Okay so we've done best albums of 2009 and best games from the last decade, so I thought this would be a neat one to try. List a few individual vgm tracks from the past decade and explain why they're memorable to you. We're talking about tracks that we'll still be thinking about decades from now. Tracks can be from any game or music CD (original, arranged, vocal, whatever) released between 1/1/2000 and 12/31/2009.
I'll start off with a few just to get the ball rolling.
Theme of Laura from Silent Hill 2 - For me, this is Yamaoka's defining track. Sure the first Silent Hill was great, but the experience of first turning on Silent Hill 2 and hearing this tune play to a montage of scenes from the mind f--- of a game about to start.. yeah, classic. I've said it before on these forums but just to reiterate: Silent Hill 2 means more to me than words can even describe, and Theme of Laura is where it all began.
M.BISON STAGE from Street Fighter Tribute Album - Woah, Yuzo Koshiro + Street Fighter? Yeah baby! This is one of the coolest tracks he's ever done, I absolutely love how it just gradually progresses and then at the 5:42 mark, watch out, it explodes! If a piece of music has ever tempted me to get up and dance around, it's the last three minutes or so of this tune. Many of these "bunch of famous composers do an arrange album of so-and-so game/series" have been released since but none of them can compete with this CD, and Koshiro's track is a big reason for that. Bison.. wins!
Live & Learn from Sonic Adventure 2 - I absolutely loved how you fought the true last boss up in space while rocking out to this song, way cooler than the first Sonic Adventure's last boss fight. A lot of Sonic vocals as of late haven't really had any substance to them, just a bunch of cheese rock. But this song is different to me, I absolutely love it, it actually makes me feel something and I consider it the pinnacle of Sonic vocals. From the inspiring lyrics to Johnny Gioeli's superb singing skills, and of course Jun Senoue's guitar work, I just can't get enough of it. More Sonic music like this please!
"Metal Gear Solid" Main Theme from Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty - Think back to 2001 and how much hype this game was getting and how uncommon it was for a film composer to work on a video game. Again, just like my above Silent Hill 2 example, you pop in this heavily anticipated game and are greeted with an incredible arrangement of one of the best main themes of all time combined with the Hollywood-esque opening movie. Many many chills were experienced due to this combination.
Egg Planet from Super Mario Galaxy - You hear this tune while playing the first true level of the game, Good Egg Galaxy. Egg Planet to me symbolizes that Koji Kondo still has it. Easily my favorite Kondo track since Super Mario 64 (12 years prior). I enjoyed his music when I was a four year old playing with my NES and he's still putting out memorable tracks today when I'm in my mid-20's.
Given enough time, I could probably list a ton of tracks but let's hear what you guys have to say first!