Number seven on our list of the top ten game soundtracks is none other than Donkey Kong Country 2. The work of David Wise and the Rare sound team is groundbreaking on this one. Though the first game set a precedent for how the games should sound, Rare went ahead and created four times as many songs for the second and they created many amazing tracks in the process.
7. Donkey Kong Country 2
By the time Wise approached the Donkey Kong series he had already made his stamp on video game music with Wizards & Warriors, Marble Madness, and Battle Toads, but lucky for gamers everywhere, he was willing to continue to learn and experiment – and out of the combination of percussive, jungle, ambient, techno and ‘Paris’ Wise created our beloved series.
The most prominent feature of the Donkey Kong soundtrack is the diversity of song styles. Wise goes from primal beats on Hot Head Bop over to smooth ambient in Stickerbrush Symphony seamlessly. (regarded as the best DKC song ever made and it was used in Smash Bros. Brawl as Bramble Blast)
Running a very close second to Stickerbrush Symphony for best DKC song would have to be Mining Melancholy. This song has multiple layers of percussion sounds, a synth line in the background, and a piano that all run together into an all-powerful catchy melody.
Yet another impressive track by Wise, Forest Interlude, is a song in the same vein as Stickerbrush Symphony, but ambient jungle sounds and a flute are used as opposed to the synth of Stickerbrush.
My final song selection is one that stems from the Industrial vein of DKC: Flight of the Zinger. This track has deep beats, electric guitar bend fade ins and outs, strings, and piano work. It makes an excellent fast paced track, and it strongly stands out from the rest of the music