Video game soundtracks: The 100 best themes of all time (Part 1)

Put on your headphones, crank up the volume, and go for a trip down memory lane

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31. Grand Theft Auto / "Joy Ride"

Year: 1997 / Composer: Craig Conner

Credited to fictional rap group 'Da Shootaz', this was actually by in-house DMA (now Rockstar North) composer Craig Conner. It was featured in the original, and in GTA3.

32. Super Mario Galaxy / "Gusty Garden Galaxy"

Year: 2007 / Composer: Mahito Yokota

Nintendo Gamer editor Matthew Castle loved this track so much, he wrote his Mario Galaxy review with it playing on loop. It IS a pretty special bit of music.

33. Portal / "Still Alive"

Year: 2007 / Composer: Jonathan Coulton

The voice of GLaDOS, Ellen McLain, sings this sweet - yet oddly sinister - song over Portal's end credits. It was penned by talented singer-songwriter Jonathan Coulton.

34. Metroid Prime / "Menu"

Year: 2002 / Composer: Kenji Yamamoto

Retro Studios' Metroid Prime was the best in the series since Super Metroid, and this menu music is a prime example (ho ho!) of its awesome, atmospheric soundtrack.

35. NiGHTS into DREAMS / "Dreams Dreams"

Year: 1996 / Composer: Naofumi Hataya

Corny? Yes, massively, but anyone who finished Sega Saturn's NiGHTS will remember hearing this over the credits. It almost drove PSM3 editor Dan Dawkins to tears as a youth.

36. Killer7 / "Rave On"

Year: 2005 / Composer: Masafumi Takada

You head this tune whenever you visited the Vinculum Gate to give the Gatekeeper your Soul Shells. Why he's listening to rave music is a mystery, like most of the game.

37. Gitaroo Man / "The Legendary Theme (Electric)"

Year: 2001 / Composer: iNiS

Gitaroo Man plays an electric version of an acoustic ballad he played to his girlfriend earlier to try and free her from an evil mind control spell. OBVIOUSLY.

38. Halo: Combat Evolved / "Halo Theme"

Year: 2001 / Composer: Martin O'Donnell, Michael Salvatori

The spooky chanting in the Halo theme is full of mystery, and is perhaps some ancient hymn of the Forerunners. Whatever it is, though, it rules.

39. Daytona USA / "Let's Go"

Year: 1994 / Composer: Takenobu Mitsuyoshi

In the '90s, Daytona USA was so popular that arcades would crank the volume right up. As a result, you'd hear "Daaaaytona!" ringing out of the machine constantly.

40. Yoshi's Story / "Yoshi's Happy Song"

Year: 1997 / Composer: Kazumi Totaka

Is this the happiest song in the world? It's a distinct possibility. We love how slightly out of the tune they are. It's so cute we might hurl. Or cry. Or both.

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