My Favorite Video Game Soundtracks
Think of this as a companion list to my Favorite Video Games list, and as my personal video game soundtrack “Hall of Fame.” I’m an unabashed fan of video game music, and while there are countless games with music I love, I want to showcase the video game soundtracks that have had the largest impact on me personally. This list is exclusive by design, and hopefully anyone who reads it comes away with a good understanding of the soundtracks that have affected and shaped me the most. I hope it’s a fun read to boot.
Before we get started, a few clarifications. First, this list is about full soundtracks, not individual songs. That’s a subtle, but very important distinction to keep in mind. Second, after some internal debate, I decided to allow games that use licensed/pre-existing music, as well multiple games in a franchise. I realized this list wouldn’t work if I put up artificial barriers; any soundtrack that had a big impact on me is allowed. Third, I list three "notable" songs for each soundtrack. This is not meant to be a statement on the "best" songs, but rather good songs I feel represent the overall body of work.
Finally, games are listed in chronological order of original US release date, not by preference.