Video Games with the Best Soundtracks


Kian Wjnaendts van Resandt '24, Writer

There are a lot of things that make up a good video game. By good, I mean exquisite. The most important factors that contribute to the quality of video games are graphics, storytelling, genre, and of course, music. In my personal opinion, the soundtrack of a video game is what makes it compelling to play. Whether you find the music of a game to your liking is, of course, a matter of opinion. The following list of games are (mostly) games I have played and of my personal opinion.

5 Games with the Best Soundtracks

  • Cuphead: The soundtrack for Cuphead is one of my favorite video game soundtracks. The artwork of the game is done exactly the way a 1930s cartoon would be made, watercolor and all. I could imagine that the music would be in an early Disney cartoon. It sounds almost exactly like what you would expect from a game with 1930s cartoon artwork. I have played this game, albeit, not very much. Since it’s so incredibly difficult, the progress counter only shows about 6% completed.
  • Undertale/Deltarune: Undertale is a very well designed game. I began playing it only a few weeks ago and the music sounded amazing. It’s in the style of a retro, 8-bit, RPG game with the music fitting in perfectly. All the music in the game is made by its creator, Toby Fox, who almost single handedly made the game by himself. I haven’t played Deltarune, which is Undertale’s sequel, but it was recommended to me.
  • Minecraft: Minecraft, one of the most popular games since it came out in 2011. It has many songs in the game including the ambient soundtrack and the songs you can find in music discs scattered around. I just had to mention this game because it just knocks it out of the park.
  • Mario (any one of them, really): Nintendo puts a lot of effort into their Mario games. All of them have great soundtracks that are worth listening to. In my opinion, Mario Odyssey has the best soundtrack out of other Mario games, with Mario Galaxy just behind it. The music in this game gives an adventurous feel and mirrors the location one is in. All in all, I think Mario has a great soundtrack.
  • The Legends of Zelda: Breath of the Wild: Call me biased here, but this is my absolute favorite game. With some awesome piano pieces, it ranks as my favorite in every way. Being a pianist, there is no way for me to not like BotW’s soundtrack. The music becomes suspenseful during boss fights or just regular monster attacks, while calming down if you’re just exploring the map. The soundtrack corresponds to the situation. BotW’s soundtrack can only be described as a musical masterpiece.

Honorable Mentions

  • Doom Eternal: This is a game I have never played before, but I have listened to its soundtrack. Furthermore, it can only be described as Epic (yes, with a capital “e”). The soundtrack is saturated with Heavy Metal music, filled with heavy metal e-guitar. Having not played the game, I can’t say much else.
  • Tetris: The Tetris theme is familiar to many people. To many, it is known as just that: the Tetris theme. In reality, it is called Korobeiniki, a Russian folk song. The song is incredibly catchy and I recommend listening to it even if you have never played Tetris before.