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Favorite Video Game Tracks

Nov 30, 2021
I haven't seem a thread like this, so I wanted to post this and see people's favorites. I'm not going to limit you to top 10 or top 20 or top 100. But what are your favorite video game soundtracks? Here's mine:

OOT Hyrule Field
ALTTP Dark World
Mario Slider Race Theme
Song of Healing
Buoy Base Galaxy
Kokhiri Forest
Megaman 2 Main Theme Dragon Roost Island
Super Mario 64 Main Theme
SM64 Final Boss
Yoshi's Island main theme
Great Sea
Gusty Garden Galaxy
Good Egg Galaxy
Green Hill Zone (Classic)
Super Mario Bros. 2 Overworld
Lorule Castle
Kakariko Village
entire Halo soundtrack
Still Alive
and a lot more I've forgotten...
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~ It's me, Dio!~
ZD Champion
Jul 6, 2011
Absolute unit
Looking at your OP you mean songs from game soundtracks rather than the soundtracks as a whole so I'm gonna list some of my favourite video game pieces here. I can't even remember all the games I have played or the names of some songs so this is not a comprehensive list but here goes.

The Witcher: The Trail, Hunt or Be Hunted, The Ladies of The Woods, Steel For Humans, Hearts of Stone, Tesham Mutna, Mystery Man (W3)

Halo: 117: (H4), Kilindini Harbour & Genesong (H2 Anniversary) Tip of The Spear (H Reach)

Legend of Zelda: Spirit Temple, Gerudo Valley, Song of Time, Deku Palace, Dragon roost, Gohdan, Molgera, Ook, Midnas Lament, Koloktos, Ghirahim, Lanayru Facility (past), The Grand Divine Beast, Molduga

Mario: Buoy base galaxy, melty molten galaxy, melty monster galaxy, Bowser Battle, Gusty Garden Galaxy (SMG) Bowsers Castle proper (SMO)

FF7 remake: Bombing Mission, Ghoul, One Winged Angel Rebirth

FF15: Hellfire, Apocalypsis Noctis, Cleigne battle theme, Imperial Battle Theme

Elden Ring: Godrick The Grafted, Leyndell

Asuras Wrath: In Your Belief, Yasha's theme

Metal Gear Rising: It has to be this way, The Stains of Time
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Ooh, I have a playlist on my phone loosely for this; let's see... as of present, it's something like this for a top 20, I would say.

20. the dark pattern (from Going Under)
19. Lab Over Snakemouth (from Bug Fables: The Everlasting Sapling)
18. The Crow's Murder (from Cris Tales)
17. Sealed Vessel (from Hollow Knight)
16. A Funeral of Flowers (from Fire Emblem: Three Houses)
15. Cloudheim (from Rune Factory 5)
14. Bloodluster (from ANNO:Mutationem)
13. Encounter (from Lord of Magna: Maiden Heaven)
12. Hypersphere (from PinOut)
11. Twilight of the Gods (from Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia)
10. 00:21 Nothing But Rust (from Haven)
9. The Usurper, Grasping for Power (from Bug Fables: The Everlasting Sapling)
8. Queen's Gardens (from Hollow Knight)
7. The Kazan Republic ~ The Future, Buried In Flowers (from 7th Dragon III code:VFD)
6. Awaking (from ANNO:Mutationem)
5. Battle! Vs Ultra Necrozma (from Pokemon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon)
4. Grinding Gears (from Fire Emblem Heroes)
3. Grateful Seventh (from 7th Dragon III code:VFD)
2. Palermo Shrine (from Rune Factory 2)
1. Transcending, Overpowering, Everlasting (from Bug Fables: The Everlasting Sapling)

I'm discovering a lot of really nice game soundtracks lately, so I probably will be unable to make an "of all time" list, anytime soon.


Mr. SidleInYourDMs
ZD Legend
May 4, 2012
American Wasteland
man I don't even know how to start since there's thousands upon thousands to choose from in different categories [area themes, battle/boss themes, cutscene songs, stage/course themes, etc.]

maybe I shouldn't over think it, I'll just throw out 20 tracks that come to mind so no order

  • Wabi Sabi Wall (Ape Escape)
  • Katina (Star Fox Assault)
  • Cosmic Cove (Super Mario Galaxy 2)
  • Metal Fight (Super Smash Bros Melee)
  • Wild Canyon (Sonic Adventure 2)
  • Moon Factory (Dark Cloud)
  • Lost Painting (Castlevania: Symphony of the Night)
  • Tassel Town (Shantae Half Genie Hero)
  • Piklopedia (Pikmin 2)
  • Never Trust a Snake (The Simpsons Hit & Run)
  • Proud Fight (Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn)
  • Faron Woods (Twilight Princess)
  • Collapsed Highway (Final Fantasy 7 Remake)
  • Marionette Marionette (Ys 9: Monstrum Nox)
  • Crystal Palace (Paper Mario)
  • Twilight Sniping (Metal Gear Solid 2)
  • Bonds of Sea and Fire (Xenogears)
  • As You Like (Yakuza 0)
  • Tiberoa (Legend of Dragoon)
  • Makna Forest (Xenoblade Chronicles)


everlasting devotion
Staff member
ZD Legend
Jun 16, 2020
Grancel, Liberl
Same as Mark, too many to count or rank, so here's 20 in no particular order:
  • Windfall Island (Wind Waker)
  • Emerald Coast (Sonic Adventure)
  • Sophisticated Fight (Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky)
  • Fenith Island (Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny)
  • The Way of the Ghost (Ghost of Tsushima)
  • Yoshi Circuit (Mario Kart: Double Dash)
  • Thousand Suns (Dynasty Warriors 8)
  • The Edge of a Decision (Tales of the Abyss)
  • Flower Garden (Yoshi's Island)
  • Mission Accomplished (Star Fox 64)
  • Septette for the Dead Princess (Touhou 6: Embodiment of Scarlet Devil)
  • Spring (Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town)
  • Wind Warrior Forseti (Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War)
  • Menu Theme (Pac-Man World 2)
  • Theme of Love (Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem)
  • Hard to Miss (Final Fantasy 14)
  • Break Time (Scarlet Nexus)
  • Clock Town, First Day (Majora's Mask)
  • Horizon of Light and Shadow (Bravely Default)
  • Rally the Spirit (Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance)

The Dashing Darknut

DD, the dashing one
Jul 7, 2021
Twilight Realm
Let’s see

In no particular order:
  • Space Junk Galaxy (Super Mario Galaxy
  • Aurora Area (Kirby’s Return to Dreamland
  • City of Tears (Hollow Knight)
  • Back in Time (Sonic R)
  • Meeting Place (Pokepark Wii Pikachu’s Adventure)
  • Twilight (The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess)
  • First Steps (Celeste)
  • Reach for the Summit (Celeste)
  • Final Hours (The Legend of Zelda Majora’s Mask)
  • Grape Garden (Kirby’s Return to Dreamland)
  • Trophy Gallery (Super Smash Bros Brawl)
  • Bramble Blast remix (Super Smash Bros Brawl)
  • North East Frost Street (Kirby and the Forgotten Land)
  • Golden (Celeste)
  • Purple Comet (Super Mario Galaxy)
  • Fishing Hole (The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess)
  • CROWNED (Kirby’s Return to Dreamland)
  • Hyrule Field Night (The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess)
  • Song of Healing (The Legend of Zelda Majora’s Mask)
  • Follow Fi (The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword)


The Great Old One, Star Spawn, Sleeper of R'lyeh
ZD Legend
Jan 22, 2016
United States of America
Hmmmm... There's way too many to list, but I'll give you some of my favorites.

I love the arpeggios in this track. They're fierce, and have no reason to be as devastating as they are.

Specifically, I much prefer Stone Tower Temple when it's inverted compared to the regular version. I much prefer the timbre of the sampled instruments chosen, and harmonically it's more interesting. While it's not a complete reversal of the original theme, it definitely gives that same feeling across, while still feeling familiar.

Harmonically, I can confidently say that this track is a bop. It's got a seriously funky bassline, the chords really give that moody sense of discovering something incredibly serious which makes sense in the context of the game it's from, which the reveal still gives me chills.

It's melodic, moody, groovy, and harmonically interesting. Hallmark of a great track.

Whether or not you like Duke Nukem 3D as a game, there's no denying that this theme is just badass. Sure it may be MIDI instruments, but they sure get the message across. Considering one of my bands plays this live, I can confirm it's a blast to play, and sounds absolutely killer with real instruments.

And it's in one of my favorite keys for metal of this caliber, F# minor. It's just a key that has a nasty attitude.

I could not, in good conscience, not put this as among my favorites. Not only is it absolutely amazing music, just in general, but it has my favorite guitar player of all time, the man I look up to most in a musical sense playing, which is Steve Vai.

His playing is always a treat for the ears.

If you skipped this masterpiece while playing the Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (one of the best games ever made), then I'm sorry to say, we can no longer be friends.

I love the sound of lutes, and the singer has a gorgeous voice that I could listen to all day long.

Not to mention this is beautiful, because it follows Renaissance style songwriting. I hear polyphony, I hear the delicate nature of the lute, and it gels just so beautifully with the voice.

Not gonna lie, I am looking into buying a lute, because I just love the timbre, and because I want to learn this song.

Monkey Island 1 & 2, just on general principle, are wonderful point n' click adventures, and they have wonderful music (including a scene of skeletons singing "Dem Bones").

But this shuffle from the first game is just fun, and this updated version makes things more interesting than the original.

Dark Souls as a series has great music as a general rule, but this track is so beautiful. The somber F minor key, the anguish and beauty in the voices, the strings are playing some pretty wicked and devastating arpeggios that are in the background that just make the track so much better.

This song is a work of art. I would say it's almost angelic in its glory, but since F minor is such a somber and depressing sounding key, at least to me, this is less angelic and more sad. Like something was lost that won't ever come back, which of course makes sense in the context of the Abyss Watchers fight.

This song is a bop, and that's why I love it. It's awesome, no other reason. Also, I just love TMNT as a general rule, lol.

This is the best track on the entirety of OoT. Harmonically, it's the most interesting, and it sets a clear and defined mood.

Plus, in one track, we use different tonalities, the so-called "dark" and exotic scales of metal. It uses in no particular order:
  • G Phrygian.
  • G Phrygian Dominant.
  • G Double Harmonic.
  • C harmonic minor.
  • C Hungarian minor.
I could ramble on about this track for days, because those are my favorite tonalities because they're just so harmonically bitichin' sounding, but I believe I analyzed it before.

It's just awesome, on all fronts.

When the drums enter in, laying down that sick groove, not gonna lie, I get the warm fuzzies. It's just so well composed top to bottom.

And yes, I love how the drum part was delayed. Delaying satisfaction and resolution like that is how you create a beautiful and memorable experience musically speaking.

I know, there's an updated version because of SSBU, but this one still is so good. I love the groove of this, really sells King K. Rool's pirate swagger, and his glory. Also, anytime something's harmonized so well I am going to take notice. Diatonic third harmonies always sound good in most situations musically, and of course here, they sound fantastic, and really makes the track feel bigger than it is.

I've considered learning this and metalizing it. Such an amazing track. Would make Miles Edgeworth proud.

I love Warhammer 40K, that's no secret, and while I love Orks and Necrons, as they're my favorite factions, I have a soft spot for the Adeptus Mechanicus.

If I needed a track to praise the Omnissiah as I ponder Dark Age relics, this would be the track to listen to.

There's many more, but at the moment, these are my favorites.


Pico picori!
ZD Legend
Forum Volunteer
Feb 15, 2021
Anywhere you're not
Leaving zelda songs out, I only have a couple that really stick out to me-
  • (Metroid) Magma Caverns
  • (Luigi's Mansion) Main theme
  • (FFVII) One winged angel
  • (Mario kart wii) Mapel Treeway theme
These four are the ones that always get themselves stuck in my head. Seriously, it's been years since I've heard the magma caverns one and I still find myself tapping it.


What’s the character limit on this? Aksnfiskwjfjsk
ZD Champion
21 in no particular order because screw the establishment.

  1. The Professors Theme Live Version (Professor Layton and the Curious Village) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bkgzu_mQGe4
  2. Sweden (Minecraft) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBkTkxKDduc&list=PLefKpFQ8Pvy5aCLAGHD8Zmzsdljos-t2l&index=12
  3. Central Highway (Mega Man X) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8F2jf0NRl2Y
  4. Team Galactic Boss Cyrus (Pokemon DPPl) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SE5dBmWml34&t=116s
  5. Watery Graves (Plants Vs. Zombies) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ov86aOphmNs
  6. Professor Layton and the Unwound Future main theme (Give it your best guess) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-W4iDW5o6Y
  7. Super Mario Galaxy Staff Roll (Second verse, same as the first) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFg2aYf4lH0
  8. Upper Brinstar (Super Metroid) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AsG3sw51yYI&t=20s
  9. Folsense (Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LecBDv8a7LY
  10. Outset Island (The Windwaker) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQE8y2abc8c
  11. Pause Menu (Wario World) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SwOqmDgagUI&t=436s
  12. Athletic (Super Mario Land 2: The Six Golden Coins) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICXltEUJ41U
  13. Descole's Theme Live version (Technically part of Professor Layton and the Last Specter's OST, but the live version didn't actually appear in game until Miracle Mask) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IA5odOLDHQA
  14. N Final (Pokemon BW) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0ajBL15Knk&t=110s
  15. The Theme of the Dragonborn (Skyrim) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fILxnBH1Tg
  16. Termina Field (Majoras Mask) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRjHngGF2oc
  17. London Streets 3 Live Version (The Original Version was in Unwound Future, this version didn't appear until Azran Legacy) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MzrE1Vhdu4&t=44s
  18. Battlerock Galaxy (Super Mario Galaxy) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AhueZ4d-vKk&t=78s
  19. Waluigi Pinball (Mario Kart DS) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UitiOFOy4aw
  20. Tal Tal Mountain Heroic Version (Links Awakening 2019) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTLTwmswTl0&t=181s
  21. Clive's Mobile Fortress Live Version (Professor Layton and the Unwound Future) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdlzK-lt3qQ


You Are The Light
Feb 7, 2018
Hyrule Kingdom
After much consideration, I put a master list together. I’m sure I’m forgetting some, but that’s alright. Grouped simply by game, and then the random ones are at the end.

Ocarina of Time-
Gerudo Valley
Hyrule Field
Hyrule Castle Courtyard
Zora’s Domain

Majora’s Mask-
Astral Observatory
Clock Town (First Day)
Deku Palace

Minish Cap-
Minish Village
Hyrule Town

Wind Waker-
Outset Island
Title Screen
Windfall Island
Dragon Roost Island

Twilight Princess-
Boss Defeated
Hyrule Field
Lake Hylia
Ordon Village
Great Fairy’s Fountain

Skyward Sword-
Knight’s Academy
Island in the Sky

Zora’s Domain (Night)
Rito Village (Day)
Sheikah Tower

Donkey Kong Country-
Island Swing
Aquatic Ambience

Super Mario World-
Title Theme
Overworld Theme
Vanilla Dome
Underwater Theme
Forest of Illusion

Super Mario Sunshine-
Delfino Plaza
Bianco Hills

Pokémon Red-
Pewter City
Cerulean City
Oak’s Laboratory
Rival Appears

Pokémon Ruby-
Littleroot Town
Petalburg City
Rustboro City
Route 101
Route 110

Pokémon Diamond-
Route 202
Twinleaf Town

Sonic- Green Hill Zone
Super Mario 64- Bob-omb Battlefield
Friday Night Funkin’- Blammed
Yoshi’s Island- Flower Garden
Shenmue- Outside the Tomato Convenience Store
Link’s Awakening- Shop/Witch’s Hut
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