Awesome Music: Need for Speed
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First era: 1994's The Need for Speed to 2002's Hot Pursuit 2
- 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).
- 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).
- The demonstration tracks in NFS III and High Stakes when the game is left on the menu for long enough.
- Sirius 909 from Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit
- Paradigm Shifter from NFS: High Stakes
- The main menu songs for NFS II and Porsche Unleashed.
- From Porsche Unleashed, we have Sub Zero, The UK Sound, Dr. Know, Sentient, and Twin. Also, the Modern Era Menu music is quite a cool tune with great atmosphere.
- 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.
- And, from NFS:SE, we've got Scud, Chronos, Aaeeyaaeeyaa, and Overheated.
Second era: 2003's Underground to 2008's Undercover
- In Underground, there are several epic songs, such as Born Too Slow by The Crystal Method, Need For Speed by Petey Pablo, Snapshot by Fluke or - best of 'em all - Kimosabe by BT.
- Underground 2 gives us Snoop Dogg's version of The Doors' "Riders On 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.
- Carbon had Sounding Streets by Trevor Morris.
- Serge Santiago's remix of "Ride a White Horse" by Goldfrapp.
- "I'll tell you all the story 'bout the joker and the thief of the night!"
- "What It Look Like" by Spank Rock is Dirty Rap at its finest. Carbon's soundtrack has got everything, definitely.
- The awesome music in "ProStreet". Granted, it has a lot of electro in it, but if you like that kind of music, the OST has a lot of good tracks - as evidenced by the following examples:
- Pendulum's pieces that appeared in the series: "The Tempest"", Granite" and "9000 Miles" in Undercover. (Go to the next folder for the rest.)
Third era: 2009's Shift to 2011's The Run
- Need for Speed: Shift has a cool remix of Kanye West's "Paranoid", Kasabian's "Underdog", Mistrkrft'd (Feat E-40) with "Click Click", Chase & Status (Feat Plan B) with "Pices", and Deadmau5's "Ghost N Stuff".
- "Code of the Road" by Danko Jones from Nitro is quite a catchy rock song.
- Continuing the Pendulum focus from the previous folder, "Watercolour" and their remix of "Stay Too Long" by Plan B in Hot Pursuit 2010.
- 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 30 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)".
- 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.
- And another: a game-exclusive remix of "Help Is On The Way" by Rise Against. If that didn't send chills down your spine, check your pulse, you might be dead.
- "Levitate" by Hollywood Undead. So freaking fitting for this game, and so awesome at the same time.
- The main theme, however, takes the cake. Ladies and gentlemen, give it up for 30 Seconds to Mars. This is THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTERRRRRR! Upping the ante even further, this DJ set of the song's three remixes is eight minutes of EPIC.
- 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.
- The Wii/3DS one has some catchy songs of its own such as "Tonight" by Danny Bird, "Better Days" by Wolfmen, "The Nightlife" by Big Omeezy, and two remixes from Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit.
Fourth era: 2012's Most Wanted and 2013's Rivals
- Criterion hasn't lost their touch, if Most Wanted 2012 is any indication. They sure nailed the opening video.
- That song is Butterflies and Hurricanes by Muse. It's awesome on its own, but fits so well.
- Other amazing songs from Most Wanted 2012? "Bonkers" by Dizzee Rascal, "The Power" by DJ Fresh and Dizzee Rascal,note Zedd's remix of "Breakn' a Sweat" by Skrillex and The Doors, Cato's remix of the legendary "Won't Get Fooled Again" by The Who, and best of the best, "Galvanize" by The Chemical Brothers.
- The chilling "Anjunabeach" by Above & Beyond will easily come in great use when you're driving at excess of 200 MPH and you need to chill out.
- "You Ain't Pretty But You Got It Going On" by Band of Skulls and "Weatherman" by Dead Sara.
- "Won't You (Be There)" by Nero. Really. Hear it if you love dubstep. You'll love it. You can also hear it as ending theme after beating the Koenigsegg Agera R.
- "I Love It" by Icona Pop, which became a hit in the United States and Europe later on.
- "A Light Goes Off (RuN RiOT Mix)" by RuN RiOT. The extended intro created specifically for the game makes it even better.
- "Double Edge" by Flux Pavilion, Sway and P Money and "Contact" by Foreign Beggars and Noisia. Love dubstep? Love rap? You'll adore these songs.
- "Cast Away" by Strange Talk. Very soft for Need for Speed's standards, still really awesome.
- "Circles Around The Sun" by Dispatch and "Blue Ghosts" by Riverboat Gamblers also count.
- "Unknow" by The Maccabees; haunting, yet atmospheric.
- You know what? Here's the list. Pick one.
- From Rivals, we have "Technicolor" by Madeon, who also provided "The City" from Most Wanted 2012.
- While we're there in Rivals, there are also "Castle of Glass (Mike Shinoda Remix)" by Linkin Park, "EDM Death Machine" by Knife Party, "I Am Dust" by Gary Numan, "Lootin' In London" by RDGLDGRN, "Make Those Move" by I Am Legion (supergroup composed by Noisia and Foreign Beggars) and Destroid 6. Put It Down by Excision and Bassnectar.
Fifth era: 2015's No Limits and Need for Speed onwards