When we analyze a video game, we usually talk about the quality of its graphics, mechanics, performance, or how entertaining the story is. But without realizing it, we put music in the background, which is much more important than we think. In today’s article, we will talk about the best music ever written in the world of video games, from classics of all life to the most recent ones.
- Super Mario Bros
We start with Super Mario Bros, one of the most mythical titles in history. And also one of the catchiest songs we’ve ever heard in a video game. The composer of this work is the Japanese Koji Kondo, who created the piece Ground Theme so characteristic that it accompanies us in the first phase of the game.
The coordination between the music and the character’s movements was totally innovative at the time. He assumed a before and after in the soundtracks of this entertainment industry, which is why he tops our list.
- Super Street Fighter 2
Quite a success in the recreational machines of the 90s, this spectacular wrestling game had one of the best compositions we have been able to hear in the world of video games. Of course, it is midi music, although on the Internet you can listen to versions played with real instruments. All the characters have incredible themes, but one of the fans ‘ favorites is Guile’s.
- Mass Effect
The Mass Effect saga began in 2007 and was a breath of fresh air for the role genre. He introduced a careful futuristic and mechanical setting typical of shooting games, with an epic and very immersive story. But without a doubt, it was his soundtrack that caught us from the very beginning.
It is composed of Jack Wall, who previously worked at Splinter Cell or Call of Duty, Sam Hullick and Richard Jacques. It is inspired by classic science fiction BSO as Blade Runner and the performance combined orchestras and electronic music. He has influenced other video games and series, such as the popular Stranger Things.
- Metal Gear Solid V
The fifth installment of Metal Gear Solid came out in 2015 and won the award for the Best SOUNDTRACK in the Games Awards of that year. This double album was composed by Ludvig Forssell and played by Harry Gregson-Williams. It also included songs by artists as varied as a garage or Ennio Morricone. A real gem.
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
The Elder Scrolls saga always had a large group of faithful followers. But the fifth installment was an unprecedented success and made it one of the best-selling games of recent times. American Jeremy Soule is in charge of making one of the most epic songs ever written.
We need to talk about the main theme Dragonborn, which is up to the best Hollywood productions. Just hearing it gives you goosebumps. Nor can we forget the songs that the bards play in the taverns, such as the Dragon bone comes or The Ballad of Ragnar the red. Just delicious.