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Need for Speed
Headless Horse, Pavlova, Heinerklingle and Sanoqoua from NFS II. Besides their perfect match with corresponding racing circuits, these tracks were clearly meant to be played while you are driving in high speeds. Some would find the rock/metal selections just as appropriate for similar or different reasons (take these numbers for examples).
Sirius 909 from
Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit And from the same game, Hydrus 606, Romulus 3, Whipped, Triton, Monster, Whacked, and Minotaur.
Also Rear Flutterblast #19, Little Sweaty Sow, Snow Bags, and especially Snorkeling Cactus Weasels.
Aquila 303, Cetus 808, Knossos, Pi.
Paradigm Shifter from NFS: High Stakes
Also, the main menu songs for and NFS II .
Porsche Unleashed From Porsche Unleashed, we have Sub Zero, The UK Sound, Dr. Know, Sentient, and Twin.
Hot Pursuit 2 has a couple- Brakestand, Bundle of Clang, Sphere, Cone of Silence, and the stuff from the Buzzhorn, Bush, Course of Nature, and Rush.
The song used for the game's intro cinematic: 'Going Down on It' by Hot Action Cop. If you get it, be careful though; the game version is insanely different, and worlds better, from the very dirty album version.
Fever For The Flava, also by Hot Action Cop. Which is also much different from (and better than) the very dirty album version.
In Underground, there are several epic songs, such as Born Too Slow by The Crystal Method, Need For Speed by Petey Pablo, and - best of 'em all - Kimosabe by BT.
Underground 2 gives us Snoop Dogg's version of The Doors' " Riders Of The Storm" (with the original's audio mixed in), Capone's I Need Speed, and Spiderbait's awesome cover of Black Betty.
There's a lot more from NFS; here's a good place to start.
Most Wanted had excellent pursuit music as well: Feels Good Donit by Paul Linford.
Also, "The Mann" by the same guy: Part 1 and Part 2. Especially when the orchestra kicks in.
Carbon had Sounding Streets by Trevor Morris.
World's Safe House theme.
Criterion Games didn't waste a second invoking this trope in Hot Pursuit 2010, having invoked it- twice, no less!- in the reveal trailer. First, there's the Covered Up version of "Tainted Love" by Marilyn Manson, followed by "Edge of the Earth" by Thirty Seconds To Mars.
All six of the pursuit themes are pretty epic on their own, although you'd be hard-pressed to listen to them outside of the game.
This trailer for the game features a catchy tune from a band called Pint Shot Riot called "Nothing From You (Redanka Remix)". It's on iTunes, go get it!
This trailer features a song from a band called !!! (yes, that's the name of the band) called "The Hammer". Criterion is good at picking music for their racers.
Also, "Bombshock" by Hadoken! and the two songs from the Klaxons ("Echoes" and "Twin Flames" off their 2011 release, "Surfing The Void").
The menu theme as well. It has an intense, ominous feel to it.
Shift 2: Unleashed already has one: the exhaust note of the Pagani Huayra.
The Run gives us the orchestral track that plays during the final race. It's a fitting piece for the race that decides who wins the big prize.
Criterion hasn't lost their touch, if Most Wanted 2012 is any indication. They sure nailed the opening video.
Heck even the tracks that last less then a minute are awesome, such as the themes in showcase videos from NFS II (like the McLaren F1, or Ford GT90).
Also, the demonstration tracks in NFS III and IV when the game is left on the menu for long enough.
Pendulum's pieces that appeared in the series. " The Tempest"", Granite" and " 9000 Miles" in Undercover and " Watercolour" in Hot Pursuit 2010.
From Rivals, we have Technicolor by Madeon, who also provided The City from Most Wanted 2012.