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Every single VideoGame/MetalGear game owes a great deal of its awesomeness to the incredible music.


[[folder: Metal Gear]]
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEtN4GizqEs Alert]] theme. The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iekGOi3IPcE NES version]] is good as well.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zf2N5N9flts Theme of Tara]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDNKunhqUmQ Escape -Beyond Big Boss-]] ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHohjFKPgT0 NES version]]).

[[folder: Snake's Revenge]]
* Even among the people who dislike ''Snake's Revenge'', most of them agree that at least it has an awesome soundtrack. The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYKjNOcjDXY Jungle Infiltration]] theme is especially catchy.

[[folder: Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=matq6G5jgyE The Theme of Solid Snake]]. There's also the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5OO2ckez_c Integral version]], which remixes it with some of Solid's sensibilities.
* Hell, the entire soundtrack from ''Metal Gear 2'' deserves mention. There is a significant improvement in the quality and complexity of the music, compared to its predecessor - no doubt due in part to the addition of the SCC sound chip, which increased the number of sound channels from 3 to 5.
* ''Metal Gear 2''[='=]s Zanzibar(land) Breeze may only play during the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVS_IhkOj50 prologue]], but with all the remixes that are out there, one might think it was a recurring theme. Some remixes include the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WoXDsKitz2Q remix on the official music collection]], and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOsjB8TrlTc the Red Disk/Policenauts version]].

[[folder: Metal Gear Solid]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKVIApSXDt0 Metal Gear Solid: Main theme]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=synBp17IGfo Rex's Lair]].
* The original game also gives us [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6miaTf1gF4g "The Best is Yet to Come"]], played at both the beginning and end, and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMasLUmBzkc Mantis' Hymn]], an appropriately awesome theme for one of the best boss fights ever.
** In the original, it was a prelude; the Gamecube remake also used it for the battle.
** Fan Film Film/MetalGearSolidPhilanthropy adds [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jU7wIWN8dDc "Will There Be an End",]] composed specifically for the movie and performed by the same singer who did "The Best is Yet to Come".
* Say what you will about the Twin Snakes remake, but you can't deny that it had a good soundtrack. Check out [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=522G2X1rB6w Soldier vs The Ghost]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kD_itQfYwXI Assassin vs Saladin]], and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=269JQ8IWDMI Snake vs Mantis]].
** Also, the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLid2005n38 original version]] of "Encounter" stands up surprisingly well, and even got [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MEXkT2e2EE remix]] made for ''[[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Super Smash Bros. Brawl]]''.
** The boss theme version from the original, titled [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gpm6WbWQnvs Duel]].
** And [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKaGF5gbE5E the intense version]] from the original ''Metal Gear Online'', used for the first part of [[spoiler: Liquid Ocelot's final boss battle]] in ''[=MGS4=]''.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIOTOAoASzE This remix of the main themes from MGS and MGS2, SNES style.]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPISnnLhnhI "Escape"]].
* Some good examples are its boss themes, such as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=522G2X1rB6w Soldier vs. Ghost]] or [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=269JQ8IWDMI Intruder vs. Parasite]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4UspBs3DGQ Enclosure]].
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNVCD1dsnJI The MGS3 version of the theme]].
** The ''[=MGS4=]'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTnQZb2AKbs remix]] of the theme.

[[folder: Metal Gear: Ghost Babel]]
* The final battle against Viper ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETjKaSXsoeU Ascent]]) is undoubtedly one of the best boss themes on the GBC.

[[folder: Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty]]
* Notably, this is the first game in the series to bring Hollywood composer Harry Gregson-Williams on board to do the music, and his style shows throughout it and all later ''Metal Gear'' games he contributed to.
* Let's give ''[=MGS2=]'' some love for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkhJjbimL5E "Yell Dead Cell"]]. Awesome with an undertone of creepiness that suits the bosses perfectly. Also made it into Smash Bros.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ntu_6ROG8EM Father and Son]], the music for the battle against Solidus.
* The incredibly relaxing tune for all the parts with Emma.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xim8I772bYc Tanker Incident]] (especially during the alert phase). Just listen to the alert mode at 2:18 and Olga's battle theme at 6:45.
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUho_LJbFfs Metal Gear Solid 2 Theme.]]
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58V7XDgIB2c Arsenal's Guts]], a song that plays near the end of the game and has some of the thickest and spookiest stealth atmosphere to ever hit the ''Metal Gear'' series.
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztS6IB0IuWI ending theme]] of ''[=MGS2=]''.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZ87DAa79iQ Countdown to Disaster]].
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Jw6y7SW3a8 Menu Music]] is absolutely great in setting the tone for the game. Unfortunately it isn't available on any soundtrack.

[[folder: Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9aHQnDTd1y4 Snake Eater]], the theme song of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'', managing to be both a parody and a spectacular example of 60s spy tunes. The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8C9niRuUb5g Japanese version]] is great as well. As part of a promotional soundtrack for ''The Phantom Pain'', Donna Burke did covers of several of the vocal themes throughout the ''Solid'' series, resulting in a brilliant [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIHUoAs5OUE funky, bass-heavy remix of the song]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNVCD1dsnJI MGS3 Theme]]. The last part of it plays a remixed version of the second game's ending. And that part at 5:10...it just fits the game perfectly. It's the sound of a soldier returning home, sadly questioning what his mission was about, but still carrying a kernel of hope for the future. But still, it is completely normal if the music made you salute your television when you heard it.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QioBJwnMm3o "Ocelot Youth - Confrontation"]] does a great job of matching the tension of the gun fight between Naked Snake and [[MagnificentBastard Ocelot]] in his youth and fits the latter's character.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f00OQVn-Hbo "Way To Fall"]], the ending theme of ''[=MGS3=]'' by Starsailor. Easily up there with several of the ''Franchise/SilentHill'' themes, if not the most fitting ending theme ever for a game. On a related note: Kojima originally wanted two songs by Music/DavidBowie, "Space Oddity" and "Ashes to Ashes", to play during the ending.
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gr8WslV4cEw Debriefing]] music from Snake Eater, including its TriumphantReprise of the original ''MGS'' theme.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPR-yCy_0vA Clash With Evil Personified]], [[BigBad Volgin's]] battle theme.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TEoK7CF1Dw Escape From The Fortress]], which plays during the escape from Groznyj Grad. One of the most fitting pieces of [=BGM=] ''ever''.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THR3LIK9yIs Caution in the Jungle]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ai3wCTLHx0 Takin' On The Shagohod]], the theme of the climactic Shagohod battle. The fight itself is [[AntiClimaxBoss easy]], but the music accompanying it is ''fantastic'', conveying that final battle feel perfectly as this is the final fight between you and EVA, and Volgin and what's left of the Shagohod.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ob86cFfp3MQ The Fury]].
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=duieIBwSbqs Battle In The Jungle]] captures the tension of being hunted perfectly.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQIVzLRUQ3c The Pain]]. Who knew a silly boss who shoots bees at people could have an intense and action packed theme?

[[folder: Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXkgn3QUA2w Calling to the Night]], the unexpectedly awesome (and tearjerking) theme song for ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPortableOps''. It also appears in ''[[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Super Smash Bros. Brawl]]''.
* Gene's final [[http://youtu.be/cads0ReDjiQ boss music]], an eerily calm and driving song. This one also got orchestrated on the anniversary album.
* The main theme of ''Portable Ops'', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mhU8e_S1qg Show Time]].

[[folder: Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots]]
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* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_k3n5me4Rns Old Snake]]".
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r73kioYMULo Desperate Chase]]".
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCxQaaoAEeI Breakthrough]]".
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJFkOBzbuTo Metal Gear Saga]]". For another take, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFf9Z46Zuu0 here's an equally epic remix of it]].
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdqhFrfc68w Crying Wolf]]".
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9x-rxpdalO4 "Guns of the Patriots"]].
* The awesome song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwvRUcUH_ew "Infinite Loop"]], which plays during the battle with RAY.
* Also [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9Pu92St5O0 Father and Son]].
* Playing [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Js2Pod_28k Oishii Two-Han Seikatsu]] while gunning down enemies is awesome.
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lGf2b1H91JA Love Theme from MGS4]].
** The song is repeated when Snake has to [[spoiler: crawl through the microwave hallway]]. And if you can pay attention to the split screen action, it's incredible sadness is made all the more evident as it seems like [[spoiler: everyone is failing]].
** It even made an EarlyBirdCameo: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUfKFElJ9sA this]] from ''[[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Super Smash Bros. Brawl]]''.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpSVCL4vxOY Here's To You]]. A perfect heartwarming song to end the series.
* ''[=MGS4's=]'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8uyOyGaY2I version of Enclosure]] can be quite a Tear Jerker especially since it plays [[spoiler: when Naomi dies]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MeU4XrH3oMI Sin]], the song that plays during the fight with Vamp. It sounds like something from Turok Evolution, which is not a bad thing.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6X3WypKJIQ Victory Song]], which plays at the end of the game in the final results screen. Gives a {{Western}} vibe to it.

[[folder: Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lTOnPc9h-c Heavens Divide]].
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIvdj2dwfxE main theme]], which is later remixed into [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DywkglA4fwc Zero Allies!]] And of course there's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LRTM-kdEkI Koi No Yokushiryoku]]. What makes them more awesome is that, like in past games, they play at certain parts in the game; Heaven's Divide is played in the part mentioned above, while [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LRTM-kdEkI Koi no Yokushiryoku]] is played [[spoiler: as Paz's battle theme when she hijacks ZEKE]]. This is a change from past games, [[spoiler:since you are fighting a friend (or at least someone with second thoughts), and not an enemy. What makes it special is that this was what she was supposed to sing during the annual MSF day of peace.]]
* The quiet piano version of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTblw_-NGO8 Snake Eater]] also qualifies. It's a good callback to the [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater game of the same name]], the part of the game where the flashback scenes tend to take place (it plays "Snake Eater" if you take too long), and in general has sort of a wistful, flashbacky feel to it.
* During all the killing the [=AIs=] are capable of, they seem to really have a fascination for the Music/{{Carpenters}} "Sing". No, more like Kojima seems to like the song, since it plays quite a few times, becomes a way to give the game's message focus, and plays during part of the end credits.

[[folder: Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance]]
* Worried that ''Rising'' won't have awesome music? One of the trailers for the game would you like to know that you're [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvXi1ONVT2g WRONG]].
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJXmMyAuSgs "Rules Of Nature"]] is the first song with vocals that you encounter in the game itself. Only the instrumental version plays over the Metal Gear RAY fight - until you move to finish the thing off. What follows is a '''brutal''' MetalScream of the song's title that puts emphasis on the ass-kicking that Raiden is putting on the machine by describing the conflict as a battle between a wild predator and its prey. It's especially effective when the boss comes back for more, where it's given a TriumphantReprise once you take it down for good.
* As with "Rules of Nature", all of the battle themes for the bosses start off as instrumentals in the game, only to gain vocals and become {{Image Song}}s about the characters at [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysmPa2RwAa4&t=17m17s perfectly-timed cues]] when the final phase of the fight starts. And they sure do put the '''metal''' in ''VideoGame/MetalGear''.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLawCL8bDo0 "I'm My Own Master Now",]] Bladewolf's theme, describing his yearning for freedom from those who would use him only as a killing machine and his intent to break free of his bonds and make his own life.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWnS8iKYnbQ "A Stranger I Remain",]] Mistral's theme, describing how she [[StrangerInAFamiliarLand only feels at home on the battlefield]] fighting for a cause she believes in - the first time in her life that she's ever found one. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5FW81mxVRk The original version]], not used in the game, contains an entire verse and alternate chorus not present in the final mix. These further expand on Mistral's character, detailing how her carnage-filled past has left her capable of interacting with others only in destructive ways, and how any aspirations to redeem her are the stuff of naive fantasy.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OuSSXOQ-1bI "The Stains of Time",]] Monsoon's theme, using a rainstorm as a metaphor describing how the ceaseless fighting and nonexistence of free will has washed away any reasons for fighting or dreams of something greater, leaving only pure, unfettered violence.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eiAgiY7o0LA "Red Sun",]] Sundowner's theme, describing how he has become [[CyberneticsEatYourSoul more machine than man]] and how [[PersonOfMassDestruction all life has become his prey]] as vultures eat their rotting corpses under a red sun. [[BloodKnight And he loves it.]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfwteoZCvoY "The Only Thing I Know For Real",]] Jetstream Sam's theme, describing how the only thing he truly knows is the feeling of killing others now that so much time has passed since he could tell right from wrong, and how he desires a WorthyOpponent who can provide him with a true challenge.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dPaVk4G1jg "Collective Consciousness",]] Armstrong's first theme (technically Metal Gear Excelsus' theme), which mixes his desire to rebuild America under his rule, where the strong prosper and the weak are eradicated from this world, with his hate for the established system where everyone is a slave to the status quo, and people fight and die for causes not their own.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6t0y86-Spig "It Has To Be This Way",]] Armstrong's second theme, which now describes how he finds Raiden to be a WorthyOpponent, how they are both similar in their implementation of MightMakesRight, and how whichever one of them emerges victorious will set the world on a new course in doing so. Plus it gets points for being a remix of ''Peace Walker'''s theme.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRWyLHoCqTU "The Hot Wind Blowing".]] What seemed like a wasted song when it was first released on the game's OST turned out to be the theme song for the Blade Wolf DLC-exclusive boss Khamsin, displaying his pride to be a self-proclaimed Wind of Destruction and his extreme belief in bringing freedom to oppressed peoples, [[WellIntentionedExtremist no matter how much blood and chaos must be shed]] to do so.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMiVeLTwQeo "The War Still Rages Within",]] the end credit theme, reflecting the system that the world is stuck in, and how the only escape is to strike your own way free by fighting for your own ideals.
* There're also a few gems in the non-vocal portion of the soundtrack, such as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNqShFOIG20 "Unstoppable",]] which plays during a [[HopelessBossFight hopeless first phase]] of a final boss fight and sounds like a hyped-up remix of the Terminator theme.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UyJdZV-GXY0 Sundowner's Garden]], the background theme for World Marshal's feudal Japanese reception area. It's more difficult to identify during the Caution and Evasion loops, but when the Alert loop takes over, players are treated to the unmistakeable sound of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajtCaMtPefA Edo Castle's theme]] from ''[[VideoGame/GanbareGoemon Ganbare Goemon 2]]''... but instead of the old Famicom chiptune, it's one ''hell'' of a remix with electric guitar and traditional Japanese instruments.

[[folder: Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes]]
* "Here's To You", the Joan Baez version. It serves as a CallForward to the version in ''Metal Gear Solid 4'', but the instrumentals and tone of the vocals show how different Big Boss and Solid Snake are when nearing the end of their missions. Solid Snake fell into near despair, but never gave up on doing the right thing and accomplished a very bittersweet ending to his mission, [[spoiler:freeing the world at the cost of almost everything and only getting a few months to live]] as shown in the melancholy mood of the song, while Big Boss is in despair as the lyrics of the song allude to but the upbeat tempo reflects how Big Boss justifies everything he does as "right", even if it isn't.
* The Alert theme that plays during the daytime ''Ground Zeroes'' trailer captures the intensity of the action quite well. That it's also a remix of the ''Peace Walker'' anthem is another plus.
* The preview trailer hidden at Ground Zeroes climax has a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRMAbx7QPrA perfect and heartbreaking tune]] to cover the horrific destruction of Mother Base and Kaz's sombre reflection on everything that's been stripped from him and why he's been left alive.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gY5y60JZ7zU "Fall of Mother Base"]], which plays during the destruction of Mother Base, is a darker version of Peace Walker's Main Theme that captures the feeling of losing your comrades and watching everything you've built fall in front of your eyes.

[[folder: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain]]
* The GDC 2013 trailer uses "Not Your Kind of People" by Music/{{Garbage}}, which mirrors Big Boss' JadeColoredGlasses outlook quite well.
* The main theme, "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZAHk0g-Nfk Sins of the Father]]" by Donna Burke. It is all about Big Boss' fall from grace, desire for revenge for what everyone from the world's governments to his former friends to his own mistakes have done to him, and ultimately, his willingness to do anything to strike back and control the world that has hurt him. It is quite the VillainSong, showing how far Big Boss has fallen from the well-meaning but misguided and misinformed person he was in ''Metal Gear Solid 3'', decades ago in his life. And the remix used in TGS 2014, despite how little we hear of it, is epic.
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrkzIN2eP0U Nuclear]]" by Mike Oldfield from the E3 2014 trailer captures Big Boss' FaceHeelTurn perfectly.
* "Elegia" by Music/NewOrder from the E3 2015 trailer manages to convey the ominous tensions of TheEighties, the game's dark undertones and Big Boss' final descent all at once.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxRdLzCeglo Quiet's Theme]], which was previewed prior to "Sins Of The Father", is finally given a full version in the launch trailer and it captures the TearJerker nature of the game and, in a meta way, the ending of the saga. It's also, more accurately, a very good (and heartbreaking) summation of Quiet's character arc in the game.
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WEYUrfPhUA4 A Phantom Pain]]" by Ludvig Forssell is a perfect, beautiful summary of the entire game, describing the emotional journey that Venom Snake undergoes, wanting to restore himself while he desires to be free from the pain that haunts him. All while being [[{{Homage}} a rather touching tribute]] to songs from Music/DavidBowie, Music/PinkFloyd, and similar musicians.
* On a lighter note, Music/AHa's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3PAwp_1wYz8 "Take On Me"]] is featured as one of the songs you can find on cassette in the game. Nothing is more funny and badass then having your helicopter arriving with this as the set song on it or riding through Soviet-occupied Afghanistan on your horse with this in the background. Interestingly, this is the second time a-ha has been featured on the soundtrack to a [[Film/TheLivingDaylights work that takes place in Soviet-occupied Afghanistan]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hfY_JxcMWA Parasites]], the perfect song to be chased by the living dead to. Really highlights an intense sense of panic that you'll no doubt be facing unless you had the foresight to bring heavy weapons.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYEK_yvIWas Midge Ure's cover of]] [[AwesomeMusic/DavidBowie "The Man Who Sold the World"]] plays during the opening credits. It sounds a lot like the original while adding a VideoGame/MetalGear edge and ethereal sound to it.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OdpcEOEyRu0 V Has Come To]], quite a stirring song to kick the soundtrack off with.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAc99VRPlo0 Shining Lights Even In Death]], [[TearJerker just listen...]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41BP-0FnzeQ Don't Say a Word]] by Music/MiracleOfSound nails the atmosphere of Phantom Pain brilliantly.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jK-NcRmVcw The Final Countdown]] by Europe is a very appropriate theme for anyone wishing to invoke IncomingHam with their helicopter entrance. It's a popular choice among players.
* [[https://youtu.be/NgFNgX85O5Y Approaching Home]], the music that plays during most returns to Mother Base. It perfectly captures the somber tone of the whole game as well as relief of being back in safe territory. "Welcome home, Boss!" indeed.