Awesome Music / Civilization

  • The original Civilization Opening Theme took players from the very beginning of the Earth's formation to the Dawn of Man, and is a suitably epic piece that mixes anticipation with the promise of marvels to come.
  • While only a few of the songs from Civilization III have names, many of them still stand out, like the Ancient Era Theme for the... well... Ancient Era, and especially the Modern Era songs: Smash, Techno Mix, and Stars Full.
  • Civilization IV:
    • Baba Yetu, which has become a Leitmotif for the entire series. In fact, it has won a Grammy, the first ever piece of computer game music.note  It was even played at the New Year's Concert of the sixty-seventh session of the United Nations General Assembly.
    • While not part of the main game, "Mado Kara Mieru", also by Christopher Tin, is used as the main theme for Realism Invictus, a long-running Game Mod of Civ 4.
  • The Warlords expansion theme also counts.
  • The Brandenburg Concerti played during the Renaissance era also qualify, though they're not original to the series.
  • Most of the background music in Civ IV is this way. It's been described as "one of the few games that lets you change the background music, and one of the few games where you don't need to".
  • Just the fact that every leader got its own piece, which is performed by increasingly more (modern) instruments as the civilization advances. And especially the tunes that are newer versions of old themes, which give an awesome moment of nostalgic realization, and of course, an opportunity to remember how amazing those songs were as well.
  • Civilization V has a number of great pieces as well, full of Genius Bonus for anyone familiar with the music that they're based on.
    • From the vanilla game:
      • American peace and war ("America, the Beautiful").
      • Aztec peace ("Cora Mitote Song from Santa Teresa").
      • Greek peace (the Epitaph of Seikilos, the oldest surviving complete musical composition in the world).
      • English war ("I Vow to Thee, My Country").
      • Japanese peace ("Rokudan no Shirabe").
      • Indian peace ("Raga Asa").
      • Ottoman war ("Ceddin Deden", a Turkish march).
      • Persian peace ("Morq-e sahar").
      • Russian war ("Montagues and Capulets/Dance of the Knights", from Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev). This is one of the few Civilization themes with lyrics, taken from Alexander Pushkin's poem "The Bronze Horseman". The first few lines are about the beauty of Saint Petersburg, but then the lyrics quickly develop into a depiction of a massive flood, and the devastation it brings to the city. It all ends with one sentence, repeated several times: "Все гибнет." And what does it mean? "Everything dies." In the context of the game, Russia is this flood. It is you who will make everything die.
      • Songhai peace (Gambian folk music).
    • From individual DLCs:
    • From the Gods & Kings expansion:
    • From the Brave New World expansion:
      • The title theme (Terra Nova).
      • Brazilian war ("Chega de Saudade").
      • Portuguese peace and war ("Saudades de Coimbra").
      • Indonesian peace note  and war ("Udan Mas").
      • Shoshone war ("Sun Dance songs").
      • Polish war ("Bóg się rodzi").
      • Zulu peace and Zulu war note ("Inhliziyo Yami").
    • Even the ambient music has some brilliant pieces - all culled from some of the best musical pieces from around the world. Here's a small sampling. A SMALL sampling.
    • The main theme to Rising Tide, the expansion pack to Beyond Earth, is just awesome.
    • Upon the Expanse is another note-worthy track, as is Neptune's Glory.
  • This video gives us a preview of Civ VI's evolving themes.
  • Civilization VI:
    • The main theme, "Sogno di Volare" ("The Dream of Flight"), is quite amazing. As are the lyrics.
      Una volta che avrà
      spiccato il volo deciderà,
      sguardo verso il ciel, sarà,
      lì a casa il cuore sentirà!
      Once you have taken flight
      you'll decide,
      Gaze towards the sky, you'll know that
      that is where your heart will feel at home!
    • The themes of each nation continue the style from Civ V with a bigger addition to its Evolving Music.
      • The modern theme for Japan. "Japan Takes Over the World," indeed.
      • The Industrial Era theme and Atomic Era theme for America, which is based on the American folk song "Hard Times Come Again No More", which practically breathes Eagleland Type 1. Pretty reflects America's status from Regional Power to Superpower.
      • The Every single Australia theme. Possibly the most beautiful renditions of "Waltzing Matilda" ever composed. One Australian comments on how a bush song had become so extremely amazing.
      • The Atomic Era theme ("Kalinka") for Russia. Unlike the other previous Era version, it shows a strong patriotic yet intimidating feeling that reflects the nation's historic status as the Soviet Union.
      • The Medieval Era theme ("Scarborough Fair") for England gives off the country's might and pleasantry on its current time.