- 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.
- Like Mao Zedong's Theme, which becomes ten times better when you realize it's an new arrangement of Civilization II's The Shining Path.
- Montezuma's theme, an brand spanking new arrangement of Tenochtitlan Revealed.
- Hatshepsut's Theme every bit as calmingly amazing as when it was Harvest of the Nile.
- Julius Caesar's Theme, which at its most elaborate evokes both The Glory That Was Rome and the earlier Augustus Rising.
- 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).
- Songhai peace (Gambian folk music).
- From individual DLCs:
- From the Gods & Kings expansion:
- The title theme (based on the Ambrosian Hymn).
- Byzantine peace ("Phos Hilaron").
- Carthaginian war ("Hymn to Nikkal").
- Celtic peace ("Lord Gregory, The Lass of Aughrim").
- Dutch peace and war ("In Naam van Oranje").
- Ethiopian peace ("Selassie's National Anthem").
- Hunnic war ("Li Ling Si Han").
- Swedish peace and war ("Du Gamla, Du Fria").
- From the Brave New World expansion:
- 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.
- From the vanilla game:
- 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
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.