List of Video Game Soundtracks Considered the Best
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List of Video Game Soundtracks Considered the Best

This is a list of video game soundtracks that have consistently been ranked among the best by video game journalists, critics and publications. It is largely based on "Top 10 / Top 100" type lists that purport to describe a publication's views of the soundtracks in gaming of all time. While any single publication's list often reflects its own taste, when the lists are taken in aggregate, a handful of games with a notable soundtrack have achieved something approaching critical consensus by multiple repeat appearances in such lists, and often ranking highly when they do appear.

Year Game Composer(s) Refs
1985 Super Mario Bros. Koji Kondo Factmag,[1] NME,[2] Rolling Stone,[3] Digital Trends[4]
1988 Mega Man 2 Takashi Tateishi Factmag,[1] Digital Trends[4]
1989 Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse Hidenori Maezawa, Jun Funahashi, Yukie Morimoto, and Yoshinori Sasaki GamesRadar,[5] NME[2]
DuckTales Hiroshige Tonomura Factmag,[1] GamesRadar,[5]
Tetris Hirokazu Tanaka Factmag,[1] NME,[2] Rolling Stone[3]
1990 F-Zero Yumiko Kanki and Naoto Ishida Factmag,[1] NME[2]
The Secret of Monkey Island Michael Z. Land GamesRadar,[5] Digital Trends[4]
1991 Sonic the Hedgehog Masato Nakamura GamesRadar,[5]
Street Fighter II Yoko Shimomura and Isao Abe Factmag,[1] GamesRadar,[5] NME[2]
Super Castlevania IV Masanori Adachi and Taro Kudo Digital Trends,[4] NME[2]
1992 Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Masato Nakamura GamesRadar,[5]
Streets of Rage 2 Yuzo Koshiro and Motohiro Kawashima Clash Music,[6] Factmag,[1] NME,[2] Tom's Guide,[7] GamesRadar[5]
1993 Mega Man X Setsuo Yamamoto, Makoto Tomozawa, Yuki Iwai, Yuko Takehara, and Toshihiko Horiyama Factmag,[1] GamesRadar,[5]
Secret of Mana Hiroki Kikuta Factmag,[1] GamesRadar,[5]
1994 Donkey Kong Country David Wise, Eveline Fischer and Robin Beanland GamesRadar[5]
EarthBound Keiichi Suzuki and Hirokazu Tanaka Consequence of Sound,[8] Factmag,[1]
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 Michael Jackson, Brad Buxer, Tatsuyuki Maeda, Jun Senoue, and Bobby Brooks Factmag,[1] GamesRadar,[5]
1995 Chrono Trigger Yasunori Mitsuda and Nobuo Uematsu Factmag,[1] Tom's Guide,[7] GamesRadar,[5] Digital Trends,[4]
1996 PaRappa the Rapper Masaya Matsuura and Yoshihisa Suzuki Clash Music,[6] Factmag,[1] GamesRadar,[5] NME[2]
Super Mario 64 Koji Kondo Factmag,[1] NME[2]
Super Mario RPG Yoko Shimomura Factmag,[1] NME[2]
1997 Castlevania: Symphony of the Night Michiru Yamane Factmag,[1] NME,[2] Rolling Stone,[3] Tom's Guide,[7]
Final Fantasy VII Nobuo Uematsu Consequence of Sound,[8] Factmag,[1] NME,[2] Rolling Stone[3]
1998 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Koji Kondo Consequence of Sound,[8] Factmag,[1] NME,[2] Tom's Guide,[7] Digital Trends[4]
Metal Gear Solid Kazuki Muraoka, Hiroyuki Togo, Takanari Ishiyama, Lee Jeon Myung, and Maki Kirioka Consequence of Sound,[8]
1999 Chrono Cross Yasunori Mitsuda Factmag,[1] GamesRadar,[5]
2001 Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty Norihiko Hibino and Harry Gregson-Williams Factmag,[1]
Rez Keiichi Sugiyama, Mist, Ken Ishii, Joujouka, and Adam Freeland Factmag,[1]
2004 Katamari Damacy Yuu Miyake, Asuka Sakai, Akitaka Tohyama, Hideki Tobeta, and Yoshihito Yano Consequence of Sound,[8] Factmag,[1] GamesRadar,[5]
2005 Shadow of the Colossus Kow Otani Clash Music,[6] Factmag,[1]
2007 Portal Kelly Bailey and Mike Morasky Factmag,[1] NME,[2] Rolling Stone,[3]
2010 Red Dead Redemption Bill Elm and Woody Jackson Consequence of Sound,[8] Factmag,[1] NME,[2] Rolling Stone,[3]
2011 Bastion Darren Korb Factmag,[1] GamesRadar,[5]
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Jeremy Soule NME,[2] Rolling Stone[3]
2012 Journey Austin Wintory Clash Music,[6] Factmag,[1] Tom's Guide,[7] GamesRadar[5]
2013 The Last of Us Gustavo Santaolalla Consequence of Sound,[8] Factmag,[1]
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance Jamie Christopherson Clash Music,[6] Rolling Stone,[3] Tom's Guide,[7]
2015 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Marcin Przyby?owicz, Mikolai Stroinski, and Percival Clash Music,[6] Rolling Stone,[3] Tom's Guide[7]


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  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p "23 Of The Coolest Ever Video Game Soundtracks". NME. 2015-07-20. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i Deane, Donald (2014-10-04). "Nine Legitimately Awesome Video Game Soundtracks". Rolling Stone. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "The Best Video Game Soundtracks Of All Time". Digital Trends. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q "Top 25 Greatest Video Game Soundtracks of All Time". GamesRadar. 
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  7. ^ a b c d e f g Workman, Robert (2013-09-04). "10 Best Video Game Soundtracks". Tom's Guide. Archived from the original on 2013-09-15. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f g "Top 10 Video Game Scores and Soundtracks". Consequence of Sound. 2013-09-18. 

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