Is there a piece of videogame music that you can't forget?

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#1  Edited By abomunist

This just came upon me. I have played 3D World Runner maybe a dozen times in my life. My younger self found the game enjoyable and adequate for what it was, but the music was astoundingly catchy. I haven't seen footage of the game in over 15 years and I can't remember the last time I've heard it talked about, but I can, at any point in time, and in any situation, recall the music:

Something about the nature of nintendo-era music and it's need for relatively quick repetition has made a lot of the music memorable, at least for me.

Do you have a similar mega ear worm? Is there a piece of music you've heard in a game that is burned into your mind like a hot musical iron seared your neurons?

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#2  Edited By Wesker411

Well, you know someone's gonna say it eventually sooooo Zelda.

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#3  Edited By thornie

Daaaaaaayyyyytttttooooooonnnnaaaaa

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#5  Edited By Wesker411

Oh wow, Super Mario Bros. 2 just popped in my head. Thanks man much appreciated, lol.

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#6  Edited By TheHBK

Yeah, that Zelda theme. Specifically when Link gets the sword from the beach in Link's Awakening.

Turtles in Time, Sewer Surfin and Star Base

Halo theme.

Sonic's Green Hill Zone and Scrap Brain Zone

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#7  Edited By Genkkaku

There's alot that's just embedded in my memory.. The obvious ones are there, bits from Zelda / FF / Resident Evil..

But my current ringtone is the Doom theme so I get reminded of that one alot

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#9  Edited By landon

I'll listen to the Persona 3/4 soundtracks every few months.

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#10  Edited By Petiew

  

  This song came out of nowhere at the most hillariously inappropriate moment. I've never forgotten that "What the hell am I listening to?" feeling.
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#11  Edited By Video_Game_King

All of them.

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#12  Edited By Greenshoes

The Orcestral version of the Gerudo Valley theme is, and always will be magic.

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#13  Edited By Seppli

Obviously the entirety of Final Fantasy VI's OST.

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#14  Edited By Animasta

Song of the Ancients, Kaine's theme, Ashes of Dreams, all from Nier. I can even remember the lyrics which considering the lyrics are nonsense words is pretty scary

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#15  Edited By Imsorrymsjackson

Winterspring in WoW. I don't play anymore but this song still sticks in my mind, just such a relaxing bit of music to grind to.

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#16  Edited By Nentisys

BG2 main menu. Bombastic!

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#17  Edited By andriv

Moon theme from duck tales

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#18  Edited By GunstarRed

Tons and tons. I often have the music from Corneria in Star Fox bouncing around my head.

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#19  Edited By Ghostiet

Plenty. It would take almost too long to list most, so I'll take the most recent example - "It's Over" from The Walking Dead Episode 2. Mostly due to the scene's expert direction, especially if you make a specific choice during that particular scene. Google it. It's a striking fucking image.

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#20  Edited By AndrewB

@Nentisys said:

BG2 main menu. Bombastic!

Which one? Shadows of Amn style or remixed/epic Baldur's Gate original for Throne of Bhaal?

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#21  Edited By Rattle618

I remember very well a great deal of video game music, but then again music is what I do for a living and Im trained to remember it...

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#22  Edited By Reddy1124

Even after playing this game several months ago, I still hear this song often and am reminded of how amazing that ending was.

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#23  Edited By flyingidiot

Pretty much everything from Bastion

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#24  Edited By notdavid

Easily my favorite. The first Final Fantasy isn't nearly as impactful to me as the rest of the series, but it's soundtrack blew me away.

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#25  Edited By GERALTITUDE

Much of the Onimusha: Warlords soundtrack is basically perfect, and more layered/mature than we're generally used to in games. It's criminal Samo isn't in PS All-Stars, by the by.

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#26  Edited By fisk0  Moderator

The Silpheed Sega CD intro music, Bobby Prince's blatant ripoff of Guns 'n Roses "Welcome to the Jungle" in Blake Stone, OhGr/Download's (credited as "Ogre from Skinny Puppy") tracks for Descent 2: Vertigo and Larry Peocock's track "Cold Reality" from regular Descent 2 and Cobalt 60's "Darwin was Right" from the Wing Commander Prophecy soundtrack.

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(The version of Darwin Was Right isn't the exact same version that was in the game, which didn't have any vocals and was edited in a different way, shorter intro, but longer song with the part around 0:50 to 1:05 extended).

OH, and also Jeremy Soule's fantastic "The March Unto Death" from Total Annihilation and the amazing title music from System Shock 1:

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#27  Edited By AndrewB

I'll boot up that main menu just to listen to this.

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But I could rattle off hundreds of other video game tracks, I'm sure.

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#28  Edited By drewbert

I'll often start whistling this around the office with no provocation:

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#29  Edited By I_smell
@abomunist said:

This just came upon me. I have played 3D World Runner maybe a dozen times in my life. My younger self found the game enjoyable and adequate for what it was, but the music was astoundingly catchy. I haven't seen footage of the game in over 15 years and I can't remember the last time I've heard it talked about, but I can, at any point in time, and in any situation, recall the music:

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Something about the nature of nintendo-era music and it's need for relatively quick repetition has made a lot of the music memorable, at least for me.

Do you have a similar mega ear worm? Is there a piece of music you've heard in a game that is burned into your mind like a hot musical iron seared your neurons?

I laughed when this video started, cos yeah, I can totally imagine that getting stuck. Mine is this:
  
  All of the music from this game is absolutely haunting if you listen to it for a minute. I payed homage to it on my Youtube channel.
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#30  Edited By impartialgecko

The Halo CE menu music. The extra life stream brought all those memories back hard.

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#31  Edited By ilovebees

The halo theme menu music

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#32  Edited By Schmollian

These tracks were a strong part of my childhood. SO GOOD!

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#34  Edited By sparky_buzzsaw

I occasionally catch myself whistling the theme for the old Leisure Suit Larry games.

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#35  Edited By mellotronrules

machinarium and sword & sworcery have two of the most outstanding soundtracks i've ever heard. painstakingly composed stuff- if you're a fan of electronica with organic elements, i highly recommend checking them out. some examples:

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#36  Edited By gauchoparty

SNAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAKE EATEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEER

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I'm not a huge fan of the saga, but damn that song really got into my mind.

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#37  Edited By Schmollian

I had the sudden urge to hit my self, as hard as I could, right in the balls, for almost forgetting to post this track. Jesus. No other track brings so much nostalgia and memories to me, than this one.

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#39  Edited By fisk0  Moderator

@Schmollian said:

These tracks were a strong part of my childhood. SO GOOD!

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Those are some great choices. Was always more fond of the original C&C music than anything in Red Alert though, especially the music from the expansion The Covert Operations, which had CD audio, which I did rip to my computer the moment I knew how to, and have had it on every machine I've had since 1999, as well as every mobile CD/MP3 player. Songs like Creeping Upon:

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#41  Edited By Dujun

I find myself humming the original Battlefield theme at least once a week.

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#42  Edited By Grillbar

duke nukem 3d, mario, and so many others

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#43  Edited By Disobedience

There're a lot of 'em, but what immediately comes to mind has to be Deadly Premonition and Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura. I also thought the sound design for the original Dead Space was awesome, but that probably doesn't qualify as music for anyone but me :) The Skyrim music also haunts me daily :)

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#44  Edited By vager

The song I probably hummed/whistled the most:

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#45  Edited By Mendelson9

I have been playing Super Crate Box since it was free on iOS and I now have the construction theme stuck in my head. Too bad touch controls in the iOS version makes the game unplayable.

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#46  Edited By linkster7

The Zelda Lost Woods music sometimes drives me crazy, I get it stuck in my head frequently.

The ending theme of Bastion is also worth a mention.

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#47  Edited By Ninja_Welshman

To many to mention but here's the short list.

Reagade and Target Renagade (128k versions), Spectrum.
Canon Fodder (theme), Amiga.
Xenon II (intro), Amiga.
Speedball 2(theme), Amiga.
Blood Money (intro), Amiga.
It came from the Desert (intro), Amiga.
Super Mario World (all of it!), SNES.
Street fighter 2 Turbo (all of it!), SNES.
MGS 2 theme, PS2.
FFX theme, PS2.

These are the ones that spring to mind. Would post videos but I'm on my phone. Check um out on YouTube though they are brilliant.

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#48  Edited By Tesla

Id's Theme:

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Phendrana Drifts:

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Wandering Flame:

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#49  Edited By Sin4profit

Spiderman theme on the Atari 2600

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#50  Edited By geirr
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While I loved the music of this entire series, this one always stood out back then and still does!