* Any of BearMcCreary's work on ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' deserves merit in a class by itself, specifically the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3YVq0Hvd8k main credit theme]] (which is a Hindu chant), "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69uMAYGMHhU Wander My Friends]]", "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HG-Js_rMEV4 Roslin And Adama]]", "Exodus", "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZjF6RogNe8 Gina Escapes]]", "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLRLsRQ36JA Two Boomers]]", "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8zsE5zdlsQ The Shape of Things to Come]]", or his arrangement of "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUchAD44xA8 All Along The Watchtower]]".
** "Wander My Friends" really does deserve a special mention as it's a reoccurring theme that shows up after a victory, or during times of celebrations, in crowd shots when you can see all of the Galactican crew. Its a very hopeful song, that sends a sense of comfort and togetherness. The name itself, combined with the sound of the music, feels like the sentimental message from one friend to another, that they are proud of that person, and hope that their journey continues. A total SugarWiki/{{Heartwarming Moment|s}} when ever it shows up. It is best remembered though for its first appearance is 'The Hand Of God', after the pilots successfully secure the fuel plant and return to mass celebrations aboard Galactica, and when the whole crew shows up to see Lee off one last time. The lyrics, though sung in Irish, translate to pretty much exactly what is mentioned above. Two old friends, tired and weary, having lost so many people, but still determined to push on and finish their journey together. Rather like Adama and the Galactica.
** Add "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WSYPYq9D_No Passacaglia]]" among the long list of beautiful compositions.
** But especially if you [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AAk0hEVGgMY remember the original series]].
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzyHxYxc-Mo Or the Original Series.]]
* [[spoiler:Starbuck]]'s piano version of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9c2ZJPKz5u8 "All Along the Watchtower"]] from season 4 was a literal jaw-dropper. Not only is the song awesome on its own terms, but the way the song was played in that episode answered at least two of the season's biggest mysteries at the same moment.
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2dyN5A12js Heeding The Call]]". Less piano, same reaction.
* Season 4's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0FSuMubq8Q Diaspora Oratorio]], which played as the fleet arrived at [[spoiler: the first Earth]]. It's played completely straight, which just makes [[spoiler:the reveal of Earth as a wasteland]] that much more heartwrenching. [=McCreary=] considers it his best work on BSG.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4EQXEIoZrZE Something Dark Is Coming]].
* The scene late in the show where [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCO7684LN5Q Boomer perpetrates some spectacular treachery]] is accompanied by a suitably strident and broodingly effective piece of music.
* Zarek was one of the few main characters not to have received his own motif, so when it came, it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VpydYV2NIHM was pretty damn good]]. [[spoiler: His character inevitably went to his death an hour later.]]
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=il4VDf-ugPI Metamorphosis One]]" by Phillip Glass, which was featured in an early scene in the series, where [[spoiler: Starbuck and Helo are sitting in Starbuck's apartment on post-nuclear-holocaust Caprica]]. The version in the linked video doesn't even begin to convey the atmosphere this piece creates in the actual episode. Original footage of that scene is also available on Website/{{Youtube}}, albeit at much lower quality.
** Neither is the final piece of music in the series. [[spoiler: "All Along the Watchtower" - played by Hendrix.]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SlcUwUwjLrs "Prelude to War"]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=so10dKbhorI "Storming New Caprica"]] are truly epic. "Prelude to War" is particularly epic in context -- the scene where it's first introduced is flawlessly cut with the music, to the point where Adama hangs up the phone on the downbeat.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vogXU33BO30 "Assault on]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMzkuKAIoL4 the Colony"]]. An extremely epic '''fifteen-minute long''' piece.
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqJ56yZLIaM Lords of Kobol]]". Um, [[OneWomanWail holy]] [[ThePowerOfRock crap]].
* The two pieces [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Yj0Iwa8_gk Kara's Coordinates]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97tc_s3vKAY Heart of the Sun]], Awesome Music and Awesome/Tear Jerking Music respectively. "Heart Of The Sun", in particular, slips in the opening bars of the original Galactica theme/Colonial Anthem - [[TearJerker just as Galactica herself disappears into the Sun.]]
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YD8BDwErzR0 Black Market]]" is utterly badass.
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JculidrJIbI Pegasus]]" is [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments Heartwarming Music]].
* "Apocalypse" - the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDAedoUZPNE piece]] that plays over "The Plan"'s ending credits, a rock remix of the series's opening theme.
** Now with a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-tss6mIm-Y live version]]. Who knew rock n' roll and the Gayatri Mantra would go so well together?
** Now with an [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Lu54TlnPRg expanded remix]] for prequel web series [[Series/BattlestarGalacticaBloodAndChrome Blood & Chrome]], dialing the rock UpToEleven.
* "Razor" also had a great ending theme.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3gUY940chg BSG can have some haunting music]], make a great and atmospheric episode, and advance the plot all at once. Not to mention show off Alessandro Juliani's fantastic voice.
** "Gaeta's Lament" might as well be called "BreakTheCutie: The Song".
** Note also that when you see him singing, they went to the extra trouble to [[http://www.bearmccreary.com/#blog/battlestar-galactica-3/bg-guess-whats-coming-to-dinner/ make the music diegetic]]--that is, he's not dubbing himself in later; the singing is part of the same performance.
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_q0jqG6KXuE Mandala in the Clouds]]" takes all the here-come-the-drums goodness of "Prelude to War" and "Storming New Caprica" and crank it UpToEleven, with twice the speed and triple the intensity.
* "Prelude to War" ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QxUk-37hRnw Live.]]'' Sweet [[ThePowerOfRock Jeebus]].
** And then Bear turns around, writes a solo piano version, then plays it, has it taped in BSG camera style, and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEhlAA85_tY posts it on the internet]].
** Aaand ''then'', in his continuing quest to [[AwesomenessIsVolatile melt your face off]] with every instrument on the planet, he does the same thing with a goddamn '''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPu3XBSlJyk ACCORDION.]]'''
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylzHr02ApBQ Worthy of Survival]]", especially when it kicks into high-gear at the end.
* Bear's three classical piano pieces "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vcFFf9aa7k Battlestar Sonatica]]", "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YuVh3BVJCmo Elegy]]", and "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLlw7EzNgQ4 Dreilide Thrace Sonata No. 1]]" are the most beautiful pieces composed for piano to be put on a soundtrack album. "Battlestar Sonatica" is an elegant tribute to Beethoven's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQVeaIHWWck Moonlight Sonata]]. "Elegy" is intended to sound as if it is being played on a wrecked old piano in a bar, and transcends the limitations of the instrument. Finally, "Dreilide Thrace Sonata No. 1" is the reason pianos were invented. It is absolutely lovely to hear, being written for a grand concert piano, is a masterpiece in terms of the complexity of the composition and sound, and is easily the most emotional of the three piano pieces, especially in the final minute and a half.
* Of course, music by Richard Gibbs in the Miniseries is pretty sweet. "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTvirxS-MHA Are You Alive?]]" is wonderfully creepy.
* Speaking of Stu Phillips, behold the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1obwMjzUY9M sheer epicness]] of his [[Series/BuckRogersInTheTwentyFifthCentury Buck Rogers TV Series]] intro.
* Among them, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=so10dKbhorI Storming New Caprica]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Yj0Iwa8_gk Kara's Coordinates]], and the TearJerker piece [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97tc_s3vKAY Heart of the Sun]], which plays as the Fleet is being sent into Earth's sun.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYwpt092O7U Violence and Variations]] is possibly the loveliest piece on a soundtrack that has plenty of lovely pieces.
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