Opening & Ending Themes
Whether you like or dislike the anime, if there is one thing most people agree on is that Naruto
and Naruto Shippuden
consistently delivered awesome Opening and Ending themes. As a matter of fact, they delivered many of the most memorable J-Pop and J-Rock songs to come out of the anime industry in the 2000s and early 2010s.
And being a Long Runner
as it is, there are plenty of tracks to choose from:
Openings - Part 1
- The very first opening, ROCKS.
- The Viz Media version of this opening isn't as well known, but BOY does it get you pumped up!
- Also the Season 2 opening, Haruka Kanata.
- Haruka Kanata was so highly regarded that when the dub finally used the song for the openings after two seasons of the Narm Charm theme "Rise! Tsuyosa!" (albeit mashed up with the third opening's visuals), the whole fandom was BLOWN AWAY.
- After almost 10 years, AKFG finally returns to the series to sing Road to Ninja's theme per Kishimoto's personal request. As expected, they didn't disappoint.
- For the 4th opening, we have GO!!! (Fighting Dreamers)
- The Fifth Season Opener, Seishun Kyosokyoku's melancholy sound and sadly wistful lyrics perfectly captured the feeling of the series at that point, as Team 7 slowly began to collapse.
- The sixth, No Boy, No Cry by STANCE PUNKS. The accompanying animation in which Naruto takes a flying leap off Hokage Rock is especially good in the dub (lacking the original's prominently superimposed "TV Tokyo" logo).
- "Remember" this one?
Openings - Part 2
- The 1st Shippuden opening is one HECK of a way to get old Naruto fans pumped up for Shippuden!
- Shippuden opening 3 "Blue Bird" by ikimono-gakari.
- The fourth Shippuden Opening, Joe Inoue's CLOSER, is a beautiful song in and of itself. When combined with Asuma's you should know this by now, but final fight with Hidan catapults it into CMoA status. Also works well as a NaruHina piece.
- Joe Inoue, being a Japanese man raised in Los Angeles, speaks perfect English, along with Japanese. In fact, he made an English version of that song.
- The band little by little made an opening song for Naruto and a closing song for Naruto Shippuuden that are both made of epic f'ing awesome. Here's the first and the second.
- The sixth intro to Shippuden, Sign by FLOW.
- Here's Shippuden's 9th Opening, Lovers.
- The 14th Shippuden opening, Tsuki no Okisa is absolutely masterful. It certainly helps that the opening itself is visually stunning.
- The 15th Opening, "Guren" by DOES and the 29th Ending, "FLAME" by DISH are both mind-blowing, both screaming "Everything just got real!" Prominent NaruHina moment aside, they're notable in that the accompanying animation also both compare and contrast the relationships of love and hate between brothers (between incarnations of Asura and Indra in the opening, and for Obito and Kakashi for the ending.
Endings - Part 1
Endings - Part 2
Soundtrack: Part 1
Soundtrack: Part 2
- Orochimaru's theme. Both versions. Hands down.
- Bacchikoi. Even if it doesn't seem that good the first time, it becomes an Ear Worm after repeated hearings.
- "Naruto Main Theme".
- This song is called victory is played on real cool bits like when Naruto passes Kakashi's test.
- My ANSWER is surprisingly catchy and relaxing.
- This song is dedicated To You All.
- The 3-on-1 fight between Sarutobi, Orochimaru and the two deceased Hokages sounds more dangerous and exciting and totally kickass thanks to Heavy Violence. And you know the part where Sarutobi is talking to Orochimaru about the Konoha villagers and how the Will of Fire will never fade? Yeah that part.
- In Naruto, there are themes that have been made for the different parts of the day and activity. There's a theme for morning, a theme for daylight, a theme for the afternoon, and a theme for the evening. There's also a theme for Naruto's daily activities.
- And then there's music for laughs like Naruto's Sexy no Jutsu, and slapsticks.
- Then there is music of the scene in which Madara reveals himself alongside Pain, easily surpassing any previous Ominous Latin Chanting piece of the series. Holy crap, you know those guys mean business.
- Akatsuki's Theme in Shippuden. You KNOW you're in trouble when you hear that. (Word of warning, turn off the notations.)
- Pain's Theme. Ominous Latin Chanting, check, accompanying Pain being Badass, check. The official name for the song is 'Girei' and here it is.
- Toumei Datta Sekai is an awesome Naruto opening. Not only that, but it's also an epic opening sequence. Also slight Tear Jerker, like Sign, due to some of the imagery on the opening. Okay, most, if you know what's going to happen next.
- At last, Itachi gets a theme: Many Nights. And they couldn't have picked a more fitting tune.
- The 7th and 9th intros of the original anime, Namikaze Satellite and Yura Yura, respectively, and the 13th outro Yellow Moon Not to mention more or less the entire original anime's soundtrack, most notably Fake, Need to Be Strong, Avenger, Jiraiya's Theme, Those Who Inherit the Will of Fire, Hokage, and especially the oh-so-appropriately entitled Naruto Main Theme.
- Hurricane Suite. It's TEN FREAKING MINUTES LONG, whereas all the other Naruto songs range from one to four minutes, so you've got something more than worth listening to.
- From the 2nd Shippuden OST, Track 3, "Crushing", is dripping with overflowing awesomeness.
- Flying Light, God of War, Flames, and Blind Animal from the newest Naruto Shippuden Movie.
- The song "Strangeness" from Shippuden, which normally starts playing when sh*t gets real.
- Emergence of Talents. Especially when it is associated with the first appearance of the Rasen-Shuriken and Naruto's defeating the Kyuubi and attaining the Rikudo-esque Kyuubi Chakra Mode...
- "Dance" is a really good one.
- Loneliness and Despair for those sad and yet touching songs.
- "Samidare". Beautiful and heartbreaking.
- Kouen is just awesome battle music.
- A place to return to, which just goes to show how much work went into the anime-exclusive arcs in Shippuden.
- The first three songs of the 2nd Shippuden OST are simply Hot-Blooded to not be considered awesome, namely: Shouryuu, Rinkai, and Gekiha. The fact that Gekiha has already been used in Naruto's battle with Pain in Sage Mode simply highlights its awesome. In addition, Kokuten sounds somewhat sweet as an anti-Sasuke theme, seeing as they played when Itachi was plucking out Sasuke's eye with Tsukuyomi and when Killer Bee blasted him with a Lariat.
- The music that plays in Episode 85 while Shikamaru shocks Kakuzu by summoning a pile of water and then saves Ino and Chouji with Kakashi's help. Listen to it here.
- Two Shippuden songs that have only appeared twice each, and neither of them are on either of the currently-released soundtracks, that both deserve to be here. The first is a slow, sad tune played on strings and flute, heard during Naruto's mindscape just before his first 4-Tailed Form transformation, where he's beating himself up over not being stronger, in Episode 41; heard again in Episode 159, when Kakashi dies and laments his failure to protect his teammates, as spectres of his old team disappear in front of him. The second song, which turns Ominous Pipe Organ up to 11, has been heard twice: once in Episode 41, when Naruto started to transform into 4-Tailed Form, his flesh tearing away and forming a cocoon of black chakra around him; and again (this time accompanied by ominous chanting) at the tail end of Episode 166, when Pain stabs Hinata and gives his little "Love breeds sacrifice, which in turn leads to hatred" speech, and Naruto proceeds to go 6-Tails.
- In Episode 167 of Shippuden, there is Hisou, possibly the most epic soundtrack in the entire series. It plays again the second time Naruto is shown defeating Deva Pain and when Danzo flashes back to Sarutobi being named Hokage and attempts to kill Madara.
- Nakushita Kotoba ("Lost Words") by No Regret Life, the ending theme of the original anime's last non-filler arc. Beautiful and terribly sad, appropriate considering Naruto and Sakura's reactions to Sasuke's departure.
- Orochimaru's Theme. Ominous Pipe Organ playing Toccata and Fugue, check. Electric guitar in background, check. It's debatable whether he's cool, but his theme reeks of Bad Ass. His fight theme is this with creepy Japanese chanting and on steroids. Both songs are included in the link.
- The newest theme song "Diver" by NICO Touches the Walls definitely qualifies, it along with the video perfectly demonstrates The Power of Friendship and Heroic Resolve in music form.
- For that beautiful fusion of metal guitar, flute music and shamisen that screams "I am going to put you six feet into the dirt RIGHT NOW," there's always Keisei Gyakuten.
- Mayonaka no Orchestra has got to be the most epic ending ever.
- Nightfall carries such a sad, mournful feeling to it, that one can't help but feel sad.
- 'The hero of Konoha' theme played when Naruto returns to Konoha after defeating Pain.
- Hishou from the 4th Shippuden movie, "The Lost Tower," which played during the incredibly awesome battle with Naruto and his father against Anrokuzan.
- Hinata's Theme is pretty underrated.
- THIS. When you hear this, expect badassness in the form of Gaara.
- Shutsujin, or Departure to the Front. An awesome song fit for a hero's glorious departure—or return, as it were. One notable occasion this is played is at the end of Shippuden Episode 175: Naruto's triumphant return from defeating Pain.
- There are two noteworthy unofficially released soundtrack pieces. One is the theme that plays during Jiraiya's death, and the other plays after Chouji wins his fight with Jirobo.
- HOME MADE Kazoku's "Nagareboshi ~Shooting Star~", the first Shippuden ending.
- Tobi's Theme is great with its Ominous Pipe Organ, Bad Ass tone, and Ominous Latin Chanting.
- Danzo's Theme was never officially released, but deserves a mention for fitting his militant traditionalism and downright scariness.
- Sai's Theme has a nice, but haunting melody.
- The song that plays when the crow uses Kotoamatsukami to free Itachi from Kabuto's control is amazing.
- Opening 12, Moshimo by Daisuke.
- Long Kiss Goodbye the 7th ending and U Can Do It! the 15th ending for Shippuden are so so catchy.
- NICO Touches the Walls returns to give us the kickass 13th opening, Niwaka Ame ni Mo Makezu.
- There's an awesome track that first plays in Shippuden Episode 329, when Naruto first pulls off the Tailed Beast Transformation and proceeds to throw down with the Tobi-controlled 3- through 7-Tailed Beasts.
- The theme which plays for the final five minutes of Episode 329. The combination of tragedy and optimism is incredible. Every moment of action it plays behind is immediately made more powerful just by its mere presence!
- The Tailed Beasts Counting Song, from episode 330, is really catchy.
- Opening 16, Silhouette, fits this well. The sheer amount of epicness in the opening is overflowing: there's the jarring Camera Abuse and Madara's sadistic rape face at the beginning; the Time-Compression Montage encapsulating almost everything important that's happened in the Shippuden part of the series so far; a Red Oni, Blue Oni dichotomy + foreshadowing of how Obito & Madara and Naruto & Sasuke have grown; and the fight sequences are pretty darn awesome too, especially Madara breakdancing his way through a fight and crashing through rocks. Also, the song itself is super catchy.