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The 10 best Zelda songs EVER

 

The first time young Link steps into the winding, repeating passages of the Lost Woods, a short, mind-numbingly catchy ditty starts flowing through the air. It keeps going and going, never changing, keeping the same structure throughout the entire trip. But, what should have been annoying became alluring, and this plucky tune from the Kokiri people ended up stuck in our heads for 10 damn years. All it takes is one or two notes and you'll be humming it all day.



It's the ultimate mix of high and low tech - the music sounds right out a hobbit festival, yet it also makes a very effective ringtone.

Official soundtrack 

Anyone who fancies themselves a Zelda fan probably has one of these in some form or another, but if you don't, well Amazon has a number up for grabs. Too bad they start above $50. Try to avoid the US CD, as it's missing a crapton of tracks. Thanks for that!

Remixes of note

NoppZ gets all the awkward Hylian boys and girls off the benches and onto the dance floor with Hyrule Party Mix, a funked-out journey through three Zelda songs, Lost Woods included.

 

Gerudo Valley is, without a doubt, the most listened-to song from Ocarina. It's the first Zelda track that sounded like it came from another world, that the area you were entering was a totally different culture than the Hylian variety you'd grown accustomed to. The festive Latin beats and powerful brass instruments simultaneously invited and discouraged ingress, all while a vicious sandstorm obscured your path. Then you actually get into the village and have to sneak around Solid Snake-style. An exceptionally cool moment in an astounding game, narrated by an outstanding track.



The video doesn't show Gerudo Valley, but this is about the music, not the video. The brass samples don't hold up as well today as they did in 1998, but any number of remixes can fix that.

Official soundtrack

Same story as with Lost Woods - try to find either one, but aim for the Japanese release.

Remixes of note

Ever wonder what Ganondorf might have listened to as a kid? Chances are it sounds a lot like chthonic's Anthem of a Misguided Youth, a mix that gets Gerudo's dance-flamenco vibe down pat.

Plenty of fan-made tributes to Gerudo Valley involve a lot of noise. For a mix that actually follows the original's low-key, borderline quiet tone while adding an eerie sense of foreboding, look no further than Daniel Baranowsky's Awakened Fears of the Gerudo.

43 comments

  • HeadSquidZombie - March 16, 2011 8:03 p.m.

    20% of Zelda music is great stuff, 44% is amazing, and 35% is mind-blowingly awesome. 1% is the boring dungeon/grotto background music that I'd call more of an ambiance than actual music. Nintendo may not have the best graphics, but they definitely have the best music. LONG LIVE NINTENDO, SCREW YOU TSUNAMI
  • bet138 - March 8, 2011 10:18 p.m.

    wtf? no majora's mask? what about oath to oarder? what about song of healing? what about midna's lament from twilight princess? how much is sony and microsoft and sega and apple and Giant bomb and pokemon monday paying you to bash on the wii? i wish cheat planet sill existed
  • Odis - March 8, 2011 2:54 p.m.

    I just fell in love with The Legend of Zelda... ALL OVER AGAIN. Ocarina of Time 3D!!! FTW
  • cheezitmonster - September 5, 2010 11:50 p.m.

    I really wish that Zelda's Lullaby was on this list. Its just so beutiful; I want it to be played at my funeral. Also, I can't think of any song from Twilight Princess that was really good.
  • gamefreakl1996 - July 14, 2010 7:48 p.m.

    i can play most of these :D
  • vigeoman - June 27, 2010 3:48 p.m.

    I was extremely disappointed when i found out that the Song of Healing wasnt on this from Majora's Mask. That is my favorite Zelda song ever
  • BishopofHippo93 - March 5, 2010 12:32 a.m.

    I have to say, I really don't like the song in the number one spot.
  • BishopofHippo93 - March 4, 2010 11:56 p.m.

    The Legend of Zelda series has the best music of any video game franchise ever. Hands down. Also, anyone know where I could get a ring tone of "The Lost Woods"? That would make the best ring tone ever.
  • hamsterdoom360 - January 22, 2010 7:15 a.m.

    How could the Hidden Village theme not be in there? And why was the menu screen from Four Swords Adventures w/ the kickass drum bit in it not included in that clip? Why isn't the Song of Healing anywhere to be found? Whyyyyyeeeeeee?
  • trojan12 - October 9, 2009 9:28 p.m.

    Where is Zelda's Lullaby? That song has been in practically every game and is one of, if not the best tunes in the whole series!
  • chrisbg99 - October 5, 2009 11:10 p.m.

    Can't say I fault you for anything I think is missing. There is so much good stuff. Personally I'm a big fan of the Hyrule overworld theme. No matter what remix or version it is.
  • masonlacey - December 7, 2008 8:35 p.m.

    HEY!where is the song of storms in this!
  • xxkevmanxx - November 21, 2008 3:28 a.m.

    I have to say Dragon Roost is the best...
  • Digidabee - November 8, 2008 2:34 p.m.

    I agree with Gavo you wont get much better than Gerudo Valley
  • chaosdriver - September 25, 2008 11:39 p.m.

    and true... why isnt the hyrule field of TP in this list?? i was hoping to find it.... its so great!
  • michelle-88 - September 19, 2008 10:52 p.m.

    Wooooooooooow it's amazing work ^_^ , In my opinion Zelda Ocarina of time is the best & it's Songz also the best songs eveeeeeeeeer :D <3 i luv it & i adoooooore Gerudo Valley's theme
  • Jokebox231 - September 15, 2008 9:06 p.m.

    I love Zelda music, but why is Twighlit Princess Hyrule Field not on the list, it may not be classic, but it is awesome!
  • Gavo - September 12, 2008 12:47 a.m.

    Gerudo Valley = Best video game song ever created.
  • lynx987 - September 2, 2008 10:38 p.m.

    zelda is the best 4 music
  • Thequestion 121 - August 29, 2008 2:10 a.m.

    I love this theme!!! When I played Link to the Past/Four Swords on GBA, this one is in my top ten!!

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