10. (Theme from) Red Dead Redemption - Red Dead Redemption
Red Dead Redemption is a game I should have spent more time playing. However, it's theme song carries enough western motif to feel at place with it's genre, but carries enough of the game's theme of redemption in it's melody to be considered most excellent. It's melancholy tones may come off as dull, but trust me when you really give it a good listen, it will amaze you.
9. The Farthest Land - Shadow of the Colossus
One of the things Shadow of the Colossus did best was it's soundtrack. To this date, I honestly believe it to be the best soundtrack I've ever listened to. So why number 9? Well you see, Shadow of the Colossus may be a giant (sorry for the pun) in the soundtrack category, but it's music is centered around extra large sounding symphonic pieces. Which sound great and are incredibly exciting and memorable, but aren't particularly beautiful. However, the Farthest Land stands out among this with is carefully crafted blend of strings and woodwinds to create a piece that truly belongs on this list.
8. Alone in the World - Wild ARMs
Unlike the others on this list, the only thing the first Wild ARMs had going for it was it's soundtrack. And while it is another western motif, it shyed away from that in this piece. And it's brilliant on most every level. Unfortunately it is also a bit melancholy. The bells, and the guitar mixed with the horns make for a fitting and delightful sound. Even though Wild ARMs wasn't a major success, it was pieces like this one that had it continue to forge love for this series in our hearts.
7. Calling the Four Giants - The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
I'm not going to lie, Majora's Mask is easily my favorite Zelda game. It was non traditional and excetionally dark. While it borrowed much in the way of music from it's predecessor, Ocarina of Time, the original pieces like Calling the Four Giants, truly make this game superior. The hauntingly beautiful melody is full of both mystery and hope, exactly what it was meant to dictate. The vocals are non intrusive and fit beautifully with the harp. An amazing masterpiece to add to an amazing masterpiece of a game.
6. Dearly Beloved - Kingdom Hearts
Kingdom Hearts was a recipe for diaster. Throwing random Final Fantasy, Disney, and original characters in a mix of Disney and original locales with a strangely structured plot. Despite this, the game rose to be one of the champions of the PlayStation 2's library. And having a title theme like Dearly Beloved was an exceptional touch to an exceptional game. The piano is quiet but carries the melody so well that the supporting instruments are almost not needed. One of the best pieces to one of the PlayStation 2's best games.
5. The Sanctuary of Zi'Tah - Final Fantasy XI
Final Fantasy XI was a game you either loved or hated. And the same rang true with many of the themes in this game. However, something just clicked in the right places with it's expansion, Rise of the Zilart. This piece in particular shines among the others. It's calming melody holds a great amount of mystery and danger in each tone, much like the area it depicts. It also helps greatly that the area called the Sanctuary of Zi'Tah is also an amazing sight to behold. The combination of the two forges memories into it's players that bring back nostalgia that you don't really get to experience with other games.
4. Pulse - Cave Story
Cave Story is a masterpiece of a game. The fact that the graphics, gameplay, story, and music were all created by one man is remarkable. The fact that it stands as a better game than most anything else is near unheard of. The synthesized track Pulse is a testament to just how great of a game it really is. Another melancholy piece, this one stands out with some motivational tones in it's melody. One of the best soundtracks from one of the best games of all time.
3. Dream of the Shore Near Another World - Chrono Cross
The hardest part of picking this song for this list was picking it from it's competition from this game alone. I'll admit, when I first played Chrono Cross, I hated it. When I went back and played it again with an open mind, free of prejustices, I couldn't put it down. If I were ever to contest my favorite soundtrack ever (Shadow of the Colossus) with another one, this would be it. The violin and the vocals mesh perfectly in another mysterious, and celebratory treat to your ears. I do not believe you can find a better overworld theme from any game, not even Lone Bird in the Shire (Wild ARMs, which is actually a remix of Ecstasy of Gold from the Good the Bad and the Ugly) can touch this song.
2. The Best is Yet to Come - Metal Gear Solid
Metal Gear Solid's techno soundtrack befits it quite well. It feels enough like a spy movie to where you can feel the amount of work and polish that only a studio like Kojima Productions puts into their games. This ending theme to this masterpiece of the game holds true. I'm not sure how grammarically correct it's Gaelic lyrics are, but they ring brilliantly to this English speaking man. Despite younger viewers contesting this with the almost as brilliant song Love Theme from Metal Gear Solid 4, I hold this is better. The light precussion, back up vocals, the guitar, and those beautiful, beautiful violins. This is one of the few songs that can bring a tear to my eye.
If #2 and #3 were called perfect, how can the number #1 be any better? I don't really know how it's possible either, but here's my number one most beautiful video game song ever.
1. Cara Mia Addio - Portal 2
Portal was a remarkable side project game. The Internet meme "the cake is a lie" can still be heard today, and it's ending theme Still Alive is in many ways still viral. Then Valve took what was great about Portal and made it even moreso in Portal 2. Sure it's ending theme Want You Gone is no Still Alive, but this short blip of a song before the credits in it's ending outshines them both easily. Instead of Gaelic, or a very cliche Latin, we get lyrics delivered in Italian. Beautifully sang by Ellen McLain, the voice of GLaDOS. The synthesized portions of the song are far from overdone, and keep the feel of the song matching the beautiful technological feel of the game. In my opinion, the most beautiful song in video games.
There you have it, ten of the most beautiful songs in video games that you'll ever hear in your life.
~Jeffery R L C
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