Music is an inextricable part of gaming, as much as it is for every other visual medium. Music can pull us into the moment, bring up the appropriate feelings and make something unforgettable. Throughout our hobby’s long history, we’ve had a great many composers gift us with some incredible songs, all the way from the NES era (and before) to today. Anthony did something similar a while back with his weekly music posts, but I thought I’d collect my favorite songs in one handy dandy top six list. Why six, you ask? Because six sells.
Far Away (Red Dead Redemption)
Did anyone honestly not see this coming? If you’re a regular listener of The GamerSushi Show, then you’ll know I bring up this little ditty every opportunity I get. Until I reached Mexico, I thought Red Dead Redemption was a really good game, and a sterling addition to Rockstar’s already great legacy, but it didn’t quite top Mass Effect 2. When I rode over that dusty hill and the first notes of the guitar came through my speakers, I knew I was playing one of gaming’s greatest moments and that alone rocketed it to my Game of the Year.
Overworld (The Legend of Zelda)
Nintendo has its share of memorable themes (they get two spaces on my list), but one of my all-time faves has to be the Overworld song from the first Legend of Zelda. The embed below is from the Super Smash Bros. Brawl soundtrack, but it’s such a treat to hear this song be updated for modern systems. This song is so iconic that whenever I hear even a hint of the notes, I instantly get a smile on my face.
Halo (Halo: Combat Evolved)
Is there any other theme song from last gen more widely known than the opening song of Halo: Combat Evolved? This theme is so mysterious, other-worldly and awe-inspiring and it fits perfectly with the opening image of the seemingly docile ring hanging in space. Once the pounding drums kick in, though, you’ll know why this masterpiece got our hearts pumping as we mowed down Flood and Covenant alike.
Pokemon Theme (Pokemon Red & Blue)
Laugh if you must, but Pokemon has some of the best, most recognizable songs in gaming. This series has changed over time, but the opening song, along with the Gym and Pokemon Center themes, have remained the same, and always serve as a great reminder of the first time you picked up Pokemon Red or Blue and popped them into your system.
Snake Eater (Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater)
When I played Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater for the first time, I really didn’t anticipate hearing this James Bond inspired tune during the opening credits, but as the intro went on, I grew to love it. The other times that this song pops up during the game (the ladder climb, the fight with The Boss) are really memorable moments that serve to enhance the impact of this theme. It even makes an appearance in Metal Gear Solid 4 when you’re fighting Liquid Ocelot and it makes that battle even more kick ass.
Battlefield Theme (Battlefield 1942)
The Battlefield theme song, is, hands-down, the cream of the crop. When I first played 1942, I was instructed to let the opening video play, and I was rewarded with the crashing symphony that accompanied the rendered scenes of World War 2 battles. Sure, it’s fairly simplistic compared to some other songs, but it’s powerful, imposing, and fits the atmosphere perfectly. Every Battlefield game has had its own take on this song, but for me, you just can’t beat the classic. Battlefield 1943 has had the best remake of this, so I’ve embedded that below.
Alright, folks, those are my top six video game theme songs. There are a few notable omissions (like the one from Mario), but I feel like I covered all my bases pretty well. What do you guys think of my picks? Got any favorites of your own?