Trent Reznor himself did the soundtrack for Quake I. Given the game's Gothic Horror tones, the music is much darker than the games after, but no less awesome for it.
- Courtesy of Sonic Mayhem:
- Operation Overlord, an instrumental mid-tempo demanding a rap over it about how awesome the Earth marines are and how screwed up the Stroggos will be.
- The suffocating low-tempo March of the Stroggos.
- The rocking Quad Machine, known for being the Attract Mode theme (and thus an unofficial Quake II main theme)
- The extreme rocking of Descent Into Cerberon, an especially badass way to kick off the game. It says a lot that the numerous cover versions on YouTube are overwhelmingly equal to the original, at best.
- From the Mission Packs, the vertiginous and changing ETF.
- Rob Zombie did the second half of the music in the Quake II intro, which is a whole load of awesome in itself.
Quake III: Arenanote
- Courtesy of both Frontline Assembly and Sonic Mayhem, also carried on to Live:
- Frontline Assembly's "Deathmatch", the industrial bombardment you'll be hearing across many maps, and for good reason.
- Sonic Mayhem's "Quad Damage" a.k.a. the main theme of Team Arena and the theme of the final battle against Xaero. It takes a bit to start, once it starts it takes you through an Industrial Metal rollercoaster ride.
- Sonic Mayhem's "Fraggot" ("Fuck U Up!" in the Quake III Arena Noize soundtrack), another track which starts slow then builds up until it explodes.
- Sonic Mayhem's "Rocket Jump" ("Digital Distress" in the Quake III Arena Noize soundtrack), the calm and pulsating theme associated with the space maps thanks to q3dm17, a.k.a. The Longest Yard.
- Sonic Mayhem also released an album called Quake III Arena Noize featuring several tracks which apparently were made for the game but were never used nor included, such as:
- "Swallowed", a theme raging with urgency which wouldn't be out of place in many maps.
- "Collapse", a very industrial sounding piece which starts as bass-and-drum, then explodes into a very robotic theme.
- "Tribulation", a robotically rocking theme fitting of the Tier 4 levels, particularly q3tourney4, a.k.a. Vertical Vengeance or q3dm11, a.k.a. Deva Station.
- "Anti-Logic" is EXTREMELY kickass.