Awesome Music: Final Fantasy

"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, "We will fight 8,760 hours!"
Nobuo Uematsu on the music in Final Fantasy V

Can we just say that the MUSIC has a game of its own and be done with it?


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    Final Fantasy I 

    Final Fantasy II 

    Final Fantasy III 

    Final Fantasy IV 
  • Final Fantasy IV: Zeromus. Or, if you prefer, the rocked out version by Nobuo Uematsu and The Black Mages.
  • The Final Fantasy IV 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.
  • Golbez, Clad in the Dark, which defines awesome villain music, even if it blatantly riffs on Bach for a while. The more upbeat remix in the Tower of Zot also deserves mention to play up the intensity of the moment of rescuing Rosa and the determination to kick Golbez's ass.
  • The Dreadful Fight, and its 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. Then there's a fanmade remix by Hyadain, featuring the four fiends speaking in the song. Pretty awesome song. Video is a bit NSFW at Cagnazzo's part.
  • 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 the Red Wings' Big Damn Heroes moment.
  • The Battle Themes.
  • The Theme of Love. A song so good it's being taught in Japanese schools in music classes. The vocal version of the song, Tsuki no Akari, makes the song even more epic.
  • Hey, Cid!. A simple yet inspiring and cheerful song.
  • Within the Giant, played in The Very Definitely Final Dungeon. In the one before it, too.
  • 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.
  • A Long Way To Go; perhaps the perfect evocation of that sentiment in music. Also one of the pieces to seriously benefit from a remake, with the added snare drums kicking the message out.
  • OC Remix took the entire soundtrack and made a remix album out of it: 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 "Genesis of Destruction", the fight with Zeromus transferred into rock opera and given the full epic glory it deserves. From the same album, Fighting for Tomorrow, a choral remix of the Fabul Theme, and "Fallen Dragoon", the Remix of "Suspicion".
  • The Mysterious Girl's Battle Theme (The Eidolons Shackled) in The After Years. Every time it plays is a huge Moment of Awesome.
  • The final boss themes of The After Years (the final boss, The Creator, has no less than four different themes for each of its phases) are just as awesome, with the last one (The Battle For Life) being fittingly epic and very daunting at the same time, alternating between notes of pure despair and fantastic drums leading to some very upbeat segments.
  • Troia. It just makes you want to wallow on grass while bathing in sunlight. Although it might be argued that the remake got a bit muffled, there are fan remixes a-plenty.
  • Yang's bone-chilling Theme.
  • The Lunarians' Theme; initially feels like it should be in Silent Hill, then shifts key to offer a glimmer of hope and beauty in the darkness.

    Final Fantasy V 

    Final Fantasy VI 

    Final Fantasy VII 

    Final Fantasy VIII 

    Final Fantasy IX 

    Final Fantasy X 
  • "The Sending", which plays during the beautiful scene of Yuna's sending in Kilika.
  • "Suteki da ne", the vocal theme of the game whose melody appears in several other songs. Also arranged in an Orchestral Version for your listening pleasure.
  • "Assault". Exactly What It Says on the Tin, considering what happens during the scene in which it plays. Epic. Even more so when it plays while you punch out Sin. In front OF THE ENTIRE WORLD!!
  • The song played against the final boss (The Decisive Battle) is probably the best track in the game. If only the final boss wasn't a pushover... There's an alternate version, entitled "Original Sin". It may seem fanmade at first, but perish the thought as this is official...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.
  • Otherworld, which plays during the game's opening FMV and again when fighting 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. The lyric is also awesome, it pretty much sums up most of Tidus' journey in a nutshell. Also the even more epic Braska's final aeon version. Sadly removed from the HD remasters. Has an awesome percussion addition not in the original and a different bassline.
  • Wandering Flame comes in on the right moments, those of contemplation, doubt and resolution. A really slow and easy going relaxing piece that can elicit many emotions depending on the listener.
  • "Path of Repentance" and "To Zanarkand" cover your haunting-piano-melody needs.
  • The bass-redone Someday The Dream Will End from the first approach to Zanarkand. Haunting in its deep tones.
  • "Challenge", played during the more difficult boss battles (Sinspawn Gui, Seymour Flux, Omega Weapon, and Yunalesca, for example).
  • Battle With Seymour A wasted song perhaps, but still awesome. Made even more epic for the HD Remaster.
  • The Battle Theme captures the moments as well.
  • Summoned Beast Battle, which plays when you 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 being forced to destroy your own Aeons. Summoned Beast Battle also plays when you fight the Bonus Boss Penance. The tension of the music fits perfectly the fight.
  • Besaid Island. What every tropical paradise should sound like. Or this spine-tingling good remix.
  • The Ending Theme, possibly the most heartrending track ever heard in a Final Fantasy—not surprising, given the game's nature.
  • Tidus's Theme is pretty gorgeous.
  • Yuna's Theme is so relaxing.
  • Auron's Theme. Because he's such a bad-ass, he gets synthesiser music. It's also a bit of a Tear Jerker when it plays when he dissolves into pyreflies at the end of the game. And a fan remix of this only ups the Tear Jerker 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 Tidus and Yuna share their last ghostly embrace: Guardian's Sending.
  • For fan remixes, the conceptual piece The Final Summoning, building off the Hymn Of The Fayth and sheer fucking epic.
  • Seymour's Ambition. Chilling, man.
  • The Burning Sands, the awesome theme of the Bikanel Desert.
  • Yuna's Decision, the sweet song that was mostly played in the Calm Lands.
  • Phantoms, the theme played in the Macalania Snowfields.
  • Calm Before the Storm, the theme of the Kilika Forest and parts of Macalania Woods. Too beautiful for words.
  • Servants of the Mountain (the music heard as you climb Gagazet). One of the coolest pieces of video game music ever.

    Final Fantasy X- 2 

    Final Fantasy XI 

    Final Fantasy XII 
  • Most of the Final Fantasy XII soundrack was composed by Hitoshi Sakimoto. It includes The Empire's Theme, the Necrohol of Nabudis gives a great feeling of desolation and loneliness, there's Giruvegan, and the Feywood is good as well, especially when you see Judge Ghis' fleet for the first time. The Esper Battle music is the perfect epic theme for just how important the game makes your battles against the giant cursed creatures.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Esper, an epic remix of the aforementioned Esper Battle.
  • Boss Battle, especially the midparts. With a variation used in Final Fantasy Tactics A2.
  • The vocals make Abandoning Power soothing and divine.
  • Fight to the Death accompanies epic fights against Vossler and Gabranth.
  • The Royal City Of Rabanastre, a go-to track when convincing people that Game Music is a legitimate form of musical expression.
  • The Sky Fortress Bahamut is just perfectly suited to the events that accompany it, but it's amazing to listen to on its own.
  • 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 Dalmasca Estersands' theme conveys a real sweeping sense of freedom. Appropriate, given the comparatively 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 two languages.

    Final Fantasy XIII 
  • Some of the first tracks released for the game: "Defiers of Fate" and "The Promise".
  • The title screen music is just so beautiful.
  • The Battle Theme, "Blinded By Light". With one of the most epic violins worth of note. The even more awesome "Long version" can be heard here. The arranged version from Duodecim is 100% pure eargasm from start to finish.
  • Kimi ga Iru Kara, the J Pop Award Bait Song.
  • "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 Chocobo Theme. It's so... catchy... There's also the other Chocobo Theme, which has its own lyrics.
  • The themes for all the main characters:
  • The Prelude (a departure from the standard Final Fantasy prelude) and Cavalry Theme.
  • Saber's Edge, especially once the brass section kicks in. Oddly for a battle theme, it's in waltz time. The version from Dissidia, as well. It starts off the same as the original... then the drum beat kicks in and it gets intense.
  • Can't Catch a Break, a catchy jazz theme.
  • Eden Under Siege, which goes well with the chaos raging in the game's penultimate act.
  • PSICOM, a short, militaristic fanfare that never tires you out while fighting the Proudclad.
  • The aptly-named Cavalry Theme.
  • Fighting Fate, this Boss Battle theme in particular. Fits very nicely when fighting Galenth Dysley/Barthandelus. The non-battle version of this theme, Ragnarok, which plays when the party is turned into l'Cie by Anima, is also good, as well as very haunting.
  • Born Anew is incredible as well. Nothing matches the adrenaline rush you get from 0:15-0:33 especially, which plays as Orphan rises out of its pool to battle you. The buildup on Nascent Requiem was quite exhilarating, and somehow the playful theme seems to be mocking the players.
  • The Vestige and Gapra Whitewood.
  • 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.
  • Atonement is a beautiful track that plays when Hope reconciles with Snow, and later on, when Snow reaffirms his commitment to save Cocoon. Other great tracks include This is Your Home, which plays when 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.
  • Eidolons and Test of the l'Cie, which play during the battles with the Eidolons, depending one which one you're facing, make this list easily.
  • Dust to Dust, the track that plays when you explore 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, it plays during battles instead of the regular theme, too.
  • Will to Fight was a perfect piece to play in 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 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 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 Cid Raines kicks your ass for the 100th time, because it just means you get to listen to this badass music even more.
  • 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, on top of being a new WORLD, filled with its own active fauna.
  • Neighboring area, 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 Scenery Porn.
  • 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.

     Final Fantasy XIII- 2 

     Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII 

     Final Fantasy XIV 
Something to keep in mind as you read this section, due to Square's copyright rules for the music in XIV (only being legal if played over actual game footage) it's possible that the songs linked below may have spoilers for their respective boss fights. You've been warned.

  • 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. Then Soken delivered several tracks leaving people in awe, cementing him as the composer of FFXIV.
  • The primal fights' songs all are incredible, and deserve a special mention:
    • 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 Fallen Angel. Everybody stopped worrying.
    • And what did Soken follow that up with? "Good King Moggle Mog, Good King Mog! Lord of all the land!" It's "This is Halloween" combined with the Moogle Theme, and given ridiculously absurd and hilarious lyrics (which also describe the boss fight!).
    • Thunder Rolls, Ramuh's theme. Quite unique for being very calm and eerie compared to the other primal songs.
    • Shiva's theme, which has two parts, is nothing short of amazing. Part 1 slowly but surely builds up the epic confrontation against the primal, up until Shiva decides to be done with you and casts Diamond Dust. Then, Part 2 kicks in, and is radically different from Part 1. Opinions may differ on which you prefer, but most agree that both parts are awesome.
    • Ravana, the first primal fight of Heavensward, combines a militaristic overture with a majestic waltz. His second phase is similarly militaristic, with a Basso Profondo proclaiming the joy of endless war.
    • Bismarck, the second primal fight of Heavensward, has a fitting theme for a gigantic and majestic flying whale, with the vocals giving an otherworldly feeling to the whole fight.
  • Quicksand, Thanalan's battle theme.
  • Answers is a wonderful combination of Epic/Awesome. It comes back as the theme of the Final Boss of the Binding Coil storyline, Bahamut Prime himself. It's played in three sections for the three-phase battle, the best being the third part when he readies Teraflare; this part starts as the entire background area of the battlefield becomes engulfed in flames. Epic.
  • Hard to Miss, the theme of FATE boss battles. An aurally pleasing mix of violins and electric guitars.
  • Mor Dhona's theme is truly Awesome.
  • The Forests Pulse, The Black Shroud's battle theme.
  • Twilight Over Thanalan rarely goes without mention.
  • And for field tracks On Windy Meadows is a pretty cool guy.
  • Most of the Legacy city themes were "nice". 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.
  • Soken then capped off his debut period, and Legacy XIV, with Rise of the White Raven. A perfect final boss theme for the fight against Nael Deus Darnus, with REALLY freaky lyrics to boot.
  • Teikoku 2, the final dungeon theme in ARR. Also known as Penitus.
  • The full version of "Pharos Sirius" is wonderful. Particularly notable for being extended from a 1:30 song which only played when you entered the dungeon to a 5:23 song which now loops for the entire duration of said dungeon (adding two new movements to the original and repeating a couple portions). That is how awesome that song is, and the change was really appreciated.
  • The Crystal Tower theme, both its regular and battle theme, is fantastic, especially for a remix of a song from Final Fantasy III. On a side note: yes, Soken just loves One Woman Wails.
  • For one of the most acclaimed dungeons of the game, mainly for its atmosphere and its resolution, you have the deliciously dark and haunting theme of Tam-Tara Deepcroft (Hard) which will send chills down your spine. Please note the subtle Buddhist chanting (and, once again, the One-Woman Wail).
  • Gilgamesh is back in FFXIV. Guess what remixed song plays when you fight him in-game (on an actual bridge, no less?). Ladies and gentlemen: Battle on the Big Bridge (FFXIV). Also, Enkidu is a rooster here. For reasons.
  • Snowcloak, one of the new dungeons introduced in 2.4, has its very own theme. Said theme is without a doubt the most soothing music you can hear in the game.
  • Ultima, the theme for the climactic boss of the main story arc, the Ultima Weapon. With high tempo percussion, Ominous Latin Chanting, and a rousing chorus, this theme does a fantastic job of making your final encounter with the story's Big Bad suitably memorable and epic.
  • Dragonsong, the main theme of Heavensward.
  • The Heavensward cinematic trailer.
  • One particular theme got remixed for Heavensward, one many players probably hadn't heard in ages: Matoya's Cave. Quite soothing.
  • The music in the final dungeon of Heavensward and The Fractal Continuum.
  • Alexander's Theme is incredibly catchy with its techno vibes, giving a mechanical and futuristic feel to the whole song. That chorus will remain in your head.
  • The Manipulator's theme, the current Final Boss for the Alexander raid. With an oppressive techno death metal song with hate filled lyrics by the Illuminati leader about restoring Alexander at the cost of all life.
  • The theme of the Heavens' Ward wouldn't feel out of place in Final Fantasy Tactics, befitting Ishgard's "holy crusade".
  • The Final Boss theme of Heavensward. A panic inducing theme with an inspiring chorus. Perfect for a fight against essentially The Knights of the Round. Wonderfully remixed for the Extreme version of the fight.
  • The battle theme of Echidna, Final Boss of the Void Ark, an epic and sweeping piece that's pretty certain to get you pumped.

     Final Fantasy Type- 0 

     Final Fantasy XV 

    Ivalice series 

    Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles 

    Spin-offs, Prequels and Sequels 
  • Ryuji Sasai's music was one of the few highlights in the otherwise forgettable Final Fantasy Mystic Quest.
  • Dissidia: Final Fantasy. Not only does it have sweet remixes of classics, the Intro is pretty awesome.
    • 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 Cosmos, Chaos, and The Messenger. And yes, they all had the same lyrics in Japan.note 
    • Dissidia: Final Fantasy 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 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 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, Cantata Mortis and God in Fire.
    • More Duodecim originals: Troops and Tension
    • Still from Duodecim : Carmen Lucis. The first half is an awesome music of a desperate battle that ends up with seven Heroic Sacrifices, including one from Cosmos. The second half is plays when Shinryu revives the fallen warriors, with the Warrior of Light (not being dead) watching it, ending with Lightning's When She Smiles 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 Mysidia's Sky Garden is the upbeat, fast-paced version of the dragon-riding track from Final Fantasy V.
  • 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: The intro. Although the soundtrack of that game recently disappeared on Youtube, the game has orgasmic remixes of the originals. Noteworthy examples are "Mako Reactor", this time used for The Very Definitely Final Dungeon (for obvious reasons, especially considering they managed to make the song even more chilling than it already was); "Clash On The Big Bridge", used for the final boss; "The Decisive Battle", used for boss battles; "Cry in sorrow", used for an abandoned mansion; and so on. And then there's the game's rendition of the Prelude.

    Remixes and the like 
  • The album Final Fantasy: Pray. All of it. It's essentially tracks from Final Fantasy games remixed and set to vocals. Just one example of the awesome is Pray, based on Prologue. Yes, they made the freaking PROLOGUE more awesome than it already is.
  • 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 One-Winged Angel, Swing De Chocobo, Medley, and last but most definitely not least, Memoro De 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".
    • Distant Worlds III brings more variety with a chilling rendition of The Sending and the funniest Chocobo Medley yet.
  • 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 The Extreme, The FF Main Theme, Battle Scene A, and last but most definitely not least, Dancing Mad.
  • Nearly all of Love Will Grow, the Spiritual Successor to the aforementioned Final Fantasy: Pray album, belongs here.
  • The remixes from Sega Fantasy 6, a parody video taking the 7th Gen console wars and fitting them in flawlessly into Final Fantasy VI'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 humorous, Brentalfloss' take on the 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 Evanecense (Home Sweet Home) and Maybe, Goodbye having the most unlikely theme, VII's "Farm Boy".
  • This is what happens if 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 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", "The Oath", and a Tear Jerker string-quartet rendition of "Fragments of Memories". Definitely Awesome Music.