Awesome Music / League of Legends

For a free game, League of Legends sure has a lot of Awesome Music.

Champion Themes
  • Lulu's song was the first Champion Theme and the one that started the trend of giving each new champion release a theme in the launcher's login screen.
  • Darius' Theme is impressively foreboding. It also dubs as Music to invade Ionia to.
  • Varus' Theme, which many consider a Dark Reprise of Darius' martial song. The destruction that's left after the war is over.
  • Draven's Theme. Hear his audience scream Draven! as he executes yet another prisoner.
  • Rengar and Kha'zix's themes. Just like the two arch enemies themselves, these pieces contrast and clash with each other with drum and woodwind.
  • Diana's theme, Daylight's End. Sung by a Visual Designer at Riot, this song is commonly lauded as the best one thus far due to its soft yet chilling vocals. A later recording from Music of League of Legends Vol. 1 adds an extended strings section, and it all flows together beautifully.
    Ask not the sun why she sets
    Why she shrouds her light away
    Or why she hides her glowing gaze
    When night turns crimson gold to grey

    For silent falls the guilty sun
    As day to dark does turn
    One simple truth she dare not speak:
    Her light can only blind and burn

    No mercy for the guilty
    Bring down their lying sun
    Blood so silver black by night
    Upon their faces pale white

    Cruel moon, bring the end
    The dawn will never rise again.
  • Here Comes Vi!, a Bragging Theme Tune ripe with Breaking the Fourth Wall.
  • Get Jinxed!, Jinx's theme mirrors Vi's in several ways. It's also notable for being the subject of Riot's first music video, featuring a dream sequence in which Jinx spreads her brand of mayhem across Piltover.
  • Jayce's theme. Uplifting and dramatic, fitting for a Science Hero, which also manages to incorporate elements of the main theme.
  • Zac's Theme, which encapsulates the sound of him being Zaun's version of a Super Hero.
  • Aatrox's Theme sounds like something out of Inception.
  • Nami's Theme, a wonderfully soothing tune. It was reorchestrated in Music of League of Legends Vol. 1 as Tidecaller, which further enhanced its beautifully gentle atmosphere with beautiful pianos, strings and woodwinds.
  • On other side of the spectrum, Thresh's Theme. A reference to Freddy's Coming For You and the first warning that Thresh is not the kind of character you want to go against.
  • Lucian's Theme, "The Purifier's Resolve", has finally been revealed, and Riot Games called for backup...in the form of The Crystal Method.
  • Yasuo's Theme is a peaceful melody performed on a wooden flute, which contrasts with Yasuo's tragic back story.
  • Vel'Koz's Theme is an alien sounding theme, belonging to someone obsessed with acquiring knowledge by way of disintegration.
  • Braum's Theme, a jaunty tune with a Celtic vibe, befitting of the magnificently mustachioed mountain man.
  • Quinn's theme is essentially the anthem for a Demacian hero.
  • Amumu's theme and its gorgeous accompanying video is a tragic and beautiful illustration of Amumu's backstory. Warning: this will melt your heart.
    "Every child in Valoran has heard the tale before,
    About the cursed mummy boy who felt his heart no more."
  • Ekko's Theme as well as the BGM to his trailer, Seconds, make for two of the most pulse pounding songs in League of Legends discography.
  • Tahm Kench's theme is a sinister southern guitar tune accompanied by a deep humming, perfect for the cunning con-man himself.
  • Kindred's theme is a beautiful, ghostly piece with powerful cello work, as ethereal and mysterious as Kindred themselves...
  • Jhin's theme starts off as a pumping, rhythmic piece, evocative of Jhin's work as seen by his victims, then transitions into a heavenly, choir-like theme, likely to represent how Jhin sees his own killings as beautiful.
  • Aurelion Sol's theme incredibly manages to be the perfect trifecta of alien strangeness, terrifying scope and booming grandiosity, fitting of the celestial star-creating/destroying dragon. It's Hans Zimmer-level blood pumping.
  • Taliyah's theme is an utterly ethereal piece begins with haunting vocals, only for it to transform into a bombastic yet delightful piece that sounds like something that would fit into Assassin's Creed!
  • Kled's theme certainly has the feel of a Noxian Conqueror's anthem with booming brass and wardrums, but the acoustic guitar sprinkled in gives off the impression that he's just not right in the head.
  • Yorick's theme is a wonderfully ominous track with funerary chimes and subdued choir before building up into a loud, terrifying, but beautiful climax, befitting of the newly re-imagined Shepard of Lost Souls.
  • Ivern's theme can only be described as "warm," being a vibrant, but gently pleasant and relaxing track befitting of the Green Father.
  • Camille's theme perfectly suits the character in a beautifully suspenseful piece, with classy harpsichords and violins meshing perfectly against loud drums, full string sections and light synthesizers.
  • The new Urgot's theme is very dangerous-sounding, fitting with the champion.
  • Ornn, the Mountainsmith. A beautiful tune that feels straight out of a Skyrim tavern.

Skin Themes

Map Themes
  • Welcome to Summoner's Rift! Unassuming and wholesome, the ambient music that everyone has listened to at least once. The long awaited update to SR came with this login theme.
  • The Twisted Treeline. Set in the Shadow Isles, the music captures the darkness of the land perfectly. The old Treeline's piece is still creepy but retains the light-hearted nature of the original game.
  • The Crystal Scar Theme. The music synchronizes with the action of the game, changing the tune whenever a point is captured, a quest is completed or when nearing the end.
  • The Freljord Music. All of it.
    • Starting with the Avarosan's Theme, a calm and soothing theme, exemplifying Ashe's quest for peace and prosperity. As the largest and richest tribe, the Avarosan control the fertile lands of Freljord and they share their goods freely with allied tribes.
    • Following afterwards is the Winter's Claw. Sejuani's tribe and by far the most warlike. The spirited, uplifting and dramatic theme reflects Sejuani's traditional Freljordian views and her allies' readiness to wage war.
    • And ending with the Frostguard, Lissandra's tribe. The song reflects Lissandra's and the Frostguard's decieving and insidious nature, and her tenuous alliance with Trundle and his tribe. The Frostguard and their leader hide behind a mask of benevolence and seniority, while they plot to overtake Freljord through Trundle's army and bring back their Frozen Watchers.
  • The Butcher's Bridge Theme. A jaunty sea shanty that gets you ready for a fun, pirate-themed ARAM romp.

Other
  • The game's main theme, A Champion Approaches. As the Draft Pick pre-game music, any person who plays Ranked knows this piece very well. It got turned into a short, yet still lovely and epic theme for 2013 Snowdown.
  • The April Fool's 2013 joke, Cho'Gath Eats The World, included this 8-bit rendition of the League theme.
  • The Astro Teemo theme. Pump that Teemo techno.
  • Just about all the World Championship themes can be considered Awesome Music:
    • For the Season 3 World Championship, Riot presented us with this login orchestral theme to get us hyped, and during the finals, they presented us with "Hybrid Worlds", combining a thrilling orchestral section with epic guitar riffs from none other than Wes Borland. There was also the Opening Ceremony, featuring live performances of "Hybrid Worlds" and "The Purifier's Resolve" by the original artists!
    • For Season 4 Worlds, there was "Warriors", signifying the epic battle for the S4 world cup, which is especially awesome it's done by Imagine Dragons! Anyone who's tried to get better at League understands exactly what the lyrics mean, and it's almost univerally recognized as the best Worlds theme yet.
    • Then for the Season 5 World Championship, we got "Worlds Collide" by Nicki Taylor, which continued Warriors' trend of being an awesome celebratory anthem towards the competitive scene, and it's just as amazing.
    • Season 6's "Ignite" by Zedd is somewhat more divisive as a follow-up to previous years, but it's still a delightful EDM piece that continues the lyrical themes of previous years songs. Much more unanimously liked were the orchestral login themes, which continue to impress and hype for the final battle. To those who like both, "Ignite" also has a Finals mix that combines all of them!
    • Season 7's "Legends Never Die" (featuring US pop group Against the Current) is a rousing epic anthem to the Worlds Championship. The lyrics are especially meaningful this year as they saw the defeat of 3 time world champions SKT and particularly the fall and humiliation of legendary player Lee "Faker" Sang-hyeok.
  • In celebration of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Riot released a line of skins and login screen featuring "Legends of the Field." It's sure to get your blood pumping for a good game!
  • Do you remember the Pentakill band led by Karthus, Mordekaiser, Yorick, Olaf, and Sona, that was mostly done as a thematic skin line? Well, Riot decided to defictionalize the band in 2014, and they released Smite and Ignite, a full, legitimate heavy metal album that contains some incredible tracks for metalheads everywhere. Choice tracks include the epic metal goodness of "Lightbringer" and "Deathfire Grasp", the industrial-inspired heaviness of "The Hex Core," and the surprisingly gentle yet epic "Orb of Winter." During the Season 6 Worlds concert, which featured a medley of a few Pentakill tracks, it eventually transitioned into a tease of an unreleased, upcoming track, with the screen flashing Pentakill II. Pentakill is rising!
  • Pentakill returned with another music video for NALCS 2017... Mortal Reminder, wherein Pentakill overruns Bandle City, turning it and its denizens into a monument of metal. Between the excellence of the track itself, and the perfect timing of the video, one is hard pressed to not be as awestruck as the Yordles.
    Youtube Commenter: Oh my METAL GOD!
  • Welcome to Planet Urf. U.R.F. is back baby! The return of the beloved game mode was brought back in style with this hard hitting tune.
  • As We Fall is a new music video that ties into Varus' new lore. Featuring gorgeous, psychedelic visuals and a haunting Alternative Rock/Electro melody, it shows how Varus was released from his imprisonment by two hunters, Valmar and Kai. The lyrics, when read through, give the impression of a desperate rescue attempt... which, when analyzed closer, make it clear that the singer is actually Valmar crossing the Despair Event Horizon to try and save Kai.
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