1. Falcom Special Box '94
Still the champ, in my opinion. Ys IV + Legend of Xanadu + Popful Mail, all arranged beautifully.
2. Ys I & II Chronicles Original Sound Track
I wasn't entirely sold on this when I first listened, but I now view it as the definitive Ys I & II soundtrack.
3. PinkSweets Original Sound Track
The best Cave album I've heard, and the best album with all new material from the last 10 years, in my opinion. It is very treble-heavy, but I really enjoy it.
4. The Legend of Dragon Slayers
Arrangements from Dragon Slayer, Xanadu, Romancia, Legacy of the Wizard, and Sorcerian, in that early game music style I like so much.
5. Guilty Gear X Heavy Rock Tracks ~ The Original Soundtrack of Dreamcast
The recording quality is sub-par, but the melodies are dynamite. If they ever did an audiophile-quality remastering of this album, this could shoot up to #1 on my list.
6. Ys -The Oath in Felghana- Original Sound Track
Listening to older Ys III albums (apart from the redbook) is just not as palatable after this release.
7. Tokimeki Memorial Piano Collection
The ultimate soothing piano music. A very simple arrangement style is used, which lets the melodies shine through.
8. Perfect Collection Ys IV The Dawn of Ys Vol. 1
The best of the Ys IV PCs IMO. The first eight tracks are spectacular, and while the rest of the album cools down a little after that, it's still very well done.
9. Game Music Graffiti
Three classic Nintendo albums combined into one (excluding the original music on Game Boy Graffiti). If I were to pick one album that showcases Nintendo music from the '80s, this is it.
10. Insector X
This has perhaps the best recording quality of any VGM album I have heard. When I am testing out speakers, I use a track from this album to test the bass.
11. All Over Xanadu
Another classic Falcom arrangement. Very similar to The Legend of Dragon Slayers.
12. Perfect Collection Sorcerian
The best Sorcerian album ever made (and there were a lot of them). The first disc is probably the strongest of any of the two-disc Falcom Perfect Collections (except Perfect Collection Ys), while the second disc surpasses most of the others as well.
13. Musics from Super Star Soldier
This has both original and arranged game music on it, and both are superb. Classic shooter sounds from the TurboGrafx era.
14. ATLUS BEST SELECTION MEGAMI SEKAI MEGATEN WORLD
This album is what got me interested in the Shin Megami Tensei series. Awesome stuff.
15. MIDI Power Pro 6 ~Akumajo Dracula X Gekka no Nocturne~
We all know the source material on this album is great, and the arrangements on this album are pretty fantastic, too. The Long Library medley alone makes the album.
16. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Hyrule Symphony
I am a sucker for string ensembles, and this album does great work with one.
17. Falcom jdk Band 2008 Spring
A worthy follow-up to the earlier Falcom JDK Band albums.
18. Perfect Selection Konami Shooting Battle II
My favorite of the Konami Battle albums. To me, it has the cleanest sound and fewer losers than the other albums in the series.
19. Devil Crash / Alien Crush
Another classic TurboGrafx score brought to life. Yes, there is pretty much only one song in the game, but it is infectious.
20. Ys vs Sora no Kiseki Alternative Saga Collective Music Files
A rocking arrangement of Ys and Sora no Kiseki tunes, plus a whole other disc of the best Falcom music ever made? I don't see how I can turn this down.
21. Symphony Ys '95
At times soothing, at times moving, always entertaining.
22. OutRun2 SOUND TRACKS
It's hard to not like the bouncy music on this one.
23. Soukaigi Original Soundtrack
A very well-rounded album overall. Lots of musical styles present, and everything is pulled off admirably.
The O'Bits project albums are something special, and this one is my favorite of them all. Maybe it's for sentimental reasons, as I played Super Spike V'Ball on the NES for hours and hours.
25. Super Mario Bros. 3 Akihabara Electric Circus
Another good representation of the old-time Nintendo sound.
26. Cyber Core
Another TurboGrafx era shooter.
27. DOUBLE DRAGON II The Revenge
28. Ninja Ryukenden II - Ankoku no Jashin Ken
Two more O'Bits albums. It's hard for me to choose between them, so I put them both on.
29. Hoshi no Kirby: Yume no Izumi no Monogatari
The original music is OK, but the arrangements are top-shelf.
30. Rom Cassette Disc In SUNSOFT
Two words: BLASTER MASTER.
I regret not putting any Bemani artist albums on the list, as I really enjoy the songs on them. Ryu's Starmine album would probably be in the top 10 otherwise, and dj TAKA's Milestone would also make the top 30. I haven't spent enough time with Tatsh's Material yet to decide if it would belong, and I expect that wac's Ongaku and Y&Co's new albums could also merit consideration. I felt like they were not in keeping with the spirit of the list.