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.

#10 - Your favorite Song from any music/rhythm game

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 come.

#9 - "Room of Angel" (Silent Hill 4: The Room)

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.

#8 - "Song of the Ancients" (Nier)

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.

#7 - "God Only Knows" (BioShock Infinite)

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.

#6 - "Escape From the City" (Sonic Adventure 2: Battle)

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.

#5 - "I Am the Wind" (Castlevania: Symphony of the Night)

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.

#4 - "Tale of the Tongues" (The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim)

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.

#3 - "War" (Alan Wake)

"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.

#2 - "Snake Eater" (Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater)

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."

#1 - "Still Alive" (Portal)

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.


Honorable Mention

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.

"Build That Wall (Zia's Theme)" - Bastion 

Suggested by GIO member Chris Mrkvicka

"Still Alive" - Mirror's Edge

Suggested by GIO member cerpintaxman

"Honor For All" - Dishonored

Suggested by GIO member Beastchild29

Thank you for reading!