Total Nerd The Best Video Game Soundtracks of All Time  

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List Rules soundtracks only, no single songs! Can include compilation soundtracks.

Asking a group of gamers what the best video game soundtrack of all time is is like asking baseball fans who the best pitcher of all time is - there are sure to be very strong opinions and definitely a few heated arguments. For this list we've compiled some of the greatest video game music of all time, and we're leaving it up to you to decide which is best. In recent years games like Braid and Bastion have been praised for their beautiful songs, while older favorites seem to be Chrono Trigger, Secret of Mana, and Final Fantasy 7

Video game music can be good for different reasons. Some songs are epic, some sweet, some scary, intense, catchy, sad, etc... Whatever the reason, vote for the video games that you truly believe have the greatest soundtracks of all time.

If one of your favorite games with great music is missing, feel free to add it to the list so it has a chance for other people to vote on it too. You can add a game from any console, whether it's an older platform like SNES or it's a newer game for PC. Just make sure it has an amazing soundtrack before throwing it with these other greats!
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538 305
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Chrono Trigger Square Enix, Square Electronic Arts, Square

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297 249
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Super Mario World Nintendo, Mattel

4
388 221
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441 270
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400 316
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Super Mario 64 Nintendo, Nintendo Australia

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357 217
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Final Fantasy X Square Electronic Arts, Square, Sony Computer Entertainment

8
622 288
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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Bethesda Softworks

9
458 212
Kingdom Hearts is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Video Game Soundtracks of All Time
tigerte4 added Kingdom Hearts Square Enix, Disney Interactive Studios, Square Electronic Arts

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540 223
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Final Fantasy VII Square Enix, Eidos Interactive, Square

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302 255
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Sonic the Hedgehog Electronic Arts, Sega, Tectoy

12
326 169
Final Fantasy VI is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Video Game Soundtracks of All Time
tigerte4 added Final Fantasy VI Square Enix, Nintendo, Square Electronic Arts

13
244 175
Final Fantasy VIII is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Video Game Soundtracks of All Time
gilgethan added Final Fantasy VIII Square Enix, Kazushige Nojima, Hironobu Sakaguchi

14
324 182
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Video Game Soundtracks of All Time

The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

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378 194
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16
173 121
Super Smash Bros. Brawl is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Video Game Soundtracks of All Time

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248 186
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Metal Gear Solid Microsoft Studios, Konami, Microsoft Corporation

18
183 177
Super Mario Bros. is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Video Game Soundtracks of All Time
JasonJanikowski added Super Mario Bros. Nintendo

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246 202
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230 161
Super Mario Galaxy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Video Game Soundtracks of All Time
tigerte4 added Super Mario Galaxy Nintendo

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332 211
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Halo: Combat Evolved Microsoft Studios, MacSoft Games

The Best Apps for iOS 7 Devices

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182 130
Super Metroid is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Video Game Soundtracks of All Time
Super Metroid Nintendo

23
115 54
Shadow of the Colossus is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Video Game Soundtracks of All Time
Shadow of the Colossus Sony Computer Entertainment

24
142 115
Red Dead Redemption is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Video Game Soundtracks of All Time
JasonJanikowski added Red Dead Redemption Rockstar Games

25
243 137
Castlevania: Symphony of the N... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Video Game Soundtracks of All Time

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247 140
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122 130
EarthBound is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Video Game Soundtracks of All Time
i.ha2602 added EarthBound Nintendo

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267 157
Kingdom Hearts II is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Video Game Soundtracks of All Time
i.ha2602 added Kingdom Hearts II Square Enix, Disney Interactive Studios

The Best Bands That Sing About Video Games

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155 134
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Video Game Soundtracks of All Time

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189 144
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Mega Man 2 Capcom

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127 115
Super Mario Galaxy 2 is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Video Game Soundtracks of All Time
Kayoscape added Super Mario Galaxy 2 Nintendo

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126 121
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Video Game Soundtracks of All Time

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151 129
Chrono Cross is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Video Game Soundtracks of All Time
Chrono Cross Square Electronic Arts, Square

34
178 131
Mass Effect 3 is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Video Game Soundtracks of All Time
Reilcan Jones added Mass Effect 3 Electronic Arts

35
148 111
Pokémon Gold and Silver crysta... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Video Game Soundtracks of All Time
minemaniac83 added Pokémon Gold and Silver crystal Nintendo, The Pokémon Company

The 100+ Best Video Games of All Time, Ranked by Fans

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178 108
Final Fantasy IX is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Video Game Soundtracks of All Time
gilgethan added Final Fantasy IX Square Enix, Square Electronic Arts, Infogrames Entertainment SA

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166 134
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Video Game Soundtracks of All Time
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Rockstar Games, Capcom

38
80 71
Doom is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Video Game Soundtracks of All Time
doom WMS Industries Inc., Valve Corporation, Ocean Software

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101 77
GoldenEye 007 is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Video Game Soundtracks of All Time
GoldenEye 007 Nintendo

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138 60
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Michael Samons added The Last of Us Sony Computer Entertainment

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130 82
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowi... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Video Game Soundtracks of All Time
lostshadow added The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind Ubisoft, Valve Corporation, Bethesda Softworks

42
65 40
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eate... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Video Game Soundtracks of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater Konami

The Best Movie Soundtracks of 2017

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117 132
Grand Theft Auto V is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Video Game Soundtracks of All Time
Grand Theft Auto V Rockstar Games

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134 99
Mass Effect is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Video Game Soundtracks of All Time
Kayoscape added Mass Effect Electronic Arts, Microsoft Studios

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130 130
Banjo-Kazooie is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Video Game Soundtracks of All Time
Banjo-Kazooie Nintendo, Microsoft Studios

46
73 64
Batman: Arkham City is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Video Game Soundtracks of All Time
Batman: Arkham City Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

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138 108
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward S... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Video Game Soundtracks of All Time

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87 109
Jet Set Radio is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Video Game Soundtracks of All Time
Jet Set Radio Sega, THQ

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87 109
Sonic & Knuckles is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Video Game Soundtracks of All Time

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121 72
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