My friends all laugh at me, because whenever I drive anywhere, the first song playing from my iPod is generally from a video game or movie soundtrack. I’m a product of my environment, and my musical tastes are heavily influenced by movies, trailers, tv shows and games, and as such I have “terrible” taste in music according to everyone else. So be it.
But I think there are some damn good tracks out there, particularly on video game soundtracks. You might not notice them as you’re playing, but if you do, chances are they’re pretty damn good to distract you from your task at hand.
These ten tracks I’ve been listening to long after I put down the controller. See if my terrible musical tastes might actually match your own with a few of these.
10. Portal 2 – Science is Fun
It’s too stereotypical to put “Still Alive” on this list, and honestly, it wouldn’t be truthful if I did. While that was a hilarious track from the game, I haven’t listened to it more than a handful of times since. But “Science is Fun?” It’s a kickass electronic track that really motivates me when I work out.
9. Mirror’s Edge – Still Alive
Aha! I did manage to get Still Alive in here, but not the one you were thinking. MIrror’s Edge’s titular track had the same name, and I though it made for a nice contrast with the tone of the game. It’s a pretty damn good song to boot.
8. Ocarina of Time – Epona’s Song
Zelda games are known for their music, but Epona’s Song is still stuck in my head after all these years. It’s sort of relaxing, but vaguely creepy. I thought about replacing it with Saria’s Song or Song of Storms, but those kind of stress me out.
7. Mass Effect – Vigil
I love the soundtracks for both Mass Effect games, but now Vigil is actually a nostalgic track for me, as it’s what played when you first loaded your character every time in the original game. It’s ambient and lovely, and I’ll never forget it.
6. Bastion – The Singer
I just finished playing Bastion about a week ago, but The Singer is already cemented in my mind as a classic track in a game filled with wonderful music.