Waxing Lyrical: 10 Awesome Original Video Game Songs

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Following on from my Stop and Hear the Music article, we're returning to the auricular artistry of video game music!

As I stated then, music in video games is an astounding medium that deserves to be explored and appreciated. It's not just instrumental music that makes games great though. There are a number of songs written for video games that put some popular music to shame. 

A good song can punctuate a scene, moment or event to build truly memorable experiences. Back in the 1980's it was impossible to even put a lyric-filled song into a game. Early-era game hardware just didn't have the power to cope with those sorts of recordings, so the relative abundance of songs nowadays is testament to how far we've come.

In order to qualify for this list, a song must have lyrics and be sung; however I have also chosen not to include any choral songs as I feel they were fairly well represented last time.

I have also avoided including licensed songs; that is, copyrighted songs included in the game for royalties and so on. Instead, I wanted to give focus to songs written specifically for the games they feature in.

Please also expect spoilers for the following games:

  • Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
  • Red Dead Redemption
  • Final Fantasy IX
  • Alan Wake
  • Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
  • Portal

Like last time, I have also included some extra listening suggestions where applicable.

So without further ado, let us begin!

Published Aug. 31st 2016

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