The Top 10 Video Game Series Soundtracks

As a musician, music is an enormous part of my life. Even without an instrument, listening to music is one of my favorite things to do. As is playing video games. So it stands to reason that music in video games is something I love as well, and fortunately, many games have incredible music. And lots of times, the music in an entire series of video games has consistently amazing soundtracks.

So today, I am going to name what are likely my top 10 favorite series with the best music. Heck, I’ll even throw in my favorite track from each series.

#10

Metroid

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What initially fascinated me about the music in Metroid as a child was how atmospheric it all was. Not only does it nail the underground space theme, but also always felt foreboding and tense, and yet at the same time, flippin’ awesome. For instance, the boss music in pretty much every game is so intense and frightening. 

And the incredible part is every game manages to achieve this musical nirvana, and I can’t tell you how much that enhances the typically incredible gameplay.

My Favorite Track: “Ridley’s Lair”

What makes this track special, aside from being awesome, is it’s intensity and urgency. It takes place in the area before you finally confront the bastard who stole your Metroid pal. Samus pretty much gets fully powered-up in this area, so you get to run around annihilating the many enemies, while avoiding deadly lava all over the place, and traversing the tricky terrain by mainly Screw Attacking through everything.

This part is intense and a lot of fun, and the music increases every thing tenfold.

#9

WarCraft

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So I’m already kind of cheating on this one. The music is very good in this series, but not that much, with the exception of one game…or two I guess. And that is WarCraft II. Holy crap is that music good. It sounds fully orchestrated, but I don’t believe it is.

The music itself is very intense and powerful, and there are more than a few long tracks, perfect for building up your army to go slaughter another. This generally takes a long while, but I always find myself getting lost in the music, so that time seems to fly by while I mindlessly collect resources and build up my base.

Favorite Track: “Disco Song”

This isn’t technically a real song in the game. To get it to play, you have to enter a cheat, which might simply be “disco.” I can’t remember, it’s been like 20 years since I’ve played this game. But the music has stuck with me all these years!

#8

The Legend of Zelda

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Music has always been a key part in the Zelda series in some shape or form. Every game has an epic, powerful soundtrack filled with killer songs that fit perfectly into the world or area in which they are played over. Not to mention, the songs also portray some heavy emotion, thus amplifying the mood or scenario of whatever is going on at the time. 

Favorite Track: “Midna’s Lament”

This song is played at a tense and urgent, very bleak situation. The track is so beautiful, yet so solemn, reflecting not only the dire need to help out Midna, but also fits in perfectly with the Twilight setting and graphical appearance.

#7

Donkey Kong

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The Donkey Kong series always has amazing music, but none quite compare to the Donkey Kong Country series for Super Nintendo. To be even more specific, DKC2 has one of the most amazing soundtracks of all time. Each track in the series fits the area you are playing in, while also being so stinking good.

Favorite Track: “Kaptain K. Rool Theme”

In a long list of close second’s this one comes out on top. It’s one of the games that makes playing a very hard boss fun, cuz you’re too busy rocking to the music to pay attention to what you’re doing. I can hear all the sound effects in my head just from listening to this.

Fun fact- this song is stuck in my head about 2-3 hours a day.

#6

Mega Man X

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This whole series has pretty great music, but just like Donkey Kong, the trilogy on SNES takes the cake. There isn’t anything atmospheric or anything to these songs. They kind of relate to their levels however. There are a lot of Mavericks to kill in this series, and each of their stages has it’s own track, which is pretty amazing to think about.

Favorite Track: “Boomer Kuwanger”

 

It’s been a very long time since I’ve played these games, so most of the music eludes me today. I mean, it’s hard to keep track of several dozen songs after all, but this one has always stuck with me. It’s very powerful and emotional, and gets me so pumped.

#5

Castlevania

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Hoo boy, talk about a series with incredible music! The later games have eerie, atmospheric music, but back in the early days, the music was pretty much just awesome, intense chip tunes.

Favorite Track: “Bloody Tears”

In a long list of amazing tracks, this one just barely pulls ahead from the rest. It’s so good! Killing hordes of monsters to this tune never gets old!

#4

Mega Man

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This series has some great music, but all pales in comparison to the NES titles. They are like actual structured songs rather than just a 20 second chip tune repeated over and over.

Favorite Track: “Wily Stage 1-2”

Picking out a song for me was impossible for this series, mainly because I’ve only played each of these games pretty much once, and well over a decade ago. But this song is probably the most well known and for good reason…

This is the perfect song for storming your enemy’s base. It gets me so pumped on top of being a very well put-together song. The rhythms and leads are so fantastic. It’s like listening to a real band trapped inside the NES.

#3

Sonic The Hedgehog

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This entire series has fantastic music. It’s always so uplifting and catchy, and chances are there is some song from this series in my head. And while the Genesis games undoubtedly have the best overall, the incredible music has stuck around for pretty much every game since.

Favorite Track: “Live and Learn”

This is the song that plays during the epic final battle in Sonic Adventure 2. This song is so fantastic to be playing as a duo of shiny golden hedgehogs. The first time I ever fought the boss, I became so uplifted and empowered that I lost myself, feeling that I actually was Super Sonic. I beat the boss without getting hit a single time, and had no idea what I was doing the whole time. The music guided me through it.

I have played the boss like six times since, and can hardly beat him without dying now, let alone never getting hit. And what makes this worse, now I know what I’m doing. That first time was truly a bizarre and magical moment in my life.

#2

Kirby

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When I see people talk about the best video game music and all that, somehow no one ever seems to mention the Kirby series. Literally every single game delivers a jaw-dropping soundtrack. The songs are so technical and creative, and it’s almost more fun to listen to the music than play the actual games, which are almost all really, really fun.

Favorite Track: “King Dedede’s Theme”

It’s really tough to pick out the best of literally like over 100 amazing songs, but this one has to be my favorite. It’s so intense and gets you pumped to kick Dedede’s butt!

#1

Kingdom Hearts

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The Kingdom Hearts music takes video game music to places it’s never been before. Every song is carefully crafted and executed. The Disney songs capture the essence of those films, while being revamped to fit the situation or setting that they are played over.

The original tracks are simply beautiful, and filled with the powerful emotions that drive the series’ story.

Whether it’s battling enemies, characters having heart-to-hearts, or watching the sweet trademark opening videos to a Utada Hikaru song, there is an incredible track to go with it. In fact, I fell in love with this series the moment I turned the game on and the “Dearly Beloved” title theme started playing. If a song can grip you so fiercely in mere seconds that you become hopelessly devoted to an entire series, then the composer knows she’s done something right.

The fact that they made a rhythm game featuring most of the tracks from the series is truly a blessing to me.

Favorite Track: “Don’t Think Twice”

This song touches my very soul. It’s so powerful. It perfectly embodies all that the characters have gone through; defeats, heartaches, victories, connections, you can feel it all in these verses and music. And in a crazy convoluted series like this, that says a lot.

It basically says, “Yeah life has sucked for a long time, but everything is going to be okay.”

Simply hearing this song makes me want to play the entire series over again. And it would be worth it, just to hear this song at the end to wrap up the Xehanort arc.

 

So there you have it. Arguably my top 10 favorite music from series’ that I have played and loved most of my life with my favorite track from each one!

 

Could Nintendo and Sega Be Gearing Up For A Fierce New “War?”

I can’t believe it. We have finally reached a time where video game movies are great!

What, with Detective Pikachu last year, and Sonic this year, and the likelihood of more movies from these and other franchises, we could be gearing up for a new war, but on a bigger screen now; a war reminiscent of the classic clash of the SNES and Genesis, when gaming was incredible for both companies, and video game movies were despicable.

And yes, I am saying the Sonic movie is actually quite good. It has jokes for all ages, and is really quite funny at times. The characters are all likeable, Jim Carey brings his classic acting back, and there are a few nice, and very subtle nods to various Sonic games.

I personally could have done with some more action, but it’s not really an action movie, so I guess it’s not what they were going for.

I highly recommend seeing it whether you are a Sonic fan or not. It’s good ol’ family fun!

I am excited to see if Nintendo and Sega will really try to outdo each other. We’ll have to see what the supposed Mario movie in the works has to offer!

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My Top 10 GameCube Games

GameCube is my favorite console of all time at the moment. It hads a diverse, fantastic library of games, some new adaptive abilities with the GBA, and the most comfortable controller ever made. But it’s really all about the games, so let’s see the 10 best in my opinion. It was hard to narrow it down, for of the 39 games I have gotten around to playing out of the 46 I own for the system, they were pretty much all phenomenal.

#10

Super_Mario_SunshineSuper Mario Sunshine

Nintendo

2002

 

This took the Mario franchise into a whole new territory, and I’ve got to say, it is quite creative and unique, making it fun to play at anytime. Shooting stuff with a waterpack while performing amazingly acrobatic jumps is just so much fun.

#9

Star_Fox_Adventures_GCN_Game_BoxStar Fox Adventures

Rare Ltd./ Nintendo

2002

 

 

This is another complete twist of a massive Nintendo franchise, and by far my favorite in the Star Fox series. It resembles more of a Zelda game, with some space battles. But finding items, solving puzzles and beating the heck out of dinosaurs is super fun whether you play as Link or Fox, or really anyone else for that matter.

#8

wwThe Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

Nintendo

2003

 

Turns out Zelda still does the genre better than Star Fox. But nevertheless, this game took a unique twist as well on it’s franchise, though not as much as the #9 & 10 spots. Using a gorgeous, new graphic style, flooding the kingdom we’ve saved countless times and introducing an interesting new story of sorts, this was one gripping game, though it does have a few rather annoying flaws. But even so, this is one great game.

#7

super_smash_bros_melee_box_artSuper Smash Bros. Melee

HAL Labs/ Nintendo

2001

Hoo boy, I easily put 1000 hours into this game with my friends and family. This took everything amazing about the first game and doubled it. There are so many modes to play, double the characters and probably even more stages. The most fun part was trying to unlock all the characters and stages. But once you did, it was nothing but 4 on 4 all out melee, and it never gets old. It doesn’t hold up all that well today, but that doesn’t stop me from going back to it every so often.

#6

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Metroid Prime 2: Echoes

Retro Studios/ Nintendo

2004

 

 

This dark and atmospheric game differed quite a bit from it’s prequel, and really, from the rest of the Metroid franchise. It is slightly more story driven and is the first game to feature a whole bunch of new items for Samus to acquire. The deadly double sided world is also very different and cool. Great game.

#5

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Sonic Adventure 2 Battle

Sonic Team/ Sega

2002

 

 

This is another game that I put more hours than I care to know in. Thanks to the addicting Chao Gardens, and the incredibly fun and diverse/cleverly designed missions, with special medals to earn in each one, the replay value in this game is enormous. After probably well over 100 hours or so, I still have so much left to do in the game. Though it has been a while since I played it. (Pesky backlog).

#4

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Clover Studio/ Capcom

2003

 

 

This is another from out of nowhere classic. Completely unique gameplay mixed into an equally unique and bizarre storyline, with a bunch of unlockables makes this challenging game just truly wonderful. The humor is great as well. One of my favorite games of all time.

#3

twilight-princessThe Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

Nintendo

2006

 

One of the last games to come out for GameCube was one of it’s best, and one of the best in the Zelda series. The gloomy graphical style fit the atmosphere of the game so well. A darker, interesting story with new characters and some brand new gameplay mechanics make this one to remember. This also has the best dungeons in the series as well, having deviated a bit from the usual formula.

#2

MetroidPrimeboxMetroid Prime

Retro Studios/ Nintendo

2002

 

 

2002 must have been the year for Nintendo to take their big franchises and flip them on their heads. Here is another drastic change to formula. An intense action side scroller became a dark, atmospheric first person shooter that was done so well, it feels to be a logical step in the direction of the series. This game is just perfect. The gameplay, the music, the level design, the enemy design, everything…just absolutely amazing. Easily one of the best games ever made.

And here we are, the best game to ever grace the GameCube!!!

#1

paper mario tydPaper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door

Intelligent Systems/ Nintendo

2004

 

 

This game is a master piece. Each area you visit is so unique and interesting, making it fun and exciting to explore. The gameplay is fantastic, using the same mechanics from the first game, but tweaked a bit. And what’s more, every single character in the game…I mean EVERY one, even the ones you just pass by, are so interesting and fun to watch or interact with. The large amount of party members and the special attacks are all so cool. The story is highly entertaining and fun to follow as well. It…it’s just so good. Like…I don’t know. It makes me feel like I am in the game, adventuring with Mario in all his papery glory. It is one of the few games where I became legitimately sad when I reached the half way point to beating it, but felt completely and wholly satisfied when I beat it, though I could just restart the game over and over again after beating it, it’s that much fun. But luckily, there is some challenging end game stuff to do to keep me preoccupied.

Great game…sniff.

So there you have it, the 10 best games on a console full of even more. Each one of these games filled me with a joyful spirit that I will carry with me forever.