Here’s a game that needs no introduction whatsoever. Even the composer is a man well marked by the video game music world as well. Some might complain that this game should be a bit higher in the soundtrack list, but, as fantastic as this soundtrack is, many of its themes are recycled from past games – now, of course, I’m not trying to say it’s not an amazing soundtrack, but in terms of original composition I wouldn’t place it at the first spot.
6. Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Where to start with this game? The sound quality is excellent, it’s full of fantastic themes, and you can actually play some of them. In the spirit of the game, I’ll start with the opening piece.
Here you have a nice, slow rolling theme dominated by the piano and Ocarina.
The next song is one that you hear not long after: The Hyrule Field Main theme. This song is classic Zelda, with strong brass sections set over a marching drum beat. Of course Koji does not stop there, he also adds string and hard interludes and extends the track to over five minutes.
The next theme chosen is the Kokiri Forest. As if you didn’t hear this theme enough early in the game, you get to hear it some more. This track marks some of the large diversity in the soundtrack as Kokiri Forest is more of a bouncing folk song that strongly contrasts the marching theme of Hyrule Field. As for the track itself, it’s a nice blend of small percussion, strings, and Woodwind.
The next track, Goron City, marks another jump to a Tribal, Percussion styled song that has a guaranteed infectious melody.
The next theme up is one of the best ever made: the Water Temple… Just Kidding. The next theme up is none other than Lon Lon Ranch. A very relaxed Western themed track that has Epona’s song as the opening melody lines.
And of course, I cannot leave out the classic Ocarina track that is heard over and over again throughout the game: Zelda’s Theme.
Now if any of you were worried, I have not forgotten one of the most catchy songs ever made. The unique blend of percussion, strings, xylophone: Windmill Hut.
Finally, I’ll close with one of the greatest themes in video game music: Gerudo Valley. This theme has a Spanish edge to it with the combination of trumpet and Acoustic Guitar. I’ll let the track speak for itself.