[[folder:Cruel Angel's Thesis]]
* All of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'''s soundtrack, but especially its opening, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYZfeY8Vg0E Cruel Angel's Thesis]].
** This [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iuwko1ycNEc 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 [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGXm2ZxS1uQ it's played in]] ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'' 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.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwN9R-rf7B4 This]] remix of Cruel Angel's Thesis is as haunting as it is magnificent.
** Cruel Angel's Thesis [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXfpq7q67IA N64 mix]].
** For maximum awesome, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwirQJFRMng 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--[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCUXygY9Ao0 "Good, Or Don't Be"]]. ''Especially'' the string version that precedes it, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CudviOW8Pos "The Heady Feeling of Freedom"]]. It's beautiful.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTgAMx5K8nw 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. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5cz0V18_7s Watching Eva's opening in English is like a whole different experience]].
** Speaking of English, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZmJ5oBdJTXQ&t=0s 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 [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0kFhPVAhV_o Test-Type Opening music video]] takes full advantage of this to create an impressive four-minute recap of the entire series ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJuexdl_c5s now available completely in English]]).
** And then there's the simple yet beautiful version [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pWFg32smBQ played during Death & Rebirth's intermission]].
** And now as played by [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXjIy0XQGi4 the Japanese Coast Guard band.]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Bm-nhnd0Nk This heavy metal cover]] is simply ''epic''.
** No less amazing is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68lhAtW1TEI the Animetal USA version]].
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BG48cWU0r9M This version]] by Ichiro Kageyama is an incredible 70's style remix that manages to capture the feeling of the story very well.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=auwWT0apNIA Here's an orchestral version]] composed by Shiro Sagisu himself!
** And of course, what fits an anime with horrors from outer space better than [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzKWbpSNkmk a Moonbase Alpha text-to-speech version!]]
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-EKCM-WyeU The 8-bit version]]!
** Using [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdgRCU6fgQs the sound font from]] ''VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire''.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vfd_4LHzNHY A live cover by the Glory Gospel Singers]].
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SUamHEvVQy0 Bike horn cover]].
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QyIpijrLlcM The "lost" opening for the]] Creator/FourKidsEntertainment release.

[[folder:Original Series]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCLoNOYcVQU "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.
** For you who don't read German, it means "Come, Sweet Death". Knowing this makes the sequence even more heartwrenching.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RuMbVNDW31o The version found on the VOX album]] is more melancholic than catchy. And someone [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMTBsXCOQ_o mixed them together]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHRBFTWSguY "The Beast 2"]]. Ever heard [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9DCKahS2No metal cover]] of that? It rocks!
* Hell if it is the SuspiciouslySimilarSong version of a track from another work, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5Qo9iAB9q0 "Decisive Battle"]] is ''awesome''. Equally awesome is the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lc5g0sXOV-g marching band version]].
* Nothing can ever top [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0iXxoYH7dog this]] particular sequence, especially considering the scene it was used in!... then again, from the End: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKsTEWz82iQ Asuka kills loads of evil mechas while Hideaki Anno plays unfitting music]].
** How about [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pmAI035Jno this]] little beauty that plays just before it? It just ''screams'' that a glorious asskicking is going to come.
** From Those Two Episodes, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXXBEbpJous "Infantile Dependence, Adult Dependency"]], the official theme song of apocalyptic mental breakdowns.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OuI8rbR39iY "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.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTD8nWs4QjA "A Step Forward Into Terror"]], the "Launch EVA!" music.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pr9ExScjBno "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.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejSTUVFHzlc "Heisoku no Kakudai"]] ("Expansion of Blockade"): the perfect music for coming to terms with your depression while [[spoiler:a giant naked alien falls apart in gory detail.]]
* Also from ''End'': [[https://soundcloud.com/prendar/the-end-of-evangelion-escape "Escape to the Beginning"]], the background music for apocalypses. (Yes, more so than "Komm, Susser Tod".) For bonus points, it doubles as HellIsThatNoise. And then there's [[{{Foreshadowing}} the lyrics]]...
--->Far in the distance\\
Is cast a shadow\\
Symbol of our freedom\\
Will bring our salvation\\
On the horizon\\
[[SphereOfDestruction Hope for tomorrow\\
Sweeping across the land]]\\
[[AssimilationPlot To give us unity]]\\
Look to the heavens\\
With tears of triumph\\
[[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans To cherish a new life\\
And suffer not again\\
Lift up our spirit\\
From all destruction]]\\
[[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Never shall we return]]\\
From conflict we must learn
* And for tear-jerking music, we have [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMDBRDUd0a4 "Thanatos"]].
** Also [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yvwr2w4UTjQ the version at the credits]] in which the lyrics really sum up particular characters.
** Similarly, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FuoOyLLZWKo "Opening of Dream"]]. TearJerker To The Max.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MiYDG1dYD1A The stripped down version of "Thanatos"]], which plays in End of Evangelion [[spoiler: while Shinji is [[HeroicBSOD 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 [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1ruDaAthnU "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 [[spoiler: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.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Axx-aJvqb3A "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: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pk39PR31j6g ANGEL ATTACK]]
* The tune that plays during Shinji's and Asuka's scene in the kitchen in End, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1d14v_VZWpw "Kyomo he no, Izon"/Reliance Leads to Falsehood.]] The violin solo really hits home the pain and tragedy.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYNESJgzEM8 "The Hedgehog's Dilemma"]]. The relaxing, but melancholy jazz really captures the feelings of ambiguity that human relationships can create.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxirEiUK18U "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 "Music/OdeToJoy" in the last Angel battle on Episode 24 automatically makes it a SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome.
* Some might find the use of the "Hallelujah" Chorus from Handel's ''Messiah'' during the [[spoiler:15th Angel's [[MindRape mindbeam]] scene from Episode 22]] to be a bit distasteful, but for [[SoundtrackDissonance dissonance value]], it works very well. It becomes deeply meaningful once you realize [[NightmareFuel you'll never hear it the same way again.]]
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SgQV4AkuW7Q "Tamashi no Refrain"]], from ''Evangelion Death/Rebirth''.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4bVZX77ibM "Rei I"]] is a really chilling and beautiful piano piece. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rlL2Soci6eY "Rei III"]] puts the same melody to a fusion of orchestra and hard rock, making for a powerful mix.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrX75bJtaxA "Jesus Bleibet Meine Freude",]] because of the moment in End that it highlighted: [[spoiler: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]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GXU3t1dZWM NERV]].
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5QxWgiyIECo "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 [[spoiler:reject Human Instrumentality to]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLm-tu1ye1Y "Expansion of Blockade"]] has got to be it. Shinji's WhatYouAreInTheDark introspection [[spoiler:saves all of humanity]], and it's absolutely stunning.
* On the lighter side, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSULVLdCo58 Misato's theme]] is a pretty cheerful and upbeat tune, perfect for starting the day in a good mood.

[[folder:Rebuild Of Evangelion]]
%%* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DeMegDeYvgc "Angel of Doom"]] [=(also known as EM21 or EM21_Premix#070705)=] from the first movie.
%%* Also from Rebuild: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPOHkfUY5Vw "Showdown"]].
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUs0wgBCvWQ "Staggering Yet"]] is a re-orchestration of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhwQvUWJSrQ "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 [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64vzWMFENcA 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 [[EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench French]]: ''Les Bêtes''. Oh, and did we mention that "Hallelujah" is being slowly chanted over the soundtrack? ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DgBorDzOb-4 Run harder]]''.
* This extended version of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJ_zP7Qxa_w The Beast]], '''perfect''' for dishing out a savage NoHoldsBarredBeatdown on mankind's enemies.
%%* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nS3DIX0if8Y "The Red Ambassadress"]], played during Asuka's DynamicEntry into ''Rebuild 2.0''.
* From Rebuild 2.0, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sf28xBOwuIM "The Final Decision We All Must Take"]], perfect for when [[spoiler: 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 [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYQ8gFiydpg "At the Very Beginning"]] to the apocalyptic [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCOO2dlhozU "Carnage"]].
* There are three little words that drive [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8ihz79t2Z0 "Give Me Wings"]] from a great song into a full blown TearJerker of [[SugarWiki/MomentofAwesome Awesome]]; ''[[TakeMyHand "Give]] [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments Ayanami]] [[AGodAmI back!"]]''
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7T6ODFt3js "Decisive Battle Alternative".]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmF4C_Qxj2s This]] is a beta version but still awesome.
* Remember "The Beast II" from the original? [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndwtZToVcno "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 [[http://grooveshark.com/#!/s/Beautiful+World/570GvF?src=5 Standard]] (Movie 1) and [[http://grooveshark.com/#!/s/Beautiful+World+PLANiTb+Acoustica+Mix/4FPOxv?src=5 Remixed]] (Movie 2) editions, the new song by Utada Hikaru, [[http://www.jpopsuki.tv/video/Utada-Hikaru---Sakura-Nagashi/ee7ef6de7ab064e76269c91077956114 "Sakura Nagashi"]] (Movie 3), [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMChEHUPkaY Destiny]], which is played during the race to catch [[ColonyDrop Sahaquiel]], and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBP_P44cKng Fate]], which plays during the battle against Sahaquiel.
* Also from Rebuild 2.0, there's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6l_iIqrM2E "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.
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AceWcbyP-no The Longest Day]]" from ''1.0''. Sagisu managed to take the much-overused "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ae1ryQJkc8 Spending Time in Preparation]]" from the original series and turn it from "'[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5Qo9iAB9q0 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 "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ofoyMnyEAVY Serenity Amongst the Turmoil]]".
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6SWhcNhaLI "Today is the Time for Goodbye"]]. [[SoundtrackDissonance It's from the scene where the dummy plug is activated against Bardiel.]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6sSoaG_yZQw "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 OminousLatinChanting, but are, in fact, singing in GratuitousEnglish. 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, [[TitleDrop keep your head]]
--> [[TitleDrop above the mayhem]]; clarity will be your weapon as the blinded falter and die.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_LqHyH1Wfs "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: SuperRobot and [[ApocalypseHow World Ending]]. All of it is awesome.
* The BGM of 3.0's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghg36dhlYs8 final trailer]], "The Wrath of God, In All Its Fury", has a MindScrew beginning and an utterly ''epic''... [[BuffySpeak rest-part]]. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9aS9bH8f9Q Here's the full version]].
* 3.0 has an utterly awesome piece called [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_wlb9WRxx4 "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 [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEkOEkUrAnQ "Light of Babel]].
* Another Nadia remix is the [[spoiler:Wunder]]'s jaw-droppingly awesome theme, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GREcua0a4YY The Anthem]].
* [[spoiler:Wunder's startup theme]], "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ppdoaNBrHo Dark Defender]]" rounds out the [[RuleOfThree number of Nadia remixes]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5t3H6Y73G9w "God's Gift"]] simply ''oozes'' anticipation on a level no other piece of Evangelion soundtrack did before.
* 3.0 gives even the classic OnTheNext song the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zwyq8M5UTDU choir treatment.]]
* "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2T9CWZBu60 It Will Mean Victory]]". AutobotsRockOut 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'', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q07jg4sNIxU the string quintet playing ''Canon'' suddenly cuts into a rap version of the same song]] [[SomethingCompletelyDifferent without warning]]. Even better, it was actually [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-B09YtqwlFY 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, Creator/KotonoMitsuishi. Talk about BreakingTheFourthWall... though this has been going on ''long'' before ''Rebuild'', and not just with Misato's voice actress. Even Creator/MegumiOgata (Shinji's VA) did a version of "Cruel Angel's Thesis".
* From the end of Mayumi's scenario in ''[=2nd=] Impression'' is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pAdgmzL8gE Kimi wa Kimi ni Umareta Wake]], Not only is it sung by Mayumi's voice actress, Creator/KyokoHikami, but the lyrics also imply that it is actually Mayumi's ImageSong. 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 [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oaj2EqRfjSA Yokan]] from Yoko Takahashi. What makes it especially notable is that it is played during the {{tearjerk|er}}ing ending of ''Girlfriend of Steel'', when [[StarCrossedLovers Shinji and Mana]] [[ButNowIMustGo part ways for the last time]].

... So basically [[RunningGag all of it?]]