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The 5 Best Video Game Tunes

Here’s a list that’s bound to cause a healthy heap of nerd rage and name calling. I guarantee at least five of the first ten comments will involve something on the order of, “My god, how could you forget…!?”

But that’s the point of these lists of mine. I never think they’re definitive, I just love cranking out my favorite pieces under a theme and seeing who agrees and who thinks I’m positively nuts. It’s normally a dead even split, so I’ll take it.

This time, we’re going over the five best video game tunes. They’re my five best, to be clear. Since I’m the main video game writer for TechnoBuffalo, that means they are our five best. Majority rules people, that’s just basic math (it isn’t)!

Katamari Damacy – Katamari on the Rocks

Listening to this one will more than likely trigger an awkward emotional response in your brain. You’ll see yourself rolling over thumbtacks and paperclips in order to eventually squish and capture the dog doing laps in your giant room. It’s weird, sure, but it’s amazing.

Red Dead Redemption – The Shootist

The soundtrack to Red Dead Redemption was so obviously and perfectly inspired by the music behind some of the greatest Westerns to ever hit the silver screen that the entire score is astounding. How many times did you take to the open range absolutely pumped with the music around you?

Super Mario World – Athletic Theme

I could have gone with the old standard for Mario; but, the Athletic Theme from the Super Mario World on the SNES is my honest to goodness favorite. It’s nuts, especially as time starts to expire.

Minecraft – Sweden

“YOU PICKED A SONG FROM MINECRAFT?!?” I totally did. Play the game once for yourselves and you’ll find the music wash in at exactly the right moments consistently. It’s one of the best parts of the experience.

Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts – Banjoland Theme

This theme actually marks my favorite. It’s an orchestral mix of every great Banjo-Kazooie theme from the original game on the Nintendo 64. It comes from Banjoland, a museum themed just like all the environments from previous games.

I’ve picked five songs out of thousands, I’m sure you’re clamoring to tell me what I missed. So, let me have it, which tunes do you think deserved a spot on my list?

Joey Davidson

Joey Davidson leads the gaming department here on TechnoBuffalo. He's been covering games online for more than 10 years, and he's a lover of all...