Music: Top 5 Intro Themes

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It’s a new month, so let’s do another entry in my Top 100 songs (boy, I’m doing a lot of lists these days…). Today I’d like to focus on my favorite introduction tunes.

Silent Hill 3You’re Not Here (PS2, Konami, Akira Yamaoka/Mary Elizabeth McGlynn)

Akira Yamaoka is a master at crafting horror-tinged rock jams to lead off games, as evidenced by two tracks popping up on my list (and another was in contention!). Here he is joined by Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, whose vocals greatly amplify the shredding Yamaoka is letting loose. This is in my Top 5 songs of all time, not just the top of this list!

Sonic CD – Sonic Boom (Sega CD/PC/PS3/Xbox 360, Sega/Sonic Team, Spencer Nilsen/David Young/Pastiche)

Ever since I first came across Sonic CD, I have always adored this composition. The animated intro that it spotlights helps, but on the whole the entire track is just that sugary sweet cornball style the 90s embodied so well. I can’t help it. I love it.

Wild ARMs – Into the Wilderness (PS1, Sony/Media.vision, Michiko Naruke)

I LOVE this song. It’s a gorgeous, wistful track that captures the animation running behind it beautifully, and it’s a standout track from Michiko Naruke, who has quickly leaped into my top composers.

Silent Hill 2 – Laura (PS2, Konami, Akira Yamaoka)

Another smashingly good Yamaoka track. This is more melancholy (if that’s possible) than “You’re Not Here”, wandering between acoustic and electric guitar elegantly.

Ys Books I & II – Introduction (TG-CD, NEC/Hudson/Nihon Falcom, Yuzo Koshiro)

The piece I wish to highlight is at 2:50. Yuzo Koshiro is a legend in video game composition, and this is a testament to how amazing he is. Just an excellent, excellent way to start off a game.

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