List of video game soundtracks considered the best

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This is a list of video game soundtracks considered the best or greatest of all time. These are the highest-ranking game soundtracks that have appeared on various critics' lists and audience polls conducted by different publications and organizations.

List of soundtracks considered the best[edit | edit source]

Game Original release year Composer Number of lists Top 10 ranks Lists
Chrono Trigger 1995 Yasunori Mitsuda and Nobuo Uematsu 11 9 Classic FM,[1] Factmag,[2] Forbes,[3] Hardcore Gaming 101,[4] The Richest,[5] Tom's Guide,[6] Twinfinite,[7] WatchMojo,[8] GamesRadar,[9] Digital Trends,[10] GameFAQs[11]
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 1998 Koji Kondo 11 6 Classic FM,[1] Consequence of Sound,[12] Factmag,[2] Forbes,[3] Game Rant,[13] Hardcore Gaming 101,[4] NME,[14] The Richest,[5] Tom's Guide,[6] WatchMojo,[8] Digital Trends[10]
Final Fantasy VI 1994 Nobuo Uematsu 9 5 Classic FM,[1] Engadget,[15] Factmag,[2] Forbes,[3] Game Rant,[13] Hardcore Gaming 101,[4] USgamer,[16] WatchMojo,[8] GameFAQs[11]
Final Fantasy VII 1997 Nobuo Uematsu 9 5 Classic FM,[1] Consequence of Sound,[12] Factmag,[2] Forbes,[3] Game Rant,[13] Hardcore Gaming 101,[4] NME,[14] Rolling Stone,[17] GameFAQs[11]
Streets of Rage 2 1992 Yuzo Koshiro [18] and Motohiro Kawashima 8 5 Clash Music,[19] Engadget,[15] Factmag,[2] Hardcore Gaming 101,[4] NME,[14] Tom's Guide,[6] WatchMojo,[8] GamesRadar[9]
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night 1997 Michiru Yamane 8 4 Factmag,[2] Hardcore Gaming 101,[4] NME,[14] Rolling Stone,[17] Tom's Guide,[6] USgamer,[16] WatchMojo,[8] GameFAQs[11]
Final Fantasy X 2001 Nobuo Uematsu 7 5 Classic FM,[1] Forbes,[3] Game Rant,[13] Hardcore Gaming 101,[4] The Richest,[5] Tom's Guide,[6] GameFAQs[11]
Super Mario Bros. 1985 Koji Kondo 7 4 Factmag,[2] Forbes,[20] Hardcore Gaming 101,[4] NME,[14] Rolling Stone,[17] The Richest[5] Digital Trends[10]
Red Dead Redemption 2010 Bill Elm and Woody Jackson 7 3 Consequence of Sound,[12] Engadget,[15] Factmag,[2] NME,[14] Rolling Stone,[17] TechnoBuffalo,[21] Twinfinite[7]
Metal Gear Solid 1998 Kazuki Muraoka, Hiroyuki Togo, Takanari Ishiyama, Lee Jeon Myung, and Maki Kirioka 7 1 Classic FM,[1] Consequence of Sound,[12] Forbes,[3] Game Rant,[13] Hardcore Gaming 101,[4] Twinfinite,[7] GameFAQs[11]
Chrono Cross 1999 Yasunori Mitsuda 6 5 Factmag,[2] Hardcore Gaming 101,[4] The Richest,[5] GamesRadar,[9] USgamer,[16] GameFAQs[11]
Final Fantasy VIII 1999 Nobuo Uematsu 6 4 Classic FM,[1] Forbes,[3] GamesRadar,[9] Game Rant,[13] Hardcore Gaming 101,[4] GameFAQs[11]
Journey 2012 Austin Wintory 6 2 Clash Music,[19] Engadget,[15] Factmag,[2] Business Insider,[22] Tom's Guide,[6] GamesRadar[9]
Donkey Kong Country 1994 David Wise, Eveline Fischer and Robin Beanland 6 1 Forbes,[3] Factmag,[2] PC Gamer,[23] TechnoBuffalo,[21] Tom's Guide,[6] GamesRadar[9]
The Last of Us 2013 Gustavo Santaolalla 6 1 Classic FM,[1] Consequence of Sound,[12] Forbes,[3] Game Rant,[13] Hardcore Gaming 101,[4] Twinfinite[7]
Tetris 1989 Hirokazu Tanaka 5 4 Classic FM,[1] Factmag,[2] NME,[14] Rolling Stone,[17] The Richest[5]
Mega Man 2 1988 Takashi Tateishi 5 3 Factmag,[2] Hardcore Gaming 101,[4] WatchMojo,[8] Digital Trends,[10] GameFAQs[11]
Final Fantasy V 1992 Nobuo Uematsu 5 3 Classic FM,[1] Forbes,[3] Game Rant,[13] Hardcore Gaming 101,[4] GameFAQs[11]
Katamari Damacy 2004 Yuu Miyake, Asuka Sakai, Akitaka Tohyama, Hideki Tobeta, and Yoshihito Yano 5 3 Consequence of Sound,[12] Factmag,[2] GamesRadar,[9] Hardcore Gaming 101,[4] GameFAQs[11]
Final Fantasy XII 2006 Hitoshi Sakimoto, Masaharu Iwata, and Hayato Matsuo 5 3 Classic FM,[1] Forbes,[3] Game Rant,[13] Hardcore Gaming 101,[4] GameFAQs[4]
Final Fantasy IV 1991 Nobuo Uematsu 5 2 Classic FM,[1] Forbes,[3] Game Rant,[13] Hardcore Gaming 101,[4] GameFAQs[11]
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past 1991 Koji Kondo 5 2 Classic FM,[1] Factmag,[2] Forbes,[3] Game Rant,[13] Hardcore Gaming 101[4]
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening 1993 Minako Hamano and Kozue Ishikawa 5 2 Classic FM,[1] Forbes,[3] Game Rant,[13] Hardcore Gaming 101,[4] GameFAQs[11]
Final Fantasy IX 2000 Nobuo Uematsu 5 2 Classic FM,[1] Forbes,[3] Game Rant,[13] Hardcore Gaming 101,[4] GameFAQs[4]
Halo: Combat Evolved 2001 Martin O'Donnell and Michael Salvatori 5 1 Classic FM,[1] Forbes,[20] Game Rant,[13] Factmag,[2] Business Insider[22]
Shadow of the Colossus 2005 Kow Otani 5 1 Clash Music,[19] Factmag,[2] Forbes,[20] Hardcore Gaming 101,[4] GameFAQs[11]
Portal 2007 Kelly Bailey and Mike Morasky 5 1 Factmag,[2] NME,[14] PC Gamer,[23] Rolling Stone,[17]GameFAQs[11]
The Secret of Monkey Island 1990 Michael Z. Land 5 Classic FM,[1] GamesRadar,[9] PC Gamer,[23] Forbes,[20] Digital Trends[10]
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty 2001 Norihiko Hibino and Harry Gregson-Williams 5 Classic FM,[1] Factmag,[2] Hardcore Gaming 101,[4] Twinfinite,[7] GameFAQs[11]
Silent Hill 1999 Akira Yamaoka 4 3 Business Insider,[22] Factmag,[2] Hardcore Gaming 101,[4] The Richest[5]
The Legend of Zelda 1986 Koji Kondo 4 2 Classic FM,[1] Forbes,[3] Game Rant,[13] Hardcore Gaming 101[4]
Castlevania II: Simon's Quest 1987 Kenichi Matsubara, Satoe Terashima, and Kouji Murata 4 2 Hardcore Gaming 101,[4] NME,[14] The Richest,[5] GameFAQs[11]
Street Fighter II 1991 Yoko Shimomura and Isao Abe 4 2 Factmag,[2] GamesRadar,[9] Hardcore Gaming 101,[4] NME[14]
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 1994 Michael Jackson, Brad Buxer, Tatsuyuki Maeda, Jun Senoue, and Bobby Brooks 4 2 Factmag,[2] GamesRadar,[9] Twinfinite,[7] WatchMojo[8]
PaRappa the Rapper 1996 Masaya Matsuura and Yoshihisa Suzuki 4 2 Clash Music,[19] Factmag,[2] GamesRadar,[9] NME[14]
Final Fantasy Tactics 1997 Hitoshi Sakimoto and Masaharu Iwata 4 2 Classic FM,[1] Forbes,[3] Game Rant,[13] Hardcore Gaming 101,[4] GameFAQs[4]
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker 2003 Kenta Nagata, Hajime Wakai, Toru Minegishi, and Koji Kondo 4 2 Classic FM,[1] Forbes,[3] Game Rant,[13] GameFAQs[11]
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess 2006 Toru Minegishi and Asuka Ohta 4 2 Classic FM,[1] Forbes,[3] Game Rant,[13] GameFAQs[11]
Nier 2010 Keiichi Okabe, Kakeru Ishihama, Keigo Hoashi, and Takafumi Nishimura 4 2 2ch/Nico,[24] Forbes,[3] GamesRadar,[9] Hardcore Gaming 101[4]
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance 2013 Jamie Christopherson 4 2 Clash Music,[19] Rolling Stone,[17] Tom's Guide,[6] Twinfinite[7]
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest 1995 David Wise 4 1 2ch/Nico,[24] Factmag,[2] Hardcore Gaming 101,[4] GameFAQs[11]
Persona 3 2006 Shoji Meguro 4 1 2ch/Nico,[24] Hardcore Gaming 101,[4] The Richest,[5] Twinfinite[7]
Bastion 2011 Darren Korb 4 1 Factmag,[2] Forbes,[3] GamesRadar,[9] PC Gamer[23]
Civilization IV 2005 Christopher Tin and Jeffery L. Briggs 4 Classic FM,[1] Hardcore Gaming 101,[4] PC Gamer,[23] GameFAQs[11]
Ace Combat Zero 2006 Keiki Kobayashi, Tetsukazu Nakanishi, Hiroshi Okubo, and Junichi Nakatsuru 3 2 2ch/Nico,[24] Forbes,[3] GameFAQs[11]
Metroid 1986 Hirokazu Tanaka 3 1 Business Insider,[22] Factmag,[2] GameFAQs[11]
Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse 1989 Hidenori Maezawa, Jun Funahashi, Yukie Morimoto, and Yoshinori Sasaki 3 1 GamesRadar,[9] Hardcore Gaming 101,[4] NME[14]
DuckTales 1989 Hiroshige Tonomura 3 1 Factmag,[2] GamesRadar,[9] Hardcore Gaming 101[4]
Super Castlevania IV 1991 Masanori Adachi and Taro Kudo 3 1 Hardcore Gaming 101,[4] Digital Trends,[10] NME[14]
Sonic the Hedgehog 1991 Masato Nakamura 3 1 GamesRadar,[9] Hardcore Gaming 101,[4] Twinfinite[7]
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 1992 Masato Nakamura 3 1 GamesRadar,[9] Hardcore Gaming 101,[4] Twinfinite[7]
Mega Man X 1993 Setsuo Yamamoto, Makoto Tomozawa, Yuki Iwai, Yuko Takehara, and Toshihiko Horiyama 3 1 Factmag,[2] GamesRadar,[9] Hardcore Gaming 101[4]
Secret of Mana 1993 Hiroki Kikuta 3 1 Factmag,[2] GamesRadar,[9] Hardcore Gaming 101[4]
EarthBound 1994 Keiichi Suzuki and Hirokazu Tanaka 3 1 Consequence of Sound,[12] Factmag,[2] Hardcore Gaming 101[4]
Super Mario 64 1996 Koji Kondo 3 1 Factmag,[2] Hardcore Gaming 101,[4] NME[14]
Super Mario RPG 1996 Yoko Shimomura 3 1 Factmag,[2] Hardcore Gaming 101,[4] NME[14]
Rez 2001 Keiichi Sugiyama, Mist, Ken Ishii, Joujouka, and Adam Freeland 3 1 Factmag,[2] Hardcore Gaming 101,[4] Twinfinite[7]
Kingdom Hearts 2002 Yoko Shimomura 3 1 Classic FM,[1] Forbes,[3] Hardcore Gaming 101,[4] NME,[14] GameFAQs[11]
Metroid Prime 2002 Kenji Yamamoto and Kouichi Kyuma 3 1 GamesRadar,[9] Hardcore Gaming 101,[4] GameFAQs[11]
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater 2004 Norihiko Hibino and Harry Gregson-Williams 3 1 Classic FM,[1] Hardcore Gaming 101,[4] Twinfinite[7]
Ōkami 2006 Masami Ueda, Hiroshi Yamaguchi, Rei Kondoh, and Akari Kaida 3 1 2ch/Nico,[24] Game Rant,[13] Hardcore Gaming 101[4]
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim 2011 Jeremy Soule 3 1 Classic FM,[1] NME,[14] Rolling Stone[17]
Fez 2012 Disasterpeace 3 1 Business Insider,[22] Engadget,[15] Factmag[2]
F-Zero 1990 Yumiko Kanki and Naoto Ishida 3 Factmag,[2] Hardcore Gaming 101,[4] NME[14]
Top Gear 1992 Barry Leitch 3 Business Insider,[22] Engadget,[15] Factmag[2]
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney 2001 Masakazu Sugimori and Naoto Tanaka 3 Factmag,[2] Hardcore Gaming 101,[4] GameFAQs[11]
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves 2009 Greg Edmonson 3 Factmag,[2] Forbes,[3] GamesRadar[9]
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 2015 Marcin Przybyłowicz, Mikolai Stroinski, Percival 3 Clash Music,[19] Rolling Stone,[17] Tom's Guide[6]

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