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Deborah Cliff isn't the only place where you might want to bang your head.

''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' has a proud tradition of awesome music. All the versions here are the originals (when available), since there's enough remixes out there to choke a horse.


[[folder:The Big Three]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0AZ5XZHIDh0 "Vampire Killer"]], the first stage music from the first game. This one has been used quite a bit since then, to say the least. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0w35exSNkQ Here you go]]. Vampire Killer from different 25 games. Since two games have two variatons, it results in [[UpToEleven 27 Vampire Killer themes in about 24 minutes]]. And yes, it includes [[WhatCouldHaveBeen Resurrection]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxQGB7a-6xQ "Bloody Tears"]], from ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaIISimonsQuest Simon's Quest]]'' and ''VideoGame/HauntedCastle''. You don't have to like the games to like this one.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-M4fgOxOR8 The IIDX Version]] is also really good.
** The ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yoQex8CB9eA Super Castlevania IV]]'' version is particularly cool.
** All versions from ''Dracula X'' games are great. Check the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XnHe9p2wR-8 PC Engine version]], the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNVl9_1LCKI SNES version]] and the orchestrated awesomness from ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xynKponE-qQ Dracula X Chronicles]]''.
** The rockin' ''Symphony of the night'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iafG4uZyFZQ version]].
** ''Judgment''[='=]s [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-nkQvJJ3PI version,]] where Carmilla uses it as her theme.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQPF-wgBGis Gothic Metal version]]!
** Also the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ne869ZiSJAE Arranged]] version and the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQHj2sDWkXs SC-55]] version from ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaChronicles''.
** The addictive ''Dawn Of Sorrow'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMlNa-ZITxw version.]]
** There's actually ''three'' versions in ''Castlevania: The Arcade'', the second of which is an odd but somehow memorable version that is minimalistically comprised of only drones from two choruses. It's worth a listen or two.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGq9VjJXVh8 "Beginning"]], the first stage music from ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaIIIDraculasCurse Dracula's Curse]]''. The last of the Big Three opening tunes.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vC4fYdrfS64 The Famicom version]] is even more densely scored, thanks to the [=VRC6=] music chip.
** The ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cf5rFBCwP48 Dracula X]]'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44u87NnaV4Q versions]] are especially awesome.
** How about the ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaTheDraculaXChronicles Dracula X Chronicles]]'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jnB25KVyynA version]]?
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLK9Y86B-Uc Magma Castle from]] ''VideoGame/KonamiKrazyRacers''.
** The ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaDawnOfSorrow Dawn of Sorrow]]'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwbqgG50IHI version]] is something to write home about.
** ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaJudgment''[='s=] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4C-YX6LUUuU remix]] is used as Trevor's theme.
* S.S.H.'s "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUCW-7h27u0 Travel Demon]]" medley is a 7-minute-plus metal remix with music from the first four games (including the "big three" mentioned above).

[[folder:Castlevania (1986)]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqBD0BCpUW8 "Stalker"]], so cool they used it twice.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwH4yoI8rws "Wicked Child"]]. If you don't like beeps and boops, try the [[http://djpretzel.web.aplus.net/songs/Castlevania_The_Raven_OC_ReMix.mp3 metal version]] from our friends at [[http://www.ocremix.org/ Overclocked Remix]]. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCfj9tXVhnE Or the Arcade version.]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAzW_80lF10 "Walking on the Edge"]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcZpu4ClZ28 "Heart of Fire"]], an epic track before fighting Death itself for the first time in the franchise history. For an equally awesome remix with "Don't Wait Until Night", go to the ''Aria of Sorrow'' section.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzjTG67CXZU "Out of Time"]], The Final Stage.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Gd6sBEhmAg "Nothing to Lose"]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EiJy2w2hlMg "Black Knight"]], the themes for the Dracula fight.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBDLR_QrHVM "Voyager"]], the ending theme.
* A notable remixer [[http://www.powergoat.com Goat]] was re-arranging the ''Castlevania III'' soundtrack. When he got [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VC35zhfkPtk "Deja Vu"]], which is essentially "Vampire Killer", he decided to create a medley of the whole original ''Castlevania'' soundtrack: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZAI4iHK0sA Scourge of 1691]]. And it's Awesome.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSbPk0gq_Pw "Ecran Titre"]], the theme from the Amiga version of ''Castlevania''.

[[folder:Simon's Quest (II)]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lkWHR4h207I "The Silence of Daylight"]], aka the town theme from ''Simon's Quest''. There have only been two [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yz4YGIVWWgw semi-official]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJraO5erbuw remixes]] of this piece, both from the [[http://castlevania.wikia.com/wiki/Dracula_Midi_Collection Akumajou Dracula MIDI Collection]]. Sadly, it doesn't appear that a version of this has ever been used in an actual game since ''Simon's Quest'' itself, although "Don't wait until night" from ''Haunted Castle'' (re-used in ''Aria of Sorrow'') takes a few hints from it.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ed1ROhBlOLk "Message Of Darkness"]]. Imagine listening to this at two o'clock in the morning, with the only light being your TV screen. Ah, memories.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTcxqhKedAU "Within These Castle Walls"]].
* Let's say it together guys: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shbonj1je6M "What a horrible night to have a curse!"]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dw5kfLskbw "Dwelling of Doom"]] is just begging to be reused in a future game.

[[folder:Haunted Castle]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8bVZoscHwI "Cross Your Heart"]], originally from ''Haunted Castle''. It was also remixed for ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_TqQwRtccgs Dracula X]]''.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5KcVo5FPVg "Crucifix Held Close"]] from ''Portrait Of Ruin''. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=poSinX2DzV8 Arrangement]].
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYGCGp50M24 8-bit VCR6]] version.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJ10apSEZas This version]] from the arcade game.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwMA-ahMlLs "Devil's Revival"]], stage 2.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lsSm6CgCF6M "Clocktower's Fear"]], stage 5. Very often gets misnamed as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zE5qK65428 "Underground Melodies"]] and vice versa, as the comments of the now fixed videos shows.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6l0llHjI3fM "Don't Wait Until Night"]]. It's an awesome song. If you're looking for the same song combined with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fA9FhBwRtoc "Heart of Fire"]] from the {{UsefulNotes/NES}} and MSX ''Castlevania'', look the ''Aria of Sorrow'' section for more information.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=reA3mmMtE-o "Sent To The Devil's Requiem"]], the hi-score list theme. It's unfortunately a wasted song, but [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tViz7huwhJA this remix]] made for ''Adventure Rebirth'' certainly isn't.

[[folder:Dracula's Curse (III)]]
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/user/explod2A03#g/c/EFFCC6ED90E41A23 US]] and the [[http://www.youtube.com/user/explod2A03#g/c/2AC5E83BB65A8042 Japanese]] versions of the soundtrack sound different since the former lacked the [=VRC6=] chip which gave extra sound channels for the Famicom. Opinion is divided on which version is better, though most listeners agree that each version has at least some tracks which sound superior to their counterparts in the other version (for example, "Beginning" and "Mad Forest" are widely regarded as superior in the Japanese version, but "Rising" is regarded as superior in the American version).
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHeB_spsNK8 "Overture"]] from ''Castlevania 3'' never seems to get the attention it deserves; its weird time signature is a particular selling point.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DEZSC5FceA "Clockwork"]], the relentlessly energetic Block 2 (Clock Tower) theme. Since you'll be spending twice as long in the Clock Tower as you will be in any other level (once to go in, once to get out again), it's fortunate that it has such excellent music.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OiazILmn0vQ "Mad Forest",]] the theme from the forests in Block 3; Japanese version for extra awesome. ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9nAO_kwRq0 Castlevania Judgment]]'' version for extra EXTRA awesome.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhyyrEqQnQY "Dead Beat"]] provides an appropriately tense atmosphere for Block 4 (the caves) on the Alucard path.
* The eerie, minimalist [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FaCu7WX657A "Nightmare"]], which plays in Block 5 in the Alucard path.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAX1jyELGcc "Demon Seed"]], which plays on Block 6 of the Alucard path. Damn if this isn't ''unbelievably'' creepy for 8-bit.
* The sinister [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1r3UBsXX6U "Anxiety"]], which plays on Block 4 (the Ghost Ship) on the Grant/Sypha path and Block 7 on the Alucard path. A well-named track likely to inspire that feeling in the player.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dqEJxlVuv0 "Rising"]] plays on the Grant/Sypha path in Block 5, which rather appropriately features a vertical autoscroller, and creates a real sense that the game's tension is building.
* The equally appropriately named [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3l5gkp8HIE "Stream"]] plays during Block 6, the "water level", on the Grant/Sypha path, and keeps the energy of both the game and the soundtrack flowing.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFvTpDmZLkc "Aquarius"]], the intense Block 7 stage music on the Grant/Sypha path, and its remix from ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xpHAAw5egc Circle of the Moon]]''. The ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7D9JzR7RjPw Harmony of Despair]]'' version gives the song a nice rock remix.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1QxAohsG6s "Riddle"]] plays during Block 9, the second to last section of the game, and is as frantic as late game music should always be.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f42x1j8BGmI "Clockwork Vampire",]] Dhsu's remix of the ''Castlevania III'' clocktower theme, is simply epic.
* A remixer named Goat re-arranged the [[http://www.powergoat.com/page2.html soundtrack]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VfajglrMOB0 "Flashback"]], the beautiful credits theme. Totally worth it after beating [[NintendoHard this game]].

* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hedDmBL__sA "Meet Lord Dracula (Meeting With Dracula)"]] is a greatly underestimated song from an unfairly shunned game. Assuming you don't mind Beeps and Boops, you might find yourself hypnotized by this one.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxwJ3MHnHNs "Banquet of Spirits"]] has a somewhat mournful, yet classy tone to it. Like the above (and most of Legends' music) it can easily stick in your memory.

[[folder:The Adventure/Belmont's Revenge/The Adventure [=ReBirth=]]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3NtGrZ_RpQ "Battle of the Holy"]], one of the only worthwhile songs in the [[NintendoHard god damn hard]] ''Castlevania Adventure'', Christopher Belmont's debut game (The final stage theme, "Revenge", being the other.) Yep, the game may be frustrating. But that piece of music pretty much makes up for it. The extremely catchy [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqZizYrOmMY "Death Fair"]] makes one of the most diabolical stages in gaming history much more tolerable.
* They improved on Christopher's awesome with his next game, ''Belmont's Revenge.'' Here's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DpNOVezMnGM "Original Sin"]], a great badass tune that just tells you that Chris has come a-knocking, and he's out to get Dracula for taking his son.
* The absolute best piece, by far, from ''Belmont's Revenge'' has to be [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTQ-uRr0kOM "Praying Hands"]], though [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z5CY9uimc9E New Messiah]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=puh-OomYatg "Ripe Seeds"]], and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORBnTtnXN-o "Psycho Warrior"]] deserve a mention as well. Also, even though "Illusionary Dance" may be the ultimate official theme for Dracula, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHDIIme-Vdw "Sons of Satan"]] is a good runner up. And then there's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hsYcI1ikUi4 "Chromatische Phantasie"]], the theme for the battle against Christopher's son, Soleiyu. It is amazing that the original Game Boy was capable of such awesome.
* Here comes ''The Adventure: [=ReBirth=]''! Yes, it's filled to the brim with remixes from other games, but they're ''awesome'' remixes, with 'Retro' written all over them. All of them are arranged by Creator/ManabuNamiki, known for his arranges for Konami's other ''[=ReBirth=]'' games and his legendary ShootEmUp soundtracks. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9URtJ70-xKc "Reincarnated Soul"]] from ''Bloodlines'', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tViz7huwhJA "Lullaby Sent to the Devil"]] from ''Haunted Castle'', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1CgJ3pBE0g "New Messiah"]] from ''Belmont's Revenge'', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFaJxGPERZQ "Final Road", A.K.A the X68000 Load BGM]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_HheUuzcPA "Aquarius"]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mppmLGDa5Tw "Yet Another Vampire Killer Remix"]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGR-3Qb-9XQ "Demonic Revival"]] from ''Haunted Castle'', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RaXLgw8ZUf0 "The Last Fight"]] also from ''Haunted Castle'' for Dracula's 2nd phase, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVfyjfYIC0g "Riddle"]] from ''Castlevania III'', and lastly, [[http://www.youtube.com/user/Rodriguezjr#p/u/37/uMeVJQKw0zs "The End of Day"]] from ''Belmont's Revenge''. Shame "Battle of the Holy" isn't there, but as previously mentioned, that was one of only two worthwhile songs in the original game anyway.
** Although that "Battle of the Holy" doesn't appear in game, it appears in the soundtrack inside the ''Akumajou Dracula Another Medley'', along with a version of "Lost Painting" from [[VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight SOTN]], all in good ol' 90's arcade-styled splendor. You can listen to the medley [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIavPjm22MY here]].
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NM2Vgf8kXE8 This fan's]] rendition of "Battle of the Holy" ranks alongside the one they actually put in the game.

[[folder:Super Castlevania IV]]
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKVmvVRXXCM "Theme of Simon"]], from ''Super Castlevania IV''. Used for a ThemeMusicPowerUp during the FinalBattle and as a "stage complete" {{Sting}} (see first 4 seconds of link) throughout.
** Also appears in ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QED4D3sgNs Portrait of Ruin]]'', as well as ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwUd3RclPUc Bloodlines]]'' and ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBN1iWHZ2Hs#t=3m40s Castlevania]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBN1iWHZ2Hs#t=6m58s Chronicles]]''. And there is this [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFKgWh7sryU awesome arranged version]] as well.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdOMyUZvcp0 This one]].
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFgnu5loYSE This one from the Arcade game]].
** The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7dznhQeZU48 Harmony of Despair version]].
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rsV40VwAHAM Perfect Selection version]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1tqb4Vo8qc Treasury Room]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DM-4V12JLbk Dracula's theme]] from ''Super Castlevania IV''. A very creepy little piece.
* Another great one from ''Super Castlevania IV'' is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Ty2E-TF4Fg Room of Close Associates]]. Pleasant dreams.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntOol8Ubx00 "Clockwork Mansion"]] from the same game. Slightly repetitive, sure, but very original, creepy and tension building.
** Not complete without [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jo1M7GuwhjE this]].
** The ''Circle of the Moon'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5G_zwizoFA version]] of this is pretty awesome as well.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIn-PXpfSg4 Secret Room]] and the super awesome [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7laVyX5sz0I Ending]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g11Or2ZvKWU The library stage (7)]]. Different to most of the soundtrack, nice and ambient.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6lXXCngULI The cave.]]
* It's been written that the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14wA6GWMif4 "Submerged City"]] theme was the most complex piece of 16 bit music ever composed. It's Bach meets Jazz meets Funk, all awesomely blended together.
* And in between the above two, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bwu4znj7Lfc "The Waterfall"]]. Minimalist piece that will remind you of dark, dank, ruins.
* This [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VsgffC9KfSY piece of music]] from Stage 6-2 totally feels like a symphony. It starts with the swinging chandeliers and just blows your mind onwards, adding both stress and awesomeness to the sequence.

[[folder:Akumajou Dracula X68000 / VideoGame/CastlevaniaChronicles]]
* In addition to having the original X68000 and Arranged version of the soundtrack, the remake also had the [[http://www.youtube.com/user/V1LL4IN#g/c/31F78E73C406BCCA recordings of the CM-64 and SS-55 external midi versions (the second disk on the playlist)]]. And the original X68000 could support [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60gIECQYfvo other]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvUnCb7alLg midi devices]]. If the arranged soundtrack sounds familiar in style: You can thank [[Music/{{BEMANI}} Sota Fujimori]] for that.
* The intro/title screen music, "Black Mass", [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zh-ZcKAq4_k Original]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7qKJoupMUU SC-55]], and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjTxL8gBViE Arranged]].
* The Boss music, "Creatures in the Depth", [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-NueKAbFT8 Original]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0RkVX_lkg0 SC-55]], and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJcP9IpgMIc Arranged]].
* "Thrashard in the Cave", [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZ9zNhBCVxk Original]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPK50zWpZTQ SC-55]], and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMMIdnJnQ5Q Arranged]].
* "Tower of Gears", the Clocktower theme, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibw49hEkJps Original]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2omyjIIEl4 SC-55]], and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Nrr-BBq9bk Arranged]].
* "Moon Fight", [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dptf_kOVakc Original]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J07BQI2y7do SC-55]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0ZFLHng23Q Arranged]], and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oeVAK8glTMk Dracula X Chronicles version]].
* "Tower of Dolls", [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMDcDmnBGD0 Original]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLLB3qNEOlg SC-55]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1N6O3bPjoM Arranged]], and the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9612M3vDMU Order of Ecclesia version]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_gAyI7y_aE Judgment version]].
* "Etude for the Killer", [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=byrSexHs3dc Original]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9dLT2sktaI SC-55]], and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHbeUi3k8XY Arranged]].
* The Dracula theme, "You Goddamned Bathead", [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZ9OsWNLUOg Original]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXk6aiUAYms SC-55]], and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xUARZuhOsH0 Arranged]].
* "Mother Earth", the ending theme, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dauonpzOzag Original]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJp6RuptbyQ SC-55]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4cyhp7GvYs Arranged]].
* The Loading BGM, will be later known as Final Road courtesy of various soundtrack [=CDs=] and Castlevania Rebirth. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uiGtZ0Gtons Original]], no arrangements.

[[folder:Rondo of Blood / Dracula X / Dracula X Chronicles]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvFt_ItjiOI Bloodlines]], from ''Dracula X: The Rondo of Blood'', which is also used as Richter's theme.
** The ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxKKVl0oeXE Harmony of Despair]]'' version mixes it with "Blood Relations" from ''Symphony of the Night'', and it is epic.
** The Pachislot version of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ivw2ed_eUs Divine Bloodlines]] is perhaps the best one.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxfH4qcbtZ4 Cross A Fear]] from ''Dracula X: Rondo of Blood (PC-Engine)'' rocks so hard when arranged.
** Let's face it, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CT6PC3z-BLA the original]] .
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zeUAaEDNVg Chronicles version]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3TgSyXI4Kts "Opus 13".]] And here's the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Op2h7kmJw10 SNES version]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndKxSE8qfn4 Slash]], the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xh_7cIF7Lc Judgment version]], and the ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJyHhwxV0Dk Harmony of Despair]]'' version.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WDofm2CvIo "Den"]] (and the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYi_qyVAT0I SNES]] version), and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbouRFWdTd0 "Cemetery"]] (and the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5f82-9L9H-U SNES]] version).
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=spjNBKg6Sik "Illusionary Dance"]], the FinalBoss theme from ''Rondo of Blood''. It's been used as Dracula's theme almost consistently ever since that game.
** Here's the ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wECmvL_8bFM Judgment]]'' version...
** And the ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dznUMYJAj0A Dracula X Chronicles]]'' version...
** And the ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjjw7n-xW_o Symphony of the Night]]'' version...
** And the ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_IMLjEqjWTE Dawn of Sorrow]]'' version. [[spoiler:A particularly chilling yet awesome take on the theme considering the player will only hear it as a battle BGM if Soma finally gives in to his powers.]]
** There's also the version from ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X88FgYgsY1k Castlevania 64]]'', and the one from ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4OZd9MbHXY Circle of the Moon]]''.
** ''Castlevania: The Arcade'' features [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3SMiH9wAIs this version]], which adds epic vocals.
** Naoto Shibata, from the Japanese metal band Anthem, recorded an upbeat [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9wmbfr-GlY metal cover]] of this song, as well as a few others.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oRHXEtfawVo "Picture of a Ghost Ship"]] and its remix from ''Dracula X Chronicles'', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjWZm6EllqE "Ghost Ship Painting"]].
* The boss battle theme, "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_JPGkesXLI Dancing in Phantasmic Hell]]".
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0xLUKi4kYo "Tues Deus Meus (in Manibus Tuis)"]], the ''Dracula X Chronicles'' remix.
** The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UUSJuSLXH5U SNES version]].

* Michiru Yamane composes her first ''Castlevania'' soundtrack, starting with [[https://youtu.be/vi8PKYgQfE0 "A Vision of Dark Secrets"]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjdVflSHxN4 "Reincarnated Soul"]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9KyV4zrdvE "The Sinking Old Sanctuary"]]. For those who like the ''Circle of the Moon'' version, you can hear it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RaZtKUt4MA here]], and for those who like the ''Legacy of Darkness'' version, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRrJQiYR5Gw here it is]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uotKgqni2Wo "The Discolored Walls"]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nH9X1iRAjC0 "Iron Blue Intention"]]. Remixed twice, once for ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4Nw--_-N0g Portrait of Ruin]]'', and again for ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTbror-zFY8 Judgment]]''.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPGZJhxI4xE "Prayer of a Tragic Queen"]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cENqIz_x5jU "Calling from Heaven"]].
* The beautiful [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gij3Dm01Qv0 "Requiem for the Nameless Victims"]], which plays during the credit roll.
* After you beat Elizabeth Bartley in the final stage, "Dance of the Holy Man" (Simon Belmont's theme, introduced in ''VideoGame/SuperCastlevaniaIV'') begins to play. It's one of the four classic tunes included in the game's sound test, and Castlevania is well-known for reusing its most iconic tracks, but hearing it fire up in advance of the final showdown with Dracula himself is both unexpected and awesome for the first-time player.

[[folder:Symphony of the Night]]
Some fans consider ''Symphony of the Night'' music as the pinnacle of ''Castlevania'' music, and the fact that we're practically listing every single track from the game here is just an example of justification.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6AceCHieqo "Prologue"]], the opening level theme. Very rockin'.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCiP_TSB7MY "Moonlight Nocturne"]], the intro theme before the title appears (between the Prologue and the actual game), and one of the most freakin' epic and ominous intro themes in existence.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSaFln_q3zs "Nocturne"]], a solemn, beautiful vocal hidden track that becomes all the better if you can understand the lyrics. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRAbUE1wSg4 This English version of it]], from a later rerelease, is one of the rare examples where a translation of a Japanese song manages to preserve both meaning and rhythmical/intonational structure, and is at least as good as - if not better than - the original.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BrN4ctPIAVU "The Tragic Prince"]]. Possibly the single most rockingly awesome piece from ''Symphony of the Night''; just get past that sneaky intro that lulls you into a placid state before pounding you with the most incredible guitar riffs. Amazing. In ''Harmony Of Despair'', it has been renamed as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Z6eomIIjVk "Pitiful Scion".]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=739g4uvgqZY "Door of Holy Spirits"]], the background music to the Reverse Colosseum. Not for the musical quality, but for how it takes an otherwise-plain-looking area (albeit upside-down) and turns it into scary.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xv5MAdxxX_8 "Wandering Ghosts"]], the normal Colosseum's music, is pretty awesome too, with a rather funky beat to boot.
** The same could be said for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1BKsUTIBdE "Heavenly Doorway"]]. Possibly the creepiest song in all of ''Castlevania''.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRAYIj8XHQ8 "The Door to the Abyss"]]; it's just ''demented''.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgF0uBjCds0 "Dracula's Castle"]]. Rocks in an '80s synthesizer sort of way. ''Harmony of Despair'' welcomes us back to 1997. ManlyTears optional.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NjAYc7NShR8 "Lost Painting"]], the surreal, ambient number that plays in some areas of the Inverted Castle.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZjDUw5VDUY "Final Toccata"]]. Admittedly, Website/{{Youtube}}'s limited audio here doesn't quite do it justice, but you have to love such a multilayered decadently evil-sounding organ-tacular 5/4 time track. Seriously. Some tropers may find it driving them insane - it does play almost everywhere in the Inverted Castle - but it's still fantastic.
* If you think "Final Toccata" is the paragon of evil-sounding organ, try [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BapQXrhSpQo Chaconne in C Moll]]! It's exclusive to the Saturn version of the game, sadly - it plays in the Haunted Prison, one of the two Saturn exclusive areas of the game. But this music more than makes up for it; it's practically OminousPipeOrgan embodied.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4XIizeAXOA "Marble Gallery"]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrGHyVJ3Bos "Crystal Teardrops"]]. Also, two of the best boss themes ever, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZEWlpLaPEWM "Festival of Servants"]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nI5JZO89BUc "Death Ballad"]]. Then there's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zstTGMnIDLc "Rainbow Cemetery"]], which plays in the Catacombs, and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8TR_ZsDdBc "Curse Zone"]], which plays in the Reverse Catacombs, both of which have this distorted, other-worldly feel to them.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGHrxdH7ToU "Wood Carving Partita"]] As can be seen from the huge list above, it's cruel to try and pick only a subset of the awesome tracks in [=SoTN=], but it's simply impossible to ignore the haunting strings of "Wood Carving Partita", played in the Long Library.
** "Festival of Servants" returns in ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ko9H_pyLY3Y Harmony of Despair]]'' to shred your flesh from your bones. Fitting considering the boss of the stage it's for is Beelzebub.
** As does [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjI8J9Kaafg "Lost Painting"]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2rdeGJrTuQ "Death Ballad"]].
* The end credits song [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FsFiBXOVK0 "I Am The Wind"]] is a really perfect song for Alucard, it's a song that will really touch your heart and emotions when you first hear it. It's a shame that later versions of this game have replaced it (such as the PSP and Xbox 360 versions). Of course the ending theme they replaced it with, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9i0ce-k78zg "Mournful Nocturne"]], is far from bad.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Ru-HZ4_zkY "Guardian"]], the track that plays in the Saturn version of the game when you fight Maria.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2RqGeEsXJWY "Requiem For The Gods"]], the chapel theme, the sort of music that plunges you straight into the atmosphere of a cathedral.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PS8ALhXLrPg "Dance of Pales"]] (a mistranslation of Dance of ''Pearls''; the track is also known as "Waltz of Pearls"), Orlox's Quarter's theme.

[[folder:Castlevania 64/Legacy of Darkness]]
* The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kekitaCO6Wk opening theme]] to ''Castlevania 64'' has a violin version of "Bloodlines" (Richter's theme) from ''Rondo of Blood'' with the child character Malus. Of course, it gets a bit creepier in hindsight when you find out a bit more about the kid...
* The Level 3 stage music, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PT7hT_LW49k Annex Silent Madness]]. It fits the Villa area perfectly, giving it an aura of mystery, and is even better if you played ''Legacy of Darkness''...
* The Level 6 stage music, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRrJQiYR5Gw The Sinking Sanctuary]].
* The Level 7 stage music, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JCnW8DFkUUw Thorny Grave]].

[[folder:Circle of the Moon]]
* Awake! This is one of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMY-mKSPWMY THE]] quintessential tunes.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1dgfNG7ygA "Proof of Blood"]] from ''Circle of the Moon''. Easily one of the more memorable final boss music pieces in a ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' game.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2QZTuuV1Q4A "Fate To Despair"]] is also a memorable tune from this game.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BROhaM0hrQ8 The title screen]] has a truly haunting tune, perfect for setting up the mood of the game.

[[folder:Harmony of Dissonance]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MG5EzU2EZ5o "Successor of Fate"]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5tSgqPLbpU "Chapel of Dissonance"]]. The use of the GBA's weaker sound channels hardly detracts from the awesomeness of the game's music. If anything, it gives the music an eerie aura.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ENmrNA6ifc "Marble Corridor"]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFAPTAwKBRg "To The Center Of The Castle"]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtpI4Lvk9_M "Clock Tower Casualty"]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=juv7C2SiCcI "Vampire Killer 2K2"]], aka Michiru Yamane puts "Vampire Killer" and "Clockwork" together, with extra '''awesome'''.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DyfzKYkKDk "Dark Door"]], in stark contrast to much of the game's lush, gothic compositions, is a primitive, minimalist piece that excels at pumping up players for the boss rush mode.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YeyrqWt_KiY "Prologue"]], which plays at the opening scroll and serves as Evil Maxim's theme - its gloomy tone sets the mood for Juste's adventure.

[[folder:Aria of Sorrow]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JiSo9yL59Pw "Heart of Fire"]], Julius Belmont's theme. It takes a song from the obscure arcade title ''Haunted Castle'', a song from the original ''Castlevania'' of the same name, and puts them together in one rockin' medley. You hear it in [[spoiler:the battle with him]], and again in Julius Mode, in the Castle Corridor in place of the regular Castle Corridor music. The ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_2JyzyxhDE Harmony of Despair]]'' version turns the awesome up to 11.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7QR01Jgwg4 "Top Floor"]], and the regular [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJAh5NCByWE Castle Corridor]] music. ''Harmony of Despair'' gives us the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Brh1biuL2VU awesome remix of the latter]].
* ''Aria of Sorrow'' has [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bg2ojV4eY8w one of the best Clock Tower themes out of the series as well.]]
** And then there's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5VlnYvqlq4 this arrangement]].
** Or [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJ6I_uiVZrM this one.]]
* Hammer's shop has [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1t97c4uLww this awesome theme]]. Why they didn't reuse it for ''Dawn of Sorrow'' is a mystery for the ages.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iehiEBB7uZU "Sacred Cave"]], the theme to the Forbidden Area. It's a very calming and nice sounding track, with a mysterious sound to it.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DjXK3XRKPoY "You Are Not Alone"]] a short piece that plays at the most heartwarming moment, where [[YouAreNotAlone all of Soma's friends root for him]] [[spoiler: when he's about to destroy Chaos, the castle's source of power and evil.]]
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2NNubbYW71M "Requiem For The Dark Souls"]], the arranged version of the chapel theme, in (oddly) ''Lament Of Innocence'' official soundtrack. All those choirs...

[[folder:Dawn of Sorrow]]
* ''Dawn of Sorrow'' was pretty much full of awesome music, but ''especially'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQhtys5A8Z4 "Condemned Tower"]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZMirzqZtYg "Cursed Clock Tower"]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bp05QrS_-LI "The Pinnacle"]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTTMgv4SDyQ "Into the Dark Night".]] ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEJHf96PJAQ Harmony of Despair]]'' version of the latter.
* It's actually very ironic to hear [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqi02UU4CYg "Vampire Killer"]] playing on your first playthrough since [[spoiler: Soma is Dracula's reincarnation.]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTW8deqCxBs "Dracula's Tears"]], the music that plays in the Wizardry Laboratory.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5iPHgqiivg "Pitch Black Intrusion"]] has to be the most splendid CV theme ever. Remixed in ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HG-QwgbGpo0 Harmony of Despair]]''.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMFZ7to5RPM "Subterranean Hell"]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGbqQ-MIm1c "Scarlet Battle Soul"]], and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Xg_MqhERqk "Underground Melodies"]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gaUwI9xXI7s "After Confession"]], the theme of the Dark Chapel. The ''Harmony of Despair'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFLh4CW-mg8 arrangement]] is widely considered a vast improvement over the original.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWcmhmtMvG0 "Momentary Moonlight"]], the credits theme.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jduZjaDs9Vk "Piercing Battle Fury"]].

[[folder:Portrait of Ruin]]
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL152CD055AA62400C OST]] contained two discs: One with the original DS music, and the other with the arranged music, or rather the originals before they were converted to DS.
* ''Portrait of Ruin'' brought us [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gIjO2gML3A "Piercing Silence"]] (or the ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3IZxbMf0XY Harmony of Despair]]'' version too), one of the two boss themes which plays for the WakeUpCallBoss Dullahan and the more classic bosses, like Death and Medusa. It pratically screams "you're fucked" and warns you that no, ''this'' MetroidVania is NOT that easy.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6sxh4EsWbM "In Search of the Secret Spell"]], played in the Underground Pyramid in the game's second version of the Egypt aesthetic. The way this blends with the flickering, almost magically-charged backgrounds and foregrounds in the area creates an atmosphere that's bloody brilliant. Much like "Shin Onigashima" from ''Brawl'', it may surprise the listener that it is remixed from [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bgIDgJV82M an 8-bit game that was never released in the US]]. (It starts at 3:13.)
* Despite the slew of excellent tracks in the game, its crowning achievement is easily the theme of the final battle, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLH2gGtWFLY "Banquet of Madness"]]. If it wasn't made apparent that you're about to face what could be the most spectacular battle in history by the fact that Death and Dracula are ''tag-teaming'' you, much less by the fact that, halfway through the fight, Dracula uses his soul-stealing powers on Death, essentially the ''keeper of souls'', transforming into a hideous beast with all the power that implies (including a one-hit kill), the haunting tune that accompanies this epic showdown will do the trick.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZCpykVRFEs "Invitation of A Crazed Moon"]] (or check the ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_NEfUUJ1yM Harmony of Despair]]'' version). Like all ''Castlevania'' first stage music, it is awesome in its own way, and most importantly it doesn't get old, considering that we will visiting that particular area a lot.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3Q3UuaUR7I "The Gears Go Awry"]] is, hands-down, the best clocktower-level theme in the series.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JimrW7his2g Here]] is an orchestral version of it.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwdGO2vfAho Even the DS version]] is just plain awesome!
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQYXvdHtILA "Hidden Curse"]] is also pretty nice, as is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wf5PynRLf2Q "Overture"]], a ''Castlevania III'' remix. "Hidden Curse" received a remix in ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1Z3wy8DnVc Harmony of Despair]]''.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoN5dqgwkVI "Gaze Up at the Darkness"]]. ''Harmony of Despair'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWUUa8KYdtU version]].

[[folder:Order of Ecclesia]]
* ''Order of Ecclesia'' has longtime ''Castlevania'' composer Michiru Yamane and another Konami composer, Yasuhiro Ichihashi, continuing to provide us with damn amazing scores, such as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AePLgoN_FbA Ebony Wings]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIPQTG2gcnw "Sorrow's Distortion"]] (Albus's theme), and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DaxeTuuo-74 "An Empty Tome"]] (the music for the first part of Dracula's Castle).
** "An Empty Tome" is also the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRAQ-ZzOE4M intro theme]] to the game as well.
** ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zy-0VVWJUmY Harmony of Despair]]'' version.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jnELvwsJ7zM "Dissonant Courage"]], one of the boss themes, will likely set even the most anti-digital headbanger off with digitized drumming, a jaw-dropping bass and one of the catchiest melodies ''ever''. And then came [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6eIe4rfTr9g the arranged version]] that is even more headbanging.
* "An Empty Tome" is particularly awesome not just because of the song itself, but because of how it was used, making it one of the best examples of this trope. The music starts playing at a moment where the main character has just defeated a difficult boss, lost a lot of her friends, and is finally venturing into Dracula's Castle to finish things. And when you do enter the castle, you discover that it's about as big as the rest of the game combined, and it's also the most difficult area yet, as opposed to every other Metroidvania so far, where you start off in the castle. The sense of accomplishment in reaching this level, combined with the music, made this one of the best moments in gaming in 2008. And then ''Judgment'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ucQEZtKYlBY adds 110% more electric guitar.]] Surprisingly, it works.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOiTHAG6OAw "The Colossus"]], one of the best final level themes ''ever''. ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1YWkEm4jGqE Harmony of Despair]]'' version, now with more rockin' out.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNqEsLMEhds "Chamber of Ruin"]], a boss battle theme from within the castle. As one of the comments on the video states, the first 40 or so seconds symbolize the threatening nature of one of the bosses that uses this theme, and then suddenly a mad beat kicks in symbolizing Wallman's flamboyant silliness.
* A theme barely heard in the game, but [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=miFe25t1MkY "Lone Challenger"]] is awesome anyway.
* The theme for Minera Prison Island, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8I3s_RQJ0qE "Rhapsody of the Forsaken"]] is one of the better early game themes.
* The remixed version of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhwonPgzaWU "Riddle"]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LpXknUdNcs "Order of the Demon"]]. They did the unthinkable by replacing "Dance of Illusions" as the Dracula Fight music, and then surprised everyone by having their replacement be one of ''the best final boss themes of all time.'' ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hg8VjQNNjog Harmony of Despair]]'' then gives it another jab.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6XXYDzl7T5w "Lament to the Master"]], the theme for the battle against [[spoiler:Barlowe]], really captures the mood of the fight.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnMxMOV7LN0 "Hard Won Nobility"]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NyQ_uGU0Iu0 "Emerald Mist"]] captures the state of the world in one of the first outdoor stages in a Castlevania in a long time. Its somber nature really makes one feel truly alone.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xq6xh99MPtM "Wandering the Crystal Blue".]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g60Z8bWuLK8 "Jaws Of The Scorched Earth"]] is a very serene and melancholy-inducing theme. Also note the awesome bass part towards the end.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgMLxdZne6g "Unholy Vespers"]] has ominous and chaotic pipe organ fitting for a catacomb that's full of reanimated dead. The part at 0:52 really takes the cake.

[[folder:Lament of Innocence]]
* The game may be accused of suffering from hitting the PolygonCeiling, but no one can deny that ''Lament of Innocence'' has some great themes, such as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6EEuBN3dvA "Melancholy Joachim"]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ox2uW5Y6rj0 "Lament of Innocence/Leon's theme"]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Me8aktW_5Wc "Bizarre Room"]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOCJg3u3BeI "House of Sacred Remains"]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZqXZQCAl-4 "Dark Night Toccata"]] and, of course, the absolutely ''epic'' remix of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dh1qqLbuBww "Dracula's Castle"]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m62xBKmavMo "Black Banquet"]] from ''Symphony of the Night'': [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1sMhU48qbZY "Castlevania Reincarnation"]].
* This is Death's only chance to be a final boss to date, and with it comes a suitably atmospheric theme: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTEDIyPOSOk "Evil's Symphonic Poem"]]. The ''Judgment'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFSEfkGhVyw version]] also incorporates the classic boss theme "Poison Mind", complete with counter-melody.
* Both [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Izj8elq1o1Q "Dark Palace of Waterfalls"]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEibQCsf998 "Ghostly Theatre"]] are wonderfully atmospheric and fitting to the locations where the pieces belong to.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5skhBmzOS90 "Anti-Soul Mysteries Lab".]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24Ug0kmwLdQ "Fog-Enshrouded Nightscape"]]. Part serene, part creepy, part beautiful, part eerie...

[[folder:Curse of Darkness]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GiXCote6N6s "Abandoned Castle ~The Curse of Darkness~"]] is the first stage music that the game greets you with and it is both haunting and blood-pumping.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Cj6Vgt-U94 "Eneomaos Machine Tower"]]. A flawless combination of tragic and epic into one musical piece. And there's the ticking clock sound at the end of the loop....
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIF0QUuJv1s "A Toccata into the Blood-Soaked Darkness"]] is amazing. Listen closely to how many layers of choral action there are, and get goosebumps at the sudden triumphant major chords.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSG7O16h-ic "The Young Nobleman's Madness/Insane Aristocracy"]] (title depends on translator). Dig the Queen-esque guitar licks, the tie-in to the tune in the idlng cinema, the chanting - Isaac has the best boss-theme after Dracula.
* "When you're fighting ''Trevor Belmont'', the music has to be awesome. It has to be... legendary. I know! We'll call it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnij2yqPe5E 'Belmont the Legend'!]]"
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjz3hGjxgAo "Legion and Nuculais"]] is an excellent song, certainly worthy of fighting a huge ball of corpses, and then one of the hardest bosses in ''Castlevania: Curse of Darkness''.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-EuZAEPuEl8 "The Visitor in the Silk Hat"]]. It's probably one of Yamane's best compositions.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3U8tkRi7M8 "Mortvia Aqueduct"]]. One of Yamane's 3/4 aquatic music that is so good to listen to.

[[folder:Harmony of Despair]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcYzMkLEmiY The main menu]] has a mysterious, eerie feel to it with the chanting, and that is awesome.
* Along with remixes of some recent 'Vania tunes, there are also brand new original tracks. The stage 3 theme, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5mVdpbyasA "PHANTOM OF FEAR"]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wm3cqOP_Lfg "CRIMSON BLOOD"]], possibly the best new track of the entire game. It is, sadly, unused throughout the course of the game - unless it is chosen as a stage or boss music in the options screen (it works very well for the final boss beatdown).
* [[GratuitousGerman "Tanz mit einem Clown"]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkT_oapZvPk is pretty good as well.]]
* The game's version of ''Portrait of Ruin''[='=]s [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwWIY_fbDfc "Hail to the Past".]]
* The latest DLC gives us remixes of music from an old, obscure Konami game known as ''Getsu Fuhma Den''. Here's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvzvFPoy4IM "Go! Getsu Fuhma"]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32OWnH3UwpU "Ryu Kokki"]].
* ''Harmony of Despair'' finally gives "Nothing to Lose" an [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4y60MzSInSU awesome remix]].

* The gameplay in ''Castlevania Judgment'' may not be up to snuff, but the music is still as good as ever: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQvLnqdFpGU "The Darkness of Fear"]], the game's main theme.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLnG0-wJ1W0 "The Wolf Revealed"]], Cornell's theme.

* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovq6TKQjGUU "Trezire De Spirit"]] may just be one of the most epic ''Castlevania'' (or for that matter all video games in general) songs to ever exist, if not THE most epic. The most awesome thing about it is that is was created solely for a Pachi-slot game!
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_t76w_yNfw "Reinlich"]] from the second Pachi-slot game isn't too bad, with its vocals.
* The Pachislot version of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ivw2ed_eUs "Divine Bloodlines"]] is perhaps the best one.
* From the third game comes [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Trce1wr14dAs this one]].

* Too bad the game itself got cancelled but we did get to hear [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LgrM97REpY "Have Mercy"]] at least.

[[folder:Lords of Shadow]]
* Composer Oscar Araujo gives us [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6K5O6OrXu0 "Besieged Village"]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYcT2_FbVWw "Final Confrontation",]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjduCvkw728 "Belmont's Theme"]] among other pieces of awesome. Notably, the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kvzhoq2SHuk final boss music]] even has a bit of "Beginning" from ''Castlevania III'' towards the very end (begins approximately at 5:30).
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmUZ8B2pgAc These]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1Hgr9yqFSc two]] ambient pieces suit the overwhelming amounts of SceneryPorn in this game perfectly. The first piece is actually a remix of ''Super Castlevania IV''[='=]s "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bwu4znj7Lfc The Waterfall]]".
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2EK_zXCEAU Dracula boss theme]] which mixes a mostly ominous beat with a heroic orchestra backing it, then you realize [[spoiler: [[FridgeHorror the ominous beat is getting stronger...]]]]
* Boss fight music really can't get much more epic than [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4-AVow9WBc this]].
* The trailer for ''Lords of Shadow 2'' is set to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DS7NbB7tGvE this amazing number.]]
* The melancholic track [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ExaI597zGs Trevor's Final Approach,]] which plays when Trevor reaches the stairs to the Mirror of Fate (where Dracula's waiting). It fits, considering [[ForegoneConclusion how that ends.]]
* ''Lords of Shadow 2'' has the melancholic [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2-2MG52wog Dracula's Theme]] as its main theme. It seems to be getting some vibes from [[Franchise/StarWars The Emperor's]] theme, which only makes it more awesome.
* One of the most epic boss battle themes is when you fight against Zobek, aka [[GrimReaper Death]] [[https://youtu.be/5hhZ9HzIfCo himself]]!
* The music that plays when you climb the [[https://youtu.be/djJkhgl5E-M Siege Titan]].
* [[https://youtu.be/He8--aPIZVc Next Stop: Castlevania]] is a lovely piece that tells a dramatic fight and struggle with the demons on the train to get your destination before they can crash the train.