Video Game Music – Samson’s Top 10 for the 90′s

By Samson Lancaster – MyrddinCROW

This is a comprehensive list of my favorite songs from video games in the 90′s. I picked the absolute most memorable of all the games I have played in that decade. All of these songs stuck out in my memory more than any others from any games I have played. These are all of the original soundtracks and scores only. It was hard to keep it to just 10 but here it is.

10. Sonic The Hedgehog (Sega Genesis)- “Starlight Zone” – 1991 Masato Nakamura

How can you listen to this and not feel happy? Even if you have never played the game, but who hasn’t played Sonic? The Starlight zone is so upbeat and somehow magical at the same time. I can see sonic collecting gold rings on the expanses of a giant green space station as I listen. How does he breath in space? Who cares?

Sonic Starlight | Str N Gaming

Defying Gravity Like A Boss.

9. Dark Legions (PC) -”CDF.MID” -1994 Silicon Knights & SSI (Right Click Save or Download)

The midi organ and xylophone send shivers down my spine. Dark Legions is by far one of the darkest turn based strategy games I have played. This song is so extensive it brings to mind moving my demons, vampires and wizards across a dark and dreary landscape. The music and overall ambiance of this game felt so existential, it was as if all that was left in this world of darkness was your armies, fighting for survival and the Victory screen; a Hulking red demon holding both Power Orbs and the carcasses of his fallen enemies.

Dark Legions Victory | Str N Gaming

Defile your enemies!

8. Ecco The Dolphin (Sega Genesis) -”Track 01???” 1992 Spencer Nilsen, Christopher Sobiraski and András Magyari

If you have played this game you will never be able to forget this tune. The synth sounds how I would imagine a digital dolphin would, if it were singing. I can hear Ecco’s sonar going off in my head when I think of this song. The seascapes were so beautiful and I had many a feel for Ecco, lost in this maze of oceanic splendor. And man was this game frackin’ hard. Please don’t die I want to listen to the song longer!

Ecco The Dolphin | Str N Gaming

So fucking hard!!!

7. Hexen: Beyond Heretic (PC) -”Winnowing Hall” – 1995 Kevin Schilder

Finally a series of games that brought fantasy and fps into the same headline. I would describe Hexen and its music as dark and mysterious with a touch of creepy. Hexen brought me to a spooky fantasy world of magic and demons, a place I like to occasionally visit by listening to its music. This is the most memorable of all the levels music, and to me encapsulates the game as a whole.

Hexen | Str N Gaming

Hmm yesss, Quite.

6. Final Fantasy VIII (PlayStation) – “The Man With The Machine Gun” (Laguna’s Theme) – 1999 Nobuo Uematsu

Oh Nobuo, with your measure and Laguna’s devilish good looks, how could I not fall in love? Yes, I had a huge crush on Laguna, and yes that makes this non-objective. Deal with it! As Laguna’s theme, this made him so epic, I wished there was more Laguna. I thought swords were cool, but hey, machine guns are too. Laguna, no words, just soak it in, ahhhh…

Laguna Loire FFVII | Str N Gaming

Ohhh yess, uuuhhhhnnnnn…

5. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES) – “Dark Overworld” – 1994 Koji Kondo

Marching across the Dark Overworld on his way to beat the shit outta Gannon for stealing his girl! This is a very motivational track. I could imagine myself playing this in my head anytime I’m marching to save a damsel in distress. Link I would follow you into battle!

Zelda A Link to the past Darkworld | Str N Gaming

Coolest Alternate Dimension.

4. EverQuest (PC) – “East Freeport” – 1999 Sony Online Entertainment 

A journey of EPIC proportions! A large seafaring vessel come to take me to a far away land, to battle Minotaurs and Dragons! One of my favorite pastimes was fishing in East Freeport awaiting my ferry to Butcherblock. I’ve made several plat’ selling fish alone!

East Freeport | Str N Gaming

All aboard!

3. Ogre Battle: March of the Black Queen (SNES) -”Thunder” – 1993 Hitoshi Sakimoto, Masaharu Iwata and Hayato Matsuo

This is my all time favorite strategy/RPG. It has MANY great song titles and all of them are EPIC. This game taught me how to lead a small band of rebels to battle and transform them into a strong army to restore a nation! This song represents the game as a whole as best as any of them can. I would have loved to have played this in high school marching band! I went as far as to figure out how to play this on my Alto Sax as a kid.

Warren | Str N Gaming

Damn Straight I have.

2. Final Fantasy VII (PlayStation)- “Cosmo Canyon”- 1997 Nobuo Uematsu

Still my favorite RPG of all time, and favorite character of all time Red XIII. This music feels so raw and tribal. I want Red to be my chief and take me on a spirit quest into the stars and perhaps, Distant Worlds…

Red XIII | Str N Gaming

No words…

1. Super Metroid (SNES)- “Brinstar Green” – 1994 Kenji Yamamoto and Minako Hamano

It pains me not to place Uematsu-San as number one on my list, it truly does. However, I cannot deny how fucking cool this track is and always has been. I have heard Brinstar remixed and redone so many times, and somehow the original still holds true and is, the best. And of course it reminds me of how sexy Samus is. Oh my, what if Laguna and Samus had offspring? Now imagine them having sex to this version of the song – “Brinstar – The OneUps

Samus | Str N Gaming

Sexiest, Badass chick I know.

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