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.

List of soundtracks considered the best

Game Original release Composer Lists / references
Super Mario Bros. 1985 Koji Kondo Factmag,[1] NME,[2] Rolling Stone,[3] Digital Trends[4]
Mega Man 2 1988 Takashi Tateishi Factmag,[1] Digital Trends[4]
Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse 1989 Hidenori Maezawa, Jun Funahashi, Yukie Morimoto, and Yoshinori Sasaki GamesRadar,[5] NME[2]
DuckTales 1989 Hiroshige Tonomura Factmag,[1] GamesRadar,[5]
Tetris 1989 Hirokazu Tanaka Factmag,[1] NME,[2] Rolling Stone[3]
F-Zero 1990 Yumiko Kanki and Naoto Ishida Factmag,[1] NME[2]
The Secret of Monkey Island 1990 Michael Z. Land GamesRadar,[5] Digital Trends[4]
Sonic the Hedgehog 1991 Masato Nakamura GamesRadar,[5] Twinfinite[6]
Street Fighter II 1991 Yoko Shimomura and Isao Abe Factmag,[1] GamesRadar,[5] NME[2]
Super Castlevania IV 1991 Masanori Adachi and Taro Kudo Digital Trends,[4] NME[2]
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 1992 Masato Nakamura GamesRadar,[5] Twinfinite[6]
Streets of Rage 2 1992 Yuzo Koshiro and Motohiro Kawashima Clash Music,[7] Factmag,[1] NME,[2] Tom's Guide,[8] GamesRadar[5]
Mega Man X 1993 Setsuo Yamamoto, Makoto Tomozawa, Yuki Iwai, Yuko Takehara, and Toshihiko Horiyama Factmag,[1] GamesRadar,[5]
Secret of Mana 1993 Hiroki Kikuta Factmag,[1] GamesRadar,[5]
Donkey Kong Country 1994 David Wise, Eveline Fischer and Robin Beanland Factmag,[1] Tom's Guide,[8] GamesRadar[5]
EarthBound 1994 Keiichi Suzuki and Hirokazu Tanaka Consequence of Sound,[9] Factmag,[1]
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 1994 Michael Jackson, Brad Buxer, Tatsuyuki Maeda, Jun Senoue, and Bobby Brooks Factmag,[1] GamesRadar,[5] Twinfinite,[6]
Chrono Trigger 1995 Yasunori Mitsuda and Nobuo Uematsu Factmag,[1] Tom's Guide,[8] Twinfinite,[6] GamesRadar,[5] Digital Trends,[4]
PaRappa the Rapper 1996 Masaya Matsuura and Yoshihisa Suzuki Clash Music,[7] Factmag,[1] GamesRadar,[5] NME[2]
Super Mario 64 1996 Koji Kondo Factmag,[1] NME[2]
Super Mario RPG 1996 Yoko Shimomura Factmag,[1] NME[2]
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night 1997 Michiru Yamane Factmag,[1] NME,[2] Rolling Stone,[3] Tom's Guide,[8]
Final Fantasy VII 1997 Nobuo Uematsu Consequence of Sound,[9] Factmag,[1] NME,[2] Rolling Stone[3]
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 1998 Koji Kondo Consequence of Sound,[9] Factmag,[1] NME,[2] Tom's Guide,[8] Digital Trends[4]
Metal Gear Solid 1998 Kazuki Muraoka, Hiroyuki Togo, Takanari Ishiyama, Lee Jeon Myung, and Maki Kirioka Consequence of Sound,[9] Twinfinite[6]
Chrono Cross 1999 Yasunori Mitsuda Factmag,[1] GamesRadar,[5]
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty 2001 Norihiko Hibino and Harry Gregson-Williams Factmag,[1] Twinfinite[6]
Rez 2001 Keiichi Sugiyama, Mist, Ken Ishii, Joujouka, and Adam Freeland Factmag,[1] Twinfinite[6]
Katamari Damacy 2004 Yuu Miyake, Asuka Sakai, Akitaka Tohyama, Hideki Tobeta, and Yoshihito Yano Consequence of Sound,[9] Factmag,[1] GamesRadar,[5]
Shadow of the Colossus 2005 Kow Otani Clash Music,[7] Factmag,[1]
Portal 2007 Kelly Bailey and Mike Morasky Factmag,[1] NME,[2] Rolling Stone,[3]
Red Dead Redemption 2010 Bill Elm and Woody Jackson Consequence of Sound,[9] Factmag,[1] NME,[2] Rolling Stone,[3] Twinfinite[6]
Bastion 2011 Darren Korb Factmag,[1] GamesRadar,[5]
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim 2011 Jeremy Soule NME,[2] Rolling Stone[3]
Journey 2012 Austin Wintory Clash Music,[7] Factmag,[1] Tom's Guide,[8] GamesRadar[5]
The Last of Us 2013 Gustavo Santaolalla Consequence of Sound,[9] Twinfinite[6]
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance 2013 Jamie Christopherson Clash Music,[7] Rolling Stone,[3] Tom's Guide,[8] Twinfinite[6]
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 2015 Marcin Przyby?owicz, Mikolai Stroinski, and Percival Clash Music,[7] Rolling Stone,[3] Tom's Guide[8]

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