Video games without music don’t feel right. Music is the essence of any game and provides the right dramatic touch to it. In this post, we are going to discuss the Top 20 Best Songs in Video Games that we have listened to over the years. The list is long, so without wasting any time, let’s get in!
Top 20 Best Soundtracks and Songs in Video Games
Jonathan Coulton – Still Alive | Portal
The game Portal received numerous game of the year awards back in 2007. The soundtracks and background music have a lot of humor in it which is great when you look at how intense it becomes and how it takes a toll in the player’s mind.
Jose Gonzalez – Far Away | Red Dead Redemption
Far Away is an acoustic guitar-laden song that has the exact sounds like that of an old West game. The song is perfect for the game as the players are able to watch their character write through dim lights which is an Ultimate Cowboy experience.
A Flock of Seagulls – I Ran (So Far Away) | GTA: Vice City
This song is in the GTA Vice City, in commercials and various TV shows and has a very catchy tune to it. It has synthesizers, modified vocals and whatever there is the 80s music is remembered for. A retro video game store should have more 80s games.
Bobby Darin – Beyond The Sea | BioShock
If we talk about BioShock music we will find a lot of big bands and trumpets in full swing providing music that was very much popular in the 1950s. Beyond the sea is quite an ironic song because it is played while the player is performing a gruesome act.
Dr. Dre featuring Snoop Dogg – Ain’t Nuthin’ But a ‘G’ Thang | Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
This Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg starred music quickly became MTV’s third most requested video in 1993. The San Andreas game got a lot of popularity when players got to know that they can drive any vehicle with the song playing in the background, making money playing at different casinos and enjoy full life. and enjoy full life.
Tom Petty – Runnin’ Down A Dream | Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Running down a dream is one of the last great songs of the 80s and there was no reason why it wouldn’t have been included in one of the most popular video games in the history of gaming – GTA San Andreas.
Grandmaster Flash – The Message | Scarface: The World Is Yours
While Scarface is quite an ordinary video game the music in it has the highest standards one can imagine. The message in the song is still relevant and this is the reason why the song is considered evergreen.
Johnny Cash – Ring of Fire | Tony Hawk’s Underground 2
Ring of Fire is the song written and performed by Johnny Cash. His wife June Carter co-wrote the song and made sure it was used in Tony Hawk’s Underground 2. It is quite a renowned music track and is able to draw in people who would normally listen to one type of music.
Miles Davis – Move | Grand Theft Auto 4
We know that Jazz is not a popular genre of music, especially among gamers. But developers at Grand Theft Auto made sure that they create a radio station just for this underplayed genre.
The Ramones – Blitzkrieg Bop | Tony Hawk Pro Skater 3
The Blitzkrieg Bop by the Ramones is quite a legendary song. The Rhythm and the energy in this song make it a fit in the skating game that Tony Hawk Pro Skater 3 is.
Run-D.M.C. – My Adidas | Tony Hawk Pro Skater 4
We have another Entry from the Tony Hawk Pro Skater series. Run-D.M.C created an entire song on their shoes. The song is quite popular among the hip hop enthusiast as it has very sharp snares and well-timed record scratches.
Blur – Song 2 | FIFA ‘98
FIFA could not keep from this list as the song by Blur made it a piece of great soccer music and has a simple chorus and a raunchy guitar tune. The song is played mainly when the game starts and built in the energy a player needs to get into the game.
Spoon – Don’t You Evah | MLB ’09 The Show
This song has a great rhythm as the handclaps make the track feel heavy and might make The Gamers balance from side to side. This song is one of the most popular indie songs in recent memory.
TV On The Radio – Golden Age | MLB ’09 The Show
We have another entry from the MLB ‘09 e The Show and the name of the music is golden age by On The Radio. This is a collaboration between Tunde Adebimpe, David Andrew Sitek, Kyp Malone, Jaleel Bunton, and Gerard Smith.
The Walkmen – There Goes My Baby | Stubbs The Zombie
This soundtrack is a very entertaining one. And since the game involves Zombies, the song that’s an even greater connotation. We highly recommend listening to There Goes My Baby by the Walkmen.
Snoop Dogg feat. The Doors – Riders On The Storm | Need For Speed Underground 2
Snoop Dogg music is very popular among The Gamers and Riders On The Storm is no exception. This music is featured in Need for Speed Underground 2 and has very Street heavy lyrics to it.
The Bravery – Believe | Madden ‘08
We are talking about one of the most popular video game franchises on the planet. The Madden series featured Believe by The Bravery and the song was an instant hit among the players.
Faunts – M4 (Part II) | Mass Effect 2
The song appears at the end of the video game and has very modified vocals and speed electric guitar riffs and gives the song a futuristic edge.
Primus – Jerry Was A Race Car Driver | Tony Hawk Pro Skater
Jerry Was A Race Car Driver is a song created by Primus. It is featured in the Tony Hawk Pro Skater and has a very quick, high-pitched baseline and provides a very angular flow to the whole experience.
Goldfinger – Superman | Tony Hawk Pro Skater
Another entry from the Tony Hawk Pro Skater series is Superman by Goldfinger. This song is blasted in the background and has a very energetic hard rock and punk music to it.
There you have it. This was a long list of some of the most popular video game music we have experienced over the years. Let us know if we missed any music in the list. We’d love to hear from you!