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The 10 best Zelda songs EVER

 

After collecting three pendants and facing the evil wizard Aganhim, Link is thrust into a mirror version of Hyrule. Instead of lively forests and friendly villagers, this Hyrule is speckled with dust, dried up trees and inhuman natives. Upon entering, you're treated to the best piece of music from LttP - the Dark World theme. It's equal parts unsettling and exciting, and subtly suggests that even though Link has been through so much already, there is still a long road ahead.



The lead tune, coupled with a constant set of marching drums and brass, gives Dark World a haunting persistence reminiscent of a villain slowly transforming a bountiful world into wasteland. And that's exactly what's going on in the game, so this track fits the bill.

Official soundtrack

You could try to find the aforementioned "Sound & Drama" CD, but in the interest of providing another option, try to sniff out Zelda: The Music. Good price for 70 songs spanning seven games.

Remixes of note

Remixer Beej has constructed the deliciously noisy Fragments of Gold, a thumping dance track that'd feel at home in any club.

If you're more up for a slow, poignant trip through the game's ending scene, McVaffe's Darkness and Light makes the tune a little more touching.

Long Dao's recent Lost Dark World tries to mix the original's sense of fright with a Jurassic Park-esque level of grandeur. It works, but six and a half minutes is four too many.

 

Zelda II consistently gets a bad rap for being the series outcast. Say what you will of its side-scrolling, magic-using, level-gaining ways, the music from Adventure of Link was far superior to the original in terms of complexity. And nowhere is that layered, deep growth more apparent than the Temple Theme. It's not necessarily invocative of anything, it's just fast, crazy and loaded with catchy riffs. Unlike the original Zelda's tracks, this one keeps building, making the final cut over three minutes long with one loop.



Nintendo knows how great this song is; it appears in both Melee and Brawl as one of fans' favorite ass-kicking anthems. This song's so effing hard you could set it to a bad ass car chase and it'd still work.

Official soundtrack

As with any game soundtrack, especially those from the NES, finding sound files is easy. But if you like it so much you want to give more money to the cause, Famicom 20th Anniversary Original Sound Tracks Vol. 2 contains plenty of Zelda II songs.

Remixes of note

If you need to get people dancing, like now, bliNd's Temple Trance will get 'em up and moving in seconds. An aggressively mixed view of Zelda II's best track.

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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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