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Many beautiful video game scores have been created through
the years. Video game music is largely instrumental, but every once in a while,
there is a song in a game that has great lyrics to accompany a solid score.
This list will focus on those special songs that combine dynamic music with
thought-provoking lyrics. Now, let's get to the list. Hopefully, you will enjoy
yourself and sing along with some great video game songs.
Let's get this out of the way first. Of course, these games
let you live out your ultimate music fantasy. So, it would be obvious to
include those games in a top songs list. However, the songs are different for
everyone, and I wanted to focus more on specific songs that relate to specific
games. Hopefully, the music genre will be revamped in the next generation, and
we will be able to live the superstar fantasy through music titles for years to
It is very hard to compile a top songs in video games list
without including at least one entry from the Silent Hill franchise. While not
the most uplifting track in the world or even on this list, "Room of Angel"
succeeds at reinforcing the atmosphere of the Silent Hill franchise while
providing a song that is impactful when listened to outside of the game.
Haunting and quietly painful are a couple of ways to describe this beautiful
song from Akira Yamaoka.
Possibly the most unique entry on this list, "Song of the
Ancients" is another haunting melody to grace this list. However, you do not
have to worry about getting the lyrics wrong while singing along. The entire
song is recorded in a fictitious language created to mirror the futuristic
world presented in Nier. So, enjoy this song and sing along if you want to
experience a melancholy melody from a distant future.
BioShock Infinite utilizes music in its narrative to make
some of the more radical aspects of the story make sense. Through these tears,
many in Columbia have been able to witness and capitalize on the music from
different dimensions and eras to bring some famous lyrics to the modern tunes
of Columbia. The Beach Boys' "God Only Knows" is featured early in Infinite and
later in the credits. The hit from 1966 is reimagined as a barbershop quartet
from 1912. Enjoy this catchy tune.
The song coupled with the wealth of goodies to raise your
Chao caused me to play the first level of Sonic Adventure 2: Battle over 30
times over a single summer. To this day, the song will pop into my head for no
real reason. "Follow me. Set me free. Trust me and we will escape from the
city." Listen, and you will understand soon enough.
This song is featured during the credits for SotN. Though it
sounds like an inspirational song from the 90's, the song fits so well. If you
are ready for some easy listening with a smooth vibe, sit back and enjoy a
great song from a classic game.
The bards were a great addition to the taverns across Skyrim
and to your home. Whether sung a cappella
or accompanied by a lute, the bards across Skyrim sung some of my favorite songs
from any game. The greatest of these songs, "Tale of the Tongues", is a song
unaffected by the political climate of the game. You must finish the main quest
to listen to this song. It is a nice little treat for the Dragonborn among us.
"War" and "The Poet and the Muse" were created by Finnish
rock band Poets of the Fall with Alan Wake in mind. If you watch the music
video for War, you will notice the main character in the video is also the
actor who plays Alan Wake. The ambiguous lyrics are also more effective when listened
to with the knowledge from the game itself. To avoid spoilers, I will say
nothing else about Alan Wake and just say enjoy the music.
One of the greatest strengths of this song is its
prevalence. You can listen to it during the introductory sequence before
starting the game, and it will also pop up a couple of times during the main
game. "Snake Eater" is the pinnacle of video game songs. The song fits the game
so well, and it also has one of the greatest lines in any song. "I'd give my
life. Not for honor, but for you."
There was no way around this one. The ultimate piece of audible
gamer culture from the past decade- you cannot help but sing along with GLaDOS.
Combining a great sense of humor with the voice of a creepy AI bent on your
destruction, "Still Alive" epitomizes what is great about video games in a few
minutes. Creatively absurd and delightfully charming, no other vocal track has
quite the same effect.
What are some of the songs that I missed? If there are any other songs in video games that have exceptional lyrics, let me know. For the most part there were multiple songs form each series that I thought about including, but I tried to limit the list to one song per series. So, those are my picks, and I hoped that you enjoyed this list.
Of course, this blog is only my opinion, and there are many other worthy songs that could be on this list. As a thank you to those who commented and provided some of their suggestions for this list, I have added songs below that deserve being mentioned.
Suggested by GIO member Chris Mrkvicka
Suggested by GIO member cerpintaxman
Suggested by GIO member Beastchild29