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5 Video Game Soundtracks That Were Stupidly Good

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Video game music has always been iconic, ever since the “OH GOD WHY CAN’T I STOP HUMMING” days of Super Mario Bros. and Tetris. Things have evolved, though, in epic, sweeping, infectious ways, to the point where some soundtracks may outlive the very games they exist to enhance. WHAT A WORLD WE LIVE IN. Here are five stupidly good video game soundtracks.


Everything about Undertale was amazing and adorable; it’s a retro RPG in which it’s theoretically possible to beat the entire game without harming a single living creature. But that soundtrack? That magnificent chip tune soundtrack WRECKS SHOP AND RULES SCHOOL. Check out “Megalovania” and try NOT to imagine the most epic music video of all time. How many explosions are there? And spooky skeletons?

Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest

Diddy’s Kong Quest changed the game son, from its instantly identifiable fanfare to the fact that each world had their own distinct themes and styles. I’m not going to lie to you and say that I didn’t get choked up the first time little me heard “Stickerbush Symphony”. I WILL lie to you and say I own every speedrunning record imaginable, though.

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater

Ah yes, the game that made me LOVE ska (and then instantly hate it again the 700th time I heard Goldfinger’s “Superman”), Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater encapsulated the ‘90s. I mean, this was a game where you collected VHS TAPES. UNIRONICALLY. Of course the music is going to be better!

Red Dead Redemption

How many of us have wished for an Enio Morricone-style soundtrack to our lives? To hear the distant whistle you’ve heard in so many spaghetti Westerns while you engage in a duel? (DON’T ACTUALLY DUEL PEOPLE, COME ON, THAT’S CRAZY). The soundtrack to Red Dead was beautifully understated, and if there’s a better soundtrack to hear while literally tying a woman to train tracks, I haven’t heard it.

Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World

Scored by chiptune legends Animaniguchi, the side-scrolling Scott Pilgrim was retro before retro games were everywhere and everything. It’s still not enough to salve the wound left by Vampires Suck beating the Scott Pilgrim movie at the box office, but you know what? It’ll do.

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