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[[caption-width-right:356:"''Love goes away, like night into day.\\
It's just a fading dream.''"]]

->As we brought out a masterpiece to the world [...], we asked ourselves, "Can we really fight 24 hours?" And the answer was, "[[ManlyTears We will fight 8,760 hours!]]"
--> -- '''NobuoUematsu''' on the music in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV''

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[[folder:General]]
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQwAxMiKHPo Final Fantasy]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ciOF-TCp-68 Main]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHuYCM5pxcw Theme]], also referred to as the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEti8uugFSE Prologue]]. Especially the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylDWCl0WAbo the way it was used]] as the ThemeMusicPowerUp for the CombinedEnergyAttack in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'', ''and'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hiMLHmf0XqI#t=2m31s its usage]] as a reprisal in the ending to ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI''.
** Also the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HM7MGqzekFU awesome version]] in the opening of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII''.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2NH1vjFzMc The]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsPRNAZ2ILU Crystal]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=By1iaOAvXRM Theme]]. AKA the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1FZ3Tz7dDE Prelude]]. It's even more awesome when you realize it was a ThrowItIn; the song took Uematsu all of ten minutes to put it together. It's normally either the first music you hear in a ''Final Fantasy'' game or [[TheStinger the last]].
** The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fL1yj9JAP2o Dissidia version]] of the Prelude is incredibly beautiful, sounding like a mixture of all the versions made so far.
** And now that [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_9dgqMa0rI XIV's take]] on the Prelude is out, it's not too much of a stretch to say Uematsu seems to keep building on one of the classic tunes in gaming music history in pleasing ways. It's also incredibly soothing.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glu5wr5LRm4 Victory Fanfare]], one of the tunes to be etched into every ''FF'' fan's mind.
** Here it is sung [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCLIg6WT7zM by a Cockatiel.]]
** Dissidia actually has two versions of the Victory Theme; the more traditional [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PwUig18llPo Cosmos Victory Theme]], and the darker but still awesome [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10RoWVAaDf0 Chaos Victory Theme]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BaMIg_q4LeY The ]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f12HjCf7Zj0 Chocobo]] Theme(s).
* Every main entry in the series (besides XIII-2 and XIV) have "Piano Collections" albums, which are (for the most part) solo piano versions of the more memorable pieces. They are fairly advanced arrangements (and the sheet music is available for most of them) and a good number of them sound amazing, if only for the sheer virtuosity required to play them.
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[[folder:Final Fantasy I]]
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyI'' started the whole "series with some of the greatest music in gaming"-thing with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=suyCi-xdjNo Temple of Chaos]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9_basa73jw Matoya's Cave]], and even [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSjBh71Im-M the standard town theme]].
* The [[http://youtu.be/Ac66bItzJLI Main Theme]] is pretty epic.
* The arrangement of ''Temple of Chaos'' heard [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8aFr2vf7Zkw#t=5m20s here]] sends shivers up the neck. What's more amazing is that the orchestral concert it originates from was held in '''1989'''. Videogame music is SeriousBusiness in Japan.
** TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon version of Temple of Chaos is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cEIFkEjdTb8 pretty sweet too]], and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvTyxN1768w its remake]].
* There's also [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRu8cqe-d1w Last Battle]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-uzRz5frS-E Boss Battle A]], and the latter's remix in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_bNGJu7_NY Boss Battle B]]. Although none of these existed until the remakes (the original merely used the standard battle theme on all enemies including bosses), they still deserve a mention here.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1xThQ29q6o Inside a Boss Battle]] plays during fight against Garland and Astos and it's just awesome.
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMq2-ycJB6s standard battle theme]] qualifies as well.
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAEDlfh6egk Dungeon]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hK34tYwyd40 music]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yc32Znoj8dk The Final Fantasy Rap]] by TheAdventuresOfDuaneAndBrandO.
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGZyhbMoUjU Floating]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QiA3PDjDyXM Castle]] theme.
* The WonderSwan version of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tr1xdMYDT_U "Gurgu Volcano".]]
* The original NES [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSlCBmL9ZwE Chaos Temple]] deserves to be here
* ''Dissidia 012: Duodecim'' manages to give us a metal remix of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kuqA4JdBdY Present Chaos Shrine]].
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[[folder:Final Fantasy II]]
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyII'' has "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnhX5KTpOuA Rebel Army Theme]]", "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4pytSJ9Ba4 Magician's Tower]]", "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hx_iswdWY-4 Castle Pandemonium]]" ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OG9v80_CaG8 and its Dissidia Duodecim remix]]), "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRlW5yRsejA Battle Scene A]]", and "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgUqagP5lf8 Battle Scene 2]]", the final boss theme.
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxZjuyU3ksM Finale]]", the credits music. As beautiful as it is, the vocalized version by Risa Ohki - [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmYDNYtkCP8 Love Will Grow]] - could give many {{Award Bait Song}}s a run for their money.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqCxgB3V2E0 The fully orchestrated Rebel Army Theme]], which sounds like a majestic national anthem.
** You think that's something? Try [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmDSMQhVxXk this]] underrated MASTERPIECE.
** On the other side of the scale we have "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9zwNGMyZ24 this astounding mix]]"
* Oh, hey. You know that delicious, melancholy overworld theme? No? [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SaCLoLBdxTU Here you go]]. Now try it with an orchestra and ''choir'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXb5rP0lOqo here.]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYYXz4ZFqMs "Boss Battle B"]], an ominous theme from the Origins release.
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[[folder:Final Fantasy III]]
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII'' gives us songs such as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vDlAJWSEIg Eternal Wind]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ps6O2iZYR60 The Dark Crystals]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0uXn9hw7Cvg The Crystal Tower]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0IEnPrhpfg Battle]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bdGV0bhO2M Boss Battle]], and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXLrC0SblMc Last Battle]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42Ujeo4GRgQ The Last Battle performed by the Black Mages]] is ear-sex.
* ''Dissidia Duodecim'' gives us this great [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qUohsc2Mk0 remix of Battle 1]].
** The Black Mages gives us this rockin remix of Battle 1 [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elj8lcsBkog The Rocking Grounds]]
* And the opening cutscene of the DS remake gives us [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0WYCIxsaJE Memory of the Wind: Legend of the Eternal Wind]], a beautiful orchestral medley of some of the game's finest tunes. Bravo, Mr. Uematsu. Bravo.
* Three words; [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wev-MtUeMPg Forbidden Land Eureka.]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhqPgSrtRsk Let Me Know the Truth]], known as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACA0tZ2_8Zk Pavillion of Dorga and Une]] in the remake. The piece is already amazing enough in its 8-bit incarnation, but when Tsuyoshi Sekito and Keiji Kawamori arrange it with an orchestra at their disposal, it just ascends to another level of awesomeness. The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNbf2bFNE9c hidden version]] from ''FFIX'' is brilliant too.
* The remake's team took the already amazing 'Crystal Tower' theme and made it ''[[UpToEleven better]]''. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDCsg2TixY0]] Sekito's also responsible for ''II''[='=]s redone soundtrack, and it's AWESOME.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ydkV4M4dCw The Boundless Ocean]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hWqM5dDRBI Aria, the Maiden of Water]]. The very first Final Fantasy character leitmotif, a clear picture of serene loneliness that is Aria Benett.
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[[folder:Final Fantasy IV]]
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'': [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bm4kaH9IzUs Zeromus]]. Or, if you prefer, the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pzoy26Wj8I0 rocked out version by Nobuo Uematsu and The Black Mages.]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKfg_4OLDxo This Lavos/Zeromus remix]] combines Zeromus with the final boss music from ''Chrono Trigger'' to awesome effect.
* The ''Final Fantasy IV'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0dmXzqgkc4 Main Theme]]. Though it appears in several guises throughout the game, its main version, which plays in the overworld, captures just the right blend of adventurous and solemn to fit the game's overall tone.
* [[http://youtube.com/watch?v=Wjd4hRGoTew Golbez, Clad in the Dark]], which defines awesome villain music.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oP0Bwg8tErY The]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-lmZW-cw94 Dreadful]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvJkKwk8qYE Fight]], and its [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3d7LHNVJet0 Dissidia remix]]. Starts out imposing and awe-inspiring, then becomes frantic and adrenaline-charged, then wraps around to become imposing and awe-inspiring again. All told, the perfect music to accompany some of the game's most intense battles.
** The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8vz186pjY0 fanmade remix made by Hyadain]], featuring the four fiends speaking in the song. Pretty awesome song. Video is a bit NSFW at Cagnazzo's part.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9Jt0hPgYZM Red Wings]], the intro theme. It speaks to this song's versatility that it evokes one emotion during Cecil's moral quandary at the beginning of the game and an entirely different emotion during [[spoiler:the Red Wings' BigDamnHeroes moment]].
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X39S0dXWtXY Battle]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFA77aGU3MM Themes]].
** And how about a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3arTH1yHAw piano remix of Battle 1]]. courtesy of ''Dissidia 012''?
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0h2V8CFtGZE The Theme of Love]]. A song so good it's being taught in Japanese schools in music classes.
** The vocal version of the song, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjiI7sNapPc Tsuki no Akari]], makes the song even more epic.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ehx1vUvSqgI Hey, Cid!]]. A simple yet inspiring and cheerful song.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zrS8LzSkV0 Within the Giant]], played in TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon. [[spoiler:In the one before it, too.]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRpQdY9gsvs The Tower of Bab-il]], a dungeon so expansive in scope it requires its own theme to match. The rising and falling triplets in the strings under the trumpet melody help to strike just the right balance of urgency and grandeur.
* OCRemix took the entire soundtrack and made a remix album out of it: [[http://ff4.ocremix.org/ Final Fantasy IV: Echoes of Betrayal, Light of Redemption]]. It seems unfair to give any one song a shout out, as the entire album is amazing, but special props must be given to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lauLyQFaIGE "Genesis of Destruction"]], the fight with Zeromus transferred into '''rock opera''' and given the full epic glory it deserves.
** From the same album, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bcnaab6alfY Fighting for Tomorrow]], a choral remix of the Fabul Theme, and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=csSxgjY9CCw "Fallen Dragoon"]], the Remix of "Suspicion."
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=giw4e6U5A9s The Mysterious Girl's Battle Theme]] in ''The After Years''. Every time it plays is a huge SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7wYrbNdX1k The final boss themes]] aren't worth complaining about either.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IU4qj8sqYRw Troia.]]
* Yang's bone-chilling [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iplgSiN9N8U Theme.]]
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[[folder:Final Fantasy V]]
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'': [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CMTXyExkeI Clash on the Big Bridge]], which [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxllTHj5zRI reappeared]] in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII''. This prog-rock battle anthem is the cornerstone of the [[EnsembleDarkhorse Gilgamesh's popularity]] in the franchise's fanbase.
** There's also the awesome [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqPzo91JIdg 20th Anniversary Mix.]]
** One of the best remixes, however, goes to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGRVi94D4QI B.B. Evolution]]. Especially on Stepmania.
** The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8xu4AQ3ViQ Black Mages' rocked out version]]. Or the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BT6CmBOcAfw Dissidia version...with extra organs]]! Hell, the fact that this song has been remixed so many times is a testament to its popularity with fans.
** And it has been remixed yet again for ''{{VideoGame/Final Fantasy XIII-2}}'' as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJNLYyJeIos Clash on the Big Bridge -Oriental Mix-]], using Japanese instrumentals mixed a lot of rock to it.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-AEaUtdEb-ks Raffaello Battle]], the version that appears in ''Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo's Dungeon''.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3dKcptgw9Q The Decisive Battle]], Exdeath's battle theme. This battle song was based on the song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vytROLrXaTE The Evil Lord Exdeath]], the actual Exdeath's theme.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQvJtPM1Ozo Neo Exdeath's battle theme]], the final boss theme, along with its [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iz9RXsMKExo Black Mages version]].
* Both the original [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7kKDZei4s4 Dear Friends]] and the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMN94csKv30 GBA version]]. Note that the latter video contains spoilers, as it is footage from the end of the game.
** The fact that [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqYkjH_1G8g Esperança Do Amor]] (Hope of Love) on the Final Fantasy: Pray album is based on Dear Friends makes it all the sweeter.
* And of course, the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8jL8PdobDA Battle]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1QUILiLHJQ Themes]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBkFGEMiYG4 Home Sweet Home]]. Too bad this only appeared in a brief sidequest that could easily be LostForever.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uM2elMVQEmc The vocal version]] is equally awesome.
** As far as vocal versions go, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVybqeHLpAw the one in mixed English and Saami from the "Dear Friends" album]] is among the very best.
** And then there's the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bz91ch94Ieg S.S.H. remix]], which manages to actually '''surpass''' the original, while still maintaining its calm and beautiful feel - a feat which is made even more impressive when you consider what [[AutobotsRockOut S.S.H. works]] [[PlayingAgainstType tend to sound like]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDyqQp6tBE8 A New World]], the last OverworldNotToScale theme. Especially [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f54WOS06W70 this remix with vocals]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-9gNGmKqII Unknown Lands]], the second overworld theme, which evokes a dark, dreary land where it only rains - it makes it feel clear just how badly [=ExDeath=] fucked the place up.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBzhltllIHs Four Hearts]], the first overworld theme. Or, for that matter, the Wind Drake theme, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2RSQm8--6rQ Spreading Grand Wings]].
** Along with its reprise in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0u4yWVJFR4 the Ending Theme]], Spreading Grand Wings is the sound of freedom!
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0c5-qVkVfqU Harvest]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zta0HeFpVY0 To The North Mountain]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=giDLQfzd6qc Library of Ancients]], and especially [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePGHrO6WMlI Cursed Lands]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKtCKy2UGoE The Dawn Warriors]]. Truly a serenade to awesomeness.
* The theme of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVkZzjZGggI Wind Shrine]]. Those drums are incredible!
* And for that matter, the eerily calming [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OhDGt4HGq58 Dungeon]] theme.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ok047Uxu3Yw Ahead On Our Way]], the game's main theme. And if you think that's something, prepare to have the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAr52aj8ZM0 Dear Friends version]] knock your socks off.
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[[folder:Final Fantasy VI]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pSGj4SYTXQ Maria]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XdjcwhyMQMc and Draco]], aka The Dream Oath Opera. Yes. It's an OPERA. For a VIDEO GAME. That's awesome enough on its own. Best known for having [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KuvSDedrtKM Aria di Mezzo Carattere]], which one of the heroes gets to sing.
** The original SNES version ''is'' rather dated though, and can be considered {{Narm}} by some. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSZRVaCNk2o The Gameboy Advance version however...]]
** Then we have [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84DOyg_Jzno THIS.]]
** There's also a heavy metal version in the Black Mages' third album. It even got put to a ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QiF15XUNFH4 live action]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uT0DhTbcJA0 play]]'' in one of the Black Mages' concerts. To put it another way; the Black Mages did the Opera ''for real''. Including the uninterrupted ending and the ''epic'' sword duel between Draco and Ralse.
** It also gets a performance in English for the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l31SUW-nP5U Final Fantasy Concert in Los Angeles.]]
** Here is another performance in English performed by [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36TdZx8VgbA The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra.]]
** It's also re-used in the game as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WoBn04lcNmo Celes' personal theme]]. Used later to its [[TearJerker greatest effect]] for [[spoiler: Celes' suicide attempt]].
** Also [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8grDOQzYWck rearranged beautifully]] for the [[WhatCouldHaveBeen ill-fated]] ''Final Fantasy VI: Grand Finale'' album. This version features [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jm7snFbbu-g Svetla Krasteva]] singing soprano. [[MundaneMadeAwesome Just let that sink in for a second about how serious video game music is]]...
** And if ''that's'' not enough for you, from [[OCReMix OC ReMix's]] ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' album ''Balance and Ruin'', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xFhULStbkQ "The Impresario"]]. This is the '''entire''' opera done in the style of {{Queen}}'s "Bohemian Rhapsody". It is bracketed by the equally awesome [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpE6_Et4DiY "Nightmare Oath"]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r11LiadLCRU "Till We Meet Again"]]. [[ManlyTears Thank you,]] [[OverclockedRemix OC ReMix]]. Thank you.
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDMWp1oLoA0 SNES Intro]] of ''FFVI'' is quite nice, yet the original [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hu6hWy4x_cc introduction music]] is the most memorable: first with the ominous [[{{Foreshadowing}} 16 bits foreshadowing music]], then with the heroine's theme...
** Check out [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTvE4627c1w its orchestral cover]] on ''Balance and Ruin.'' What a way to kick off a tribute album.
** Then there's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTM1FRZLSSw Terra's Theme]] by itself, used for the world map. It's even more amazing when played [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHo6QTW-97E with vocals and actual instruments]]. (That's "Toki no Horousha", on the album "Final Fantasy: Pray".)
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGMeiRCH_n8 Awakening]]. The music played during plot events involving Terra.
** The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_rpLNt81LU OCRemix]] of Terra's Theme (simply called Terra) done by none-other than Music/JeremySoule.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbXVNKtmWnc Dancing Mad]] from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' is especially notable because it samples at least three songs from earlier in the game, melding them together with some Bach to create the opera of madness. The fact that NobuoUematsu lists it as one of his favorites should be a tell-tale sign.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRnDbOwGipo The final section]] of the song is particularly awesome. You've got a variation of Kefka's main theme, an UncommonTime signature and a tempo change, not to mention Kefka's distinctive laugh as part of the music.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=znvYr3bO5OA The One Ups's performance of Dancing Mad]]. Most epic videogame music remix of all time!
** [[http://www.destructoid.com/final-fantasy-vi-s-dancing-mad-a-critical-analysis-157570.phtml This]] detailed, critical analysis of Dancing Mad should be enough to make even the few who are left unimpressed by the music itself change their opinion and admit that it is an ingenious masterpiece conceived by an ingenious composer.
** And [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMFCM0SKbnY this version]] from the recent ''Distant Worlds II'' album.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ib6ZySkP4_0 This]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4uTDwipqshA orchestral]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RY3pylw5RTM version]] by OCRemix. [[JawDrop Just amazing.]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdt74rarv4g The Black Mages' cover]] of it from their very first album should not be missed either, as it is ''glorious.''
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SyLJ3MuQrs This one's]] not exactly lousy either.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=036i7mxg5BU And here's to those of you who like piano music.]]
** Tony Dickinson's contribution to OC Remix, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xsbTlrpkg4 "Prancing Dad"]], fuses together a combination of orchestral bombast, prog-rock-inspired guitar solos, and sections of "One-Winged Angel" to create ''[[UpToEleven an even more melodically complex]]'' epic of darkness and insanity.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=syeudRZuuMo The Regular Battle Theme]].
** Then the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wMv7BS2nPs Black Mages version]] went and did a Metallica-sized number on it.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6FW0Gkhumg The Boss Battle theme]].
** And the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lF0wIaESYD4 Black Mages version.]]
** And the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4EP1AB1njg Dissidia version]], as well.
** And the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kq0L6Ymxusc S.H.H.]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnZTq5RiHZ4 Remixes]].
** [[http://ocremix.org/song/406 OCRemix.]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZ8m3vwbqCo Battle To The Death]]; when you hear this for the first time, you know Atma Weapon is not to be fucked with.
** Since Dissidia always picks the greatest battle themes, naturally there's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWVypfi0k1Y a remix of this theme]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVKlu11HDlc Catastrophe]], a dark, ominous, mournful reprise of the game's opening theme; it plays at the end of the Floating Continent to let the player know shit's about to get ''real.''
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lc5eBlwac6U Slam Shuffle]] oozes with the kind of sleaziness that only a town like Zozo could produce.
** ...and when performed by [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Js6xnPZ_OJE The One Ups]] it becomes ''pure distilled win.''
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpZDSFitwQg Kids Run Through the City Corner]], also known as "Town 1". This is the main theme for towns in the World of Balance.
** Also a nice [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSzWEa20Zmc piano arrangement]] from the piano collection.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9AhqyAGGpog Under Martial Law]], used for Empire-conquered towns.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SNt6U6PhRg From That Day On...]], the main World of Ruin town theme.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErXpbc0KtAA Devil's Lab]], the music for the Magitek Research Facility.
* The Music for The DiscOneFinalDungeon, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjZC2avuKRQ The Floating Continent]].
* It played several times before, but when [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smsWWiay0gE Metamorphosis]] starts to play during Kefka's ascension, you know you won't be saving anybody, let alone the world.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrZFkKcq_xM OCRemix]]. Holy CRAP.
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxKu7vlv_PY Epitaph]]," the flashback song just before getting the Falcon, and "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NnvZ6Dqv7Ws Searching for Friends]]," the new world map theme just after. It comes just after the game has spent the last several hours hammering in the sheer hopelessness and gloom of your situation, and even gives you one more TearJerker in the form of just how Setzer got this spare airship from a lost love in the first place, complete with appropriately sad flashback music. But then... then Epitaph fades out, and Searching for Friends fades in just as Setzer declares that the Falcon just may save them all. On top of being a damn good song in general, it has this unmistakable aura of light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel-style ''hope.'' Hearing this theme gives the message that all the sudden, you're back in the game, that you have one more chance. Even inside the game, Edgar declares "For once I feel hopeful!" Very powerful scene, the music absolutely makes it. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvlYM2HqszU See for yourself]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGBUj1jxpps The ending theme ]] -- yes, all ''20 minutes'' of it. Especially when the FF Main Theme kicks in towards the end.
** '''That moment''' when Celes's Theme is playing, and Locke's Theme starts playing ''underneath it, in perfect sync''. Chills.
** And again when the simple whistle in Shadow's Theme is replaced by sweeping strings--as [[spoiler: he decides to stay behind]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TzPDsBNtsw Forever Rachel]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FiLWZzeA3cY Cyan's Theme]]. Both were involved in some pretty intense {{Tear Jerker}}s...
** S.H.H. gives up this [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CF6BH5MFG2U remix]] of Forever Rachel.
** Speaking of tear jerkers, here is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9kGEgmNbTk Gau's Theme]], which only makes a few short appearances in the game. This is really too bad because Gau gets a nice [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWtyONICWws orchestrated piece]] on the ''Final Fantasy VI: Grand Finale'' album.
** And speaking of Cyan, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfif5WT8NgM The Unforgiven]] starts to roll when Cyan goes on his RoaringRampageOfRevenge.
* The shared theme of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7BPGle3hTWk Edgar and Sabin]], and their [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxs-zXcF-5U Coin of Fate]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PqtOWpNAs48 Kefka's Theme]]. Cheerful with dark undertones and very catchy, such an unusual villain theme...
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVDbxFwMyLQ Shadow's Theme]]. Just try and say it isn't epic for a ninja to have a spaghetti western styled theme. Listen and see the fragment in the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_udY7mvuFto#t=3m0s Credits]] from 3:00 to 3:43 and you'll think [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments Shadow, you fucking awesome bastard]]. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bL-Rzbm69R0 This remix by CalebElijah]] makes its epicness UpToEleven.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3PbAebwc2zE "A Fistful of Nickels"]], from [[OCReMix OC ReMix's]] ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' album ''Balance and Ruin'', takes Shadow's spaghetti western-styled theme and cranks it UpToEleven, making it sound almost as if Music/EnnioMorricone himself had a hand in creating it.
* Epic music for TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon is law, and thus [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4_LbCYnsKw Kefka's Tower]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=joNmYWYFZQg Locke's Theme]]. It could be the theme song to adventure, heroism, bravery, and/or finesse.
** It and Forever Rachel seem to almost come from the same piece, which is tragically fitting.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5oih7D2yPAY Smoke and Clouds]] from ''Balance and Ruin'', remixes it into ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'''s style, with warbling female vocals, an infectious beat, and an absolutely gorgeous string section.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NINyylPSRk4 Protect the Espers!]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nECEuioRb68 Relm's Theme]]. The song perfectly reflects the adorable innocence (that tamed Shadow's killer dog, by the way) of the 10-year-old heroine. Also, it has some splendid bagpipes.
** Try playing it at the same time as Shadow's Theme, they complement each other surprisingly well, and lends different meanings to both.
** Which also got [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXkdkMb0FZs a gorgeous vocal remix]] in the Final Fantasy album, Love Will Grow.
** Speaking of Relm, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrOxpn3zjUE Strago]] got a nice little tune there.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFWwbctG_0s Setzer's Theme]] is the one that suits him well.
* Do some SLAM-dancing with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xc1Qd1lGBgw Mog's Theme]].
* Throw people to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLAyfz2tQGU Umaro's Theme]].
* A strange tune, but Gogo's awesome and so is his [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIjtbG0Z_fc Theme]].
* Okay, so Celes's part in the opera is unmatchable, but the fitting yet suitably goofy [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIDc0yoJv0Y Grand Finale,]] playing as the rest of your party and Ultros accidentally ''hijack the opera's ending'' by knocking out the actual leads and fighting for keeps over Celes--that's got to be worth ''something.''
* Not as well known, but [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0E5W0vKrxdQ Mt. Kolts]] remains an endearing song and makes you think you are going on some great adventure. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tq8TV1PqZvw Phantom Forest]] is also a very mellow but creepy song that will get embedded into you head.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbldjzobkPY Empire Gestahl]] is incredibly intimidating and powerful, perfect for the song of TheEmpire.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kck-jRkn5ts Phantom Train]] is a great classical piece of grim horror.
* And then there's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZjANi9efro Techno de Chocobo]], which fittingly leaves you with the impression that Uematsu must have been [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs really high on E]] when he made this.
** And the Chocobo, too.
* There's also [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UCvWWym74s Dark World]], which plays on the overworld in the World of Ruin before you get the Falcon, as well as in [=WoR=] Narshe. It's a musical piece that explains in so many ways that you failed to save the world, and this is your life right now.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87FT6OsSHcQ The Tower of Fanatics]]. If anything says 'ReligionOfEvil', it's this.
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[[folder:Final Fantasy VII]]
* After building up with some pretty good boss themes, ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' unleashes [[TropeNamer the]] OneWingedAngel accompanied by [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6DSeGp7n2so the theme by that name]].
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NoTqlp03Xs One Winged Angel]] ''with the Mario Paint music program.'' Or how about One Winged Angel ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yn71hIsm0U8 with full orchestra?]]''
** ''AdventChildren'' takes the tune to its [[UpToEleven fullest extent of awesomeness]] (to date) by turning the whole thing into pompous, Nightwish-esque '''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_MW65XxS7s symphonic metal]]'''.
*** ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MQ6Nn_6tdY Advent Children Complete]]'' version, revamped awesomeness.
** The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNOjhJTBQz0 Reuinion Tracks remix]]. Pure orchestral goodness.
** Because we can never have too many One-Winged Angel remixes, here's the ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69YakPKHMvs Kingdom Hearts]]'' version.
** The Crisis Core version, which is fittingly titled "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jGUdekVmSc The World's Enemy]]".
** How about remixed with Cirno's theme and aptly titled [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9dP361d90M (9) Winged Angel]]?
*** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QYJJZo_vF8 And now, Advent Children One-Winged Angel in G Major]]. Terror has never sounded so ''awesome''.
** How about the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yRdyZjjtH4 Over Clocked]] version?
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YWRiq-plxw WEAPON Raid]]" is the sound of GaiasVengeance in the form of gigantic implacable monsters crushing those [[HumansAreBastards bastard humans]] underfoot. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KD739kJW3Vs Mario Paint version]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1T3srk8Dkuo Cosmo Canyon]] is just... beautiful. The remix played when Red finds out his father's fate, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrI8bHs6Qvk Great Warrior]], is TearJerker in musical format.
** From the same segment of the game, we have [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9v7hx93IQM Lifestream.]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3oL2KzNGs_Q Another incredible piece by OCRemix]], a purely piano version of The Great Warrior.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbAy4MfmKrE The Main Theme]]. E major, C sharp minor, E major, C major, D dominant 7, E major.
** The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12vlUlLQpQg Main Theme / Bombing Mission with full orchestra]] is absolutely gorgeous.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0-Be9ArZYc Holding my Thoughts in my Heart]]. Beautiful, just beautiful.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NYh1QN_A6k Cid's Theme]] and its slower and sadder version, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOX4AxH83vo Sending A Dream Into The Universe]]. When it plays, you know it's time to get back in the saddle and save the world.
** This [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eG-TXvKiFR0 guitar remix]] manages to make the theme even more awesome.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnGnJWKyBak Fight On!]]. Also known as Those Who Fight Further. Also known as one of the best standard boss battle songs ever.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzFh9GuE0rA The Black Mages take on it is just epic.]]
* The brilliantly creepy [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9kGaw216HM J-E-N-O-V-A]] is even better than the standard boss song.
** Then there's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KqJ__Nd-_Y Jenova Absolute]] for your final battle with Sephiroth's "mother".
** What about the AdventChildren [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTLdoK_AU18 remix]]?
** Even the Advent Children remix cannot compete with the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrtzDKdlZpo Distant Worlds orchestral version]] of the same song.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQwQnEfbh0U Birth of a God]], played for the penultimate boss fight. It's overshadowed by One-Winged Angel, but still an awesome track in its own right.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4CK2hx377iU Aerith's Theme]]. And how about Aerith's Theme ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UODCxAtyDo in full orchestra]]''? Most notable for playing during the Jenova:LIFE battle following her death.
** While its "official" vocal version [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2JogGKjKws Pure Heart]] is ''only'' above average at best, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-as6Kbcj4c katethegreat's]] and [[http://nicosound.anyap.info/sound/sm7414372 Choucho's]] renditions are indeed awesome. Bonus points to Choucho for using the orchestra version as her version's background music.
* The ''timing'' of the music at certain points creates a CMOA. In Cloud's original flashback section, Sephiroth begins his murderous rampage through Nibelheim by dramatically announcing, "I'm going to see my mother." Cue [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1ShkI2L_fk spine-chilling theme song of pure evil]]. The scene's music is perfect because up until Sephiroth says that, the music in the mansion had been just the backing percussion and bell sounds... the rest of the theme kicks in as he leaves to go burn the place.
** The ''true'' account of what happened in Nibelheim has dull, repetitive background music all the way through it until the point where Sephiroth [[spoiler: stabs Cloud through the chest.]] The very moment that Cloud [[spoiler: grabs Sephiroth's sword and begins to overpower him]] the music reaches a dramatic and beautiful swell and becomes appropriately heroic.
* Nibelheim's theme: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUkgnLzQcY8 Anxious Heart]]. There's a reason it's called ''Anxious'' Heart. It's creepy, almost to the point of being downright nightmarish. It puts you on edge, and you can just tell something bad's gonna go down.
** The Crisis Core remix, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTIWd_LJyvM The Shrouded Village]], is also excellent.
* Another terror inspiring music: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBRAkpXTmCs You Can Hear the Cry of the Planet.]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XiBBHihXbQ4 Bombing Mission]], heard right after the opening. Nothing starts a game better than putting you directly in the action.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QY1Vetd7OCs Even the regular battle music is great.]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BrwQPtxR36M Crazy Motorcycle]], which plays alongside [[BestLevelEver the end of the Midgar section]].
* The song "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Py8tpabV4Fw Redemption]]" by Gackt from the ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' Sequel ''Dirge of Cerberus''.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upNgNhm-R7E "Longing"]], which plays during the final boss battle, also deserves a mention.
* And from AdventChildren, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCeaCroLN8o Tenrai: Divinity I]], and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4j6uQTteJ8A Tenrai: Divinity II]], two absolutely epic tracks filled with OrchestralBombing and OminousLatinChanting. Words cannot describe.
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EvYh3uQpqXc The Promised Land]]" from AdventChildren.
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0c5eoYj6dpo The Chase of Highway]]". Two words: TURKS' THEME.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omEOaHALhFs The Turks' Theme]] from the original game. And [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7AjCgzuZImo Secretly Maneuvering in Dark Suits]], the remix for PSP.
* Crisis Core's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEpoiiehuXQ The Summoned]]," a remix of "Fight On!," is pretty good, and it's universally accepted that "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOJ91H4mraU The Price of Freedom]]" is made of awesome, despite how depressing it is.
* Further on Crisis Core, there's the ending song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_ipWtjyuIM Why]] by Ayaka. And there's the main theme [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eb6MF0IfsvQ Under the Apple Tree]] and its variations [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1QfdrbTiX8 Burden of Truth]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1QfdrbTiX8 The Burdened]].
* And here's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XpsDpKFuGPY A Flower Blooming in the Slums]], a sweet guitar-laden version of Aerith's Theme.
** Also its predecessor, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zr0pNEnJ2dI Flowers Blooming in the Church.]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q47iesfPbgs Soldier Battle]], another variation of the ''Crisis Core'' main theme. It's like we've left Final Fantasy and entered Command and Conquer.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHs9ao9k42g The Planet Has Become My Guardian]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikbF3Ez_2QA Living Legacy]], the credits music for ''Crisis Core''. Especially around the 4:00 mark, when a fully orchestrated version of "Those Who Fight" kicks in. HOLY CRAP.
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6qaPxf7EV4 Those Who Fight piano arrangement]] from AdventChildren may not stand out compared to some of the other songs listed, but, to someone who plays piano, it's absolutely epic. To see it from a pianist's point of view, watch the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p88eOiquhVQ fan made Synthesia version]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwBjCKWaO_0 The Nightmare Begins]]. And the piano version from the piano collection, as well. So incredibly awesome.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EY4yLjqMEPE Wutai]]. If ever there was one piece of music that made you want to live in a fictitious place....
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OZzl3ewK78 And here's Yuffie's theme!]] As well as the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eooKfiePZAU remix]] when [[WutaiTheft you know what occurs.]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVXt1g6Vr-o The Iron Beast]] from Crisis Core.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3U5vcbdSN4 Costa Del Sol]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8o9gGOKEg4 Under the Rotting Pizza]] are great tracks people usually forget.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FBH9e2WNDw The Sandy Badlands]], especially this particular version, which is a melancholy piano remix.
* The sheer beauty of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1YBkkxYQxB0 Theme of Elfe]] is overwhelming. Ishimoto does not get enough credit.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t87GTMm1vg0 ''For The Reunion'']] is simply one of the better tracks on the Advent Children soundtrack. The tension it provides during the exchange between Kadaj and Rufus at Healin is simply atmospheric WIN.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2azgDrVu8E Shinra, Inc.]] ''The perfect'' theme music for an evil MegaCorp.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pdtP0zEiXc Tifa's Theme]] doesn't seem to get much love from ''FF'' fandom for some reason, even though it's gorgeous.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Pi9xgOXvTs INTERRUPTED BY FIREWORKS.]]
* When fighting your way down the Northern Crater to get to [[spoiler:Sephiroth]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGHDXDI-DNc Judgment Day]] inspires you to fight ''everything.''
* Our favorite yellow bird goes country/bluegrass in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJmvj7o4ook Fiddle de Chocobo]], complete with a cowboy yelling "Yahoo" near the 1-minute mark.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-fleXlIRbs Rufus's welcoming ceremony]]. It was good enough to warrant [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qiutkHNiacE a tweaked version]] to appear in ''FFIX''.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOJ91H4mraU The Price of Freedom]] is another great song from ''Crisis Core''.
* So not only is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nswfLcROs-0 Mako Reactor]] a brilliantly atmospheric piece that plays in EVERY Mako reactor you go into, its ''Voices of the Lifestream'' remix, entitled [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STZmWSGxYbI No Such Thing As The Promised Land]], manages to ramp the feeling and the badass up to 11. It becomes even better when you realize that the final section of Mako Reactor is a slight change from Aerith's Theme, played in a minor key to contrast the down-to-earth Aerith with the environmentally destructive reactors.
* For those that enjoy hip-hop, rapper Random/Mega Ran lyrically narrates the game from (mostly) Cloud's point of view in his "Black Materia" album. It helps that the on-point lyrics are accompanied by some bangin' remixes of the game's soundtrack. Example: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYv8wvT2Xy4 Mako Reactor]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rV40ypje7o Those Chosen by the Planet]], Sephiroth's actual {{Leitmotif}} in the original game. Too bad it's been overshadowed by "One-Winged Angel" to the point that it's easy to forget that it incorporates the melody of "Those Chosen by the Planet".
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[[folder:Final Fantasy VIII]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvhuIY8HcgE The Landing]] ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rv3-UQqmTX8 Mario Paint version]]), the BossBattle theme [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZMWszd5SRk Force your Way]] ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2QOZGS_AcCk Mario Paint version]]) and the OminousLatinChanting with BilingualBonus {{Foreshadowing}} opening [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1WF8PibP8a4 Liberi Fatali]] from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII''.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4_obrGlVJo The demo version]] of the Landing is different, but just as awesome. (They changed it due to a potential risk of a copyright lawsuit since it too closely resembled a score from ''The Rock''.)
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zev79FxRjO4 "Force Your Way"]], Black Mages-style!
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sr4eB0WOwN0 The Oath]], with its powerful final crescendo.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qcW0oiLKHg Eyes On Me]], the game's vocal theme, is a true SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic. Not really for the game ending (which is a SugarWiki/{{Heartwarming Moment|s}} by its own) but for the "Rinoa and Squall in space" scene. Seriously, that scene had a giant {{Narm}} potential. After all, by that point the game almost became an epic space opera, but when Rinoa is listening to the countdown of her oxygen, wondering if she will die, Squall saves her, they head home, and the song start playing, in a true SugarWiki/{{Heartwarming Moment|s}}. The song saved the scene. Thus, it is awesome.
** "Eyes On Me" works even better as a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7TLdhMTHpU trance remix]].
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOPyeaTxVRk Angela Aki's Version]] is an amazing version, a B-side of her theme for ''Final Fantasy XII'', "Kiss Me Goodbye". She's just got an amazing voice.
* The Ending Theme, specifically the twinbill of orchestrated renditions of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOjog1hFTC0 Eyes on Me]] and then [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lGbsCJxc8CE Final Fantasy/Prologue]]. It might just be the best sequence of videogame themes ever heard.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTDrAZmwH6Y The Man With The Machine Gun.]] So awesome that it's one of the songs in ''Dissidia'' to be left totally alone.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBXw3vt2UTQ The Extreme]]. Used as the final boss music, it starts out with the opening verse of the aforementioned Liberi Fatali, then begins a very ominous piano piece, and finally shifts to the fast-paced theme proper, which sounds nothing short of amazing.
** What makes the final battle especially awesome is the classic Final Fantasy riff that plays at the 1:39 mark in ''The Extreme''. It really kicks the song into high gear and lets you know that, yes, this is a Final Fantasy final battle - now go and slay that sorceress.
** The fast-paced section that begins at 3:05 really conveys a sense of desperation and chaos - the heroes are being pushed beyond their limit by forces they can barely comprehend, but ''they still keep fighting''.
** And the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGPJeBS2sCg Black Mages version]].
* The penultimate boss theme, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uYDT_Y6Jj5c Maybe I'm A Lion]], or the one right before it, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HbmJosFyG6k "The Legendary Beast."]]
** And, [[RunningGag just because]], the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBfc0-KuDGE Black Mages version of Maybe I'm A Lion]]. Which is probably the heaviest, most metal track they've ever done.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2T4_ojKfz6c Balamb Garden]], a perfectly peaceful tune.
* With [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZ25q9KXQz8 Ride On]], the Ragnarok Theme, let's just say Selphie's not the only one exhilarated.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hx_ca4IuF7E Premonition]], most notably played during battles with Edea.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNbjr2ZIihU Fisherman's Horizon]], the peaceful theme of the peace-loving town that share's the theme's name.
** The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3OjoF5zEzt0 orchestral version]] from ''Fithos Lusec Wecos Vinosec'' is unbelievably beautiful. In fact, that whole album is a [=CMoA=] for ''FFVIII'' remixes. Equally beautiful is the slightly-altered ''Distant Worlds'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ck294MtGHAU remake]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbORjWw_6No Don't Be Afraid]] and its [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1orKD1ZG5KU orchestrated]] version. It's the only battle theme in Final Fantasy in [[UncommonTime 5/4 time]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOXgRlaADzE Movin']] is like the Final Fantasy version of ''Powerhouse'', that one piece of music used in Warner Bros cartoons anytime something resembling an assembly line occurs. Partially because its opening is set to a FMV, it goes on for a while before looping, which is unusual for ''FF'' songs built around a catchy chorus.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0JU76yuY58 The Salt Flats]], which is heard at the Great Salt Lake and the sorceress sealing facility (but only if you visit it before the plot demands).
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMu6ov0fxxI The Spy]], played in the Missile Base. It really feels like you're infiltrating some hideout and have to maintain cover.
* In Deling City, during Edea's parade: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5VhscZJXcE Fithos Lusec Wecos Vinosec]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MP03E0kivBE Succession of Witches]] when we're properly introduced to that glorious sorceress of FanService.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAhKhwh5yQI "Fragments of Memories"]] ''is'' nostalgia.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3HZHwi96EU "The Successor"]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mn0T6Xh5VXY "Find Your Way"]]
* While the Chocobo sidequest was annoying as hell, the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xErfUvB7NI music was awesome]].
* Accompanying an already [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment unsettlingly surreal interlude]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1Ycsv_cc8E Heresy]] bristles with sinister grandeur.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l75zjpDpAWs Compression of Time.]] A hauntingly beautiful yet eerie song.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGN_3Am98zc "Lunatic Pandora"]]. Yes, you are inside a giant crystal superweapon [[spoiler:that just wiped out half of Esthar]], oozing alien menace, [[spoiler:containing the reawakening Sorceress Adel]].
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSJbuBG6j0U Silence and Motion]]".
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74ZXp_5M_7c Shuffle or Boogie]], the very stylish Triple Triad theme.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=torEytKxkeI The Stage Is Set]] has an uncommon way of not sounding dreadful or threatening, but still screaming "Shit just got real."
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[[folder:Final Fantasy IX]]
* The assault on Memoria coupled with the song "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_DbX4J-ZWs Skirmish of the Silver Dragons]]" and the "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KKAoSY5bhSw You Are Not Alone]]" scene (which actually inspired [[YouAreNotAlone a trope]]).
** And [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVEv8ANo0dA Memoria]] itself.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4F7yrMt4aoU This remix]] of You're Not Alone is equally awesome.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWmEBnRKp34 The piano version]] of "You're Not Alone," is perhaps even more epic than the original.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qmbgCBZ86z4 Fan lyrics]] for You're Not Alone are also awesome.
** Tour De Japon did a lot of the Final Fantasy themes right, but perhaps none better than [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFytzNhPsoM here.]]
* The team-up of Steiner and Beatrix with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8M1GR09ykzo "Protecting My Devotion]]", which is an upbeat action remix of Beatrix's own theme, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zvc5dQnDg7U Loss of Me / Rose of May]].
** This [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNHtbw4Kyf0 fan version with lyrics]] is lovely.
** Beatrix's Battle Theme [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZkWc1mN_dQ "Sword of Doubt"]]. Her normally peaceful and melancholic theme turned into an agitated battle theme perfectly. Wow.
* The BigBad Kuja's themes. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2spjqRmQGRA Out of Trance]] he's a manipulative [[TheChessmaster chessmaster]], and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghSi6_hbpo8 in Trance]] he's a psychotic monster. Both themes reflect this very well.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvqCkbP19Yw Immoral Melody]], the song used as the base for Dark Messenger. And while we're at it, let's mention [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCGmQ_adlvA Desert Palace]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUCeXApQxNw Jesters of the Moon]], the perfect leitmotif for the bumbling clown minions Zorn and Thorn. And then that image is forever shattered.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W752COil320 Here's a cool vocal theme.]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8HNgs0a98g Zorn and Thorn could be scary long before they merged, actually...]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=To2Hek6_iNo Now with Busta Rhymes.]] Why? Who cares, it's hilarious.
* Even though Necron was an AssPull to many, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JWZIfR9JXo the Final Battle]] theme is totally awesome.
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r50bTK49Gzc Battle]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJU6tZOYQho Themes]].
** [[http://youtu.be/uO_NMpRnwrQ The version]] of Battle 1 from ''Dissidia'' manages to sound pretty energetic.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0GjEy7DY54 Dark City Treno]], the town theme of Treno, "the City of Nobles". It's played on a piano in a tune reminiscent to the silent films.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_El_SPE-vw Pandemonium]], used as the area music for, well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Pandemonium]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8njetBuXIds Crystal World]], a dark and mysterious remix of the Prelude.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBGgUtd7EdA A Place to Call Home]], the main menu music of the game.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cjKwIvIxjc Crossing Those Hills]], the original world theme.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQo6OasnV0Q The second world theme]] is quite creepy.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xiht_mriEiY Vamo'alla Flamenco]]. Probably the main reason that people liked the 'Chocobo Hot and Cold' minigame.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdLaRE3cuhg Orchestrated Vamo'alla Flamenco]] makes it even better.
*** The orchestrator knew what he was doing. The original tried to be a flamenco pastiche, but the orchestrator noticed the melody is not really Flamenco at all - it's downright Manuel de Falla.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2wt2kbau3T0 Vamo Alla Django]] from the ''Worlds Apart'' album turns the theme into an upbeat, extremely catchy jazz number inspired by Django Reinhardt.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGnhpTtqCl8 Terra]], which builds upon the melody of "A Place to Call Home" (Although... it's kinda subtle about it.)
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=av9NEY8lAOs Fantastic Moonlight]] is a gorgeous (though anonymously-created) remix of this.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ai4mbIP4vbM Bran Bal]] is also beautiful, along with its [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=av9NEY8lAOs remix.]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77T8CR5arXs Melodies of Life]], the game's vocal theme.
** Now in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbKVklMn20M Japanese]]!
** Or its instrumental version, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGsrswQARjU Chosen Summoner]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ZZNqBj5sHs Black Mage Village]].
* There's also the excellent, but intensely creepy theme from [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Warw9qxJ70c The Iifa Tree]] (shivers). Maybe this song should be filed under "terrifying".
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFUoQGcXLbI "We are Thieves!"]] Very catchy.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxYFSpQGU5Q "Hunter's Chance"]] makes the first TournamentArc Epic. And then... it's never used again in the game except when fighting [[BonusBoss Hades]].
** There is also the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BwGWDqqE85k Black Mages version]].
* The battle song during the play [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6i4A326WVP0 "Feel My Blade!"]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pG_gVtQbKpI Ambush Attack]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNJaFhObljw Steiner's theme]] is one of the character themes from the game that best reflects its subject.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQ6yqiVOHT0 Freya's Theme]] too.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWD6-x20J5A All]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iP2tmwNkicQ the]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wpt9cGLouk character]][[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3hgWUhXXj4 themes]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JyPM172CUAA are]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdKfN-wuEX8 awesome]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRpGoFISvok really.]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kcoMMAlopMU Eternal Harvest]]. The song that makes [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs riverdancing rats look awesome]].
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PAWLJc3x2Fk The piano version]] is made of pure awesome.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qiutkHNiacE Rufus' Welcoming Ceremony]]. A definitely awesome homage to a previous game.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Final Fantasy X]]
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7A_UYUlZcSA The Sending]]," which plays during the beautiful scene of Yuna's sending in Kilika.
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s47-Ku3ybr8 Suteki da ne]]," the vocal theme of the game whose melody appears in several other songs.
** Also arranged in an [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3IxVy_tuAI Orchestral Version]] for your listening pleasure.
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGncd5N6HrA Assault]]". ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin, considering what happens [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9tj996X83U during the scene in which it plays]]. Epic.
** Even more so when it plays while you [[spoiler: [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu punch out Sin]].]] In front OF THE ENTIRE WORLD!!
* The song played against the final boss ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTxqsTfDgC4 The Decisive Battle]]) is probably the best track in the game. If only the final boss wasn't a [[AntiClimaxBoss pushover...]]
** There's an alternate version, entitled "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_Pzo6p5SY8 Original Sin]]". It may seem fanmade at first, but perish the thought as this is official...[[WhatCouldHaveBeen but also removed content]]. It's quite possible that this was intended for the final battle instead of the version used in-game, but for some reason the above was instead used. "Original Sin" combines the melody of "Decisive Battle" with sections of "To Zanarkand" and the "Hymn of the Fayth", and to great effect.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXDxYIWAT7Y Otherworld]], which plays during the game's opening FMV and again when fighting [[spoiler: Aeon Jecht.]] Even more awesome is the fact that the only reason Uematsu wrote it is because he's a fan of heavy metal and wanted to try writing a metal song himself. [[http://finalfantasy.wikia.com/wiki/Otherworld_%28Theme%29 The lyric]] is also awesome, it pretty much sums up most of Tidus' journey in a nutshell.
** The even more epic [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D842cwVZkbE Braska's final aeon]] version. Sadly removed from the HD remasters. Has an awesome percussion addition not in the original and a different bassline.
* "[[http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=tiJJ2xVS6tU Path of Repentance]]" and "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-0G_FI61a8 To Zanarkand]]" cover your haunting-piano-melody needs.
** And [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-1zWQOzhbw Movement In Green]] is a beautiful romantic reprise of To Zanarkand.
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86aGDavDloM The Skies Above]]" by the Black Mages and Mr. Goo, a remix of To Zanarkand.
* The bass-redone [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvZukSs-Jcw Someday The Dream Will End]] from the first approach to Zanarkand. Haunting in its deep tones.
** And of course the coolest part about the approach to Zanarkand is that the regular music is ''so'' awesome, they play the same music during the ''battles.'' No transition. None is needed. It's ''that'' cool.
** And now, courtesy of Symphonic Odysseys, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4d_ED3wFEs "Someday the Dream Will End" / "A Fleeting Dream" with a full orchestra and a choir. YES.]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDdDaZuMWko "Challenge"]], played during [[ThatOneBoss the more difficult boss battles]] (Sinspawn Gui, Seymour Flux, Omega Weapon, and [[spoiler:Yunalesca]], for example).
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zl8uhXwrTWQ Battle With Seymour]] A wasted song perhaps, but still awesome.
** Made [[UpToEleven even more epic]] for the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3--qKY01hM HD Remaster.]]
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RsawtJ6Kc8 Battle Theme]] captures the moments as well.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXiMaCXnbck0 Summoned Beast Battle]], which plays when you [[spoiler:fight your Aeons in the final battle]]. To hear the once tranquil and somber Hymn of the Fayth in such an effectively stirring rendition gives you chills and helps ease the pain of [[spoiler: being forced to destroy your own Aeons.]]
** Summoned Beast Battle also plays when you fight the BonusBoss Penance. The tension of the music fits perfectly the fight.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sbp-Gm6Jz4 Besaid Island]]. What every tropical paradise should sound like.
** Or this spine-tingling good [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwS0-Ogwn4k remix]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bv1oNp_wJw The Ending Theme]], possibly the most heartrending track ever heard in a Final Fantasy--not surprising, given [[BittersweetEnding the game's nature]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIucmUkw-Zc Tidus's Theme]] is pretty gorgeous.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIw1sdmRyq8 Yuna's Theme]] is so relaxing.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14gA4R4e-cU Auron's Theme]]. Because he's such a bad-ass, he gets synthesiser music. It's also a bit of a TearJerker when it plays when [[spoiler:he dissolves into pyreflies at the end of the game.]]
** And a fan remix of this only ups the TearJerker factor, since it turns it into a sad, meditative guitar piece with dramatic strings and bass, plus a brassy ending quoting "At Zanarkand" that rivals the version which plays when [[spoiler:Tidus and Yuna share their last ghostly embrace]]: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vilUXAqLx84 Guardian's Sending]].
* For fan remixes, the conceptual piece [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJWBWnsUbVY The Final Summoning]], building off the Hymn Of The Fayth and ''sheer fucking epic.''
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnyRQ446q60 Seymour's Ambition]]. Chilling, man.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idNfvF3wgtM The Burning Sands]], the awesome theme of the Bikanel Desert.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHwjUGuzNTw Yuna's Decision]], the sweet song that was mostly played in the Calm Lands.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6x5zjzsfB4 Phantoms]], the theme played in the Macalania Snowfields.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHw2V0C-D-o Calm Before the Storm]], the theme of the Kilika Forest and parts of Macalania Woods. Too beautiful for words.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xF-XlIS3keY Servants of the Mountain]] (the music heard as you climb Gagazet). One of the [[IncrediblyLamePun coolest]] pieces of video game music ever.
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[[folder:Final Fantasy X-2]]
* Strangely enough, the bubbly ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2'' contains two absolutely astounding tracks. The first, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXe6rV0S_bQ "Eternity ~Memory of Lightwaves~"]], is a haunting piano and violin melody, whereas [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4voJjkJevs "A Thousand Words"]] is a fairly touching ballad. Also, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DlCzrrC1IHA Yuna's]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Kj3OuPTAzU Paine's]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPjT_UgmqNI Rikku's]] Themes are really fun to listen to.
** Here's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTjm5werNn8 1000 no Kotoba]], the Japanese Version of "A Thousand Words" to gush over to.
** There's also an [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6fzYTiPxCo alternate version of "Eternity ~Memory of Lightwaves~"]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMvPPMioEQ4 "Wind Crest: The Three Trails"]] from International+Last Mission is absolutely beautiful, along with its [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTU7OGU_mUM piano version]].
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXDErmsbydI real Emotion]]" is actually a favorite among J-Pop fans, with a nifty little guitar solo in the middle.
** The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1VzFrwnNIk English Version]] is awesome as well.
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xLHyWm0iOI I'll Give You Something Hot]]", which plays whenever you have a BossBattle against the game's GoldfishPoopGang. It underlines the {{Zeerust}}[=/Sixties/=]Series/CharliesAngels feel of the game... in a ''really'' good way.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YfG98GzTMHs "Summoned Beast"]] It's almost WORTH fighting Angra Mainyu so that you can hear that music for an ''[[MarathonBoss hour and a half]]''.
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5QqOkjZng4 Nightmare of a Cave]]" It epitomises everything awful that had happened to Shuyin.
* All the old familiar areas have new music in this game. The material for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ix1Sc_aeg3U Besaid Island]] is, like the island itself, beyond beautiful.
* The kick-ass [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-YBeDuYMS4 reuglar-battle theme]].
* The theme of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLjR_SaSzAg Macalania Forest]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0uqhC29MOw The Farplane Abyss]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Final Fantasy XI]]
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'' may not be known for its music... but that's probably mainly because its standout pieces are the soft, gentle ones--for example, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nnvsvo2d-9U Rolanberry Fields]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TuvxcpQ-veg The Sanctuary of Zi'Tah]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=De2yLOOs4pE A New Horizon]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CxmTFUOnZhk Ululations from Beyond]], and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrHbsjylx1Q Flowers on the Battlefield]].
* The [[FinalBattle Final Battle]] music for Treasures of Aht Urghan, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1danrqg06wQ Ragnarok]].
** And then we have the original final boss theme for XI, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pSw7RbcAcs Awakening]]. Slowly building up from a dark and cold atmosphere, no wonder it got a place in ''Dissidia''[='=]s soundtrack, completely unedited.
* The music for Ronfaure, both [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LnwuKNav4Ec past]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=clld-gFL050 present]]
** Oh there's more than those. Like [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWxOynbYofk Battle In The Dungeon]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJxsdF9Dkrc #2]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqBgujQ_3bg Shadow Lord]], and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zq87fRPXwLg Awakening]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bwi-QOXtQGY "Distant Worlds"]] (Closing theme for Chains of Promathia).
** Or an even more beautiful [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9SQzeALyH0 live version]] (preceded by the opening arc song, "Memoro de la Stono").
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqN6CSpMhzg "Moblin Menagerie - Movalpolos"]] from Chains of Promathia is way more awesome than it has any right to be.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XnX0s_8hUY Luck of the Mog]], the final boss theme for the expansion pack "Final Fantasy XI: A Moogle Kupo d'Etat".
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7cCmp08RQc A Realm of Emptiness]], the final boss theme of the Chains of Promathia expansion.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMZWi-0vsEM Its remix for Dissidia Duodecim]] is a work of art.
* Speaking of mini-expansion music, A Shantotto Ascension's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYlLoC9mBXk final boss theme]] and Vision of Abyssea's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJa6JXC2qVE zone theme]] are fantastic tracks.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9oV97bK0IU Roar of the Battle Drums]] (the campaign battle theme) is such an awesome tune... [[EarWorm Catchy]], too.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Final Fantasy XII]]
* Most of the ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' soundrack was composed by Hitoshi Sakimoto. It includes [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAHFdKnKc2c The Empire's Theme]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7PJNpVkNw8 the Necrohol of Nabudis]] gives a great feeling of desolation and loneliness, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwM03t-lsPQ there's Giruvegan]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7vC3tPApfM and the Feywood is good as well]], especially when you see Judge Ghis' fleet for the first time. The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVyic999q9g Esper Battle]] music is the perfect epic theme for just how important the game makes your battles against the giant cursed creatures.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBWbLtdrqvo Giza Plains]], a perfect companion to any start of a journey. It's almost as if the composers knew you were going to start a fight at the exact moment the song goes from adventurous and free-spirited to badass and rowdy.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JtNhZb3W8o The Battle For Freedom]] is the most epic, being the final boss song. Starting of as a tranquil strings, it later builds up the tension with percussion, and more strings. The buildup was so intense that when it comes to the centerpiece, you just had to prolong the battle to listen to the entirety all over again.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZeIDyc29jPc Esper]], an epic remix of the aforementioned Esper Battle.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iri5QqJCtnk Boss Battle]], especially the midparts.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Phw36tADAI4 With a variation]] used in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsA2''.
* The vocals make [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Qnme5YLE68 Abandoning Power]] soothing and divine.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75hQJylsOdw Fight to the Death]] accompanies epic fights against [[spoiler: Vossler]] and Gabranth.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aM0IJPV-8PY The Royal City Of Rabanastre]], a go-to track when convincing people that GameMusic is a legitimate form of musical expression.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOehlpV_G8c The Sky Fortress Bahamut]] is just perfectly suited to the [[BattleshipRaid events that accompany it]], but it's amazing to listen to on its own.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpiMDhZ74MQ Eruyt Village]] is a just background music for a few towns. But it's so hauntingly beautiful and calming that it needs to be included here. It's the perfect theme to go with some of ''FFXII''[='=]s most visually stunning locations.
* Being the first location that Vaan can go to outside Rabanastre, the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgvaZ1F7Ox8 Dalmasca Estersands']] theme conveys a real sweeping sense of freedom. Appropriate, given the comparatively [[WideOpenSandbox open]] feel of ''FFXII''[='=]s gameplay as compared to previous games in the series.
* "Kiss Me Good-Bye" is the gorgeous and emotional theme song of the game. Luckily for us, it comes in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPwmZgcbHws two]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZGriywr8Mg languages]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Final Fantasy XIII]]
* Some of the first tracks released for the game: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfsJmgb0nAs "Defiers of Fate"]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smrC4NgbtHM "The Promise."]]
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVoSrOPM2qI title screen music]] is just so beautiful.
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDK75Pq5tXs Battle Theme]], "Blinded By Light." With one of the most epic violins worth of note. The even more awesome "Long version" can be heard [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDhVrA2Rc8Q here]].
** The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xz_iOCT7Fjk arranged version from]] ''[[VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy Duodecim]]'' is 100% pure eargasm from start to finish.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TauG36TbeSc Kimi ga Iru Kara]], the JPop AwardBaitSong.
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZXQmWkgAFA My Hands]]", the song "set to defile the English version" is quite moving and very fitting, especially when it played in the game's international trailer.
* Here is the game's jazzy [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MZL2Mov4so Chocobo Theme]]. It's so... catchy...
** There's also the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dG4U_axEqf0 other Chocobo Theme]], which has its own lyrics.
* The themes for all the main characters:
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jra6E7BkrJU Lightning's Theme]] is calm yet beautiful. It's probably so awesome because it's a variation on Blinded By Light above.
*** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFVlkKlGbCo How about the version from the game's Piano Collections?]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1hLYu4lCC64 Snow's Theme]] is just plain badass... mostly due to the beat and the electric guitars.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdfTioOggbY Sazh's Theme]] is jazzy and improvisational. It works.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQN9Yx2txxU Hope's Theme]] is very melancholical. It also has an orchestrated version, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4d0Ej2md62E Sustained by Hate]].
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YdgF63xKTe0 Fang's Theme]] is filled to the brim with energy. Fittingly, it contains part of the battle theme.
** Finally, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cu3rJ8OFcc Vanille's Theme]] is done entirely on piano. It's a TearJerker in its own right.
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PD0HrrLQfhk Prelude]] (a departure from the standard Final Fantasy prelude) and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1MSUAfI3b4 Cavalry Theme]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLbULEiuFgo Saber's Edge]], especially once the brass section kicks in. Oddly for a battle theme, it's in waltz time.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74qesh3bTSA The version]] from ''Dissidia'', as well. It starts off the same as the original... then the drum beat kicks in and it gets ''intense''.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bF0ibg01rxw Can't Catch a Break]], a catchy jazz theme.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bzxejm082M Eden Under Siege]], which goes well with the chaos raging in the game's penultimate act.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N82QgF0EibM PSICOM]], a short, militaristic fanfare that never tires you out while fighting the [[HumongousMecha Proudclad]].
* The aptly-named [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vx2IC7_csRU Cavalry Theme]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ag-cRmiMWkk Fighting Fate]], this Boss Battle theme in particular. Fits very nicely when fighting [[spoiler: Galenth Dysley/Barthandelus]].
** The non-battle version of this theme, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1AjTdQ2OeY Ragnarok]], which plays when [[spoiler: the party is turned into l'Cie by Anima]], is also good, as well as very haunting.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXr-J-Pv154 Born Anew]] is incredible as well. Nothing matches the adrenaline rush you get from 0:15-0:33 especially, which plays as [[spoiler: Orphan rises out of its pool to battle you.]] The buildup on [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xaUdbEgP1A Nascent Requiem]] was quite exhilarating, and somehow the playful theme seems to be mocking the players.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37a7sSxiNi0 The Vestige]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjrWjptj9Xc Gapra Whitewood]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kkz6JwE3xE The Sunleth Waterscape]]. Take the game's leitmotif tune, speed it up to a bubblegum pop rhythm, and throw in upbeat lyrics. This is what you'll get.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLbqxudWLEs Atonement]] is a beautiful track that plays when Hope [[spoiler: reconciles with Snow]], and later on, when Snow [[spoiler: reaffirms his commitment to save Cocoon]]. Other great tracks include [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kh8XagPnkdA This is Your Home]], which plays when [[spoiler: Bartholomew tells Hope that l'Cie be damned, Hope is his son...and that their home will always be a sanctuary for him, no matter what.]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cKEhcwGP20 Eidolons]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eH38J0pAahY Test of the l'Cie]], which play during the battles with the Eidolons, depending one which one you're facing, make this list easily.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ei5IDNc_s9I Dust to Dust]], the track that plays when you explore [[spoiler: Vanille and Fang's hometown, Oerba, and find that everyone there is either dead or has been turned into a Cie'th]]. As if to emphasize the sorrow, [[BackgroundMusicOverride it plays during battles instead of the regular theme, too]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3hN_8RW9So Will to Fight]] was a perfect piece to play in [[spoiler: Palumpolum after Hope realizes just how feared he is as an l'Cie]]. It truly evokes the emotions of how painful it must be for him to be looked on as a monster by his neighbours.
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A69lxPDxU1s Battle Results]] theme which plays after the game's victory fanfare is too awesome to be left out! (Normally, you guys'll just skip the results after each battle, shame that you missed such an alluring music...)
* This list ain't complete without [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xMJ5Uj_i7E Desperate Struggle]]. Only plays during a handful of boss battles, but they're also some of the most intense battles in the game. Thus it doesn't matter when [[ThatOneBoss Cid Raines]] kicks your ass for the 100th time, because it just means you get to listen to this badass music even ''more''.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8aOrhl1O1nU The Archylte Steppe]] welcome players with a another use of the game's leimotif. Not only is it quite peaceful, but it conveys quite well the feeling that you are exploring a new, open-ended area, [[spoiler:on top of being a new WORLD]], filled with its own active fauna.
** Neighboring area, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTpuLtEbu5s the Yaschas Massif]], rather clashes with the more serious feel of the steppe's theme, instead sounding rather cheerful and oddly elevatory. As with the steppe and its theme, this one makes exploring its own large area pleasant, to say nothing of the SceneryPorn.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLyGnxAzdQU Lake Bresha]] just oozes 'beginning of an adventure'. It's also damn catchy.
* The Piano Collections version of the Sulya Springs theme, and the rest of the piano collections for this game as well. The way they transform the original songs into something very different, while still keeping the core melodies, and still sounding just as good, if not better.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Final Fantasy XIII-2]]
* You may have a hard time pressing the Start button at the main menu since it means cutting [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RThxLTzqvdA the menu theme]] short. The vocal version also doubles as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0_7lVVvedU Serah's Theme]], which somehow manages to be [[UpToEleven even more heartwarming]] than her theme in the [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII previous game]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ooxgyqC5Nmg Etro's Champion]], the battle theme in the introduction.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7-RZidiiiI Divine Conflict]], the other intro battle theme.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSuue5q7o94 Warrior Goddess]], used in the introductory cutscene and while battling [[TragicMonster Gorgyra]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pZk0wDaNts The Last Hunter]], the main battle theme.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxt-KSTkzpo Eternal Fight]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b53UYNX0-fw Worlds Collide]], which gets your blood boiling while fighting Paradox Alpha.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEUOOgNzOv4 Crazy Chocobo]], which is either SoBadItsGood or SoCoolItsAwesome.
* While we're on the subject of metal music, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uncwKFZflS0 Limit Break]] certainly qualifies.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8vXYBEvSow Caius's Theme]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPOrkLoNs6g Chaotic Guardian/Followers of Chaos]], a remix of Caius's Theme and something that you'd probably expect to hear in a Triple-A big budget epic movie. It's also the best thing by far about [[ScrappyLevel Academia 400AF]], almost making [[ZergRush the waves of endless Cie'th]] an enjoyable experience to wade through.
** Speaking of Academia 400 AF, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nm9VacI-oG0 Condition Omega]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AcLetgnrcIo Noel's Theme]] is hauntingly beautiful.
* Ditto to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9prDR5gLek Yeul's Theme]], which has lyrics.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2q0b5xV8OA Paradigm Shift]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKBld76VVqk Unseen Intruder]] and the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HuRYlUekfO4 Instrumental]]. The [[RandomEncounters Aggressive]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_do2g1ufqg version]] is generally more well liked due to the faster pace.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3aB92PW9Qw Eclipse]] and its [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcP6tTTcD1w aggressive mix]] definitely qualify as some of the most atmospheric and haunting music in the game.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFROwjCtcdQ New Bodhum and the Aggressive mix]], which is very reminiscent of [[GhostInTheShell Inner Universe]]. No surprise on that one, considering the singer is Origa, who also did some of the more memorable vocal tracks in Ghost in the Shell.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPDN7-qpHPw The City of Academia]], which gives a perfect feeling of "welcome to the future: it is awesome."
** Also, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTWPdcXm0Iw Chaotic Labyrinth]], which plays in Academia 500AF. It really provides an 'end of days' feeling.
* The final battle sequence has [[RuleOfThree THREE]] back-to-back-to-back battle themes of awesome: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9pzcp6GiYs Time's Master]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvGnmt70kms Heart of Chaos]], and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKmZ7Uw76qI Unseen Abyss]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VoVj_CnfL4 Yakusoku no Bashou]], the Japanese ending theme.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1vd0z3SLYo New World]], the English ending theme.
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EqhAsRJdJw unnamed theme]] of the Coliseum.
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMm7Oeb1_64 Historia Crux]] theme. Bet you didn't know it was over four minutes long, eh?
* The updated Oerba theme, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvGigWmnMUE Ruined Hometown]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MiHWnQ4k21U Eternal Plains]], the peppy J-Pop theme of the sunny Archylte Steppe.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tK4r89wN0gU Clash on the Big Bridge]], the fight theme for Gilgamesh.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII]]
* The regular battle theme, [[http://youtu.be/0KQGdKYJj4I The Saviour]]. Dat violin. And electric guitar is always good.
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4FBCwoS8WI final boss]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xO8DzhYNFYI themes]] against [[spoiler: Bhunivelze]], which is one of the greatest battles in the ''FF'' series overall and accompanies one of the most epic endings to a video game, as Lightning has to fight against [[spoiler: the ruler of the ''FFXIII'' universe in a battle for the souls of all humanity]]. That choir will have you mesmerized.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SqoeVm5fZuQ Crimson Blitz]] is almost better than the original version of Blinded by Light.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQdKkvERi6c Death Game]] is most certainly one of the most [[NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly unique blends of musical genres in the game.]] Also comes in a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATO7fUmFY2U synthesizer version!]]
* While the final dungeon [[DisappointingLastLevel may not be as long or anywhere close to being as visually impressive]] as the previous two games, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65W-t5jcrOs Altar of Light]] does an excellent job of evoking a tense and apocalyptic feeling.
* As is to be expected from a place that chooses to call itself the "city of pleasure", every single one of the Yusnaan themes are an absolute blast to listen to. Special mention going to [[http://loveshinemagic.tumblr.com/post/69874702307/ The Glittering City of Yusnaan]] and [[http://jacquesbluesky.tumblr.com/post/74381150779/ City of Revelry]]
** Most of the records that play in Yusnaan are gorgeous: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aqdc7rjEWhQ Ambivalence]] plays in the prologue, when Lightning has to chase Snow through his palace; [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vpykcWSWL4 Yusnaan Palace]], when she infiltrates the palace for the second and final time; and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94hRCRNOyhM High Voltage]], which is one of the primary battle themes in the city.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxroCu2FSQU Lightning's Theme - Distant Light]], an emotional track that really lets it sink in that this is the GrandFinale of Lightning's saga, as well as its longer version [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCpB-vqd3cI Radiance]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJhVLvQTfq0 Snow's Theme - Final Words]]. Compared to his theme from the first game, it really showcases the CharacterDevelopment the man has gone through, from being the HotBlooded ActionHero of the first game to the OlderAndWiser HeartbrokenBadass he is in the third game.
* A lot of the Luxerion themes count as well: The "straight-out of a noir film" [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UH4YGpr8t4E Eternal Midnight]], and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFuwRYUXRZc Nova Chrysalia]], which is a gorgeous, predominantly string piece that plays in the early morning hours.
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3BvIaXdKL2U Epilogue]] theme, which [[spoiler: plays when Lightning steps off a train in France, presumably to find her friends, and [[WhenSheSmiles genuinely smiles for the first time.]]]] It's a gorgeous way to send off the series.
* The acoustic guitar song that the bard in Ruffian plays, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tuE1vlACANA "Eternal Wind"]], especially notable as it is ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII''[='=]s map theme. Also [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1angljRfWw in Japanese]].
** Another one is the acoustic guitar rendition of "New Bodhum" from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII2'' in Luxerion, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIvv2_Ui4GU "A Place to Call Home",]] and the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vki0hsQII1I "Traveler's Ballad"]] piece.
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvF-E7hVGAc piano version of Serah's theme]] that is sung by Olga in Yusnaan after completing her sidequest.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8W4IUB-Kuiw "The Doomed Soul"]].
* The ending theme of the game [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sztAGFXDDIQ Humanity's Tale]]. Words really can't describe how incredible this track is.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Final Fantasy XIV]]
* In general, the OST to the original release of ''XIV'' is loved because it was Nobuo Uematsu's first whole-soundtrack contribution to the series since ''IX''.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tder9T1JwZ0 Quicksand]], Thanalan's battle theme.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rbuto9wfEHE Answers]] is a wonderful combination of Epic/Awesome.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BE2saced3a8 Mor Dhona's]] theme is truly Awesome.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Baf07uBXvb4 The Forests Pulse]], The Black Shroud's battle theme.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhHocGjORK8 Twilight Over Thanalan]] rarely goes without mention.
* And for field tracks [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6Xjw3FZFJo On Windy Meadows]] is a pretty cool guy.
* Most of the Legacy city themes were "nice". [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2RaZ1iJ4MME Navigator's Glory]], the theme of Limsa Lominsa, was ''awesome''. Its only crime is being a little too short and thus tending to get a little tiresome if you spend a real long time in the city. But when you first got off the boat? ''Whoa''.
** Navigator's Glory was so awesome it was the theme song for the ''pre-release website'' for a long time.
* When it was announced that Uematsu would not be contributing more tracks to ''XIV'' going forward after the leadership shake-up at the start of ''A Realm Reborn'''s development, people were worried. Who was going to replace him? Some guy named Masayoshi Soken? Who's he? He's never done a Final Fantasy game before! How could his music possibly be as good as the Maestro's? And then the Garuda fight was released. And we heard [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApcaPyRrT7w Fallen Angel]]. Everybody stopped worrying.
* And what did Soken follow that up with? ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpftrjYCzpA "Good King Moggle Mog, Good King Mog!]] [[EarWorm Lord of all the land!"]]''. It's "[[WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas This is Halloween]]" combined with the Moogle Theme, and given ridiculously absurd and hilarious lyrics (which also ''describe the boss fight!'')
* Soken then capped off his debut period, and Legacy XIV, with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fi-PTm9kMaU Rise of the White Raven]]. A perfect final boss theme for the fight against Nael Deus Darnus, [[http://finalfantasy.wikia.com/wiki/Rise_of_the_White_Raven with REALLY freaky lyrics]] to boot.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9TnIg-KvLCo Teikoku 2]], the final dungeon theme in ARR.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Final Fantasy Type-0]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LgvEvBQz5CA What Becomes of Us]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iD6UW7ZP10c The boss theme.]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qAqrLXsTLw Combat.]]
* [[http://vimeo.com/30974230 "Zero"]] by BUMP OF CHICKEN.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGg1qRe_mng The Fires of Suzaku]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpDqoeO5XdY Recapture Strategy]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MaycTLUbmyY Weapons of White]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Final Fantasy XV]]
* The haunting, main theme, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OELeFs2O4dgh?v=LH4bN2U2qrw Somnus]] definitely counts.
** Or the theme of the 2008[=/=]2011[=/=]2013 trailers, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0gaoweoBMQ "Omnis Lacrima"]].
* They may not be official, but ''damn'' if these fanmakes aren't awesome:
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhQNW4lATJg Last Heir.]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Trr0SFY_iZo Prelude to Final Fantasy Versus XIII.]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLlEWUZuN3o Ordeal of the Fugitives.]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lR9by1yFthw A Steadfast Resolve.]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7VDu9ffKR4 Everlasting Crystal.]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VeO0Tv-iSmQ The Submerged Area.]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCs2Rh_5auI Light of Etro.]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axpKb5dyjz8 Proud Guardians.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Ivalice series]]
* Another soundtrack by Hitoshi Sakimoto: ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics''. Any battle theme. "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPvQoxXUQok Trisection]]" and "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=634q_9_dLqg Antipyretic]]" get a special mention, as does the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bi_AjtvDOx0 second-to-final boss battle theme]].
** Note that Trisection is the first battle theme in the game. It lets you know what you're in for.
* The heartbreaking music-box rendition of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vTE7m-0rMM Ovelia's Theme]].
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkhaZ_i8_40 Antidote]]" plays only once: during the battle when you have Olan as a GuestStarPartyMember. It also has no business being a battle theme, being nothing more or less than one of the most stirring waltzes ever written.
** Correction: It plays twice more in the game, both times during the search for Reis in the first part of the Beowulf and Reis sidequest. Although, it still doesn't work as a battle theme. Maybe they thought it fit with the snowy area theme around Goland (where both Olan's battle and the search for Reis take place)?
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsAdvance''. Any battle theme. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGI4g9ppbhM "Companions that Surpassed Their Tribe"]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_wmg3tcN_0 "Battle of Hope"]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_pKanqzXzI "Surpassing the Wall"]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UILcbuiL2X8 "Beyond the Wasteland,"]] and the final boss theme, "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbgWXgVLF9A Incarnation]]".
* Other than Hitoshi Sakimoto's ''FFTA'' battle music, Kaori Ohkoshi composes one of the most epic songs in the game, including "Beyond the Wasteland" and "Surpassing the Wall". [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBjO372qq10 "Unavoidable Destiny"]], however, is the most epic.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsA2'' contains great reworked masterpieces from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsAdvance'' AND reuses of some music from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII''!
** Remixes of the above, for instance: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUPNALXfRmc "Beyond the Wasteland",]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PPDDK7E2OI "Companions that..."]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZeZN7d-neWc Front and Back.]] It very firmly seals Hitoshi Sakimoto as an amazing composer. But wait! It's not over yet! [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqGouiAVSno Into the Fantasy]] is an amazing version of The Salikawood (mentioned above) from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFsKsSuEx4I Green Wind]] is a great battle theme to start the game's first fight with, and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1oo22YJHBtA Putting Words Together]] is a short, yet gorgeous piano piece. Very fitting for [[spoiler:Luso's return home.]]
* There's also [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DpyounseEVw Determination]] which is a somewhat uplifting battle theme used for the Duelhorn storyline.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-lsbiBgD8A Looming Crisis]]. It helps that it plays during the incredibly epic battles against the Mage Kings of Ciquleur. The part starting at 0:40 is GODLY.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fobbKnc_DyI "Gathering Allies"]] is, and always will be, one of the catchiest tunes you hear as you fiddle around with your clan's equipment, jobs, and abilities. ''Dun-dun-duh-dadada-da-dun-dadada-da-dun-dah-dun-duuun...''
* The ending theme of ''VagrantStory''. Go on, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5i-Qw3I6Wqc have a good cry]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bq5pqeTEwIY The Undercity]] is easily one of the creepiest, most complicated tunes in Franchise/FinalFantasy history.
* And then there's the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xh30aqDilj4 Limestone Quarry]]. That song hits you like a stone wall and never lets go.
* "Fortress", which would have been [[WhatCouldHaveBeen a sequel to Final Fantasy XII taking place 10 years later]], was a game that was cancelled by GRIN studios around 2009-2010. In February 2012, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kq6XiYQFBgA a track for it]] was released by composer Erik Thunberg, a truly majestic piece of music that evokes images of imperial splendor, palace intrigue, and a grand world. The artwork in the aforementioned Youtube link is of an older Princess Ashe. What Could Have Been, indeed.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles]]
* The music from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyCrystalChronicles'' was composed by Kumi Tanioka. Some highlights: Kaze No Ne/Sound of the Wind (the opening) in both [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5J7uDRzJvx8 English]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8b6mkTELUGU Japanese]], the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=caT_9AGjFE0 ending]] song, and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aB_YSfOx06Q "Unite, Descent"]], the final boss theme.
* [[spoiler: Raem's]] original boss theme, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1BQQlozhzs "Sad Monster"]]. It takes all the instruments used in all the previous songs in the game, and turns it into a song that [[HotBlooded really gets the blood pumping]], readying you for the [[spoiler: pen]]ultimate battle. Bonus points for the title actually being a MeaningfulName [[spoiler: -- Raem may seem like a BigBad when you first hear him, but once you hand him his phoenix behind on a silver platter he becomes a whimpering, simpering creature whose only desire is to live . . . of course, he then eats his only companion and goes OneWingedAngel on you (leading to the epic FinalBoss fight and the aforementioned "Unite, Descent")]]. Never have bagpipes been more epic.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPUhUX7RJ78 Sleeping Treasure in the Sand.]]
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyCrystalChroniclesCrystalBearers'' has some of the most diverse tracks in a ''Final Fantasy'' game, ranging from nice remix of the original Crystal theme ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mh6NJNVTMWw "The Sacred Heaven"]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hK4WfX2DAx4 "Kuule tää unelmain"]]), swashbuckling action ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1oj-opIkfA "Emergency!"]]), rodeo-lasso style fight music ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mT6Mp9M-lrQ "Catch and Throw"]]), catchy steam town tunes ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2ts7kGSYJw "Bridge Town"]]), nice chillout wind instruments ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcFhvBzVLfg "Moogle Woods"]])...Heck, there's too many to list!
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ax76nQA4j0 Promised Moisture.]]
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* Ryuji Sasai's music was one of the few highlights in the otherwise forgettable ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyMysticQuest''.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTvmtbpYIqQ Doom Castle]] definitely deserves a mention here.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6us0FiZoTU The battle with the Dark King]].
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2vEakoOIdU The boss battle music.]] Heard 16 times in a relatively short RPG and still awesome every single time...''even when it interrupts the Doom Castle music 4 times''. THAT is saying something.
*** This [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Lucq6i-jJU Mario Paint version]] of the boss battle theme is just as amazing, if not [[UpToEleven even more so]].
** Even [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YcHl_MD-srA the REGULAR battle music]] in ''Mystic Quest'' is epic.
*** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v682rLL85QE These]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVONT76pMjk three]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dhkzngfmng remixes]] take its sheer awesome and...well, let's just say that UpToEleven is an ''understatement''.
** The four elemental dungeon music tracks all provide the perfect atmosphere for their respective dungeons. The most recognisable is probably the hard rocking [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJQK0ZvSgj0 Lava Dome]], complete with electric guitars, but the other three - the martial [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CxQs5_CprhQ Bone Dungeon]] with its insistent snare drums, the enigmatic [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oodxDEjuu6o Ice Pyramid]] with its "wintry blast" sound effects, and the ominous [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFwZog4j5Gc Pazuzu's Tower]] with its tense string accompaniment - are also highlights.
* ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy''. Not only does it have sweet remixes of classics, the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0tfW_pZm6s Intro]] is pretty awesome.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thFnJ3iVSH4 March]] is awesome enough to merit a spot on this list.
*** And it's just one of the permutations of the game's {{leitmotif}}. Other good songs include [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfhbVS_EWBs Cosmos]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zeY7z8Ij6NU Chaos]], and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMj7_HARRZI The Messenger]]. And yes, they all had [[SurprisinglyGoodEnglish the same lyrics]] in Japan.[[note]]being written by a Canadian band helps.[[/note]]
** ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'' plays like a Greatest Hits album with some original work in there too... oh, right, there's also a game in there, but the music - original versions and kickass remixes - is mostly listed above for obvious reasons.
** The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_P6wr-inpXE ending theme]] takes the cake, though, remixing the ending themes of all the first ten games as scenes from each character's story play over the credits. It's enough to make a die hard fan tear up.
*** The ''Duodecim'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWAPnMhssM4 version]] is the same concept, except that it takes Terra's theme as the piece representing ''FFVI'' (instead of Cyan's theme), adds pieces for ''FFXI'', ''XII'', and ''XIII'' and the Carmen Lucis track from the game itself, and is overall rearranged to pure awesome.
** Courtesy of ''Duodecim'', two mind-blowingly epic tracks, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmo584truz8 Cantata Mortis and God in Fire.]]
** More Duodecim originals: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPh415vsF2o Troops]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxXHEDoFRsQ Tension]]
** Still from Duodecim : [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUC_vapBBzA Carmen Lucis]]. The first half is an awesome music of a desperate battle [[spoiler:that ends up with seven [[HeroicSacrifice Heroic Sacrifices]], including one from Cosmos]]. The second half is plays when [[spoiler:Shinryu revives the fallen warriors, with the Warrior of Light (not being dead) watching it, ending with Lightning's WhenSheSmiles moment.]]
* Even if the music of the Chocobo series are remixes from various tracks in the series, these are very epic remixes. For example ''Chocobo Racing'' has [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78A2FqKcCgM Mysidia's Sky Garden]] is the upbeat, fast-paced version of the dragon-riding track from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV''.
* ''Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo Tales'' has some awesome tunes, most of which are remixes from other music, but mostly better then the originals. An example: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4DWolUO_Cw The intro.]]
** Despite the soundtrack of that game recently disappeared on Youtube, the game has orgasmic remixes of the originals. Noteworthy examples are [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII "Mako Reactor"]], this time used for TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon (for obvious reasons, especially considering they managed to make the song ''[[UpToEleven even more chilling than it already was]]''); [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyV "Clash On The Big Bridge"]], used for [[spoiler: the final boss]]; [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI "The Decisive Battle"]], used for boss battles; [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV "Cry in sorrow"]], used for an abandoned mansion; and so on. And then there's [[TearJerker the game's rendition of the Prelude.]]
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[[folder:FinalFantasy Music]]
* The album ''Final Fantasy: Pray''. All of it. It's essentially tracks from Franchise/FinalFantasy games remixed and set to vocals. Just one example of the awesome is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6HcHlTVBqg Pray]], based on Prologue. Yes, ''[[UpToEleven they made the freaking PROLOGUE more awesome than it already is]]''.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4reZp854LZg They did it with the Prelude as well.]]
** There's also [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DdzdQz5fiJQ Au Palais De Verre]] [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyI (Matoya's Cave)]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ACB-smA0l4 Hikari no Naka e]] [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV (Theme of Love)]], and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ZAXqBfEo5A Toki no Horosha]] [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI (Terra's theme)]]. All incredibly beautiful tracks.
* The Black Mages, Uematsu's rock band. They've produced some utterly amazing remixes of pretty much every track mentioned above, and then some.
* ''Distant Worlds: Music From Final Fantasy'', taking various tracks from all across the ''FF'' series and orchestrating them to awesome proportions. The whole soundtrack qualifies, but the ones of note are [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sx1PAyD3rzc One-Winged Angel]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wOxjI5zBo4 Swing De Chocobo]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3eh7MoTdCA Medley]], and last but most definitely not least, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSKg9KMCpg8 Memoro De]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9GnqPZKiRs La Stono]].
** Many of the arrangements found on ''Distant Worlds'' first appeared on ''20020220 Music from Final Fantasy'', the live recording of a concert held in Tokyo in 2002. These arrangements would go on to be performed during the ''Dear Friends - Music from Final Fantasy'' concert tour in 2004 and 2005 and then used again during the ''Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy'' concert series from 2007 to 2010. Which then brings them to the CD for ''Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy''.
** ''Distant Worlds II'' and its subsequent world tour have brought an even greater selection of music to the orchestra hall, including the above-linked "Dancing Mad."
* ''Heavy Metal Arrange Album GUARVAIL'', taking tracks from a ton of the games and turning them into metal of awesomeness. The whole album is pretty sweet, but the ones of the most note are the arrangements of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zsKbs8Eg7aE The Extreme]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3SSXOfQ4lk The FF Main Theme]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jDgqQx7Sqc Battle Scene A]], and last but most definitely not least, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSDLPnJxVhM Dan]][[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNuxXSjd1OY ci]][[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-LT9jtdfmQ ng]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmgKrDDqSMI Mad]].
* Nearly all of ''Love Will Grow'', the SpiritualSuccessor to the aforementioned Final Fantasy: Pray album, belongs here.
* The remixes from [[http://www.dontpressstart.com/pro/SF6/ Sega Fantasy 6]], a parody video taking the 7th Gen console wars and fitting them in flawlessly into ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI''[='=]s last battle, deserve mentioning here.
* CROW'S CLAW, known for its Touhou arranges, has also done some awesome remixes of Final Fantasy songs.
* While most of his other work has been [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments humorous]], {{Brentalfloss}}' [[WithLyrics take on the]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OyjTDiNWT0k main theme]] is nothing short of masterful.
* ''Final Fantasy Song Book: Mahoroba'' is the the sort-of-but-not-quite spiritual successor to ''Pray'' and ''Love Will Grow'', being stylistically a bit different. And fantastic. (Examples including [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNvygPcCQN4 Evanecense (Home Sweet Home)]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VkzSIavMZAk Maybe, Goodbye]] having the most unlikely theme, VII's "Farm Boy."
* This is what happens if [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvrCVUfNP5M Chocobo meets operatic rock]]: Awesomeness ensues.
* ''Fithos Lusec Wecos Vinosec.'' This album as a whole is one of the better arrangement albums by Shirō Hamaguchi, including "Liberi Fatali" and the complete [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voMy4OJ4_qY ending theme with the reprise of "Eyes On Me"]] (as well as the original)...but it also gives us the above-mentioned "Don't Be Afraid," "Fisherman's Horizon," [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRiCXn3QM70 "The Oath,"]] and a TearJerker string-quartet rendition of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRsxl8pQGkc "Fragments of Memories."]] Definitely SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic.
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