Awesome Music: Godzilla
Who knew a movie franchise about People in Rubber Suits beating the crap out of models and each other would produce such awesome music?
- Akira Ifukube was a god. And he invented Godzilla's roar as a bonus.
- The original theme itself is still just as awesome today as it was when the movie came out.
- The Godzilla March.
- Mothra's Song.
- The "Monster Zero March", an epic remix of the "Frigate March" theme from the original movie.
- From the original movie: When you have a Godzilla theme that sounds like this, then you know it's not the cheesy giant monster movie the later films became known for. It's a straight-up sci-fi/horror film with heavy emphasis on nightmare fuel and tragedy.
- Masaru Sato, composer of Son of Godzilla and Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974), came up with some classic, instantly recognizable themes as well.
- The psychedelic "SAVE THE EARTH!" from Godzilla vs. Hedorah.
- Reijiro Koroku's soundtrack to The Return Of Godzilla (or Godzilla 1985) is dark, gothic and brooding; Akira Ifukube meets John Williams at an Edgar Allan Poe convention.
- The music for Godzilla vs. Biollante toned down the grim and added a bit of poetry to the tune.
- "Bio Wars." Snippets of it played during BioMajor's escape scene leading up to SSS9 taking them all out, and a couple evacuation scenes. It's kind of a Super Sentai theme, with insane lead guitar, and snippets of the classic Godzilla theme to boot.
- The Love Theme, only part of which was heard near the end, and Countdown. Much of the music was composed as suites which were then broken down into various pieces that are heard in the movie.
- From MechaGodzilla II, a repost of Super Mechagodzilla's theme.
- Watching Burning Godzilla rampage through Hong Kong to the chilling "The Godzilla March" remix called Hong Kong Destruction will send shivers through you.
- Kow/Koh Otani's score for Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All Out Attack is also worth mentioning. A combination of classical and techno sound used to bring the past to the present, giving each monster its own new theme for the film.
- For the Heisei era, it really can't get any more epic than Godzilla's Requiem. Epic, and really gives the death of Godzilla the gravity fans pretty much demanded as soon as the posters and trailers hit with the WHAM Line "On December 24th, Godzilla DIES".
- Back in the original movie, there was a "Prayer for Peace".
- J. Peter Robinson's rescore of the final battle in Godzilla 2000.
- Part of what makes Godzilla's awakening in Final Wars so epic is the music. As it builds up to his appearance, it goes silent as we see his face. He roars, and then the music just explodes with epicness!
- Dreaded God, the main theme of Godzilla 2000, is an amazing piece, which truly cements Godzilla's status as the destructive, yet imposing and sometimes misunderstood force of nature he is, and which also marks an awesome beginning for the Millenium era.
- Akira Ifukube has blessed the cinematic world with a treasure of beautiful sound. From the return of the Maser March from War Of The Gargantuas to Godzilla's theme playing when he emerges from Mt. Fuji, the viewer is given a wonderful listening experience. But perhaps the best piece of music, however, is the soft melody that plays during the end credits, a modified instrumental version of the piece, "Sacred Springs" from Mothra vs. Godzilla. Another piece, just before this, "Mothra Heads Into Outer Space" is Sacred Springs played with a harp. Listening to both pieces side-by-side is an exquisitely pleasant listening experience.
- Michiru Oshima gives us perhaps one of the best scores ever heard in a Godzilla movie in Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla.
Other Toho Films
- As it has been mentioned before, Akira Ifukube's score for Varan and King Kong vs. Godzilla would be reused and modified for dozens of other films.
- Ifukube's score for Atragon is also excellent.
- Yuji Koseki brought us the classic Summoning Mothra. Nelson really should have known better than to let two kidnapped priestesses sing their traditional worship songs.
- Not a kaiju film, but Masaru Sato's score for Battle Of The Japan Sea. Filled with epic military marches. The Black Fleet is notable for underscoring the reveal of Mechagodzilla in the trailer for the 1974 film.
The 1998 American film
- As controversial as the film is, David Arnold's score is praised by even those who don't like the film, starting with the main titles, with a theme worthy of Godzilla himself.
- Jamiroquai's "Deeper Underground" is thought of as a highlight on the pop-song soundtrack that was released. Even if it's unfitting, it's pure funk in the best way.
- Puff Daddy's "Come With Me". As narmy as it is, it does lend an epic feel to the whole thing, and was prominently featured in advertisements. Jimmy Page even played on the track, sampling his own song.
The 2014 American film
- The Opening Theme for Godzilla (2014). It really helps set the tone of the film and the sheer destruction that is about to unfold.
- "Two Against One", part of which unveils the atomic breath.
Godzilla Spinoff music
- Moguera's theme music in Godzilla: Unleashed.
- Godzilla vs. Heavy Metal.
- Though it was never really featured in any Godzilla media, the Blue Oyster Cult song from Spectres can also qualify for this trope.
- Many of the Unleashed themes are awesome to listen to, with the most awesome themes going to the GDF and Earth Defenders, but all the factions have awesome themes in there. Kiryu/Mechagodzilla 2's theme in particular, even if it's shared between two characters, is pretty cool-sounding, and Jet Jaguar has a theme that makes him feel badass. The crowning theme has to be Mecha-King Ghidorah's theme, though; it became the main theme of the game for a reason.