Video game soundtracks: The 100 best themes of all time (Part 2)

The second part of our game music countdown. Did your favourite make it in?

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Welcome to the final 50 in our top 100 video game themes. Even though games are a relatively young medium, there's still an overwhelming archive of classic tunes to wade through, so there's a chance we've missed something you consider to be obvious. Luckily, you'll have a chance to voice your opinion next week and vote for your own favourites.


51. Paperboy / "Theme"

Year: 1984 / Composer: Atari

A simple, repetitive melody, as was tradition in the early days of gaming. We can't hear this without picturing angry dogs, breakdancers, and being run over by that damn red car.

52. Rhythm Tengoku / "Bon Odori"

Year: 2006 / Composer: Mitsuo Terada

Bon Odori is a traditional Japanese dance performed during the Buddhist festival of Obon. This song from Rhythm Tengoku, which is based on the dance, is insanely catchy.

53. Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn / "Main Theme"

Year: 2000 / Composer: Michael Hoenig

A sweeping fantasy composition for what is arguably BioWare's finest RPG. You'd hear this as you were building your character, preparing to explore the harsh realm of Amn.

54. Journey / "Nascence"

Year: 2012 / Composer: Austin Wintory

This is one of the first songs you hear at the outset of your journey, and the melody is repeated throughout the soundtrack. An astonishingly beautiful score for an equally gorgeous game.

55. L.A. Noire / "Main Theme"

Year: 2011 / Composer: Andrew Hale, Simon Hale

A moody film noir-inspired theme for Rockstar's opinion-splitting police-'em-up. The authentic soundtrack really helped draw you into the game's late '40s Los Angeles setting.

56. Super Smash Bros. Brawl / "Bramble Blast"

Year: 2008 / Composer: Takahiro Nishi

This is a superb remix of the tune "Stickerbrush Symphony" from Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy Kong's Quest. Brawl's entire soundtrack is similarly cool.

57. BioShock / "Welcome to Rapture"

Year: 2007 / Composer: Gary Schyman

The timing of this track is perfect. Just as the bathysphere rises and the city of Rapture comes into view for the first time, those epic drums thunder in. Hello, goosebumps.

58. Tetris / "Type A"

Year: 1989 / Composer: Hirokazu Tanaka

This track is based on the traditional Russian folk song Korobeiniki and has become legendary in pop culture. Everyone knows this tune by heart.

59. Ghouls'n Ghosts / "Haunted Graveyard"

Year: 1988 / Composer: Tamayo Kawamoto

A spooky track from the Super Nintendo version of the notoriously difficult Ghouls'n Ghosts. We equate this track with pain, and losing our armour repeatedly. We sucked.

60. Final Fantasy X / "Besaid Island"

Year: 2001 / Composer: Masashi Hamauzu

Regular series composer Nobuo Uematsu took a back seat for Final Fantasy X, which gave the game a very different mood. This chilled track is one of our favourites.

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