The 9 Most Iconic Video Game Songs Of All Time
Ask people what they love about gaming, and you'll probably get the usual list; graphics, gameplay, story, multiplayer, WHATEVER, WHO GIVES A SHIT!
Every discerning gamer knows that music's what really sets a great game apart from a good game. Seriously, would anyone have even touched Tetris if it didn't have such an iconic theme song? Nah, didn't think so.
With that in mind, we've assembled a list of 9 of the most iconic video game songs of all time...
Jonathan Coulton - Still Alive (Portal)
From the game that launched a thousand memes, Still Alive was the icing on the cake (that may have been a lie) for Valve's masterpiece, Portal. It even made it into Rock Band 2! Try not to sing along, we dare you.
Rare - DK Rap (Donkey Kong 64)
The 90s were a weird time. Between the (temporary) decline of conservative politics and the rise of the 'free money' borrowing economy, well-off straight white liberals began looking for more and more black culture they could appropriate and recharge their now empty struggle cells with. Enter Donkey Kong 64, and the whiter-than-Vanilla-Ice DK Rap. It chills my blood just to look at it.
TAPPY - Snake Eater (Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater)
Metal Gear Solid has never been one for subtlety, and the third instalment of the Hideo Kojima's mainstream blockbuster titles, Snake Eater, takes the series to ridiculous new heights. Ever wanted to fight a sniper made out of living moss? YOU CAN! How about a flaming astronaut? LET'S GET LIT! And let's not forget about the big boss of MGS3 - that fucking ladder climb that goes on for the ENTIREITY of the epic Bond-a-like theme song, Snake Eater...
Jeremy Soule - The Song Of The Dragonborn (The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim)
DOVAKHIN DOVAKHIN BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH MACHINE! This epic theme song really sets the tone for the ~75 hours that await all new Skyrim players. FUS RO DAMN GIRL!
Koji Kondo - Kokiri Forest (The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time)
From the first moment you wake up and step outside into Kokiri Forest, you know The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is going to be an unforgettable experience. Mostly because this song is as annoying as it is iconic! SERIOUSLY, WHEN WILL IT END!?
David Bowie - Survive (The Nomad Soul)
That's right - not only did David Bowie write music for a video game, he also APPEARED IN THE FUCKING THING! Omikron: The Nomad Soul may have been a near-unplayable mess, but there's no denying its legacy will live on just like its Starman.
Jessica Curry - Main Theme (Everybody's Gone To The Rapture)
Equal part intriguing and heartbreaking, Jessica Curry's composition perfectly sets the tone for indie darling, Everybody's Gone To The Rapture. If you've played it, you'll know exactly what I'm talking about. If you haven't, you should probably play more.
Jose Gonzalez - Far Away (Red Dead Redemption)
Red Dead Redemption means one man and his gun. And isn't a guitar the modern equivalent of a gun?
No, no it is not, but for a second it sounded like an intelligent observation, right?
Whatever, this song is good is all.
FromSoftware - Main Theme (Bloodborne)
Bloodborne is about two things: being one of the most difficult games out there, and mounting horror of Lovecraftian proportions. Building to a terrifying crescendo, before ebbing away into the infinite, the theme perfect mirrors the progression of the game, drawing you in like a spiral from which you'll never escape.
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Josh Pappenheim - @papsby
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