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Old Aug 20, 2015, 04:43 PM
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Almost two years ago I started a thread on here that somewhat detailed a project I just finished. At first it was a top 50 list, then a top 100, but I ended up finishing a top 200 list of my favorite video game soundtracks. Despite the headaches and busyness of the project, I dedicated two years during my free time to research and listen to as many different soundtracks as I could from all sorts of places (I went through hundreds upon hundreds of vgm soundtracks in a short amount of time and probably listened to around 2,000). I learned a lot of the history and saw how a lot of games and companies intertwine. On the Tumblr I posted in the above link, I recently posted the full 200 list, and seeing as though I don't have many followers there, I thought this would be an even better place to share it for anyone here who is interested.

I live in the West, so this may be a strange list, and it's a personal one. There are samples for each game included also (I put links after every 50 games in this post). As expected, it was a pain listening to so much music, constantly changing to find the right order and especially finding what song to choose to represent each game. I hope you all enjoy this. I don't have enough time to research this as freely anymore, so for now on I'll only be looking into new games and new releases.

There is still going to be a lot missing since I can't listen to everything that's ever been made, and there is a lot that people would like to see but isn't on this list because I personally didn't rank it high enough. I tried to be as comprehensible as I could be:

#200: Ecco the Dolphin [Sega CD]

#199: Tetris Attack (Panel de Pon) [Super Famicom]

#198: Super Formation Soccer [Super Famicom]

#197: Kiki Kaikai: Tsukiyozoushi [Super Famicom]

#196: Kirby 64 [Nintendo 64]

#195: Silent Hill 2 [Sony PlayStation 2]

#194: Growlanser [Sony PlayStation]

#193: FEDA: Emblem of Justice [Super Famicom]

#192: Atelier Iris: Grand Fantasm [Sony PlayStation 2]

#191: Cotton 100% [Super Famicom]

#190: Atelier Ayesha: Alchemist of the Ground of Dusk [Sony PlayStation 3]

#189: Kirby Triple Deluxe [Nintendo 3DS]

#188: Final Fight [Arcade]

#187: Pokemon Black [Nintendo DS]

#186: Snowboard Kids 2 [Nintendo 64]

#185: Battle Zeque-Den [Super Famicom]

#184: Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemist of Dusk Sky [Sony PlayStation 3]

#183: Bravely Default [Nintendo 3DS]

#182: Sparkster [Super Famicom]

#181: Mana Khemia 2: Fall of Alchemy [Sony PlayStation 2]

#180: Evergrace [Sony PlayStation 2]

#179: Eternal Flame [PC]

#178: Cotton 2 [Arcade]

#177: Super Double Dragon [Super Famicom]

#176: Espgaluda [Arcade]

#175: Alcahest [Super Famicom]

#174: Brave Fencer Musashi [Sony PlayStation]

#173: Syvalion [Arcade]

#172: Digimon World [Sony PlayStation]

#171: The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask [Nintendo 64]

#170: Turrican [Amiga]

#169: Lunar the Silver Star [Sega CD]

#168: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time [Nintendo 64]

#167: Cybernator [Super Famicom]

#166: Midnight Resistance [Sega Mega Drive]

#165: Ys II: Ancient Ys Vanished The Final Chapter [NEC PC-88]

#164: Bare Knuckle 2 (Streets of Rage) [Sega Mega Drive/NEC PC-88 Sound]

#163: Ys II Special [DOS]

#162: Mr. Nutz [Super Famicom]

#161: Tenshi no Uta [Super Famicom]

#160: Dyna Brothers 2 [Sega Mega Drive]

#159: Shadow Hearts 2 [Sony PlayStation 2]

#158: Cotton Original [Sony PlayStation]

#157: Traverse: Starlight & Prairie [Super Famicom]

#156: Kaite Tukutte Asoberu Dezaemon [Super Famicom]

#155: Kiki Kaikai: Nazo no Kuro Manto [Super Famicom]

#154: Farland Story 2 [Super Famicom]

#153: Twinbee Yahho! [Arcade]

#152: Persona 2: Innocent Sin [Sony PlayStation]

#151: Atelier Viorate: Alchemist of Gramnad [Sony PlayStation 2]


Samples for 200-151 can be listened to here


#150: Rushing Beat Shura [Super Famicom]

#149: Mother [Nintendo Entertainment System]

#148: Atelier Judie: Alchemist of Gramnad 2 [Sony PlayStation 2]

#147: Shin Momotarou Densetsu [Super Famicom]

#146: Soul & Sword [Super Famicom]

#145: Hercules’ Glory IV: Gift of the Gods [Super Famicom]

#144: Atelier Rorona: Alchemist of Arland [Sony PlayStation 3]

#143: Elemental Master [Sega Mega Drive]

#142: Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana [Sony PlayStation 2]

#141: Shadow Hearts [Sony PlayStation 2]

#140: Area 88 (U.N. Squadron) [Arcade]

#139: Parodius Da! [Arcade]

#138: Ar Tonelico 2: Melody of Metafalica [Sony PlayStation 2]

#137: Langrisser: Hikari no Matsuei [PC-Engine]

#136: Asterix & Obelix [Super Famicom]

#135: Battletoads [Arcade]

#134: Bittersweet Fools [Sony PlayStation 2]

#133: Metal Max 2 [Super Famicom]

#132: Thunder Force III [Sega Mega Drive]

#131: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers [Sega Saturn]

#130: Actraiser [Super Famicom]

#129: Battletoads & Double Dragon [Super Famicom]

#128: Monarch Monarch [PC]

#127: Falcata [Sony PlayStation]

#126: Trigon [Arcade]

#125: Mahou Kishi Reiasu [Super Famicom]

#124: Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals [Super Famicom]

#123: Journey to Silius [Nintendo Entertainment System]

#122: Gimmick! [Nintendo Entertainment System]

#121: Thunder Cross [Arcade]

#120: B.O.B. [Super Famicom]

#119: Gotcha Force [GameCube]

#118: Mother 3 [Nintendo Game Boy Advance]

#117: Pokemon Diamond [Nintendo Game Boy Advance]

#116: Madara [Nintendo Entertainment System]

#115: Emerald Dragon [Super Famicom]

#114: X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse [Super Famicom]

#113: Rockman & Forte [Super Famicom]

#112: Turrican 2 [Amiga]

#111: Ragnarok Online [PC]

#110: Star Fox [Super Famicom]

#109: Zwei!! [PC]

#108: Gunstar Heroes [Sega Mega Drive]

#107: Ganbare Goemon: Yukihime Kyuushutsu Emaki [Super Famicom]

#106: Pokemon Sapphire [Nintendo Game Boy Advance]

#105: Secret of Evermore [Super Famicom]

#104: Ar tonelico: Melody of Elemia [Sony PlayStation 2]

#103: Darius [Arcade]

#102: Contra: Hard Corps [Sega Mega Drive]

#101: Grid Seeker [Arcade]


Samples for 150-101 can be listened to here.


#100: Ray Force [Arcade]

#99: Ogre Battle: March of the Black Queen [Super Famicom]

#98: Super Adventure Island [Super Famicom]

#97: Shin Megami Tensei II [Super Famicom]

#96: Chrono Cross [Sony PlayStation]

#95: Twinbee: Rainbow Bell Adventure [Super Famicom]

#94: Mega Man 7 [Super Famicom]

#93: Seiken Densetsu 2 (Secret of Mana) [Super Famicom]

#92: Chrono Trigger [Super Famicom]

#91: Chaos Seed [Super Famicom]

#90: Ganbare Goemon: Neo Momoyama Bakufu no Odori [Nintendo 64]

#89: Thunder Cross 2 [Arcade]

#88: Atelier Elie: Alchemist of Salburg [Sony PlayStation]

#87: Farland Story [Super Famicom]

#86: Salamander 2 [Super Famicom]

#85: Super E.D.F. [Super Famicom]

#84: Puchi Crat [Arcade]

#83: Front Mission: Gun Hazard [Super Famicom]

#82: The Ninja Warriors [Arcade]

#81: Vay [Sega CD]

#80: The Legend of Heroes V: A Cagesong of the Ocean [PC]

#79: Umihara Kawase [Super Famicom]

#78: Dragon Knight 4 [Super Famicom]

#77: Super Variable Geo [Super Famicom]

#76: Final Fantasy VI [Super Famicom]

#75: Breath of Fire II [Super Famicom]

#74: Mega Man X3 [Super Famicom]

#73: Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars [Super Famicom]

#72: Nights: Journey of Dreams [Nintendo Wii]

#71: Opoona [Nintendo Wii]

#70: Atelier Totori: Alchimist of Arland 2 [Sony PlayStation 3]

#69: Revelations: Persona [Sony PlayStation]

#68: Kaze no Tansakusya ~Grand Slam~ [PC]

#67: Live a Live [Super Famicom]

#66: Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia [Nintendo DS]

#65: Ar nosurge: Ode to an Unborn Star [Sony PlayStation 3]

#64: Vantage Master [PC]

#63: The Scheme [NEC PC-88]

#62: Ciel nosurge ~Ushinawareta Hoshi e Sasagu Uta~ [Sony PlayStation Vita]

#61: Super Castlevania IV [Super Famicom]

#60: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time [Super Famicom]

#59: Tokimeki Memorial [Super Famicom]

#58: Ai Cho Aniki [NEC PC-Engine]

#57: Mega Man X [Super Famicom]

#56: Super Turrican 2 [Super Famicom]

#55: Mega Man X2 [Super Famicom]

#54: Ys III: Wanderers of Ys [NEC PC-88]

#53: Mouryou Senki Madara 2 [Super Famicom]

#52: Snatcher [NEC PC-88]

#51: The Legend of Heroes IV: A Tear of Vermilion [PC]


Samples for 101-51 can be listened to here.


#50: Brandish 2: The Planet Buster [NEC PC-98]

#49: Soul Blader [Super Famicom]

#48: Vib Ribbon [Sony PlayStation]

#47: Last Bible III [Super Famicom]

#46: Plok! [Super Famicom]

#45: Energy Breaker [Super Famicom]

#44: Deus Ex [PC]

#43: Majin Tensei II: Spiral Nemesis [Super Famicom]

#42: Alien Soldier [Sega Mega Drive]

#41: Super Robot Wars Gaiden: Masou Kishin The Lord of Elemental [SFC]

#40: Kaze no Tansakusya 2 ~Shadow Kingdom~ [PC]

#39: Lagoon [Super Famicom]

#38: Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze [Nintendo Wii U]

#37: The Ninja Warriors Again [Super Famicom]

#36: Rushing Beat Run: Fukusei Toshi (Brawl Brothers) [Super Famicom]

#35: Sonic 3 & Knuckles [Sega Mega Drive]

#34: Flak Attack [Arcade]

#33: Ganbare Goemon ~Deroderodochu Obake Tenkomori [Nintendo 64]

#32: Gradius III [Super Famicom]

#31: The Legend of Heroes III: White Witch [NEC PC-98]

#30: Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea [Sony PlayStation 3]

#29: Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest [Super Famicom]

#28: Atelier Iris 2: The Azoth of Destiny [Sony PlayStation 2]

#27: Ys: Ancient Ys Vanished [NEC PC-88] [NEC PC-Engine] [PC]

#26: Contra III: The Alien Wars [Super Famicom]

#25: Seiken Densetsu 3 (Secret of Mana 2) [Super Famicom]

#24: Super Turrican [Super Famicom]

#23: Moon: Remix RPG Adventure [Sony PlayStation]

#22: Nights into Dreams… [Sega Saturn]

#21: Panzer Dragoon Saga (Azel: Panzer Dragoon RPG) [Sega Saturn]

#20: Majin Tensei [Super Famicom]

#19: Sorcerian [NEC PC-88]

#18: Metal Black [Arcade]

#17: Darius Gaiden [Arcade]

#16: Night Striker [Arcade]

#15: G-Darius [Arcade]

#14: Sword World [Super Famicom]

#13: Mother 2 (Earthbound) [Super Famicom]

#12: Rudra no Hihou (Treasure of the Rudras) [Super Famicom]

#11: Ys IV: Dawn of Ys [PC-98]

#10: Ys V: Ushinawareta Suna no Miyako Kefin [Super Famicom]

#9: Popful Mail [Super Famicom] [Sega CD]

#8: Brandish 3: Spirit of Balcan [NEC PC-98]

#7: Axelay [Super Famicom]

#6: Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest [Super Famicom]

#5: Thunder Force IV [Sega Mega Drive]

#4: Terranigma [Super Famicom]

#3: VM Japan [PC]

#2: The Legend of Xanadu [NEC PC-Engine]

#1: The Legend of Xanadu II [NEC PC-Engine]


Samples for 50-1 can be listened to here.

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Old Aug 22, 2015, 05:02 PM
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You listed Grid Seeker twice, at 101 and 99. Listed below are the titles I'm quite familiar with. It's great to see Shin Momotaro Densetsu on your list! I went through hell trying to obtain that album and it's nice to know that at least someone else appreciates the music.

Great job making this list. I would list many of the ones you chose, although ranked differently. I already know that Castlevania IV would be #1. Sorcerian would be #2.

#195: Silent Hill 2 [Sony PlayStation 2]

#193: FEDA: Emblem of Justice [Super Famicom]

#188: Final Fight [Arcade]

#183: Bravely Default [Nintendo 3DS]

#180: Evergrave [Sony PlayStation 2]

#176: Espgaluda [Arcade]

#173: Syvalion [Arcade]

#171: The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask [Nintendo 64]

#168: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time [Nintendo 64]

#167: Cybernator [Super Famicom]

#166: Midnight Resistance [Sega Mega Drive]

#165: Ys II: Ancient Ys Vanished The Final Chapter [NEC PC-88]

#164: Bare Knuckle 2 (Streets of Rage) [Sega Mega Drive/NEC PC-88 Sound]

#153: Twinbee Yahho! [Arcade]

#149: Mother [Nintendo Entertainment System]

#147: Shin Momotarou Densetsu [Super Famicom]

#143: Elemental Master [Sega Mega Drive]

#140: Area 88 (U.N. Squadron) [Arcade]

#139: Parodius Da! [Arcade]

#137: Langrisser: Hikari no Matsuei [PC-Engine]

#132: Thunder Force III [Sega Mega Drive]

#130: Actraiser [Super Famicom]

#128: Monarch Monarch [PC]

#123: Journey to Silius [Nintendo Entertainment System]

#122: Gimmick! [Nintendo Entertainment System]

#121: Thunder Cross [Arcade]

#116: Madara [Nintendo Entertainment System]

#115: Emerald Dragon [Super Famicom]

#110: Star Fox [Super Famicom]

#109: Zwei!! [PC]

#108: Gunstar Heroes [Sega Mega Drive]

#103: Darius [Arcade]

#101: Grid Seeker [Arcade]

#100: Ray Force [Arcade]

#99: Grid Seeker [Arcade]

#95: Twinbee: Rainbow Bell Adventure [Super Famicom]

#92: Chrono Trigger [Super Famicom]

#86: Salamander 2 [Super Famicom]

#83: Front Mission: Gun Hazard [Super Famicom]

#82: The Ninja Warriors [Arcade]

#79: Umihara Kawase [Super Famicom]

#76: Final Fantasy VI [Super Famicom]

#72: Nights: Journey of Dreams [Nintendo Wii]

#71: Opoona [Nintendo Wii]

#67: Live a Live [Super Famicom]

#66: Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia [Nintendo DS]

#63: The Scheme [NEC PC-88]

#61: Super Castlevania IV [Super Famicom]

#60: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time [Super Famicom]

#59: Tokimeki Memorial [Super Famicom]

#57: Mega Man X [Super Famicom]

#54: Ys III: Wanderers of Ys [NEC PC-88]

#52: Snatcher [NEC PC-88]

#51: The Legend of Heroes IV: A Tear of Vermilion [PC]

#50: Brandish 2: The Planet Buster [NEC PC-98]

#42: Alien Soldier [Sega Mega Drive]

#35: Sonic 3 & Knuckles [Sega Mega Drive]

#32: Gradius III [Super Famicom]

#31: The Legend of Heroes III: White Witch [NEC PC-98]

#29: Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest [Super Famicom]

#27: Ys: Ancient Ys Vanished [NEC PC-88] [NEC PC-Engine] [PC]

#26: Contra III: The Alien Wars [Super Famicom]

#25: Seiken Densetsu 3 (Secret of Mana 2) [Super Famicom]

#24: Super Turrican [Super Famicom]

#19: Sorcerian [NEC PC-88]

#18: Metal Black [Arcade]

#17: Darius Gaiden [Arcade]

#16: Night Striker [Arcade]

#15: G-Darius [Arcade]

#13: Mother 2 (Earthbouund) [Super Famicom]

#12: Rudra no Hihou (Treasure of the Rudras) [Super Famicom]

#11: Ys IV: Dawn of Ys [PC-98]

#10: Ys V: Ushinawareta Suna no Miyako Kefin [Super Famicom]

#9: Popful Mail [Super Famicom] [Sega CD]

#8: Brandish 3: Spirit of Balcan [NEC PC-98]

#7: Axelay [Super Famicom]

#5: Thunder Force IV [Sega Mega Drive]

#3: VM Japan [PC]

#2: The Legend of Xanadu [NEC PC-Engine]

#1: The Legend of Xanadu II [NEC PC-Engine]
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Old Aug 22, 2015, 06:22 PM
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Needs more Alundra.

Other than that, incredible list, great import-only gems all over the place too. Ranking SD3 so much better than SD2 is a somewhat controversial choice, though I tend to lean that way myself, if only because SD3 has more in terms of qunatity and I think both hold a consistent quality (I also love the three-part final boss insanity on SD3 ... on par with FFVI's Dancing Mad, but for entirely different reasons / styles)
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Thank you for your comments. I corrected a few typos and put the real game for #99 which is Ogre Battle: March of the Black Queen.

I have listened to both Alundra and Alundra 2. Unfortunately, they are not in this list, but Alundra came really close. This is not to say it's a bad soundrack at all because it is good.

As you can tell from the list, Falcom is my favorite gaming company when it comes to music (particularly the 1987-2002 period). Throughout the years they had composers and other members with different talents split off into other great companies such as Ancient, Quintet and Gruppo One. Quintet is also credited for helping out with a few Gust games (not with the music). Tenmon (Atsushi Shirakawa) became an amazing composer for anime and his original works. Makoto Shinkai left to start his animation career too. I could name all sorts of projects and games some of the former members of Falcom Sound Team J.D.K. have contributed to up to this day, but to be short, my point is that Falcom has been very influential to gaming and animation in so many ways that go unnoticed (besides some obvious reasons) by so many.

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Old Aug 23, 2015, 05:52 AM
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Other than that, incredible list, great import-only gems all over the place too. Ranking SD3 so much better than SD2 is a somewhat controversial choice, though I tend to lean that way myself, if only because SD3 has more in terms of qunatity and I think both hold a consistent quality (I also love the three-part final boss insanity on SD3 ... on par with FFVI's Dancing Mad, but for entirely different reasons / styles)
I would definitely rank SD3 higher than SD2, but not for reasons related to the compositions. SD2 has some strong stuff, but SD3 is very technically superior. It has the most realistic sounding instrumentation I've heard of any SFC music. I'll never forget when I first heard SD3; it was revelatory aural experience.
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I think SD3 has a lot better stand-alone tracks. SD2 really is more about atmosphere to me. As a listening experience, I have no issues putting SD3 ahead of SD2 (and up with the likes of FFVI and Chrono Trigger) for both quality and quantity reasons.

I would agree more on the Legend of Xanadu soundtracks, but Duo synth is one of the few chiptunes that never resonated with me. I think it really limited the potential of the music for me.

Nice list. Very old-school, very Falcom-heavy with a smattering of new-school stuff in there.
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Going to redo this. Posting in a few minutes to edit mistakes.

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Out of curiosity and interest I decided to redo this again to see what it looks like now. If there is interest I can re-post this with comments on each game. I figure for now I'll just focus on posting the list. I would welcome anyone else to try this since it's been years since many people on here have shared their results. Only the top 100 this time though. Let's see what changed:

#100: Soul Edge [Sony PlayStation]

#99: Super Double Dragon [Super Famicom]

#98: Evergrace [Sony PlayStation 2]

#97: Cho Aniki: Otoko no Tamafuda [Bandai WonderSwan]

#96: Madara [Nintendo Entertainment System]

#95: Traverse: Stalight & Prairie [Super Famicom]

#94: Magic Knight Rayearth [Super Famicom]

#93: Shin Megami Tensei II [Super Famicom]

#92: Silent Hill 2 [Sony PlayStation 2]

#91: Energy Breaker [Super Famicom]

#90: Panzer Dragoon Saga [Sega Dreamcast]

#89: F-Zero X [Nintendo 64]

#88: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers [Sega Saturn]

#87: Super Variable Geo [Super Famicom]

#86: Thunder Force III [Sega Genesis]

#85: Battle Zeque Den [Super Famicom]

#84: Rushing Beat Run: Fukusei Toshi (Brawl Brothers) [Super Famicom]

#83: Farland Story [Super Famicom]

#82: Super Adventure Island [Super Famicom]

#81: Atelier Ellie: The Alchemist of Salburg 2 [Sony PlayStation 2]

#80: Emerald Dragon [Super Famicom]

#79: Dragon Knight 4 [Super Famicom]

#78: Umihara Kawase [Super Famicom]

#77: The NinjaWarriors Again [Super Famicom]

#76: Night Striker [Arcade]

#75: Pokemon Ruby & Sapphire [Nintendo Game Boy Advance]

#74: Deus Ex [PC]

#73: Rayforce [Sega Saturn]

#72: Pokemon Diamond & Pearl [Nintendo DS]

#71: Super Robot Wars Gaiden: Masou Kishin The Lord of Elemental [Super Famicom]

#70: Gunstar Heroes [Sega Genesis]

#69: Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars [Super Famicom]

#68: Ys III: Wanderers of Ys [NEC PC-88]

#67: Gradius III [Arcade]

#66: Salamander 2 [Arcade]

#65: Mega Man 7 [Super Famicom]

#64: Secret of Evermore [Super Famicom]

#63: Madara 2 [Super Famicom]

#62: Turrican [Commodore Amiga]

#61: Space Manbow [MSX2]

#60: Sonic 3 & Knuckles [Sega Genesis]

#59: Atelier Viorate [Sony PlayStation 2]

#58: Atelier Judie [Sony PlayStation 2]

#57: Turrican 2 [Commodore Amiga]

#56: Soul Blazer [Super Famicom]

#55: Majin Tensei [Super Famicom]

#54: The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III [Sony PlayStation 4]

#53: Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze [Nintendo Wii U]

#52: Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest [Super Famicom]

#51: Star Fox [Super Famicom]

#50: Gimmick! [Nintendo Entertainment System]

#49: The Legend of the Mystical Ninja [Super Famicom]

#48: Last Bible III [Super Famicom]

#47: Metal Black [Arcade]

#46: Opoona [Nintendo Wii]

#45: Nights into Dreams… [Sega Saturn]

#44: Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana [Sony PlayStation 2]

#43: Seiken Densetsu 3 (Secret of Mana 2) [Super Famicom]

#42: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time [Super Famicom]

#41: Lagoon [X68000]

#40: Revelation: Persona

#39: Mega Man X3 [Super Famicom]

#38: The Legend of Heroes V: A Cagesong of the Ocean [PC]

#37: Super Castlevania IV [Super Famicom]

#36: The Legend of Heroes IV: A Tear of Vermilion [NEC PC-98]

#35: Mega Man X [Super Famicom]

#34: Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana 2 [Sony PlayStation 2]

#33: VM Japan [PC]

#32: Dinosaur [FM Towns]

#31: Ys: Ancient Ys Vanished [NEC PC-88]

#30: Goemon's Great Adventure [Nintendo 64]

#29: Super Turrican 2 [Super Famicom]

#28: Alien Soldier [Sega Genesis]

#27: The Legend of Heroes III: White Witch [NEC PC-98]

#26: Plok [Super Famicom]

#25: Pop'n TwinBee: Rainbow Bell Adventures [Super Famicom]

#24: Parodius Da! [Arcade]

#23: Contra Spirits [Super Famicom]

#22: Ai Cho Aniki [NEC PC-Engine]

#21: Mega Man X2 [Super Famicom]

#20: Majin Tensei 2 [Super Famicom]

#19: Terranigma [Super Famicom]

#18: Popful Mail [NEC PC-88/Super Famicom/Sega CD]

#17: Super Turrican [Super Famicom]

#16: Ys V: Ushinawareta Suna no Miyako Kefin [Super Famicom]

#15: Sword World [Super Famicom]

#14: Contra: Hard Corps [Sega Genesis]

#13: Mother 2 (Earthbound) [Super Famicom]

#12: G-Darius [Arcade]

#11: Ding! ~MONO~ [PC]

#10: Kaze no Tansakusha Tairiku-hen ~Eternal Flame~ [PC]

#9: Brandish 2: The Planter Buster [NEC PC-98/Super Famicom]

#8: The Legend of Xanadu II [NEC PC-Engine]

#7: Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest [Super Famicom]

#6: Sorcerian [NEC PC-88]

#5: Rudra no Hihou

#4: Axelay [Super Famicom]

#3: Brandish 3: Spirit of Balcan [NEC PC98]

#2: Thunder Force IV [Sega Genesis]

#1: The Legend of Xanadu [NEC PC-Engine]
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Out of interest I come back every few years to see how my thoughts have changed on this. I am starting a blog hopefully later on today where I'll go into each one in more detail but here is my current top 100 video game soundtracks:

100. Super Variable Geo (Super Famicom)
99. Alcahest (Super Famicom)
98. Shin Megami Tensei II (Super Famicom)
97. Cho Aniki: Otoko no Tamafuda (Bandai WonderSwan)
96. Kingdom Hearts (Sony PlayStation 2)
95. Atelier Elie: Alchimist of Salburg (Sony PlayStation)
94. Gradius Gaiden (Sony PlayStation)
93. Flak Attack (Arcade)
92. Xexex (Arcade)
91. Thunder Force III (Sega Genesis)
90. Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards (Nintendo 64)
89. Shin Momotaru Densetsu (Super Famicom)
88. U.N. Squadron (Super Famicom)
87. Super E.D.F. (Super Famicom)
86. Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers (Sega Saturn)
85. Thunder Cross (Arcade)
84. Overtake (Sharp X68000)
83. X-Men: Mutant Apacolypse (Super Famicom)
82. Castlevania: Bloodlines (Sega Genesis)
81. Vib Ribbon (Sony PlayStation)
80. Snowboard Kids 2 (Nintendo 64)
79. Azure Nights (Sony PlayStation 3)
78. Super Robot Wars Gaiden: Masou Kishin The Lord Of Elemental (Super Famicom)
77. Brandish VT (PC-98)
76. Live A Live (Super Famicom)
75. Panzer Dragoon Saga (Sega Saturn)
74. Mother 3 (Game Boy Advance)
73. Parodius Da! (Arcade)
72. Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings (Sony PlayStation 3)
71. Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana (Sony Playstation 2)
70. Pokemon Diamond and Pearl (Nintendo DS)
69. Snowboard Kids (Nintendo 64)
68. Metal Black (Arcade)
67. Silent Hill 2 (Sony PlayStation 2)
66. Super Adventure Island (Super Famicom)
65. Energy Breaker (Super Famicom)
64. Opoona (Nintendo Wii)
63. Madara 2 (Super Famicom)
62. Last Bible III (Super Famicom)
61. Contra III: The Alien Wars
60. F-Zero X (Nintendo 64)
59. Ys IV: Mask of the Sun (Super Famicom)
58. The Legend of Heroes V: A Cagesong of the Ocean (PC)
57. Atelier Viorate: The Alchemist of Gramnad (Sony PlayStation 2)
56. Dragon Knight 4 (Super Famicom)
55. The legend of Heroes IV: A Tear of Vermillion
54. Space Manbow (MSX2)
53. Gimmick! (Nintendo Entertainment System)
52. Atelier Judie: Alchemist of Gramnad (Sony PlayStation 2)
51. Ganbare Goemon: Yukihime Kyuushutsu Emaki (Super Famicom)
50. Majin Tensei (Super Famicom)
49. Rushing Beat Run: Fukusei Toshi (Super Famicom)
48. Pop'n TwinBee: Rainbow Bell Adventures (Super Famicom)
47. Revelations: Persona (Sony PlayStation)
46. Brandish 2: The Planet Buster (Super Famicom)
45. Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers (Arcade)
44. Gradius III (Arcade)
43. Star Fox (Super Famicom)
42. Ai Cho Aniki (PC-Engine)
41. Nights Into Dreams (Sega Saturn)
40. Tokimeki Memorial (Super Famicom)
39. The Legend of Heroes III: White Witch (PC-98)
38. Atelier Firis: The Alchemist And The Mysterious Journey (Sony PlayStation 4)
37. Super Castlevania (Super Famicom)
36. Rockman X3 (Super Famicom)
35. Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana 2 (Sony PlayStation 2)
34. Ys III: Wanderers of Ys (PC-88)
33. Seiken Densetsu III (Super Famicom)
32. BLUE REFLECTION Maboroshi Ni Mau Shoujo no Ken (Sony PlayStation 4)
31. Salamander 2 (Arcade)
30. Sword World SFC (Super Famicom)
29. Rockman X2 (Super Famicom)
28. Final Fantasy USA: Mystic Quest
27. Super Turrican 2 (Super Famicom)
26. Vantage Master JP (PC)
25. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time (Super Famicom)
24. Majin Tensei II (Super Famicom)
23. Ganbare Goemon: Derodero Douchu Obake Tenko Mori (Nintendo 64)
22. Popful Mail (Super Famicom/PC-88/Sega CD)
21. Rockman X (Super Famicom)
20. G-Darius (Arcade)
19. Contra: Hard Corps (Sega Genesis)
18. Super Turrican (Super Famicom)
17. The Ninja Warriors Again (Super Famicom)
16. Alien Soldier (Sega Mega Drive)
15. Plok (Super Famicom)
14. Mother 2 (Super Famicom)
13. Terranigma (Super Famicom)
12. Lagoon (Sharp X68000)
11. Ys V: Ushinawareta Suna no Miyako Kefin (Super Famicom)
10. Brandish 3: Spirit of Balcan (PC-98)
9. Dinosaur (FM Towns)
8. Donkey Kong Country 2 (Super Famicom)
7. Rudra No Hihou (Super Famicom)
6. Axelay (Super Famicom)
5. Ys: Ancient Ys Vanished (PC-88)
4. Sorcerian (PC-88)
3. Thunder Force IV (Sega Mega Drive)
2. The Legend of Xanadu II (PC-Engine)
1. The Legend of Xanadu (PC-Engine)

It's been a long journey but I would say this is the endgame of my lists. I recommend this to anyone getting into video game music that wants to hear variety and many of the most influential/historical soundtracks.

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I can see we share a lot of favorites. Nice to see Ys V get some love. I think a lot of Falcom fans never gave that one a chance because it's not as high-energy as the stuff the company is known for, but goddamn does it have some great atmosphere. I really love the dungeon themes and Niena's theme in particular. Also agree with Sorcerian being the highest-ranked PC-88 game; I think that was peak form for the Koshiro/Ishikawa tag team. More props for Alien Soldier, Thunder Force, the Ryuji Sasai stuff, and the Majin Tensei duo -- Hidehito Aoki went way too soon.
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I can see we share a lot of favorites. Nice to see Ys V get some love. I think a lot of Falcom fans never gave that one a chance because it's not as high-energy as the stuff the company is known for, but goddamn does it have some great atmosphere. I really love the dungeon themes and Niena's theme in particular. Also agree with Sorcerian being the highest-ranked PC-88 game; I think that was peak form for the Koshiro/Ishikawa tag team. More props for Alien Soldier, Thunder Force, the Ryuji Sasai stuff, and the Majin Tensei duo -- Hidehito Aoki went way too soon.
I think the problem with the Falcom fan base is that too many of them are only familiar with the newer Falcom games and dismiss the older ones as too primitive. They expected hard rock out of Ys V and "Sunshine Coastline"s everywhere in the game. Despite that, Ys V can be aggressive when it wants to and I have respect for the different approach because it was executed well. But too many close minded people say "It's not J-rock, discarded." I personally prefer Falcom's older works but Takahiro Unisaga can definitely deliver some top tier tracks.

I already expect backlash from this list once I go more public with it because of certain soundtracks I know that have mass followings. I am aware of Chrono Trigger, Chrono Cross, Final Fantasy (only had Mystic Quest in my list), and all those other games that receive grand praise, and though some came close they didn't make the cut for me and that's alright.

Sorcerian definitely is on another level and also it's expansions. Additionally, it has some of the best arranges and vocal arranges I've ever heard. Also, I really wish Falcom fans were more openminded to games that took a chance to be different like Popful Mail, Zwei!!, and Vantage Master. It definitely was peak since Koshiro left soon after Ishikawa was left with a lot on her shoulders. And she did well as we saw in Ys III which I consider to be her magnum opus.

Alien soldier is still the most deranged beauty that exists in video game history. The only other soundtrack I can think of that dared to take that far of a twisted approach is Evergrace. Sasai is a genius and I wonder what his aliases were because he did compose more in secret. Hidehito Aoki is my favorite Atlus composer and it is a shame he left for Sony but his tragic death is a huge loss as was Satoshi Kon's to anime.

Out of curiosity, what are soundtracks I didn't list that would make your cut?
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I already expect backlash from this list once I go more public with it because of certain soundtracks I know that have mass followings. I am aware of Chrono Trigger, Chrono Cross, Final Fantasy (only had Mystic Quest in my list), and all those other games that receive grand praise, and though some came close they didn't make the cut for me and that's alright.
I'm as much of a fan of JRPG soundtracks as the next guy, but most of them are so long that they inevitably have a lot of dud tracks in addition to the great ones, which would keep them off of my list too. More condensed works like Mystic Quest, Crystal Chronicles, Valkyrie Profile, and Baten Kaitos have all of that fat trimmed and make for better listening experiences start to finish imo.

The one sole exception I've found to this is Shin Megami Tensei IV. That soundtrack is massive and yet consistently high-quality. Recently we've been seeing these huge soundtracks productions with a lot of talent behind them, but it feels like there are too many cooks in the kitchen and no clear focus, whereas SMTIV is pretty much Ryota Kozuka's baby and you can hear his vision throughout. I really hope Atlus let him lead a project again (fingers crossed for SMTV).

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PREACH. I always considered Alien Soldier to be like the FM synth equivalent of Evergrace and I adore both. One more I'd put in that camp is Drakengard/Drag-On Dragoon 1. That soundtrack actually got a lot of negativity from people back in the day because of how unconventional it is and led to them changing composers for the rest of the trilogy, but nowadays I think more people are coming around to it.

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Aside from the ones I mentioned above: R4, Klonoa 1 (on par with Kirby 64 imo), Street Fighter 3rd Strike, Tales of Legendia (still far and away Shiina's best work) and Golden Sun. I'd probably wanna include Hirofumi Taniguchi in there somewhere as well, but I dunno which one I'd go with. Moon feels like cheating because of all the licensed indie music, so maybe Chulip?

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Plok has moved up in your lists each time, it seems. 15th place is some great love for it. It's such an accomplishment, both for its time and even now. I think it holds up incredibly well. It'll always be one of my favorites.
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Tim Follin, Dean Evans, and David Wise were absolute gods of sound programming back in the day. You listen to their stuff and are just in awe of how they got that kind of sound out of the hardware of the time. Something about the Brits.
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I think the problem with the Falcom fan base is that too many of them are only familiar with the newer Falcom games and dismiss the older ones as too primitive. They expected hard rock out of Ys V and "Sunshine Coastline"s everywhere in the game. Despite that, Ys V can be aggressive when it wants to and I have respect for the different approach because it was executed well. But too many close minded people say "It's not J-rock, discarded." I personally prefer Falcom's older works but Takahiro Unisaga can definitely deliver some top tier tracks.
I wouldn't exactly blame that on the average Falcom fanbase only being familiar with newer games, most people also dismissed Ys V's music back in the day because they got too used to outsourced arrangements instead of Sound Team J.D.K.'s FM works on PC-98, to the point that Falcom's sound was considered synonymous with contractors such as Yonemitsu, Kishimoto, etc. It's just that most people associate Falcom's music with baseless labels such as "neoclassical rock", "buttrock" or "symphonic/prog metal" due to Yonemitsu, Kishimoto and Jindo kind of being one-trick ponies, to the point that people even used to say that the only stand-out Ys VI tracks were Release of the Far West Ocean, Mighty Obstacle and Ernst. I really wouldn't put the blame on Unisuga/"wanting more Sunshine Coastlines" when his range is wider and can also deliver delightful tunes like Aprilis and In Profile, On Belfry in the latest Ys entry. I also appreciate how he manages most of the time to get the job done in about 2~3 minutes instead of padding song length, makes his compositions feel more engaging.

I used to prefer Popful Mail on Super Famicom over Ys V (better/more varied instrumentation and sounds more spirited), but over the time (and after recently playing Popful Mail SFC) I came to appreciate the approach of Ys V's music. Ys V trades fast-tempo for compositions with complex accompaniment, giving it a different kind of intensity, but the Zundara rhythm is still present in tracks such as Field of Gale, Wind Knight and Charged Trial and Ys' music has just as much in common with classical music as metal. It admittedly has some blunders like Bad Species and they should have tried this approach on a new IP instead of giving Ys V an SNES/Square-ish feel, but most of the soundtrack has great composition work and even the weakest tracks have potential to sound better if remixed properly*. Favourites include most of the town/field/dungeon music, certain boss themes such as Turning Death Spiral and sentimental Kaneda pieces such as Niena, Forgotten City and Vanishing World.

Anyway, neat list with lots of diversity. Both The Legend of Xanadu games have some of the most impressive chiptune music on PC Engine.

*I don't expect Falcom to stick with Ys V's orchestral style for the inevitable remake, especially after the lukewarm reception of Sonoda's Anima Ergastulum in Ys IX. They'll probably give it some rock-oriented arrangements and replace some tracks with newer music. Inb4 boring Hollywood-esque orchestral Jindo arrangement.
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Plok has moved up in your lists each time, it seems. 15th place is some great love for it. It's such an accomplishment, both for its time and even now. I think it holds up incredibly well. It'll always be one of my favorites.
I'm still outraged at the cassette release. It even got vinyl but there is no CD version which would had been the best way to go.
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I'm as much of a fan of JRPG soundtracks as the next guy, but most of them are so long that they inevitably have a lot of dud tracks in addition to the great ones, which would keep them off of my list too. More condensed works like Mystic Quest, Crystal Chronicles, Valkyrie Profile, and Baten Kaitos have all of that fat trimmed and make for better listening experiences start to finish imo.

The one sole exception I've found to this is Shin Megami Tensei IV. That soundtrack is massive and yet consistently high-quality. Recently we've been seeing these huge soundtracks productions with a lot of talent behind them, but it feels like there are too many cooks in the kitchen and no clear focus, whereas SMTIV is pretty much Ryota Kozuka's baby and you can hear his vision throughout. I really hope Atlus let him lead a project again (fingers crossed for SMTV).



PREACH. I always considered Alien Soldier to be like the FM synth equivalent of Evergrace and I adore both. One more I'd put in that camp is Drakengard/Drag-On Dragoon 1. That soundtrack actually got a lot of negativity from people back in the day because of how unconventional it is and led to them changing composers for the rest of the trilogy, but nowadays I think more people are coming around to it.



Aside from the ones I mentioned above: R4, Klonoa 1 (on par with Kirby 64 imo), Street Fighter 3rd Strike, Tales of Legendia (still far and away Shiina's best work) and Golden Sun. I'd probably wanna include Hirofumi Taniguchi in there somewhere as well, but I dunno which one I'd go with. Moon feels like cheating because of all the licensed indie music, so maybe Chulip?
I'm a fan of Shin Megami Tensei IV. I remember older composers being in it and a lot of good tracks.

I remember two other soundtracks that were odd sounding are Granhistoria and Psycho Dream. Granhistoria has that traditional JRPG sound but with some interesting bits of industrial and abstractness thrown in a few songs. Psycho Dream is even weirder with songs that sound like random machine sounds and baby crying sound effects throughout the soundtrack. The ending stood out to me from what I remember.

I owned Moon at some point. I had the shirt that that came with the soundtrack in my trunk for years; I had forgotten about it until I found it recently. It does have an immense amount of composers because of the indie music.
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I wouldn't exactly blame that on the average Falcom fanbase only being familiar with newer games, most people also dismissed Ys V's music back in the day because they got too used to outsourced arrangements instead of Sound Team J.D.K.'s FM works on PC-98, to the point that Falcom's sound was considered synonymous with contractors such as Yonemitsu, Kishimoto, etc. It's just that most people associate Falcom's music with baseless labels such as "neoclassical rock", "buttrock" or "symphonic/prog metal" due to Yonemitsu, Kishimoto and Jindo kind of being one-trick ponies, to the point that people even used to say that the only stand-out Ys VI tracks were Release of the Far West Ocean, Mighty Obstacle and Ernst. I really wouldn't put the blame on Unisuga/"wanting more Sunshine Coastlines" when his range is wider and can also deliver delightful tunes like Aprilis and In Profile, On Belfry in the latest Ys entry. I also appreciate how he manages most of the time to get the job done in about 2~3 minutes instead of padding song length, makes his compositions feel more engaging.

I used to prefer Popful Mail on Super Famicom over Ys V (better/more varied instrumentation and sounds more spirited), but over the time (and after recently playing Popful Mail SFC) I came to appreciate the approach of Ys V's music. Ys V trades fast-tempo for compositions with complex accompaniment, giving it a different kind of intensity, but the Zundara rhythm is still present in tracks such as Field of Gale, Wind Knight and Charged Trial and Ys' music has just as much in common with classical music as metal. It admittedly has some blunders like Bad Species and they should have tried this approach on a new IP instead of giving Ys V an SNES/Square-ish feel, but most of the soundtrack has great composition work and even the weakest tracks have potential to sound better if remixed properly*. Favourites include most of the town/field/dungeon music, certain boss themes such as Turning Death Spiral and sentimental Kaneda pieces such as Niena, Forgotten City and Vanishing World.

Anyway, neat list with lots of diversity. Both The Legend of Xanadu games have some of the most impressive chiptune music on PC Engine.

*I don't expect Falcom to stick with Ys V's orchestral style for the inevitable remake, especially after the lukewarm reception of Sonoda's Anima Ergastulum in Ys IX. They'll probably give it some rock-oriented arrangements and replace some tracks with newer music. Inb4 boring Hollywood-esque orchestral Jindo arrangement.
You always impress me with your Falcom related assessments.

Interestingly enough, Popful Mail is the only game in the list I couldn't decide which version to represent. I love the PC-88, Super Famicom, and Sega CD versions all equally. Even the PC Engine version is great and has an amazing arrangement of Volcanic Zone. It's a shame the song fades out as the solo comes in though.

I can relate to what you are saying about Bad Species and how some songs had potential. Turning Death Spiral is definitely one of the highlights and that odd metallic sound at :17 always intrigued me for some reason.

Obviously I have a lot of love for the Legend of Xanadu games. The first one was a really big deal back then so I wonder why the soundtrack was released so late. I've deeply analyzed the music, the compositions, the quality, and Falcom definitely delivered.

Yet, I bet many people disregarded them because of those trash reviews on RPGfan that offend me every time I read them.
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I'm a fan of Shin Megami Tensei IV. I remember older composers being in it and a lot of good tracks.
Yeah there are a lot of reprises from the older games, but those composers weren't directly involved in arranging them. It's very close to being a solo effort from Kozuka and I can't name another soundtrack of that length by a single composer that's that consistently great and that I can enjoy listening to start-to-finish without pause. I feel like he's at long last the true successor to Tsukasa Masuko, with the gap left by Hidehito Aoki's move to Sony and subsequent death and Shoji Meguro taking the series in his own direction. SMTIV was a wake-up call reminding everyone what the main series should sound like in the 21st century. 'Camp Ichigaya' from IV and 'Large Map' from Final/Apocalypse are the modern day '3D: Makai' and 'A.D. 1995 Story.'

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