some of the rest of us) nostalgic?

  • andreasschueler
  • http://criticallyskeptic-dckitty.blogspot.com Katherine Lorraine, Chaton de la Mort

    This is not from a classic video game, this is La-Mulana. While every single song in the entire lineup is awesome (and the MP3 versions are just killer) this one song – Interstice of Dimention – is my absolute favorite from the game.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfWB8odAPdA&feature=related

    (Mr. Explorer, Good Night Mom, and Fearless Challenger are perhaps the next group of awesome songs.)

    • http://criticallyskeptic-dckitty.blogspot.com Katherine Lorraine, Chaton de la Mort

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHbYIbleQP8&feature=related

      Clash on the Big Bridge, Final Fantasy V’s battle with Gilgamesh. This version is by the Black Mages, basically just pick up the Black Mages’ albums and listen to them, all awesome songs (including Battle with Seymour (FFX), Battle with the Four Fiends (FF4), and Dancing Mad (FF6.)

  • karmakin

    All good choices. For FFVI I prefer the Opera House music and the ending, which took all of the individual themes and combined them into one. I really liked Legacy of the Wizard’s main music linked above. There’s of course the Dr. Wily stage music from Megaman 2. Super Mario Galaxy had AWESOME music. But, the one I’ll link is what I think is my favorite of all time. To Zanarkand, from Final Fantasy X.

    Actually no. I have a better video.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upWrsHAmUGw

    This is a bit of a cheat, as it’s a performance of a song from a video game. For those that don’t recognize it, it is Simple and Clean from Kingdom Hearts. It’s special as the lyrics are simply awesomely beautiful, something rare for VG music.

  • Steve

    Inon Zur’s “Skeleton of a Town” from “Icewind Dale II”:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEqDtbC3bL8

    Maybe not necessarily the best, but a lovely piece

  • Austin

    Right now? The soundtrack from FEZ. It is a soothing wash of ambient chiptunes that just makes me feel at peace, and like I can deal with the things that stress me out. Here’s a link to the entire soundtrack on Band Camp.

    http://disasterpeace.com/

    If you haven’t played the game yet, you really should. It’s just the most non-threatening, relaxing, no-pressure platformer I’ve ever played. Everything happens at your own pace and you just feel like everything’s gonna be all right as you hop around the open game world and solve puzzles. Or don’t. (I’m suffering from acute papers-and-finals stress right now, which is probably why I might sound a little, well, frazzled right now).

  • ajk

    This is relevant and definitely worth a watch:
    http://penny-arcade.com/patv/episode/video-game-music

  • Woodbine
  • http://www.facebook.com/lezkimo suzysalaksartok

    Beyond Good and Evil – Propoganda

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkd-P2vaIc4

    • Aliasalpha

      Good choice, its in a tie with Fun & Minigames as my favourite track from that game

    • leftwingfox

      Nice! I never got to play that one.

      Sounds similar to the music of “The World Ends with You.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/lezkimo suzysalaksartok

    Also, I like Tifa’s theme better than Aerith’s from FFVII. Although I think my favorite song from FFVII is Descendant of the Shinobi (Yuffi’s theme), followed closely by Cosmo Canyon.
    —-

    Diablo – Tristram theme

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2evIg-aYw8

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    Not quite from a video game, but really good orchestration by Z.R.E.O

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Vqe8bHfteM

  • Glodson

    I’ll add a couple here.

    From Persona4: I’ll Face Myself.

    From a game I’m recently playing, Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings. Great game, and the soundtrack comes with the enhanced edition.

    I wish I could think of more additions, but this entire thread is a great read. Some great stuff.

  • Robert B.

    “Mountains” from Terranigma. That game had such kickass music. (And you already posted Frog’s Theme.)

  • Tod

    hehe thankyou for allowing me to feed my addiction!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOTzOAzXkuM

    World of warcraft, any of the areas, anytime :)

  • Drakk

    Most things from the Halo soundtracks.
    Ace Combat 2 has a couple – Rising High and Fire Away are my favourites.
    The Battlefield themes in most of their incarnations. 1943 is particularly good.
    Call of Duty has one or two tracks I really like – Code of Conduct (MW2) and the Black Ops multiplayer lobby theme (I put this on extended when I have to do homework)
    And of course the Skyrim Theme:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-_g8NZr1tA&feature=related

  • Aliasalpha

    I’m going to have to put my vote in for the theme from International Karate +, love that tune. Rob Hubbard was one of the masters of the… can a SID chip count as an instrument? Suppose it must since he made music with it. Hubbard & Martin Galway were legends of the era, they took a chip that was supposed to make varying levels of beep and made it sing

    Other notable suggestions to youtube:

    -Last Ninja theme
    -TAITO:Bubble Bobble Soundtrack
    -Rob Hubbard Commando Theme
    -Martin Galway – Wizball (C64) [Title Music]
    -Theme from Times of Lore, Commodore 64, 1988, Martin Galway
    -Shadow of the Beast Amiga Soundtrack 1: Opening (this was nearly my pick since its so damn pretty but I had another chance to say how awesome the C64 was & I never pass that up)
    -Beyond Good & Evil – Fun and Mini-games (possibly the most insanely boppy song in my music collection)

    • Aliasalpha

      Ahh what the hell is wrong with me? Forgetting Planescape Torment??? So focussed on my raging C64 fetish that I forgot one of the best games ever made!

      Deionnara’s Theme

      Find the list of the songs on the soundtrack and youtube them all (that or buy the game for 10 bucks on GOG & get the soundtrack free).

      At least find the following:

      -Fortress Of Regrets
      -Smoldering Corpse Bar (regular and alternate)
      -Transcendent One Theme
      -Fall-From-Grace Theme

      Have a look for ‘My Chrysalis Highwayman’ from the Fallout 2 soundtrack too, thats pretty damned awesome

  • Crow

    I love all of Akira Yamaoka’s stuff. Takes me right back to Silent Hill.

    http://youtu.be/JozVfR-XavQ

  • andreasschueler

    I recently played Phantasy Star 4 again – this game featured one of the best soundtracks of the 16 bit era (and is a must-play for old-school rpg fans!). This is the music from two boss battles in this game:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BrG70tExQvA

  • http://aigbusted.blogspot.com Ryan
  • Steve

    From “Dragon Age: Origins”:

    *I Am the One:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdKwLkEGjhg

    *Leilianna’s Song (In Uthenera):
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAANKFPchtA

    The singer is Aubrey Ashburn who also did this awesome bit for “Devil May Cry 4″:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEqB5w3UCwA

    From “Mass Effect 3″:

    *”An End, Once And For All”:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5JvbD2Zc9I

    *”I Was Lost Without You” (the love theme) is also pretty cool:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQeFvUuPNHc

  • leftwingfox

    ACTRAISER!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohvMkOT4j5I&feature=related

    Seriously though, lot of agreement with what’s here, just wanted to add an all-time favourite.

    I’m also very surprised that no-one has mentioned Metroid yet. The Menu select theme from Metroid Prime is perfect sci-fi/horror mood music.

    If you like remixes, here’s the Relics of the Chozo site:
    http://smproject.ocremix.org/

    And one for Cave Story Remix, because Awesome, that’s why!
    http://kwixmusic.com/cavestory/

  • Dave

    “You’re not alone” from FFIX. All of the music in FFIX was really great.

  • neXus

    This became an instant favorite when I heard it:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wr-buV4tYOA

    • neXus

      Gah – is there a way to edit comments? That video isn’t the original on Maluka’s channel. The original video is here:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4z9TdDCWN7g&feature=plcp
      It got over 2 million hits in the first month if I recall correctly.

      • Drakk

        I loved her cover of “Age of Aggression”. I really want to see her do a cover of the full Skyrim Theme. Great voice.

  • Daniel

    The whole Shadow of the Colossus soundtrack is amazing, which is no surprise since Kō Ōtani is the composer.

    Here’s a couple of the best pieces:

    The Sunlit Earth: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKIdR_JYxTg

    The Opened Way: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-g1ncoKihw

  • http://templeofthefuture.net James Croft

    The music from the climax of Planescape: Torment makes me cry every time!

  • http://malkyrian.blogspot.com/ Malkyrian

    Anything from Touhou, really.

    So hard to pick just one, but if I have to…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDYOJXc-Wms

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  • Bruce [Base]

    I sort of don’t want to flood the page with video links. Names instead. I’m sure I’m forgetting some cool (better even) stuff.

    Every other piece by Nubuo Uematso. (I almost mean that literally).

    “Cohen’s Masterpiece” from Bioshock.

    “Time’s End” from TLOZ: Majora’s Mask

    “Icarus” from Deus Ex: Human Revolution.

    This:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_EN-_1OGtUY

  • Rando

    No Megaman X 3!? What the fuck!? Razorfist, correct this gross error!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMSYoY9l9H8&feature=plcp

  • Aliasalpha

    Ooh I thought of another one the theme from the original Tomb Raider, perfect bit of music for the game, beautiful, conveys a sense of wonder and a bit of loneliness that ideally suits one woman wandering around ruins by herself.

  • Sophia Dodds

    I loved a lot of games as a kid, but the music that sticks out for me was the music from Mystical Ninja starring Goemon. Weird game – incredibly hard but hilarious in that weird Japanese kind of way.

    The music is AWESOME and full of weird humour. The plasma man – AKA the fortune teller – was the best. My younger brother and I used to play the game just to go in and watch those robots dance to the music. I still make him smirk when I play it on my violin :P

    http://youtu.be/50mVcmOXz8E

  • linuxfiend

    This collection could use a little funk, so here is my contribution.
    Interstate ’76 Intro

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  • Adam

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2SMcn_p92Q

    This.

    Also, a lot of the music from The Ultimate Doom is amazing.

  • ‘Tis Himself

    I’m surprised nobody’s mentioned the opening theme for Sid Meier’s Civilization IV. It’s called “Baba Yetu” and it’s the Lord’s Prayer in Swahili.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQfa5E1o_tc

    • Steve

      Oh yeah, I love that one.

      Another game that has awesome music is the original “Unreal”. Interestingly, all of it is PCM-encoded tracker music

      One of the most amazing pieces is “Dusk Horizon”, played when you first leave the Vortex Rikers. The graphics were jaw dropping back then, so combined with that piece the atmosphere just stopped you in your tracks:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVtWmE1escA


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