The best video game soundtracks of all time

The best gaming soundtracks are all about good vibes and killer tunes

The best video game soundtracks can define entire experiences. Without music, games just wouldn't be the same...

FF7 has such a strong, emotionally sincere soundtrack that’s hard not to love. The main theme doesn’t just accompany you, it engulfs you and refuses to let you go even 100 hours later.

10. Final Fantasy 7

Journey's entire soundtrack fits the motif of sole instruments alone only to be accompanied by the swelling of hundreds of others, mimicking the excellent multiplayer design at its core. 

9. Journey

Transistor's post-rock and heavy electronic sampling result in a soundtrack unlike any other; a perfect accompaniment to one of the best indie titles of the last decade.

8. Transistor

Every moment, every sound feels so fundamentally thought out from “Will the Circle be Unbroken” reiterating the narrative to the big reveal of “CAGE.” Music is as fundamental to the base experience as the story.

7. Bioshock Infinite

Much like the game itself, there is a magic to composer Yoko Shimomura's work that evokes and emblazons nostalgia like no other game out there.

6. Kingdom Hearts

Deadly Premonition’s soundtrack, like the game itself, is weird, jarring and sometimes entirely wrong. Despite these flaws, it’s incredibly charming and makes the overall gameplay experience much better.

5. Deadly Premonition

Fallout is well known for its gritty black humor contrasting overtly happy swing and old country songs with murdering bandits and blasting super mutants. It adds so much to the experience.

4. Fallout New Vegas

From its killer opening tune “Wake Up, Get Up, Get Out There” to its more introspective “Beneath the Mask”, Persona 5 just has this suave self-contained audio brilliance.

3. Persona 5

The music of Undertale isn’t just a catchy addition, it is Undertale. The nostalgic brightness of “Fallen Down” could fit in with any of Nintendo’s classic soundtracks and hold its own as a simplistic yet heartbreaking “Bop”.

2. Undertale

With influences from classic rock, alt and ambient industrial trip-hop, Silent Hill 2’s soundtrack offers so much depth, both in regards to its music and its themes. It's an astonishing score.

1. Silent Hill 2

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