The rising popularity of video game-inspired music has become quite obvious as video games continue to evolve throughout history. The variety of musical themes mirrors every gamer’s experience from winning to losing a game. As games become a shared experience among its players, songs about gaming also become communal.
Here are 21 best songs about gaming that you’d surely be able to groove along.
Table of Contents
- 21. “Game On” by Waka Flocka Flame
- 20. “My Console” by Eiffel 65
- 19. “Nintendo Game” by Alessia Cara
- 18. “Game Over” by Falling in Reverse
- 17. “The Touch” by Stan Bush
- 16. “City Escape” by Crush 40
- 15. “Through the Fire and Flames” by DragonForce
- 14. “One Winged Angel” by Nobuo Uematsu
- 13. “Aloy’s Theme” Horizon Zero Dawn / Forbidden West by Jillian Aversa
- 12. “Doom: Rip & Tear” by Mick Gordon
- 11. “The Last of Us: The Last of Us Theme” by Gustavo Santaolalla
- 10. “Halo 2: Halo (Mjolnir Mix)” by Martin O’Donnell/Michael Salvatori
- 9. “God of War” by Bear McCreary
- 8. “Dragon Age Inquisition (Theme)” by Trevor Morris
- 7. “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: Dragonborn” by Jeremy Soule
- 6. “Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag Theme” by Brian Tyler
- 5. “The Witcher III: Wild Hunt Soundtrack” by Geralt of Rivia
- 4. “Mass Effect 3: Leaving Earth Soundtrack” by Clint Mansell
- 3. “Main Theme – Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Official Soundtrack (2022)” by Sarah Schachner
- 2. “Gerudo Valley” by Koji Kondo
- 1. “Techno Syndrome ( Mortal Kombat Theme Song) ” by Oliver Adams
21. “Game On” by Waka Flocka Flame
Album: Pixels: The Movie Soundtrack (2015)
Style: Hip-hop, Pop punk
This song celebrates the ecstatic feeling of competing and the joy of winning. This upbeat music reinforces your connection to the world of video games and strengthens your competitive spirit. “Game On” will definitely nail it if you are to show the world that you’re more than just a gamer.
20. “My Console” by Eiffel 65
Album: Contact! (2001)
Style: Europop, Dance-pop
Even non-fans of Console could easily relate to this song. It captures how a gamer’s heart is so captivated and so engrossed in this game as if it means his whole life. The lyrics themselves describe an unfathomable connection of the player to this game.
19. “Nintendo Game” by Alessia Cara
Album: The Pains of Growing (2018)
Style: Pop, R&B
Ever loved someone you cannot fully win over? This song is one of the many love songs about gaming being compared to love. It vividly describes how a relationship could be a game you cannot pause and that the only way to its end is to win or lose. The R&B groove of its music explores feelings of frustration and confusion, identical to playing online games.
18. “Game Over” by Falling in Reverse
Album: Fashionably Late (2013)
Style: Hardcore metal
The struggle and desperation of trying to take control are intensified in this song. People who feel powerless and trapped between the virtual world and the real world could easily be hooked to this song. The dilemma of such an experience and the wishful thought of deciding when should it be a game over is quite exhilarating.
17. “The Touch” by Stan Bush
Album: The Transformers: The Movie soundtrack (1986)
Style: Hard rock, synth wave
Considered a favorite among gamers and Transformer fans, this song is an uplifting and inspiring anthem for a winning spirit. The music has an overall sense of empowerment, heroism, confidence, and strength. This inspires its avid listeners to really be at their best when the going gets tough.
16. “City Escape” by Crush 40
Album: Sonic Adventure 2 Original Soundtrack (2001)
Style: Hard rock
Sometimes we are so caught up with urban life that we wish to escape the city even for just a moment. This song exactly puts us in that same eerie feeling of freedom and excitement that comes along with speeding through the city lanes. Its hard rock musical theme elevates the energy of video game music.
15. “Through the Fire and Flames” by DragonForce
Album: Inhuman Rampage (2006)
Style: Power metal
This power metal song was included in the video game “Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock”. From then on, it became a popular choice for video games and workout playlists. The song’s message of battling a powerful enemy is a message of perseverance and determination which everyone could put themselves on.
14. “One Winged Angel” by Nobuo Uematsu
Album: Final Fantasy VII Original Soundtrack
Style: Orchestral, with choral elements
After being played during the final boss battle against Sephiroth, this song became one of the most recognizable cultural icons in the gaming community. Its haunting and ominous sound describes a transformation into a powerful, godlike being. No wonder, it has been recognizable enough to be performed live in orchestral concerts.
13. “Aloy’s Theme” Horizon Zero Dawn / Forbidden West by Jillian Aversa
Album: Jillian Aversa Cover
Style: Orchestral, with vocals
This song speaks of the pulsing excitement of Horizon Zero Dawn and Forbidden West, as much as Aloy’s passion. The sweeping melody and vocals capture the characters resilience and unwavering determination to overcome the challenges. Just by hearing the song, listeners will surely be transported back to the moment they were hooked in the game and the immense feeling while playing.
12. “Doom: Rip & Tear” by Mick Gordon
Album: Doom (2016) Original Game Soundtrack
Style: Heavy Metal, Industrial Metal, Electronic Music
The song’s title itself is a reference to Doom’s famous “Rip and Tear” mantra. The heavy metal approach of this soundtrack evokes a demon-slaying spirit toward gamers. With its aggressive drums and heavy riffs, players’ adrenaline would surely rush as they indulge in the action-packed nature of the game. Apart from video games, this soundtrack is a good background music for high-energy activities.
11. “The Last of Us: The Last of Us Theme” by Gustavo Santaolalla
Album: The Last of Us (Original Soundtrack)
Style: Acoustic guitar, with a melancholic and haunting feel
This song has a simple aura but it perfectly captures the heavy emotions of loss, survival, and hope. The game’s emotional storyline of the virtual world of Joel and Ellie, the main characters of the game, probably adds up to the feeling of moving despair and hopelessness that gamers may feel as they indulge in the game.
10. “Halo 2: Halo (Mjolnir Mix)” by Martin O’Donnell/Michael Salvatori
Album: Halo 2 Original Soundtrack, Volume 1
Style: Orchestral and electronic hybrid, with a driving and intense feel
Gamers will be indulged in this game because of its music. The music’s orchestral and electronic elements feature a driving beat that intensifies the high-stakes action of the game. As someone who dreamed to overturn alien invasion, this might just be the best soundtrack to a heroic last stand.
9. “God of War” by Bear McCreary
Album: God of War (Original Soundtrack)
Style: Orchestral, Soundtrack
The epic and mythological tone of the game is captured in this orchestral composition. Its use of heavy percussion makes it more distinct. Listeners find the music to be intense but inspiring; emotional but captivating. It has an overall grandeur and impactful experience.
8. “Dragon Age Inquisition (Theme)” by Trevor Morris
Album: Original Soundtrack
Style: Orchestral, Epic, Fantasy
This powerful and epic piece captures the grandeur and scale of a medieval fantasy world. Listeners experience the awe and wonder of adventure and heroism in this mystic world. Definitely, this piece could stand on its own! It sure is a perfect accompaniment for epic adventures and journeys.
7. “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: Dragonborn” by Jeremy Soule
Album: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Original Game Soundtrack
Style: Epic Orchestral
The instrumental track invokes a sense of ancient power and mysticism. Listeners of this song feel a sense of excitement and empowerment as the song represents a vast and immense sense of thrill. Battling monsters and dragons is not so much unlike battling life itself, which is why, this track has gained popularity in the music industry.
6. “Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag Theme” by Brian Tyler
Album: Original Game Soundtrack
Style: Orchestral, Pirate Folk
As the main theme of Assassin’s Creed, it captures the adventures of diving into the dangers of high seas and battleships. The traditional pirate melody adds a layer of suspense that would make you stay on the menu screen for a few minutes just to hear this masterpiece.
5. “The Witcher III: Wild Hunt Soundtrack” by Geralt of Rivia
Album: The Witcher III: Wild Hunt Original Game Soundtrack
This song evokes a sought-after sense of mystery and adventure. The orchestral arrangement sustains the dangers brought about by being a monster hunter like the game’s protagonist. You’ll be engrossed in the idea of wild hunting whenever you hear this music.
4. “Mass Effect 3: Leaving Earth Soundtrack” by Clint Mansell
Album: Mass Effect 3 Original Game Soundtrack
This is a soothing instrumental track for video games and has an element of musical arrangement that evokes despair. It captures the feeling of loss and devastation that a person could feel while fleeing away. While listening to this, you probably be feeling the same sadness due to its emotional narrative.
3. “Main Theme – Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Official Soundtrack (2022)” by Sarah Schachner
Album: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Official Soundtrack (2022)
As a gamer, your gaming spirit will undeniably be set on the tone with this thematic soundtrack. Its rhythms builds-up the intensity and fast pace of the game. This standout masterpiece of online game music evokes thrill and excitement and is an ultimate testament to the composer’s musical prowess.
2. “Gerudo Valley” by Koji Kondo
Album: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Original Soundtrack
Style: Folk rock
This song is legendary. The lively and infectious rhythm is very recognizable to gamers as it captures the ecstatic feeling of the game’s adventures. It also evokes a strong connection to the game and its players. This is indeed a masterpiece of video game music that enhances everyone’s gaming experience.
1. “Techno Syndrome ( Mortal Kombat Theme Song) ” by Oliver Adams
Album: Mortal Kombat: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Style: Techno, Electronic
From start to finish of this soundtrack, your head will surely be banging out. This techno beat is just as fierce as the game itself and its heroic characters. In fact, this soundtrack has already been used for sporting events and workouts, apart from video games. Who wouldn’t be pumped, energized, and hooked to this sound anyway?