Game Music

Welcome to Game Music Daily! Our regular rotation of soundtrack showcase looking at the 30+ years of great music! We prod the staff for their personal picks and savory songs of what they consider special / interesting / important to them below. It could be anything; epitomizing events, significance of the song, music matching moments, or simply a darn, good listen!

Break out the bubbly champagne and celebratory cigars! We hit 100! Course, as this feature’s coordinator, I withheld this recommendation to 100 because boy, is it special to me.

In addition, our site went to Pax and amassed quite a few (30+ !) previews for Pax East for some curious eyeballs. Lots of indies, lots and lots of show-stealing titles from teams of five or under.

100. Shatter’s “Argon Refinery” (Module)

“I’ll never eloquently explain effectively why Shatter tops my list of game music. It’s perfect, so I’ll give it a shot. Every track I listen to completion. Module’s futuristic rock music invigorated my love for game music where Spyro 2 planted the seed. A reluctant game music bundle 2 purchase found one of my favorite artists and soundtrack I’ll forever boast. And Argon Refinery is the pinnacle of it. The guitar strums are powerful, synth sounds are so good, and it never gets old. I specifically withhold overplaying the album and track for the purposes of forcing it to be special. Whip out when necessary for a calming hour of awesome.”

-Robert Beach


 101. Shatter “Boss Theme” (Module)

Double dose, why not? The break halfway in the boss theme by far is one of my favorite sequences in Shatter. Go from melodic vocal gibberish to pulse-pounding EDM, pinpointing the urgency and tension of a boss fight.

-Robert Beach

102. Pokemon X & Y’s “Bicycling Theme” (Shota Kageyama)

“One of the catchiest jingles in a game with a lot of killer cuts, it has the feel of reckless abandon as you barrel down a route, care-free and probably trying to hatch an egg.”

-Dylan Tierney


103. Little Big Planet 2 “Sleepyhead” (Passion Pit)

“No game trailer has ever gotten me more pumped for the final product than the first LittleBigPlanet 2 trailer released in 2010. This was due, in part, to the excitement for a bevy of new tools to create and share with, but what really drove the trailer home was the inclusion of Sleepyhead by Passion Pit as the game’s forerunner main theme. And man, did they knock it out of the park.”

-Morgan Park


104. The Wolf Among Us “Prologue Song” (Jared Emerson-Johnson)

“The Wolf Among Us might play a lot like Telltale’s other running series, The Walking Dead, but the music is totally different. This track, which plays during each episode’s prologue, is a perfect example of this. It has the perfect feeling for the game, a retro style mixed with dark tones sets the stage for the world of Fabletown and the adventure that you are about to have there.”

-Kyle Hanson


105. True Crime – Streets of L.A. “Taproot Poem” (Sean Murray)

“Ah, the early 2000’s, when rock music blared out of pop music radio and it seemed like everyone was cashing in on the popularity. Video games was no exception at the time.

It was the first True Crime that introduced me to a band known as Taproot and I’ve been a fan ever since. Imagine getting into a gunfight or a boss fight with this tune cranked up through your TV. Although this game had a lot of great music in it, with Deftones and Unloco, I choose this one just because as soon as I hear it, I want to go back and play this game.”

-Brandon Parker

106. Chrono Trigger “At the End of Time” (Yasunori Mitsuda)

“Chrono Trigger holds a very special place in my heart. It’s one of the few games I can play that take me back to a time where I was young, optimistic, and all-around a totally different person. It was an engrossing experience then that I can continue to relive each and every year (which I do).

With each successive playthrough, different songs on its incredible soundtrack stick out for me; “At the End of Time” is the only song in the game that has really, truly clung to my mind. It is without a doubt one of my favorite songs of all time.”

-Rhys Egner


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