What’s Your Favourite Track From A Video Game?

What’s Your Favourite Track From A Video Game?

After completely loathing it the first time around, I’ve spent an awful amount of time this week listening to Florence + The Machine’s cover of Stand By Me.

Video games have a long and very proud association with music, either through creating their own masterpieces or excellent adaptations of their own.

It’s funny how some songs connects with us, and others don’t. For years – literally years – I had Little Girl, Gen from the Child of Light soundtrack on every playlist I had. It was the song I played on planes to help me sleep (or try to sleep). I can’t tell you why it works for me so much.

Other tracks that come to mind, for various reasons:

• The Need for Speed Underground soundtrack. Even though they’re all licensed songs, the song selection was perfect for the NFSU games. I still have Static-X as my ringtone, funnily enough. (The opening few seconds of The Only, if you must know.)

• Some of the music in oldschool platformers really made the game. DuckTales comes to mind, as does The Lion King:

• Speaking of licensed music, you can’t not mention GTA: Vice City. Luke makes a great case why.

• More recently, Hotline Miami.

What’s your favourite song or track from a video game?


  • pretty much anything from world of Warcraft or Final Fantasy 8. But especially these 2

    Shuffle or Boogie (Tripple Triad Card Game music)

    Northrend Transport (on the boat taking you to Northrend)

    Both of these tracks elicit different emotions for me. the first one is so bubbly and fun it just makes me smile and laugh. the second one is mournful and full of soul. it can actually bring me to tears when i listen to it.

    • FF8 is still probably my favorite game in the series for music. Except for maybe FFXIV but that’s kind of cheating since it gets a whole new soundtrack of great songs with every expansion.

  • FFVII is always in my head.

    But every so often I start humming Bubble Bobble outta nowhere.
    (including the speed up when the ghost appears)

  • I wasn’t aware of the Stand by Me cover by Florence so thanks for that!

    Lately I’ve been listening to various versions of Ballad of the Goddess from Skyward Sword.

  • All of the DOOM 2016 soundtrack. It’s just so very good.

    Theme of Laura from Silent Hill 2
    Pillar of Autumn from Halo
    The theme music from R-Type

  • Katamari on the Swing.

    I could say some songs from Persona 5, FF10, The Neverhood, all of which I adore, but the more I listen to those the less I want to listen to them.

    I can always listen to Katamari on the Swing.

  • Probably mentioned this before but the vast majority of the Persona 5 soundtrack is excellent. Life will change being my favourite of the bunch.

    Other contenders are:
    You are not alone – FF9
    Terran 2 – Starcraft 2
    Spicy Inkantation – Splatoon 2
    Wind scene (600AD) – Chronotrigger
    Ballad of the goddess – TLoZ Skyward sword
    The Path (A New beginning) – The last of us.

    I’ll post links when I get home but I’m on the mobile at the moment. There are more as well but those come to mind.

    • Weight of the World may be the best song to ever play over the credits of a video game, and I say that as a huge fan of Still Alive from Mirror’s Edge.

  • Almost any hymmnos song from the Ar Tonelico series but espeically these two:
    Arphage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFdRhJpUKt0
    Chronicle Key: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1GtMiKXE_E
    If there’s ONE thing this series of underrated and wonderful JRPGs does better than anything else, it’s the vocal tracks. amazing music that has a strong impact and resonance in the story itself
    There’s a reason every time one of these games come out there’s always at least two separate soundtrack releases dedicated entirely to the vocal tracks.

  • The original midi Monkey Island theme. Now and forever.

    Also the main theme from Super Mario Bros (the SNES version) comes a close second.

  • Mirror’s Edge – Still Alive
    Bloodborne – pretty much anything, but the main menu music is awesome
    Dynasty Warriors Next – those guitars take flight!

  • Power by Kanye
    When you skydive and land in a skyscraper penthouse pool, get out and confront strippers with guns in Saints Row 3.

  • What are we talking here? Just any music, or licensed tracks? That’s a pretty huge question if the former.

    Nihon Falcom has some amazing soundtracks, right back into the early 80s. Ys in particular has some of the best boss battle music out there, but the Trails games have some moments too. I don’t think they’ve ever made a game that didn’t have a great soundtrack, it’s their one constant. Even obscure old shooters like Star Trader. The opening music for that game is epic.

    Gust’s sound team are excellent as well, especially the Ar Tonelico stuff, but some of the Atelier games nail it too. Obviously the classic FF games stand out. Chrono Trigger and Chrono Cross are excellent. Xenoblade had some great pieces. Nier had an excellent soundtrack. The stuff that Hideki Naganuma did for the Jet Set Radio games is fantastic, not so much the rest of it. Bravely Default’s music is absolutely stunning, I was really disappointed that they didn’t get Revo back for the sequel.

    I’m a massive fan of the soundtracks for both the Mirror’s Edge games, though I can’t stand the games themselves. Back in the day I used to really enjoy throwing on the Redbook Audio from the SegaCD version of Ecco the Dolphin for some relaxing stuff, or from the CDs for Descent II or Quake II when rage was more appropriate. I also have very fond memories of the music from Command & Conquer and Red Alert.

  • Transformers: Fall of Cybertron had epic music that kicked in at just the right time, and there were a LOT of right times.
    Baljhet Mountains – Castlevania: Curse of Darkness
    Red Dead Redemption when you’re entering Mexico for the first time
    I upvoted @energydrinkhigh for saying it first: The original midi version of Monkey Island

    • Red Dead Redemption’s music is very special – it’s actually dynamic, rising and falling and adding different instruments and stuff depending on what’s happening in your game. A recording doesn’t do it justice IMO.

  • Any of Marty O’Donnell’s compositions, from Halo CE right up to Music of the Spheres. In a completely different direction, Rip and Tear from DOOM 2016 is up there, too – along with most of DOOM 2016’s tracks… there are a few on the OST that I don’t particularly care for – too synthy or too much talking – but the rest are superb.

  • Recently it’s probably “In Memory Of Mercedes Romero” from Stellaris, both for the track itself and for the fact that its referencing a character from their first stream

    Overall though, its probably the theme from International Karate+

  • My (very large) music library is around 75% game soundtracks so choosing 1 is difficult. If I had to though I would probably say that Maritsu Jaaku Gakuen from Disgaea 3 is one of my favourites. The Furi soundtrack is still one of my favourite albums though as is the Tyrian soundtrack for a more classic feel. Composition in Q is another favourite track of all time.

    • Yes–I bought the Gone Jackals CDs (back when CDs were a thing) on the back of it; we still play them on long car trips.

      Have to rely on less official versions of the Apocalypse song, though …

  • Lots of epic tunes listed.
    At the risk of being unpopular… No Mans Sky.
    I still listen to the OST long after I stopped playing the game.

    Red Dead Redemption had some chill old timey tunes (Dead Mans Gun is still in one of my playlists)
    Wipeout (any)
    Sonic CD back in the day (some still works, while others now make my ears bleed).
    Old chip tunes? Alien 3 on the Sega Mega Drive. Especially level 4…

    • 65daysofstatic did a fantastic job with the No Man’s Sky soundtrack. They even did a few more tracks after the game was out so they could be included in updates!

      (Also, I’m convinced that the title of Mogwai’s recent album, Every Man’s Sun, is a dig at No Man’s Sky.)

  • Any of the tunes from bioshock or hotline Miami. I think the music for bioshock just immersed the player a lot more into the world. And hotline Miami’s tunes always got me pumped for the levels.

  • Gonna deviate a bit tonight and say Tony Hawks Pro Skater early series and Wipeout 2097. But yeah Final Fantasy and a lot of strategy games have heavenly beautiful background music.

  • New Angels of Promise from Omnikron: The Nomad Soul…. WOW. What an expericence. When you step out into this new dystopian world David Bowies purpose written original kicks in and it gets feels in ALL the areas. …just….wow. A truly immersive cinematic experience.

  • The ambient music accompanying your train ride into Black Mesa (Black Mesa Inbound) in Half-Life 1 was the alarm I woke to every day for 3+ years.
    Then people started to think that was a little weird, so I switched to the map theme (Uncharted Worlds) from Mass Effect (the three games have slightly different takes on the same track, I went with the version from the first).
    If those are my top two individual tracks then I’ve got to give third place to Triage at Dawn from HL2.

    As for whole OSTs – Half-Life 2: Episode 2 is a favourite of mine, Gunpoint has a fantastic OST that doesn’t get as much credit as it deserves and Halo: Reach, an OST that without ever playing the game itself ranks among my favourite Soundtracks to any game.

    Honourable mentions: Hotline Miami, Transistor, Alien: Isolation (it captured the mood of the film really well), any of the Deus Ex games, Jotun (couldn’t quite get into the game itself, but it had some great tracks), N++, MGS, MGS3, Halo: CE and Undertale.

  • I adore the Kingdom Hearts soundtrack, so, I’m going to leave ‘Vector to the Heavens’ here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xEgKTY1kMuI

    People might say that 358/2 days isn’t a great game but damn if Yoko Shimomura isn’t easily one of the most talented composers in gaming. Xion’s theme (Musique pour la tristesse de Xion) is beautiful as well, as is most of the main characters’ themes. And don’t get me started on Dearly Beloved.

  • Main Theme – The Last of Us
    Bloodborne OST
    Nier: Automata OST – I’m only 5 hours into this and it’s one of the best soundtracks I’ve ever heard

  • Jesus Built My Hotrod in Watch_Dogs – Sure, the game had it’s flaws, but when that track kicked in, I changed my play style from sneaky silenced weapon to loud and proud. And I had a BLAST!

  • Just a few of my favourites: most are arranged/orchestral tracks from the 8/16 bit era, except for the last couple.

    Chrono Trigger – To Far Away Times https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nn5K-NNmgTM

    Dragon Quest VI – Eternal Lullaby https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6iY7NHKNJY

    Romancing Saga 3 – Opening Theme -The Saga Theme https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPXK80hM7xw

    Phantasy Star IV – Her Last Breath https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKjs818GURo

    Secret of Mana – Fear of the Angels https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGsnrjTrbXM

    King of Fighters ’96 – Fairy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKZfVCW3PUE

    Megaman X – Boomer Kuwanger Stage https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-s7vJmwqjs

    UN Squadron – Front Line Base https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSFm_EaLRmQ

    Castlevania – Beginning https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hQkSbutQyQ&list=PL540B8BE83D4AD842

    Castlevania Bloodlines – Reincarnated Soul https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cfsa5cEXniI

    Stellaris – In Memory of Mercedes Romero https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhQTgaLAteY

    Shadow Warrior 2 – Warrior https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QgdSiNaJt4

  • Objection! – Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney
    Man with the Machine Gun – FFVIII
    Ornstein and Smough – Dark Souls

    • Also want to shout out for the Life is Strange tracks that play during the ‘chill out’ moments. Perfect mood music.

  • Carmageddon and Fear Factory were awesome together. The game featured instrumental versions of songs from Fear Factory’s album from 1995, Demanufacture which was probably their most successful release.

  • Probably my favourite is Scars of Time (the Intro theme of Chrono Cross). Most off CC’s music is awesome.

    A close second place to Shine, Mr. Sunshine from the PSP version of Katamari Damacy. Since it’s the most obscure of my choices, here’s a link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvkJSpsH5gA

    Also quite partial to Mario Galaxy’s Gusty Garden’s theme as remixed for Champion’s Road in SM3DW (the Mario kart 8 remix is quite good too!)

    Least but not last, the infamous Eyes on Me from FFVIII.

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