Whether it’s part of an epic boss battle, a touching cutscene or accompanying the end credits, a well chosen song can help to create some of the most entrancing and unforgettable moments in video games. Perhaps what makes these moments so special is indeed their ephemeral nature – usually taking place deep into a campaign, a great musical section may well only be experienced once, after which the fleeting moment endures only as a fond memory.
But for those who want to keep a memento of these moments well after that experience, the wonder of modern media has you covered. Whether it’s through Spotify, YouTube or whatever your preferred service may be, we can now create a personal playlist of our most cherished songs from gaming to warm our hearts when we need it most.
Before we take a look at our picks of the most essential video game songs, we need to set out a few rules to explain what does and doesn’t qualify for this list:
- The song must have actually featured in a game, therefore we’ll be excluding music about or based on games (e.g. music by The Protomen) or songs created for an OST that didn’t actually feature in the game (e.g. some Florence and the Machine tracks from the Final Fantasy XV soundtrack).
- When we say ‘song’ we mean music and lyrics, so as much as we’d love to rave about (as well as to) Megalovania, it won’t be making the list.
- We’re going to adhere to the ol’ one entry per franchise rule here because otherwise a series such as Life is Strange alone could take up half the list.
With that out of the way, let’s crack on:
Do you agree with our picks? Or have we missed out some of your favourites? Let us know what you think by starting a discussion below.