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The Best Recent Video Game Soundtracks

Updated March 3, 2020 381 votes 34 voters40 items

List RulesNo games released before 2010.

There have been some amazing games over the last few years, with equally amazing soundtracks to boot. In fact, the best video game soundtracks help capture the precise feeling you felt when you first heard a specific song, encasing that memory and extending it into infinity.

While classic 8- and 16-bit soundtracks helped set the stage for today’s composers, good video game soundtracks are able to exist in a realm of their own. Even if someone hasn’t played the game, they can still get into the songs. 

Young composers have risen to prominence and started their careers by creating video game music, and veterans have refined their craft by delving into gaming soundtracks. We truly are in the golden age of video game soundtracks.

With so many games coming out over the last decade, it's difficult to determine what the top current soundtracks are. That being said, this list ranks all the best new video game soundtracks over the last few years. Vote up your favorites, vote down the ones you don’t like, and add your own picks if they aren’t already included below.

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    Popular Songs: Cruel, Cruel World, Poor Little Liza Jane, Come Live By My Side

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    Popular Songs: Welcome to Los Santos, Smokin' and Ridin', Old Love / New Love

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    Popular Songs: Mountains, Shrine, Sheikah Tower

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    Popular Songs: The Trail, Geralt of Rivia, Eredin, King of the Hunt

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    Popular Songs: The Doctor Is In, Howdy Pardner, Wasteland Justice

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    Popular Songs: Science Is Fun, Concentration Enhancing Menu Initialiser, 9999999

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    Popular Songs: Alan Wake, A Writer's Dream, Welcome to Bright Falls

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    Popular Songs: Epitaph of Seikilos, Morghe Sahar, Raga Asa

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    Popular Songs:Another Story, The Lost Child, Sky Island

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    Popular Songs: Bridges, Bleached Things, The Face of Our New Hope

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    Popular Songs: Somnus, Wanderlust, Stand Your Ground

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    Popular Songs: Overture, Tip of the Spear, The Package

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    Popular Songs:Significance, City Ruins, Peaceful Sleep

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    Popular Songs: Born Unto Trouble, The Shootist, Dead End Alley

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    Popular Songs: Subwoofer Lullaby, Mice on Venus, Living Mice

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    Popular Songs: Dirtmouth, Crossroads, False Knight

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    Popular Songs: The Edge of Dawn, The Crest of Flames, Fire Emblem: Three Houses Main Theme

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    Popular Songs: Minor 9th, Noire Clarinet, J.J.

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    Popular Songs: Pyrates Beware, On the Horizon, The High Seas

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    Popular Songs: Don't Deal With the Devil, Die House, Elder Kettle

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    Popular Songs: Title, Opening, Encounter With Cappy

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    Popular Songs: Zelda, Pacman, Dr. Mario Fever

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    Popular Songs: One Fine Morning, Motorville, The Accident

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    Popular Songs: The Songbird, Elizabeth, Lutece

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