My personal top 5 of Videogame Music

This top ten list has the following rules:

  1. Each game music has to be created on a console using the internal sound chip – recorded music via high-quality DACs, as modern game consoles have, don’t count. The limit I’ve set is to the SNES/Genesis generation.
  2. Only original music – no modern remixes allowed.
  3. PCM samples are allowed.
  4. The game must have good music throughout the whole game
  5. I list only one track per game, except for the winner
  6. You will most likely disagree with my choices, that’s why this is my personal top 5.

Rank 5: Secret of Mana (SNES)

This game has pretty ok music, but a highlight was the “Fear of the Heavens” tune.

Rank 4: Mega Man (Gameboy)

I am always amazed how great music the people have written for the Gameboy. Mega Man features very cool music, and it’s really a pleasure.

Rank 3: Starfox (SNES)

I especially love the orchestral hits and guitars in this tune.

Rank 2: Golden Axe – Wilderness (Sega Mega Drive/Genesis Version)

The harsh FM sounds really rock and fit perfectly to the rough gameplay, even if they might be too bright for weak ears. The other tracks are also very good, but the track from the first stage is the best – it really has blown away my mind the first time I’ve played it.


Rank 1: Phantasy Star IV (Genesis)

»As soon as I turned on the game, and this awesome music with this awesome song came up, I knew that it was an awesome game«

And I fully agree. The whole game has brilliant music, there are almost no repeating tracks. The music really aids the gameplay, or vice versa – you decide.


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