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I sometimes have a few off days where I rather sit in silence, but overall I love to have some background music for whatever I’m doing. Lately, I have been all over the live streaming YouTube music videos. Particularly lofi jazzhop. It makes such great background music while getting things done! However, I make sure to turn it off when going in a game because I like enjoying whatever music the game has. Which brings me to today’s topic. The BEST video game soundtracks!

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#1 NieR

Just this year Nier: Automata released with stellar reviews, which is the sequel to the 2010 game simply titled Nier. Its soundtrack might just make some great music to get in the Halloween mood with its melancholy sound. This is a super popular video game music that got itself five albums! Holy moly! The music is classically inspired and expertly done. Also, the sequel’s soundtrack was done by the same people so both might be worth a little listen. Here is Nier’s original soundtrack:


#2 Final Fantasy

Yes, Final Fantasy in general, take a pick. There are a ton of soundtracks, including spin-offs of the specific games. Which one is the best though? Sounds like a debate I don’t want to start. Really I think it boils down to personal taste and if a particular Final Fantasy has the most memories for you. I will pick Final Fantasy X as a great one to point out. It was the very first game in the series where the original composer (Uematsu) was not solely responsible for the music. Two new composers were brought in. It was also the last soundtrack where Uematsu was the leading composer.


#3 Halo 2

There is a chance I was swayed to pick this one because Halo was my life for a while. I still have a Halo 2 shirt. In reality, I probably played Halo 3 a lot more than 2. However, Halo 2 was the first game I received for my brand new Xbox on Christmas. It was glorious. Though it’s not just memories that have me clinging to Halo 2‘s soundtrack. It is a great soundtrack that includes orchestral music and alternative rock, pieces from the game, as well as remixes.


#4 Legend of Zelda

Here is another series where it’s really “take your pick” for which game has the best soundtrack. However, I am going to be more bold with this series and just say Ocarina of Time. If you are unaware, an ocarina is an ancient wind instrument, so is it really any surprise this game is considered to have the best soundtrack by many? What makes this Zelda soundtrack so impressive is each situation was given its own music.


#5 Chrono Trigger

Chrono Trigger is a 1995 role-playing game that has been called the best video game of all time on a few occasions. What’s cool is you can pick this game up for your Android or iOS phones, though it’s a pricey $10. This soundtrack has a sound more popular in older games. Something like orchestra meets machine.


#6 Bastion

Bastion is very highly rated action role-playing game from 2011. The soundtrack was done all by one composer–Darren Korb. He describes the music as “acoustic frontier trip-hop.” It certainly has a unique sound compared to most video game soundtracks.

As a bonus, I’m going to throw the video game Transistor under this one. It was composed by Darren Korb as well and deserves a shout out for being awesome. It’s easier going than Bastion and makes excellent background music.


#7 Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2

Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2 came out back in 2000. Its soundtrack is packed with awesome skater music from prominent artists, like Rage Against the Machine and Powerman 5000. It has a great, gritty 90s rock thing going on that is precisely what I need some days. This soundtrack is definitely energy fueling. The whole Tony Hawk Pro Skater series has the same quality.


#8 Mass Effect 2

Mass Effect 2 came out back in 2010. What I like about this soundtrack is part of the inspiration was from the Blade Runner soundtrack. Which I feel the need to bring up since the second Blade Runner movie just released after decades of waiting! Anyway, the music has a melancholy sound to it and feels somewhat emotionally driven at times. It’s a beautiful soundtrack that works to create an image or feeling in your mind.


#9 Fallout: New Vegas

What is so unique about Fallout: New Vegas is the radio stations. There are three–a country, popular 40s/50s music, and jazz and classical. I am a sucker for jazz and 40s/50s music. I’m no die hard, but I think jazz is a fantastic music to live in the background of your life. I also love the lyrics of the old-timey music from that era. It’s just fun!


#10 Journey

I mentioned Journey a few weeks back, not only because it is an excellent game, but also because the creators are making a new game called Sky. Journey is a fantastic game that sometimes gets swept under the rug a little. The game sought to give players a new experience in gaming. Instead of fast-paced, it’s slow and refreshing. The soundtrack is emotive.

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12 thoughts on “Lilo’s Lair #51: Top 10 Video Game Soundtracks

  1. These are awesome! Actually, been looking for to complete my Zelda soundtrack and it’s good I remembered to do so by reading your blog. Thanks for the full OST of the Ocarina of time. I really love Zelda and the soundtrack. Brings so much good memories of playing and my childhood.

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  2. Michael Sena says:

    Wow this article brings back so much nostalgia. I grew up playing Chrono trigger and final fantasy. I also loved playing Ocarina of time. thanks for this!

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  3. There are video game soundtracks that I really enjoyed listening making the game more fun. I’ve been looking for that Final Fantasy soundtrack but only now that I got to know its title.

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  4. Final Fantasy will always be my pick, Specially that stage clear sound? Hell it was wven used as a ringtone by Cloud on the movie.

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  5. alexsummers123 says:

    I always use Youtube to collect OST as much as I can. Games are no exception. I have the MvC 3 character themes majority of them.

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  6. valine13 says:

    Wow learned new games as well aside from the OSTs. They look cool based on the graphics.

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  7. darkkvader says:

    Also looking for OSTs of them on youtube. I like their soundtracks.

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  8. P Siason says:

    Your top picks are really cool. The soundtracks really add more edge to the games. Players don’t only have fun playing the game but they also enjoy the songs and music as well. What’s better is that because of Youtube and other music apps, we can enjoy listening to these songs even when we are not playing.

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  9. Alma May says:

    When I play games I always turn on the volume to its highest. The soundtrack sounds good to my ears. It excites me more while playing.

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  10. t1na84 says:

    Being an audiophile, I like the fact that you’re not just looking at gameplay but scrutinizing almost every facet of a game, miss Lilo. And I must say, all the titles you’ve picked here guarantee an eargasm every time! 😉

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  11. rob3rtow says:

    Games get even more engaging when paired with excellent soundtrack and that’s probably a reason why most of these games get rave reviews. Just sayin’

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  12. Eh? GTA: Vice City didn’t make it on the list? Woah, I’m surprised and a little bit disappointed. Why Lilo, why?

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