ClassicRadar: 23 amazing game soundtracks you don't remember

Ghouls ' n' Ghosts (Amiga)

The traditional console versions of Ghouls 'n' Ghosts has one of the most iconic and fun soundtracks of the era (anyone not merrily humming the opening graveyard tune right now, take a long hard look at yourself), but the music written for the Amiga port is on a whole other level. Composed by Tim Follin (there's that man again), it's a vastly more experimental and complex work that makes use of dark atmospherics, traditional folky sounds and all-out noise to create something far more interesting and totally unexpected. Check the rest of it out here.

Gremlins 2 (NES)

There was just something about the synth sound and echo effect that came from the NES sound chip that meant that it did fun and creepy music fantastically well. Few licenses inspired fun and creepy like Gremlins, and so the resulting game sounded brilliant.

Jet Grind Radio/Jet Grind Radio Future (Dreamcast/PS2/Xbox)

Yeah, we know that the JGR games and their soundtracks are cultishly revered by all who've played them, but that's the problem. They're cultishly revered, rather than universally lauded. Any games which produce original music as legitimate as this deserve much greater recognition than that. Here's the dangerously fun "Everybody Jump Around", by industry supremo Richard Jaques.

Plok (SNES)

Follin time again, folks. This time it's a co-production from Tim and his brother Geoff. Software Creations' Plok was one of the finest western-developed platformers on the SNES. It was brilliantly fun, quirky blue-sky gaming of the highest order, and its soundtrack is a perfect fit.

Secret of Mana (SNES)

Okay, Mana's music is rightfully exhalted by those in the know as some of the best ever written for a console. And as a result it comprises some of the most remixed pieces produced by the online game music community. But the fact is that when most people think of Square-Enix music, they think of Nobuo Uematsu and Final Fantasy, not Hiroki Kikuta and Secret of Mana. So it deserves its place on this list as well as any. Simply stunning stuff.


  • FanofSaiyan - May 3, 2011 1:55 p.m.

    Wild Arms had an incredible soundtrack. The opening theme was beautiful.
  • Nintygameplayerperson - May 3, 2011 1:38 a.m.

    Panzer Dragoon?
  • InternetHobo - May 3, 2011 12:04 a.m.

    I am so glad that Plok and Gremlins made it on this list. I really love Plok.
  • Spybreak8 - May 2, 2011 7:55 p.m.

    Nice, my fav soundtracks have to be; Forza 3, Gears of War 2, Command & Conquer, C&C Red Alert, Mass Effect 1&2, Bioshock 1&2, Unreal Tournament 3, all the Doom games, Bionic Commando: Rearmed, Super Meat Boy, Company of Heroes, GTAIV and the trident of Mario, Zelda and Metroid.
  • The_Tingler - May 2, 2011 7:55 p.m.

    Shadow of the Beast has always contained some of my favourite music. Also see Hero Quest on the Amiga.
  • suicidali - May 2, 2011 7:31 p.m.

    Wow, I feel like grabbing my Die Hard Trilogy game disk and copying all the music off of it... Also, Ridge Racer Type 4's soundtrack is pretty damn underrated
  • QWERTYCommander - May 2, 2011 4:53 p.m.

    Snowboard Kids 1 and 2 for the N64. It's a shame that barely anyone knows these games. The soundtracks are amazing.
  • fireworks - May 2, 2011 3:40 p.m.

    shadow of the beast....YES
  • Seabread - May 2, 2011 3:12 p.m.

    Great to see Blast Corps getting some love. I miss that game. But where the fuck are Duck Tales and Batman (NES) ? For shame GR.
  • einhazard - May 2, 2011 2:32 p.m.

    I feel like 'The World Ends With You' should be on here.
  • celticwhisper - May 2, 2011 2:19 p.m.

    I really love that the Doom 64 video is 7:06 in length.
  • philipshaw - May 2, 2011 1:55 p.m.

    I remember most of these but I really care about game music
  • Martfish - May 2, 2011 12:42 p.m.

    Turrican 2 baby!!!
  • Y2Ken - May 2, 2011 9:12 a.m.

    Solid article Dave, personally I've always been a big fan of Earthworm Jim's soundtrack. Gotta love Bioshock, Secret of Mana and Shenmue too.
  • reaperman22 - May 2, 2011 6:16 a.m.

    My favourite soundtracks would have to be all the god of war games, but if we are including licensed music then it would be brutal legend and gta vice city
  • Yaro - May 2, 2011 6:12 a.m.

    Yeah the Jesper Kyd ost to the batman is really amazing. I remember being blown away by that with my bro when we were little. The TV was always so fucking loud we had to yell at each other....not that we wouldn't yell at each other normally....
  • Flashinthepan - May 2, 2011 4:56 a.m.

    I'd still take Sasha's Xpander over the F-Zero GX music, but it was a nice try.
  • Fuzunga - May 2, 2011 4:51 a.m.

    F-Zero GX is one of the best games on the Gamecube.
  • juliocruz - May 2, 2011 4:11 a.m.

    Bet nobody's even heard of this one. Still better than at least 5 of these
  • dragonblade1214 - May 2, 2011 3:48 a.m.

    On this list, I've only played Blast Corps and F-Zero GX and they both bring back great memories. Though unfortunately, I only faintly remember Blast Corps. Also, I'm sad to say I only played Atelier Iris 2, not the first. But I loved the soundtrack in 2. :)

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