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Best music in video games

Published: 13:40, 18 June 2017

Music is an important part of the video game experience. The right track at the right time can make all the difference in the world. These tracks set the tone for their respective games.

First off, let's get on the same page, you and I. These songs were not made with the sole purpose of appearing in a video game. They happen to fit the tone. Disclaimer: music is a super personal thing so my favourites may not be your cup of tea. I am fine with that.

If you came here looking for an article on games with the best score, keep checking back every Saturday or Sunday. I will probably have one of those ready for you sometime in the future. So, music in this case means a song (or songs) that incidentally found their way into a certain game. Ok, here we go:

Fallout: New Vegas

Fallout: New Vegas features three major in-game radio stations. The stations play music spanning several genres: сountry, popular music from the 1940s and 1950s, jazz and classical. My favourites happen to be Something's Gotta Give and Why Don't You Do Right.

Skip to 7:33 for Something's Gotta Give, and to 1:21:04 for Why Don't You Do Right.

Here's some history for you: Why Don't You Do Right was written by Kansas Joe McCoy back in 1936. The version that ended up in the game was recorded by Peggy Lee and the Dave Barbour Quintet in 1950. 

Something's Gotta Give was written by Johnny Mercer in 1954 for the film Daddy Long Legs. The version used in Fallout: New Vegas was recorded by Bing Crosby and Buddy Cole and his Trio in 1955. And now for something completely different...


A bit of trivia, real quick: Scarborough Fair is a traditional English ballad about the Yorkshire town of Scarborough. The song is not in the game but Bayonetta's signature weapons are named after it. She receives Scarborough Fair from Rodin in the first game.

The guns are named Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme because the four herbs are the focal point of Scarborough Fair. Bayonetta is a witch and the guns push her magic "to its limits". I thought that was a fun bit of information.

Back to the topic at hand. "Fly Me to the Moon" or "In Other Words" has a recurring role in the game. The song was written in 1954 by Bart Howard. During the game it can get a tiny bit annoying, but every time I've heard it since I finished playing Bayonetta, it brought back some fond memories. Speaking of fond memories...

Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2005)

Good old Need for Speed. I still have the busted up desk from back in the day. It turns out: I am not a graceful loser. My favourite song was this one by Celldweller featuring Styles of Beyond, called Shapeshifter. I was young.

Anyway, as I remember it was the soundtrack to get you pumped. On a related note...

FIFA games

Personally, I'm not a fan, but there's no denying these games have amazing soundtracks. Example: Avicii's "The Nights" from FIFA 15 even has people cheering (you) on in the background. "On Top of the World" by Imagine Dragons from FIFA 13 has a similar feel. Even if you've never played the game you'll know this one: "Love Me Again" by John Newman from FIFA 14. 

And remember 2007? That was ten years ago and FIFA 07 featured Muse's "Supermassive Black Hole".

I'm going to stop now because we could be here all day, and I really need to go play Need for Speed right now. Research. The rest of the songs are below. Enjoy.

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