20. Junko Tamiya
Little Nemo: Dream Master
19. Akira Yamaoka
18. Jeremy Soule
17. Martin O'Donnell
16. Junichi Masuda
15. Michiru Yamane
14. Hiroki Kikuta
Secret of Mana
13. Kow Otani
Shadows of the Colossus
12. Grant Kirkhope
Golden Eye, Banjo Kazooie
11. Manami Matsumae
10. Masato Nakamura
Sonic 1 & 2
9. Kenji Yamamoto
Mike Tyson's Punch Out, Metroid Prime
8. Yuzo Koshiro
Streets of Rage
7. Takenobu Mitsuyoshi
6. Harry Gregson Williams
Metal Gear Solid
5. Yoko Shimomura
Street Fighter II, Super Mario RPG, Legend of Mana
4. Yasunori Mitsuda
Chrono Trigger, Xenogears, Chrono Cross
This is one of the best overworld themes for an RPG ever. I remember when I first heard this song in the game I just set the controller down and enjoyed the game without even playing the game.
I have never played this game but I have listened to the music over and over again. This game has arguably the best music of any video game. Just sit back and let this one take over you. That's what this song does, it takes you over. Just wait until the song hits 2:06. Amazing...
Again, I've never played this game but the music says it all. Yasunori Mitsuda makes some of the best music.
This is my favorite song by Yasunori Mitsuda. As if the whole beginning part with the vocals isn't enough, just wait until the outro kicks in at 3:06. A complete level of its own... you hear the choir vocals? This is pure magic.
3. David Wise
Donkey Kong Country
David Wise is totally underrated when it comes to video game music. The work he did with the Donkey Kong Country series is matched by only a few composers. His music from those games transforms you into the level and sticks with you for years to come. Just listen:
Best David Wise song ever. I know it and every David Wise fan knows it.
I love how it uses the game sound effects in the actual song. In an interview with David Wise I have learned that this was done because only so many sounds could be loaded into the 16 bit SNES games and they did this for hardware limitations. Just amazing atmospheric songs.
And you would think that it would be hard for him to match such masterpieces when he was brought on to do the new music for the new DCK game. And the problem is his new music just isn't any good at all :(
Or is it?
I mean seriously. Talk about the perfect song for a stroll underwater. This song is so relaxing and beautiful.
Classic David Wise. So powerful and uplifting. This is what you call good video game music.
2. Koji Kondo
Koji Kondo has probably the most memorable video game music out there. When you think Mario and Zelda you have to think Koji Kondo. His music is so catchy and so right for video games that he deserves to be one of the all time best video game composers.
Who would have thought that a Gameboy game could have such a badass ending song? I used to love beating this game just so I could enjoy these 2 minutes of pure bliss.
Ocarina of Time had so many good songs and this is probably my favorite from the game. I love how the whole Spanish feel was captured in this song.
Even though I've never played the Mario Galaxy games I know a good sountrack when I hear one. These songs are so freaking awesome and I would love to immerse myself in these games one day when I have some free time.
And of course, how could you forget this classic? This song is just uplifting and triumphant. It describes the Zelda games perfectly.
1. Nobuo Uematsu
There's no question that Nobuo Uematsu is the best video game composer to me. He turned video game music into film music. He creates the most touching and breathtaking songs out there. His music has a way of reaching deep inside of you and changing you forever.
So damn good...
I remember how excited I was to get this game after previously completing FFVII. I purchased this game as soon as it was released, I popped it into my Playtation and this opening cinematic experience was just the best thing ever. Nobuo killed it with this song.
Probably the best boss song ever in a video game. It's awesome how you play like 40-50 hours through one of the best games ever to finally reach the 2nd stage of the end boss and this song comes on. Talk about badass.
This is probably my favorite piano melody that Nobuo has ever created. It is simply perfect.
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