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The 10 best Zelda songs EVER

 

A song that needs no introduction.


 

The title screen set the stage for the entire franchise, introducing a main theme that's become so popular thousands of football fans can pick it out during a half time show. If anyone knows just one video game song, it's Mario. If they know two, it's this. The NES title screen does it better because at the time, no one knew what they were starting, that there would be countless hours lost searching for clues, items and pieces of Triforce. The song was a sign of things to come, and looking back more than 20 years later, it delivered every unspoken promise its notes made.

Official soundtrack

Well, just about any Zelda soundtrack has this tune in it somewhere. Just look around and pick your favorite. Or you can try the Majora's Mask OST and listen to Termina Field for a slightly reworked version of the title screen/overworld.

Remixes of note

K. Praslowicz offers Fear and Sufferance, the familiar title tune after it's been juiced with 10 kinds of drugs and a truckload of guitars. Sounds serious and medieval, a fitting combination for a song about a boy trying to save his kingdom from certain doom.

OCR mastermind djpretzel applies his signature style to the title theme with the dancy Hyrulian.

Back in the Napster days, the Rabbit Joint Cover was often attributed to System of a Down. It's easy to see why; the vocalist's eccentric range and bouncy delivery sound an awful lot like frontman Serj Tankian. Lots of fun.

 

Some call it "the fairy song," others dubbed it "Sanctuary," others still like to call it the obvious "File Selection." No matter the name, there's hardly a more fitting track to be number two on the list. It's dead simple, yet captivating and memorable. Just goes to show you don't need a huge budget or band, you just need someone with talent.


 

The tune started in Link to the Past and changed very little over the years, but each new game tries to add a little something. Voices, extra instruments etc. All it takes is five seconds of this in the air and people want to play Zelda. Just talking about it, let alone hearing it is enough to get us in the mood for some Ganon-slaying action.

Official soundtrack

Same kinda thing as before - this song's everywhere. Just turn on any number of Zeldas and enjoy right from the start. We're already eager to hear the next version...

Remixes of note

Only one dedicated remix to be found, and this time it's so close to the original it could pass for actual VGM from the next Zelda game. Of course, that's a good thing, taking the main tune and just adding some nice background flow over it. Clean and easy on the ears; sometimes that's all it takes. Check Jayson Litrio's The Goddess Appears(Trinity) for more.

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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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