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The 10 Greatest Video Game Soundtracks

Few jobs involved in designing a video game are less appreciated than the task of setting the characters, action sequences, cut-scenes, and gameplay to music. But video game soundtracks are every bit as important as artwork or mechanics when determining if a game can stand the test of time. Whether it is composers crafting hours of original music to bring a sprawling open world to life, licensed tracks meant to bring pop culture references or themes to the forefront, or early developers tasked with making a handful of notes sound fresh, those responsible for video game music proved that it’s not just what gamers see that matters. This list of the best game soundtracks offers some of the best examples from recent years, while others set a benchmark that has yet to be surpassed.

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