Awesome Music / Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep

  • "Black Powder", which first plays when you fight Braig the first time, and then during the first form of Master Xehanort.
  • Ventus' Theme, first heard during the game's trailers. It's a somber mix of Roxas' and Sora's Themes.
  • The best version of "Dearly Beloved" yet.
  • The winner for the most unexpected piece of music to ever come out of the Kingdom Hearts series: "A Date With Fate", a bouncy remix of "Succession (Theme of Crisis Core)" that plays during scenes with Zack.
  • "Unbreakable Chains", the theme for the last battle with Vanitas, is sweet. Listen closely for hints of certain other characters' theme songs.
  • The Unversed Boss music, particularly "Unforgettable", is fun, as well as giving huge hints that the Unversed come from Vanitas due to the similarity of the themes.
  • "Dismiss", the Final Boss theme, takes the already awesome "Fragments of Sorrow", mixes it with Aqua and Terra's themes, and turns the whole thing Up to Eleven, bringing out both a feeling of foreshadowing and tragedy as Aqua has to defeat her possessed former friend. Its remix in 2.5 HD Remix manages to take it even further Up to Eleven.
  • "Makaukau", the Deep Space battle music. It's pretty much hardcore techno.
  • These two remixes of "Scherzo Di Notte" and "Radiant Garden", which take the already great original songs and adds a touch of grandiosity fitting for Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep's version of the world. And it's even more awesome when you realize this is a song of Radiant Garden a.k.a. Hollow Bastion in its glory before Xehanort ruined it and Maleficent took it over.
  • "Aqua's Theme" and "Destiny's Union", both of which are associated with Aqua and especially befit her character.
  • "The Tumbling", otherwise known as the Wheel Master battle. Fans were rearranging and remixing this track almost immediately after it was revealed in an early gameplay trailer. It also plays in the battle against Symphony Master. Definitely a perfect boss theme for a Musical Assassin.
  • "Rage Awakened -The Origin-". For all the awesomeness from KHII, it's even better here. It has a sense of urgency that fits the tone of the fight that KHII didn't have. The song makes that scene. "Terra's Theme" isn't bad either and fits Terra's resolve and will. It is also similar to "Rage Awakened" since both songs are affiliated with Terra, either as himself or as the Lingering Sentiment/Will.
  • Seeing as the game's new Bonus Boss, The Mysterious Figure, is awesome enough as it is, it's no surprise his theme, "Dark Impetus", is easily one of the best in the game.
  • "The Silent Forest", Enchanted Dominion's theme, is beautifully haunting. Considering that Sleeping Beauty had a soundtrack entirely comprising classical music, it's no surprise that the world based on it has fittingly great music. Having said that, listen to "The Rustling Forest", the battle theme of Enchanted Dominion, and try not to go deaf from how awesome it is.
  • Impossible as it may seem, the Ice Cream Beat mini-game actually managed to come up with a version of "It's A Small World" that's not only not-cringe-inducing, but actually pretty good! (it helps that the thing that makes the original so ear-grating—the singing—is absent).
  • From the game's Final Mix we have "Master, Tell Me The Truth", the battle theme for The Armor of The Master, Master Eraqus' Sentiment, which incorporates some of the Land of Departure's battle theme.
  • Also from the Final Mix, "Forze dell'Oscurita", which is the battle theme of No Heart, Master Xehanort's Sentiment. It epically combines "Forze del Male" with "Darkness of the Unknown" for music of sheer power. There's some Fridge Brilliance with "Forze dell'Oscurita", as well: not only does it contain part of Xemnas' final battle music, but the section it borrows comes from when you're fighting Armored Xemnas, whose appearance is almost identical to No Heart's.
  • Another one from the Final Mix is "Hunter of the Dark" from the Secret Episode.
  • The beautiful, almost-holy-sounding "The Key of Light", and its chilling Dark Reprise "The Key of Darkness". Which is again remixed into "The Key", Aqua's (and Mickey's) final boss theme against Vanitas-possessed Ventus and his completed χ-Blade.
  • The version of "The Encounter" used in Birth By Sleep may be superior to the original! And it gets used in an awesome way in 3D when it plays during the Julius Bonus Boss fight.
  • The haunting "Sunset Horizons" that plays in the Keyblade Graveyard really gets across the tragedy of what has and will transpire in that place. It doesn't matter that you just spent 30-40ish hours playing as these characters. THEY. WILL. LOSE. Interestingly, it has some of Aqua's Theme laced into it, hinting that she is the only one to truly survive the encounter with Xehanort and Vanitas here.
  • "Eternal Moments", an extraordinary remake of 358/2's "At Dusk, I Will Think of You" that plays when Ventus gets to first meet Lea and Isa in Radiant Garden. Also, note that the music has more slightly upbeat feeling compared to "At Dusk, I Will Think of You" which sounds relatively calm and slow. This is to indicate how the characters still have heart, as opposed to them as nobodies without heart in 358/2 (at the time, at least).
  • "Tears of the Light", plays at Terra's first scene in Castle of Dreams and Aqua's first scene in Dwarf Woodlands.
  • Who can forget "Night of the Dark Dream" that plays for the Realm of Darkness? It's creepy, haunting and gives a pervading feeling of hopelessness, which is perfectly fitting for Aqua's situation (heck, ANYONE's situation if they're caught in the Realm of Darkness).
  • "Extreme Encounters" only plays twice in the game, but it is very noticeable for playing during the Tremaine family's Moral Event Horizon when they summon the Cursed Coach to murder Cinderella because they hate her. While Aqua is denied the chance of directly fighting the trio to the death, beating the Unversed to ensure Cinderella is finally freed from years of hate and abuse and finally marry Prince Charming and earn her happy ending (for now) is rewarding enough. The other time the song plays is when Terra fights a Hades-possessed Zack; the aftermath of that cutscene is Terra being viewed as a hero by everyone in Olympus Coliseum.

0.2 Birth by Sleep - A Fragmentary Passage

  • "The Silent Forest" and "The Secret Whispers". Recognize the names and themes? You should, because these two tracks play for Enchanted Dominion and Dwarf Woodlands respectively. And like "Forze dell'Oscurita", these two themes are mashups of those themes with "Night of the Dark Dream"! It certainly gives the feeling of them being subsumed into the Realm of Darkness. If only the Castle of Dreams had its own Realm of Darkness version of "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo".

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