Soundtrack Central The best classic game music and more

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Adam Corn Mar 7, 2018 (edited Feb 7, 2020)

With a wealth of video game music now on streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music it can be hard to keep track of everything that's out there. That's why I've been compiling all the great game music I can find on Spotify in several "Game Music Best" playlists.

Game Music Orchestral & Instrumental Best - The best orchestral and acoustic instrumental VGM tracks, from Western-produced arranged albums (Symphonic Fantasies & Final Symphony, Distant Worlds) and OSTs (God of War, Dragon Age, Journey, Uncharted) to Japanese releases like the Ys arranged albums and Final Fantasy Brass de Bravo.

Game Music Synth & Chiptune Best - The best 8-bit, 16-bit, and classic VGM-inspired modern synth game music, from Castlevania, Street Fighter, Ys, and Nights to Shovel Knight and Astro Bot. Much more to come now that Japanese publishers like Square Enix, Capcom, Sega, Falcom, SNK, and Konami are becoming increasingly active.

Game Music Electronic Best - Modern electronic VGM like Beat Saber, Shatter, and Street Fighter IV, as well as some modern meets retro selections like Celeste.

Game Music Jazz, Funk, and Fusion Best - Includes Cuphead and the best jazz and fusion selections from OSTs like Nights: Journey of Dreams. Lots of high-quality fan arrangement here as well.

Game Music Rock Best - Japanese power rock and hard rock from Castlevania, Ys, and some Mega Man arranged albums, with several Western OST tracks and fan arrangements as well.

Final Fantasy Official OSTs & Arranged Albums - Since there's no way on Spotify to filter the recently released library of official Final Fantasy OSTs (and a few official arranged albums) from the many fan-arranged albums of varying quality, this playlist lists one track from each official album release for easy access. For a selection of favorite tracks from the mainline OSTs check the Final Fantasy OST Best playlist.

Game Music 2019 - Every VGM release from 2019 I find gets its first track added here. There's also a Game Music 2018 playlist.

You can access these and other playlists at Soundtrack Central's Spotify account. If everyone could post here with any noteworthy releases I've missed I'll do my best to update the playlists accordingly. The focus here has been on Spotify as it's what I use, but feel free to chime in on how Apple Music or other streaming music services fare as well.

Wanderer Mar 7, 2018

I've found Spotify to be a very handy resource for all sorts of music, especially classical. But video game soundtracks are definitely catching up, especially western ones. Just wish Square-Enix would jump into the fray.

(Think I'm gonna listen to Oath in Felghana today. Falcom knows what's up.)

Adam Corn Sep 30, 2018

The Spotify Game Music Orchestral and Instrumental Best playlist is starting to pick up a following. Some of the new additions there since my last post:

- God of War
- Turrican II The Orchestral Album, Turrican Orchestral Selections, Chris Huelsbeck: The Piano Collection (very much enjoying all three of these)
- The Music of League of Legends
- Aragami OST (semi-ambient Japanese instrumentals)
- Kirby 25th Anniversary Orchestra Concert

FuryofFrog Oct 1, 2018

SNK just recently had a massive dump of content on Spotify. It's nice to see all of that delicious fighting game music more easily accessed.

Moses Nov 28, 2018

The Spotify Game Music Orchestral and Instrumental Best playlist is awesome! For stuff that's not already there, I think you can add some Lind Erebros like his soundtracks for King's Bounty series, the Game Music album by Angèle Dubeau and some excerpts from Blue Dragon OST like Waterside for Piano and Orchestra.

Adam Corn Jan 2, 2019 (edited Jan 2, 2019)

Nice mention of SNK, FuryofFrog, I'll add them to the top post. I've been enjoying their recent mobile game OST Metal Slug Attack actually (several tracks are in the Chiptune and Game Synth Best playlist). I fully intend to delve into their selection of classic titles from the Neo Geo era onward.

And thanks for the artist and album mentions, Moses (and the compliment!). I'm catching up on all the 2018 releases at the moment but will most definitely give those a listen soon.

On that note, I've added a ton of great 2018 late-year additions to the Game Music Orchestral and Instrumental Best playlist:
- Detroit: Become Human (the Kara disc specifically)
- RuneScape: The Orchestral Collection
- Moss
- Fallout 76
- Prescription for Sleep: Celeste

And here are some additions to the Game Music Electronic Best playlist:
- Celeste OST (it feels more like modern [albeit retro inspired] electronic than classic game synth to me)
- Beat Saber
- Rez Infinite (2017)

I've also added a few other tracks from Prescription for Sleep: Celeste (the sax ones) and the remastered Prescription for Sleep Vol. 1 to the Game Music Jazz, Funk & Fusion playlist.

Lastly, I'm rounding up ALL the VGM album releases from the year that I can find on Spotify in the Game Music 2018 playlist. If I've missed anything major please let me know!

Moses Feb 13, 2019 (edited Feb 13, 2019)

Adam Corn wrote:

Several Capcom OSTs (every main series Mega Man, Street Fighter II & IV, Dragon's Dogma, Resident Evil V & VII)

Recently Capcom Sound Team released many of their soundtracks on Spotify. Most of album and song titles are in Japanese, but judging by album covers there is Mega Man, Street Fighter, Monster Hunter, Devil May Cry, Resident Evil, Phoenix Wright, Okami, Breath of Fire and others.

Adam Corn Apr 10, 2019 (edited Apr 10, 2019)

Thanks for the Capcom update, Moses. They have a much larger selection available now than they did before. Too bad no Dragon's Dogma anymore, though. I believe it's because Sumthing Else Music Works, which had licensed the OST in the US, is now defunct. (Among non-Capcom albums that means that the superb Kameo and Viva Pinata OSTs are no longer available either sad )

Quick update on STC's playlist additions while I'm posting:

Game Music Orchestral and Instrumental Best
- Metal Gear series OSTs & anniversary collection arrangements (new to Spotify - more Konami albums to come?)

Game Music Chiptune and Game Synth Best
- Astro Bot: Rescue Mission OST (love it!)

Game Music Electronic Best
- Crypt of the Necrodancer OST
- Spindash 1-3 (Sonic series fan-arranged electronic albums with a dash of chiptunes)

Game Music Jazz, Funk & Fusion
- A bunch of solid fan-arranged tracks (these genres are where many of the best fan arrangements are at)

Game Music Ambient Best
- New playlist featuring ambient & atmospheric tracks from Fallout '76, Horizon Zero Dawn, and more

Game Music 2019
- New playlist to round up 2019's game music releases on Spotify. Update us here on any major releases I miss!

Adam Corn Jun 6, 2019 (edited Jun 6, 2019)

It finally happened - Square Enix just posted just about every Final Fantasy OST to Spotify and Apple Music.

What's included:
- Final Fantasy I - Final Fantasy XV OSTs
- Direct sequels (FFXIII-2 & Lightning Returns), expansions (for FFXI, FFXIV), and spin-offs (Crisis Core FFVII)
- OST "Plus"s (FFIX, FFXI, FFXIII, FFXIII-2, FFXIII Lightning Returns)
- A few remakes (FFI & FFII PS, FFIII DS, FFXII Zodiac Age)
- Final Fantasy Tactics, Chocobo's Mysterious Dungeon, Dissidia, and other goodies

What's missing (so far):
- FFX-2 & FFX HD Remaster
- FFVII Dirge of Cerberus & Advent Children
- FF Crystal Chronicles

Even with a few omissions, that's a LOT of great Final Fantasy music. As it can be a bit of a chore sorting through all the unofficial fan arrangements and "piano collections" to get to the official OSTs, I've compiled them all together into one Spotify playlist. … JltHa4geuA

Adam Corn Jul 9, 2019

Along with the Metal Gear Solid OSTs and MG anniversary collections, Konami have added a dozen Castlevania OSTs from 1997's Symphony of the Night to 2011's Harmony of Despair. The Castlevania albums are listed with Castlevania Sound Team as the artist.

And thanks for the update about the Final Fantasy Brass de Bravo albums, Moses. Listening to these I'm once again impressed by how good they are. I've added favorites from all four albums to the Game Music Orchestral and Instrumental Best playlist for anyone who's missed out so far.

Adam Corn Aug 11, 2019 (edited Aug 13, 2019)

Nice find on Octopath Traveler!

Square Enix recently tweeted that they've also released 13 Seiken Densetsu (Secret of Mana) series albums on Spotify and other platforms. I've found several and added them to a Secret of Mana (聖剣伝説) Series Official OSTs & Arranged playlist on Spotify.

I haven't yet been able to find the excellent Seiken Densetsu 25th Anniversary Orchestra Concert CD and a few other of the tweeted albums - if anyone does please post links here. smile

Edit: I added Legend of Mana and Seiken Densetsu 3 but they seem to be region-locked from my US Spotify account.

James O Sep 4, 2019

Chrono stuff is now spotify too!

jazzpaladin Sep 4, 2019

James O wrote:

Chrono stuff is now spotify too!

Yup. Although I was super happy a few weeks ago when I saw all of the old OST's for Final Fantasy on there too.

Adam Corn Jan 29, 2020 (edited Jan 30, 2020)

Quick heads-up that Yuzo Koshiro's Etrian Odyssey OSTs are on Spotify. Etrian Odyssey I to V, Untold 1 & 2, Mystery Dungeon, and 2019's Nexus are all available.

Also available are Wangan Midnight Maximum Tune 5 & 6 and 7th DragonIII Code, as well as a Diggin in the Carts compilation album I'd never known of until now that includes classic tracks from Koshiro and many others.

You can find all of the above on Yuzo Koshiro's Spotify artist page.

Adam Corn Jan 30, 2020

Yeah I remember there being a thread here about it, I just didn't know there was an album for it on Spotify.
Do still need to watch the documentary though smile

Adam Corn Feb 23, 2020

Moses wrote:

Recently a good amount of NieR music was added

Thanks for that! I've created a Square Enix OSTs & Arranged Albums playlist to keep track of all these. (There are separate playlists for Final Fantasy already.)

jb wrote:

Not game music but Studio Ghibli just dropped 38 albums on various streaming services.

That is big news! BUT I've found most of the tracks on the playlist are inaccessible for me, and none of the OSTs come up when I search. Is anyone else having better luck?

Moses Feb 26, 2020

No luck for me either on Studio Ghibli albums, apparently they're (region?) locked. sad

By the way, I find Spotify search function limited and annoying, but turns out you can simply use Google.
For example, … .com/album will find all albums released by Square Enix.

Adam Corn Mar 1, 2020

Thanks for the tip, that helped me find a good twenty SaGa series OSTs and arranged albums (not to mention Bravely Second) that I just added to the Square Enix playlist.

That Google search also yields a bunch of seemingly made-for-streaming albums of classic VGM by Konami Kukeiha Club, but those too seem to be region locked for me.

Adam Corn Apr 18, 2020

Some recent additions and the Spotify playlists you can find them on:

- Panzer Dragoon 1, Zwei, Saga, and Orta OSTs (Orchestral Best, Game Synth Best)
- Ori and the Will of the Wisps OST (Orchestral Best)
- Borderlands 3 OST (Electronic Best)

I've created a Twitter account for posting the latest Spotify game music finds, hope to see you all there as well!
Spotify Game Music on Twitter

Moses Mar 16, 2021

Not sure since when, but some Persona series soundtracks can now be accessed outside of Japan - search for Persona in Japanese. The album titles and most of the track titles are still in Japanese.

Adam Corn Jan 6, 2022

Moses wrote:

Not really new, but I've just found out that Music 4Gamer #2 "Shadow of the Colossus" Piano & Orchestra Concert is on Spotify and it's awesome.

Thanks for another great Spotify find. The first several piano & orchestra tracks didn't do much for me but the full orchestral tracks from track 7 are impressive. Even having the orchestral OST it's well worth a listen to hear a slightly different take on the music.

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