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.
  • This video gives us a preview of Civ VI's evolving themes.
  • Civilization VI's 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 modern theme for Japan in Civ VI. "Japan Takes Over the World," indeed.
  • The Atomic Era theme for America in Civ VI, a rendition of the American folk song "Hard Times Come Again No More", practically breathes Eagleland Type 1.
  • Every single Australia theme in Civ VI. Possibly the most beautiful renditions of "Waltzing Matilda" ever composed.