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Cruel Angel's Thesis
- All of Neon Genesis Evangelion's soundtrack, but especially its opening, Cruel Angel's Thesis.
- This acappella version of Cruel Angel's Thesis is absolutely beautiful and haunting; had it played during some of the more emotional moments later on, it could have enhanced the impact, which is saying a lot.
- When it's played in Hayate the Combat Butler it evokes the same memories it did for the show it was made for, and the visuals helped. Shizuka Itou's singing voice doesn't hurt either.
- This remix of Cruel Angel's Thesis is as haunting as it is magnificent.
- Cruel Angel's Thesis N64 mix.
- For maximum awesome, Cruel Angel's Thesis Director's Edit II. It is sung by Rei, Asuka, and Misato! Rei even sings in a disjointed and slightly robotic manner - perfectly in character for her.
- The version of "Cruel Angel's Thesis" played in the final scenes of the series proper—"Good, Or Don't Be". Especially the string version that precedes it, "The Heady Feeling of Freedom". It's beautiful.
- The jazz version is gorgeous as well. It adds a whole other atmosphere to the original.
- A fandub for Cruel Angel's Thesis is surprisingly good. Be sure to sync it with the opening's animation. Watching Eva's opening in English is like a whole different experience.
- Speaking of English, here's another one.
- "A Cruel Angel's Thesis" takes on new layers of awesome / heartbreaking when you realize just how much foreshadowing it contains. Masayuki's Test-Type Opening music video takes full advantage of this to create an impressive four-minute recap of the entire series (now available completely in English).
- And then there's the simple yet beautiful version played during Death & Rebirth's intermission.
- And now as played by the Japanese Coast Guard band.
- This heavy metal cover is simply epic.
- No less amazing is the Animetal USA version.
- This version by Ichiro Kageyama is an incredible 70's style remix that manages to capture the feeling of the story very well.
- Here's an orchestral version composed by Shiro Sagisu himself!
- And of course, what fits an anime with horrors from outer space better than a Moonbase Alpha text-to-speech version!
- The 8-bit version!
- Using the sound font from Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire.
- A live cover by the Glory Gospel Singers.
- Bike horn cover.
- The "lost" opening for the 4Kids Entertainment release.
- "Komm, süsser Tod", dudes. Not only is it catchy as hell and surprisingly touching, the dichotomy of the pleasant tune and painful lyrics gives it an ambiguity that makes it a perfect match for the scene it plays in.
- "The Beast 2". Ever heard metal cover of that? It rocks!
- Hell if it is the Suspiciously Similar Song version of a track from another work, "Decisive Battle" is awesome. Equally awesome is the marching band version.
- Nothing can ever top this particular sequence, especially considering the scene it was used in!... then again, from the End: Asuka kills loads of evil mechas while Hideaki Anno plays unfitting music.
- "I. Shinji". It sets the perfect mood for the scene it is used in, neatly capturing Shinji's inner turmoil as he is denial over the fact it is his destiny to be Eva-01's pilot while driving home the point he cannot achieve anything by running away from his fate.
- "A Step Forward Into Terror", the "Launch EVA!" music.
- "Both of You, Dance Like You Want to Win!", the wonderful piece that accompanies Shinji and Asuka's synchronized assckicking assault on the twin Angels in the namesake episode.
- "Heisoku no Kakudai" ("Expansion of Blockade"): the perfect music for coming to terms with your depression while a giant naked alien falls apart in gory detail.
- Also from End: "Escape to the Beginning", the background music for apocalypses. (Yes, more so than "Komm, Susser Tod".) For bonus points, it doubles as Hell Is That Noise. And then there's the lyrics...
- Far in the distance
Is cast a shadow
Symbol of our freedom
Will bring our salvation
On the horizon
Hope for tomorrow
Sweeping across the land
To give us unity
Look to the heavens
With tears of triumph
To cherish a new life
And suffer not again
Lift up our spirit
From all destruction
Never shall we return
From conflict we must learn
- And for tear-jerking music, we have "Thanatos".
- Also the version at the credits in which the lyrics really sum up particular characters.
- Similarly, "Opening of Dream". Tear Jerker To The Max.
- The stripped down version of "Thanatos", which plays in End of Evangelion while Shinji is catatonically depressed and Misato sends him down the elevator just as she's dying is just as powerful, but not tear-jerking as much as just chilling, in an empty and depressing way.
- The cover of "Fly Me to the Moon" from the ending, while not as action-oriented, is very beautiful. The version of "Fly Me to the Moon" that plays after Kaworu's death in Episode 24 stands out from the rest because it's the only ending to not have any singing, whereas the rest are all sung by different people.
- "The Passage of Emptiness". Beautiful, depressing, and horrifying if you're familiar with what specific scene this song is used in The End of Evangelion.
- The first "Angel Attack" theme. The menacing riff drones on and on, and the rest of the melody is incredibly dissonant and eerie. A classic evil song that must be heard: ANGEL ATTACK
- The tune that plays during Shinji's and Asuka's scene in the kitchen in End, "Kyomo he no, Izon"/Reliance Leads to Falsehood. The violin solo really hits home the pain and tragedy.
- "The Hedgehog's Dilemma". The relaxing, but melancholy jazz really captures the feelings of ambiguity that human relationships can create.
- "M-15", an incredibly smooth piece composed for End of Evangelion but never used. You wouldn't expect something so mellow and optimistic to fit Evangelion so well—and yet it does.
- The use of "Ode to Joy" in the last Angel battle on Episode 24 automatically makes it a Moment of Awesome.
- Some might find the use of the "Hallelujah" Chorus from Handel's Messiah during the 15th Angel's mindbeam scene from Episode 22 to be a bit distasteful, but for dissonance value, it works very well. It becomes deeply meaningful once you realize you'll never hear it the same way again.
- "Tamashi no Refrain", from Evangelion Death/Rebirth.
- "Rei I" is a really chilling and beautiful piano piece. "Rei III" puts the same melody to a fusion of orchestra and hard rock, making for a powerful mix.
- "Jesus Bleibet Meine Freude", because of the moment in End that it highlighted: the moment after Shinji kills the human race, he comes to realize that the reality he's been living in is one that he alone created for himself.
- "She said, don't make others suffer for your own personal hatred" has quite a Western-ish feel.
- If there were ever a more perfect song to reject Human Instrumentality to, "Expansion of Blockade" has got to be it. Shinji's What You Are in the Dark introspection saves all of humanity, and it's absolutely stunning.
- On the lighter side, Misato's theme is a pretty cheerful and upbeat tune, perfect for starting the day in a good mood.
Rebuild Of Evangelion
- "Staggering Yet" is a re-orchestration of "Step Forward into Terror" from the original series, one which ramps up the intensity and sets the stage for a monumental first battle between Shinji and Sachiel.
- Rebuild takes Eva-01's theme, and makes it perhaps even more horrifying. RUN. LIKE. HELL. The track of which it is an alternate version, from Rebuild 2.0: so awesome they pluralised it and made it French: Les Bêtes. Oh, and did we mention that "Hallelujah" is being slowly chanted over the soundtrack? Run harder.
- This extended version of The Beast, perfect for dishing out a savage No-Holds-Barred Beatdown on mankind's enemies.
- From Rebuild 2.0, "The Final Decision We All Must Take", perfect for when girls wearing pink plugsuits go apeshit. Aptly described by one youtuber as a song so awesome that it would "make cows chewing their own shit epic."
- Rebuild 2.0 is chock-full of awesome songs: from the melancholic "At the Very Beginning" to the apocalyptic "Carnage".
- There are three little words that drive "Give Me Wings" from a great song into a full blown Tear Jerker of Awesome; "Give Ayanami back!"
- "Decisive Battle Alternative". This is a beta version but still awesome.
- Remember "The Beast II" from the original? "Sin From Genesis" ups the ante.
- Five more songs to add to the pile: "Beautiful World", the song sung by Utada Hikaru for the movies, available in both Standard (Movie 1) and Remixed (Movie 2) editions, the new song by Utada Hikaru, "Sakura Nagashi" (Movie 3), Destiny, which is played during the race to catch Sahaquiel, and Fate, which plays during the battle against Sahaquiel.
- Also from Rebuild 2.0, there's "In My Spirit". If there's any song that says that the entire human race is completely, utterly, and absolutely screwed, it is this song.
- "The Longest Day" from 1.0. Sagisu managed to take the much-overused "Spending Time in Preparation" from the original series and turn it from "'DECISIVE BATTLE' with the melody removed" into a solid piece in its own right. Then he decided to add ominous choral chanting as well; the result is "Serenity Amongst the Turmoil".
- "Today is the Time for Goodbye". It's from the scene where the dummy plug is activated against Bardiel.
- "Keep Your Head Above The Mayhem" is very, very awesome. Almost a sister piece to "At the Very Beginning" (see above), it contains a choir who appear to be singing in Ominous Latin Chanting, but are, in fact, singing in Gratuitous English. And it is awesomeness at its finest. One of the best battle themes seen for a long time.
In the battle of the bravest souls, over evil shall the good prevail,If the universe is crashing down, heed the chaos and then drown it out,Showing flashes of bravado, in a torrent of destruction, keep your headabove the mayhem; clarity will be your weapon as the blinded falter and die.
- "Fate", which just really captures the feel of the whole series, when you think about it.
- The soundtrack for 2.0 basically comes in two flavours: Super Robot and World Ending. All of it is awesome.
- The BGM of 3.0's final trailer, "The Wrath of God, In All Its Fury", has a Mind Screw beginning and an utterly epic... rest-part. Here's the full version.
- 3.0 has an utterly awesome piece called "God's Message" that plays during the six minute preview. It's also a remix of Shirō Sagisu's earlier piece from Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water titled "Light of Babel.
- Another Nadia remix is the Wunder's jaw-droppingly awesome theme, The Anthem.
- Wunder's startup theme, "Dark Defender" rounds out the number of Nadia remixes.
- "God's Gift" simply oozes anticipation on a level no other piece of Evangelion soundtrack did before.
- 3.0 gives even the classic On the Next song the choir treatment.
- "It Will Mean Victory". Autobots, Rock Out! taken up to eleven thousand.
- There are several unused tracks on the various OSTs. Imagine the audience's faces when during the orchestral recording of Evangelion Symphony, the string quintet playing ''Canon'' suddenly cuts into a rap version of the same song without warning. Even better, it was actually put into the Evangelion VOX album. Shiro Sagisu has a strange sense of humor. And if someone actually bothers to listen to the lyrics, they go very well with Evangelion. "Too much hatred, too much grief" indeed.
- The Rebuild 1.0 OST has three bonus tracks sung by Misato's voice actress, Kotono Mitsuishi. Talk about Breaking the Fourth Wall... though this has been going on long before Rebuild, and not just with Misato's voice actress. Even Megumi Ogata (Shinji's VA) did a version of "Cruel Angel's Thesis".
- From the end of Mayumi's scenario in 2nd Impression is Kimi wa Kimi ni Umareta Wake, Not only is it sung by Mayumi's voice actress, Kyoko Hikami, but the lyrics also imply that it is actually Mayumi's Image Song. For added awesomeness factor, the song is actually performed by the characters in-universe! Specifically, Shinji is the cellist, Toji is the guitarist (taught by Aoba), Kensuke is the keyboardist and Mayumi is the singer.
- An unused track from the second OST is Yokan from Yoko Takahashi. What makes it especially notable is that it is played during the tearjerking ending of Girlfriend of Steel, when Shinji and Mana part ways for the last time.
... So basically all of it?