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[[folder:Halo Theme]]
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0mQk7JEVq4 Halo theme.]] Now with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a43xjc6iT9k face-melting guitar solos.]] Or [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFOJ13sw8o4 a full orchestra and chorus.]]
** And then [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3IzDPgoI8TU Unyielding]] came along to prove this theme did not require any of the above to ROCK.
** And then it got cranked up to eleven by Reclaimer, or "What happens to you take a kickass rock song playing to a battle, remix it, and then play to the second, larger battle immediately afterwards."
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34cGnonnTiA "Greatest Journey"]], ''the'' most epic ''complete'' rendition of the ''Halo'' theme, serves as the background music for the final [[IncrediblyLamePun run]] of ''Halo 3''. (It gets bonus points for throwing in "Under Cover of Night", a criminally underused piece from the first game, and some creepy Flood-type music.) It has [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_pAa9252Uo a rival for the title of most "complete" rendition.]]
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[[folder:''Halo: Combat Evolved'']]
%%* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t97u9qmgwN0 "A Walk in the Woods".]] A sadly underused music piece that is played briefly during the ending cutscene of Two Betrayals.
%%* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3db17gQ8XTs "Ambient Wonder".]]
%%* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cr3ViZXl5Ws "The Gun Pointed at the Head of the Universe".]]
%%* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4uVrq9P9kI "Trace Amounts".]]
%%* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSqm5Id6Hw0 "Under Cover of Night".]] Another under
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpOVKbM7vlA "Devils... Monsters..."]] With an odd, irregular percussion beat that sounds as if someone derived it from the twitching spasms of a modern-day film zombie, and [[PsychoStrings a panic-inducing violin composition]] that complements the unnatural drum beat, throwing in a few unexpected {{Scare Chord}}s into the mix, there's a reason why this is played when you first encounter the Flood in combat.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fPFtDdqnJI "Covenant Dance".]] The track itself mostly consists of percussion instruments played to a beat reminiscent to that of a tribal procession. The beat itself loops twice, the second loop adding a catchy electronic tune that is representative of the Covenant's technological superiority, and both loops end in the signature Halo theme's EtherealChoir.
%%* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUF17cd8mKk "The Maw".]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLoRT5FKy2o "Drumrun".]] A rhythmic drumbeat that plays exclusively during The Maw. Most notable for being the track that plays during the first half of the iconic Warthog run.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqgcaJ0rQDc "The Long Run".]] Another rhythmic percussion beat that uses multiple instruments, both percussion and synthetic. This one being notable as it first plays on Assault on The Control Room, during the underground tunnel run with you leading a squad of marines on a Scorpion Tank.
%%* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RO1y7WQfD9c "Rock Anthem for Saving the World".]]
%%* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H20Ok5BKR-Q "Perilous Journey".]]
%%* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1fPUejOTB8 "On a Pale Horse".]]
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[[folder:''Halo 2'']]
* [[http://youtu.be/wulYtR_2M4A "Unforgotten"]], which plays over the credits and occasionally in the menu, has become one of the most enduring songs from the game. There's just something about that piano and those strings.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MoHCpa4rG7I Heavy Price Paid]]. Just have a listen.. Very few songs really hit home how desperate the situation has become, and how everything is on the line. The title is very fitting; a heavy price has been paid, with many Elites being slaughtered, and a heavier price remains to be paid: the annihilation of every sentient being in the galaxy.
* "Peril" is a nice, calm piece which plays while the Master Chief is exploring Delta Halo.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ehd-cihwTKs Earth City]]. An absolutely awesome piece that closes out the level "Metropolis" as In Amber Clad races to follow the Prophet of Regret's ship through a slipspace rupture that ends up engulfing New Mombasa.
* Though it doesn't have an actual name, the "Arbiter's Theme," which first plays when his armor is shown in an early cutscene and is used to signify the Elites doing heroic things throughout the rest of the game. It also plays during ''Halo 3's'' level "Floodgate" when the Arbiter's Special Forces team from the previous game returns to lend a helping hand.
* The soul-soothing [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNhfuhiveUM In Amber Clad]] from ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}''.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9P8nJfyC_4 Blow Me Away]] by Breaking Benjamin, at the climactic battle scene in one of the later levels. After a gameful of sweeping orchestras and choirs, it decided to ROCK OUT.
** That's the equally-impressive vocals version, but [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1lUwDFsyPw this]] is the version you hear as you're running the gauntlet of, oh, dozens of aliens doing their best to splatter each other into little chunks of goo.
** The best part of that song is how it crops up as you enter the room to a bunch of elites and brutes fighting, and then launches into the insane rock as two hunters join the party. At that point, all ideas of hanging around until the groups destroy each other goes pretty much out the window. (And with that, we have the answer to how to stop the player sitting out of your huge battle scene - invoke AutobotsRockOut.)
** The version including the vocals was also used as the theme tune for Major League Gaming's coverage of their 2006 ''Halo 2'' season.
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTV5Uf2YZGc Epilogue Suite]]. Those guitar riffs during the first minute especially.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBADAK3fMxE Wage]] from the Delta Halo Suite. When you listen to it, whatever you are doing becomes epic by association. Putting it with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQR-n6Z7Kxk the entire suite]] just takes it UpToEleven for bonus points.
* For whatever reason, they couldn't get "[[Music/BreakingBenjamin Blow Me Away]]" and "[[Music/{{Incubus}} Follow (1st Movement of the Odyssey}]]" for the 10th anniversary remake of ''Halo 2''. But that's okay, because 343 Industries went ahead and composed brand-new guitar-shredding rock tracks for their respective [[AutobotsRockOut scenes]]: "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4gXAcoBT_XI Breaking the Covenant]]" and "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lviYhyN_VKI Follow In Flight]]".
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[[folder:''Halo 3'']]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S68GmenFk2g "One Final Effort"]] from ''Halo 3''.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uczv9V1QsDg To Kill a Demon]], played during one of the more ridiculously fun vehicle sections.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oubGPn3pZ5s Tribute]]. A fitting end to the original trilogy, with easily one of the most beautiful, tear-jerking melodies in the whole series. It perfectly encapsulates the loss and emotion felt throughout the trilogy, and brings it to a somber, yet hopeful close.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g40t7coTQ8g "Follow Our Brothers"]]. A beautiful, uplifiting reprise of "Brothers in Arms" from ''Halo: Combat Evolved'', that plays over an inspiring scene of the UNSC and Covenant Separatists gearing up to go through the Portal, united against a common foe.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Td9-JRM8Fg "This Is Our Land"]]. Made all the more awesome because that's playing as you are rolling into an invaded human city with every intention of driving those Covenant bastards back out.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bW8nG7n_M3s "This Is The Hour".]] Really, there ''is'' no better music to end the world on.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQJGlhWVaic "Finish The Fight".]] Instead of the previous song's ending, imagine instead the UNSC fleet dishing out one last MAC volley, and Truth's ship falling to the ground with a huge, glorious explosion. Truly awesome heroic music.
* ''Halo 3''[='=]s [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDSQbCYrXu0 version]] of "On A Pale Horse" topped the original, as the first part of the piece "Behold a Pale Horse". A lot of ''Halo 3'''s work were new versions of themes from the first and second.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Q257zs80k8 "Reborn"]], the overture of the final level of ''Halo 3''.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QjeoWeBzhg The]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZrhQ-Rtwj4 entire]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S68GmenFk2g Covenant]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1hAUE9o-MM suite]] is one big SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome for Awesome Music.
* The main menu theme of ''Halo 3'', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7w76B7fO_4 Unforgotten/Never Forget]]. It's really a beautiful piece. Probably a TearJerker / AwardBaitSong if there ever was one. "Unforgotten", indeed.
* The reprise of "Under Cover of Night" (from ''Halo: CE'') going into the final level of ''Halo 3'' is a standout moment from that game. To know that the two biggest badasses of the humans and Elites were about to go to their potential deaths...breathtaking. "We'll head for the Portal...and then we'll all go home."
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[[folder:''Halo 3: ODST'2r2']]
* Now, with ''Halo 3: ODST'', we can add [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IyOezaeH00M Menagerie]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5q-HxbVbuMA Skyline]]. Menagerie gets special mention for reappearing in ''Halo: Reach'', playing as Noble Six helps escort a certain Gunnery Sergeant while the Covenant glass New Alexandria in the background.
* An excellent track also from ''Halo 3:ODST'', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aT3kKCnTIFQ Special Delivery]], that closes out the final mission in the game. Starts out somber and melancholy, but slowly builds to a beautiful rendition of the main theme as the Squad's Phantom escapes New Mombasa and the camera pans out over the Artifact.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBeyFxCsoOw Traffic Jam.]] Has a driving rhythm, makes an orchestra sound as awesome as an electric guitar's power chords, and has an actual electric guitar soloing ''on top of that.'' Played during Mickey's mission where you roll through the enclosed city streets of New Mombasa in a Scorpion tank.
* During the final level, you have [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dR7d5PEfVYA Mercy Plea]]. So somber yet heroic; evoking the feeling of soldiers going off to face their final battle with honor.
* The ad for the game, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rxUOdpAliE "We Are ODST"]], featured a cover of Light of Aidan's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VhUNEtV-nPc "Lament"]] that captured in Gaelic the tragedy and courage of war.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1cvcyi9oPU Finale]] plays on the final mission and contains a triumphant version of ODST's main melody. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9zLaVDKnfw Difference for Darkness]] is a soothing rendition of the same theme that plays during the final mission.
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[[folder:''Halo Wars'']]
* Most of ''Halo Wars'''s music tracks are [=CMoA=] in their own right, but the ones that stood out were [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxOwb6QPgHQ "Spirit of Fire"]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phk7di38iv8 "Insignificantia".]]
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[[folder:''Halo: Reach'']]
* With ''Halo: Reach'', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktce1qctRbM ashes]] (a real TearJerker to rival Unforgotten or the ''Halo 3'' remix Never Forget) and the indescribably awesome [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_aMWCn_ZDQ Walking Away]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mj4uoPxHYs "We Remember"]], which is an awesome combination of ''Combat Evolved''[='=]s rock and ''Halo 3''[='=]s choral tunes.
* From ''Reach'', we have a track that plays during the beginning of Tip of the Spear, and caps off the game credits: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYS-ZV_buDI Unreconciled]]. So chilling.
* Also from ''Reach'' is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTRtAB7spno The Pillar of Autumn]]. The Reach overture loses instruments as your teammates die, and by "Pillar of Autumn" it has been condensed down to just a cello section. All your friends are dead, and you're on your own, but you still have a job to do.
* And [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_cF8UlwOZE Epilogue]], one of the biggest {{tear jerker}}s of the series, on par with "Heavy Price Paid", "Unforgotten", "Heroes Also Fall", and "Ashes".
* Plus the [[http://youtu.be/3nBj1BlKMzY Lone Wolf variant from the beta]].
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[[folder:''Halo 4'']]
* With ''Halo 4'', Neil Davidge proves himself a worthy successor to O'Donnell (who is contracted to Bungie, not 343 Industries), with "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=miwmCI7VS58 Arrival]]", an epic piece that plays during the final battle of the Campaign.
* "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vX5VI0GgO5U Belly of the Beast]]". It plays during the first level of the game, but it wouldn't be out of place in a monster movie or an epic reveal. A slow buildup to pounding drums, it is the epitome of "something big and ominous is coming, and there is ''nothing'' you can do to stop it".
* On the note of ''Halo 4'', we have the very first title in the soundtrack, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Oj41t-UES0 "Awakening"]], an ungodly mix of electric guitars, choir, and violins.
* Also, the Infinity's/[=UNSC=]'s {{Leitmotif}} in ''Halo 4'', "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_oKF0uA7pk To Galaxy]]". A slow build-up leading to a sweeping, heroic, but serious-sounding piece. The build-up section is used as background music for the multiplayer menu, but other segments are used in Spartan Ops and of course, in the [=UNSC=]'s "We are the giants now" BadassBoast intro. There's also [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9IJff64R-U a cover of "To Galaxy"]] by violinist Taylor Davis and pianist Lara de Wit.
* Another awesome ''Halo 4'' track is "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzyr_ZooBqo Faithless]]", an awesome track with a pounding beat that plays while carving through Covenant on Ivanoff Station, and in a few Covenant-themed Spartan Ops missions.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Etksc3mrIQU Revival]] starts off with an ethereal chant that ends with a surprisingly good bass drop, and plays when you first meet the Didact to great effect.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBHxDMSlrdg Green and Blue.]] John and Cortana. Earth and sky. Life and sadness. Whatever you read into the title, this song is a powerful, compelling dirge, and it was cut criminally short in the actual game. The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qS_3GEdXvPQ Remix version by KOAN Sound]], while different in style and tempo (and only half the length), is equally beautiful.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ido-Q-Qa8TI&index=11 Arrival]], [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AqAcKhmkh4Q Revival]], and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksM-9ZzoFgk Nemesis]] all received top-notch dubstep remixes for ''Halo 4'''s weaponry trailers. "Nemesis" is fast paced, with some good drops. "Arrival" focuses more on the original's violin work with a new beat, and "Revival" is a bit calmer, focusing more on the original's singing.
* Another two great pieces are [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-i9yZaYHjM Push Through]], which plays when the Chief's driving a tank to clear the Covies attacking the ''Infinity''; and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2SgaJkMIKU Convoy]], the thumping track which plays when the Chief boards the Mammoth.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xyUHxdLIgjY Armour]], an eclectic electronic mix for the concept art trailer.
* Co-composer Kazuma Jinnouchi created some of the best action themes in the game. Jinnouchi's compositions are much more familiar to ''Halo'' fans than Davidge's atmospheric themes: impressive scale, bombastically orchestral and clearly influenced by Marty's works.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMbEB8fP8b4 Atonement]], the main menu theme. One section stands out is a powerful build of strings, the climax of which ends with a quiet reprise of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vZkWqww0Sk Keep What You Steal]] (more or less Cortana's theme) from ''Halo 3''.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBEBn15WLCM Mantis]], which plays [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin when you're piloting the Mantis]].
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jy6pN4TkKlM Lasky's Theme]].
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzIJV8XrCEI 117]], the Master Chief's {{Leitmotif}}. An absolutely beautiful piece that plays over the Chief's Broadsword assault on the Didact's ship, before segueing into a chilling theme as the UNSC deals with the aftermath of the Didact's attack before the piece slowly builds in intensity as the "117" leitmotif plays over the Master Chief walking onto S-Deck on the UNSC Infinity and removing his armor for the first time in five years. It basically screams "the story is just beginning, and a greater storm lurks on the horizon."
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LgvaEEJqQSM Sacrifice]], the heroic crescendo played during the Chief's entry into the Didact's ship.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fb9CxP0Nhto Never Forget (Midnight Version)]], an excellent remix of the classic ''Halo 3'' composition of the same name.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=006-koIdla4 Majestic]], the incredible theme song for Spartan Ops.
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[[folder:Other]]
* Technically, it's not [[VideoGame/{{Myth}} originally]] from ''Halo'', but it appears in each game: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCFtBlKDIaM Siege of Madrigal]], one of the most forlorn, haunting, and awesome {{Lonely Piano Piece}}s ever. It's pretty much Bungie's official theme. So much so that it continuously loops in the hidden tribute room easter egg on the mission "The Package" in ''VideoGame/HaloReach'', which contains farewell messages to the community.
* From ''Halo Legends'', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eScd8oWPCC4 "Machines and Might"]], a short but very sweet tune, heard in the equally sweet short, "Prototype" among other episodes.
-->"Oh my God. It's the Prototype suit."
-->"But who the hell's piloting it?"
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3T8g3kOEmYo Sacred Icon Suite 2]] - basically the Arbiter's theme meets Unforgotten meets Sacred Icon Suite 1, except on steroids, on fire, and dual-wielding Rocket Launchers. That's how awesome it is.
* A motion comic of the story The Return, from ''Halo Evolutions'', was recently made. The first bit of music from it, a OneWomanWail piece, is absolutely amazing.
* Not official music, but these two fanmade remixes take the original ''Halo'' theme and reinterpret it. They really are something that will make your skin crawl with the epic.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I551sS_HiEw By Plasma3Remix.]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_v5MQ9atxE And Sonic Delirium.]]
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->Marty O'Donnell is god, but Neil Davidge and Kazuma Jinnouchi are worthy successors.
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