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Awesome Music: The Legend of Zelda

The Legend of Zelda's Awesome Music. You surprised that there's a lot of it here? We aren't. Neither are these guys.

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In-game tracks

Recurring themes

    The Legend of Zelda Main Theme 

    Zelda's Theme 

    Ganon's Theme 
  • Ganon's theme debuts alongside Zelda's theme in A Link to the Past, and it also goes on to become his theme.
  • Ganon's Castle in OoT. Foreboding architecture? Check. Ominous pipe organs? Check. One hell of a confrontation at the top? You betcha.
  • Twilight Princess's version of Hyrule Castle. Starts creepy, but as you progress, more and more elements of Ganon's Theme are woven in.
    • Then, when Link and Midna finally reach Ganon, he rises from his throne as an epically arranged version of the original Legend of Zelda's Ganon intro plays.
  • In "A Link Between Worlds", Lorule Castle's theme winds up adding in Ganon's theme... in a Triumphant Reprise. Let that sink in for a moment.


     The Legend of Zelda (1986) 
  • While everyone remembers the overworld theme, the underworld theme often gets neglected.
  • The Nintendo-published Pictobits includes a badass remix of Death Mountain (the final dungeon from the original game) by Japanese Chiptune band YMCK. After the original song plays for a bit, it speeds up and morphs into what can only be described as 8-bit metal, complete with a makeshift guitar solo.

    Zelda II: The Adventure of Link 

    A Link to the Past 

    Link's Awakening 

    Ocarina of Time 
  • The Hyrule Field theme. It's not the overworld theme, but it isn't a bad alternative, and it contains elements of the series's main overworld theme.
    • The theme is made up of various shorter segments, and which one played at what point depended on whatever Link was doing at the time
  • The Lost Woods, a.k.a. "Saria's Song".
    • This guy has a video teaching you to play it on the violin. And it is AWESOME.
  • Kakariko Village.
  • Has there ever been an Earworm quite like the Song of Storms? It's also featured remixed in this Brawl medley.
    • The windmill guy couldn't forget the song and neither can anyone else. So much so that it has been in at least four Zelda games.
    • Even more awesome in metal form.
  • The Gerudo Valley theme, good enough to be featured unaltered in Brawl, and awesome enough to get its own epic track on the 25th Anniversary Soundtrack that came with Skyward Sword.
  • Temple of Time. A rare case of Un-Ominous, Relaxing Chanting.
    • Especially the part that plays when you open the Door of Time! If pure awesomeness could be converted into 21-second music clips...
  • Even if it's only about 30 seconds long, there's gotta be some love out there for Sheik's Theme. Combined with the dialogue, it just works really well
  • The Forest Temple. If ever there was a music in a video game that makes you scared of discovering just what's behind the next corner, it is this.
  • The original chanting in the Fire Temple, before it was altered in later editions to respect the sensibilities of Muslims.
    • The revised version isn't bad itself, though it's kind of atmospheric for a temple in which it's possible to burn to death even with a tunic that negates convection.
  • If you can't imagine asses getting kicked from the music fighting Volvagia...
  • The Bolero of Fire
  • The Spirit Temple.
  • If you can, try to trigger the cutscene where you learn the Requiem of Spirit just as the sun sets. It fits the music.
  • Koume and Kotake/Twinrova's Theme.
  • The Serenade of Water.
  • Ganondorf's battle music.
  • The final battle against Ganon.
  • The end credits. Ten minutes of pure bliss and magnificence.
  • Goron City. It's the perfect Goron theme, and welcome in every game that's featured it since.
  • The title theme.
  • The chest opening theme.
  • The Minuet of Forest.
  • The Nocturne of Shadow.
  • Nintendo released a CD called Hyrule Symphony, which was a series of orchestral versions of the Ocarina Of Time music. It also includes a medley of all the main themes from the previous titles.
  • The Shadow Temple theme. Dark, eerie, and frightening, yes. But that's also what makes it downright awesome. Definitely shows a grittier part of the game. The Shadow levels are large... but it's like the music itself is trying to trap you and sap your willpower.
  • The quiet, echoing flutes that play in the Great Deku Tree are very soothing.
  • And the steel drum-centric Zora's Domain theme captures the grace of its inhabitants quite well.
  • Lon Lon Ranch.
  • The Spiritual Stone Get song definitely counts.
  • The Boss Clear Fanfare. Better combined with the visuals.
  • No list of Awesome Zelda Music is complete without Ocarina of Time's signature song The Song of Time regardless of how short it is.
  • The new orchestrated medley played at the remake developer's part of the OOT 3D end credits. Being done by the same guy that gave us Super Mario Galaxy's awesome soundtrack, it's not only an incredible way to end an awesome remake, but it gives us a good look at how Skyward Sword's orchestrated soundtrack will play out.
  • This guy plays fleshed out versions of the ocarina songs on a real ocarina and puts some accompaniment to it. Anyone who played the game who watches this will feel their heart swell with nostalgic joy, and then the Manly Tears come at the end when he does the song of time.
  • Nobody likes that owl (Kaepora Gaebora), but his music certainly is an Ear Worm. Do you understand?
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    Majora's Mask 

    Oracle of Seasons/Ages 

     The Wind Waker 
  • The Legendary Hero which opens the game while the legend of the Hero of Time is told. Awesome.
  • Aryll's theme is heard within the Outset-island theme (along with the old Kokiri-forest theme), during her kidnapping and in both of her appearances in the Forsaken Fortress. It is also, as one might assume, a key component of Aryll's Kidnapping. Absolutely heart wrenching when the main theme peters out around 0:54.
  • While it isn't the Overworld theme, the sailing music isn't bad to listen to, which is good, because you'll be hearing a lot of it. And then it gets cursed, and a familiar and ominous leitmotif is mixed in with it...
  • Dawn is no slouch, either. It's always smile-worthy to hear it in the middle of sailing.
  • Gohdan's Theme is one of the more original sounding boss themes in the series, and certainly creates the feeling that a fight against a futuristic, mechanized being is being made.
  • Dragon Roost Island. Also Medli's Awakening, with this theme played softly with a guitar.
  • The battle with Molgera. So good, it was reused in Brawl without changing a single note of the original arrangement.
  • Tower of the Gods and the boss battle Gohdan.
  • Also, the Wind and Earth Sage's respective prayers. The game's theme song incorporates both.
  • Laruto's theme has some nice melancholy to it, while Fado seems to be cheerful even in death. And of course, both prayers are rearrangements of "The Legendary Hero". Yeah!!
  • Now that's some good music for a duel with Ganondorf.
  • Farewell, Hyrule King. A melancholy piano arrangement of the now-classic Hyrule Castle music.
  • Before Tetra switched to having Zelda's characteristic theme for a leitmotif, she and her crew shared this awesome music for a theme, which pretty much sums up everything you need to know about Miss Tetra's bumbling Pirates: So fitting.
  • The miniboss theme. The Western sounding tune makes it.
  • The musical nods to previous Zelda games' music are Awesome Music in themselves:
  • The dang victory theme. It really makes you feel like you accomplished something.
  • Grandma's theme. Depressingly awesome.
  • The Snake Form from the Puppet Ganon fight evokes the battle of a legendary Pokémon.
  • Or how about the game demo theme? A really cool mix of the Great Sea theme and the classic Zelda theme.
  • The fantastic Epilogue music is really inspiring, mixing Journey (The music you hear when you first depart from Outset) with the classic series theme.
  • Say what you will about the Fairy Queen, but her version of the fairy fountain theme is several kinds of awesome.
  • The Earth Temple theme, with its rhythmic drum and the didgeridoo.
  • The fight against the Helmaroc King gets this gem, perfect for getting revenge on the bird that kidnapped your sister.
  • And the best for last: The Staff Credits music. This one is all the game's musical awesomeness concentrated into a song. This theme is not only arguably the best of the entire game, or even the entire franchise. It's probably one of the best melodies in video game history.

    Four Swords Adventures 
  • The wintry remix of the Dark World theme, played in world 7, has a lot of mystery and suspense and makes you feel like you're in a snowbound land.
  • As usual in the series, the Staff Credits theme is absolutely stellar. This game has one of the most upbeat in the entire franchise.

    The Minish Cap 
  • Mt. Crenel, an obvious homage to Link to the Past's Dark World (with bits of the original NES and Ocarina of Time overworld themes thrown in as well for good measure).
  • Rainy Mt. Crenel, which is an homage to the Falling Rain theme from A Link to the Past.
  • The Hyrule Castle theme never sounded as brooding as it did here...
  • Cloud Tops.
  • The original Zelda's underworld music was used again in Minish Cap for the Royal Crypt. It was also used in the Color Dungeon.
  • Take an Ominous Pipe Organ, give it a driving, Bad Ass rhythm, add a little Harpsichord of High-Class Evil, and you get Vaati's theme.
  • The Temple of Droplets.
  • The Boss Music.
  • The Cave Music.
  • The Palace of Winds. A spine-chilling composition for an awesome dungeon.
  • Castor Wilds, an oppressive mix of the main theme for a swamp level. But the real awesomeness comes in...
  • The Wind Ruins. Take the Castor Wilds, give it a driving beat and a few more instruments, and add in the flute theme from the very first Zelda game and you get this masterpiece.

    Twilight Princess 
  • The hauntingly beautiful title screen music.
  • The first time you go into the field and you hear this.
  • And there's also a beautiful remix of the main theme for the Fishing Hole area.
  • Ilia's Theme and the triumphant reprise that plays when she regains her memories.
  • Also the Horseback battle music and the King Bulblin battle theme.
  • Twilight Princess also had this song, from when Midna is cursed by Zant.
  • The Zora Queen, Rutela. So beautiful and haunting and poignant and... perfect. It is, appropriately enough, a remix of the Serenade of Water from Ocarina of Time.
  • The Temple of Time showed up again—completely unaltered—in Twilight Princess... not just Awesome Music, but a Moment of Awesome as well.
  • It's short, but the Master Sword theme. Mixing the original theme with the new theme...beyond words.
  • Stallord was an awesome boss, especially since the music was strangely familiar...
  • The theme of the Snowpeak Ruins.
  • Snowpeak itself. Very simple, but very eerie remix of the main theme.
  • The battle against Blizzetta, specifically phase two of it. Even better since, like all boss fights, the music changes if you get the upper hand in the fight.
  • As said above, there's this little ditty that plays whenever you expose a boss' weak point, and constantly cries out for more (da-da-da-da da da da!). Remixed in Spirit Tracks!
  • The Hidden Village theme, which, like the Molgera music, is fitting enough to appear in Brawl without being remixed at all.
  • The actual battle with Zant. The same (twilight remix) theme plays throughout, gradually getting more complex, while combined with the themes of each boss Zant copies. It gets faster and crazier with every phase, mirrorring Zant's mental state: relatively calm at first, but more frantic as you kick his ass, before descending into utter insanity.
  • And this song played after each boss fight.
  • The Twilight Realm. Haunting, otherworldly, beautiful.
  • The first theme of the final battle. The sheer eeriness of hearing that rendition of Zelda's Theme.
  • Then comes the second theme, A.K.A. Beast Ganon's battle music. That eerie twist in the music and the chanting make you feel like you're trapped in Ganon's hell.
  • And afterwards comes the Horseback Battle with Ganon. With all that epic movement going on, the suspense makes you worry if you're gonna fall off Epona and get trampled by Ganondorf's ghost riders.
  • The final battle against Ganondorf in Twilight Princess is also particularly awesome, and also manages to use Ganon's regular theme in there as well.
  • The river music.
  • THIS is how you get someone to learn a skill.
  • The Death Sword.
  • The wolves' singing some of the most classic tunes in the whole series, as well as the all-new "Ballad of Twilight", it's all as hauntingly beautiful as the view of Hyrule when they're singing them. A highlight of the entire game was playing the haunting, addicting melody of Requiem of Spirit In a wolf's voice.
  • Death Mountain
  • The credits theme.
  • The trailer theme.
  • Lake Hylia during the day has the absolutely lovely music, as befits the scenery.
  • The Malo Mart theme.
  • Sacred Grove theme. Just the perfect blend of ominous, ethereal, and blissful tones giving the impression that one get get lost forever in their dreams of the forest. Also a huge layer of nostalgia. Doubly incredible because it's the exact same as Saria's Song, but the piano in the back changes the tone from light and cheery to sombre and pensive.
  • The music when you fight Armogohma evokes a Giant Spider stomping around insanely well. And then when you complete the first phase of the battle, It becomes Funny Music as well.
  • The Giant Deku Toad!
  • During most Boss Fights, when the enemy's weak point is exposed, an amazingly triumphant tune plays.
  • When a fragment of the Fused Shadow or Twilight Mirror is uncovered, a gorgeous, yet haunting theme plays.
  • Fyer's cannon theme is both hilarious and one of the most awesome earworms in the whole series.
  • Ook's Theme which is the very first miniboss theme sets the stage for many of the above songs. And it gets remixed for part of the Zant fight.
  • Our Children Taken is a beautifully depressing song. Its music-box tune paired with the somber oboe, strings, and guitar just has that lost feeling; lost innocence, lost lives, lost everything. Like life was at its peak, then just slipped right through your fingers.
  • The music for the Twilit Bloat fight increases the tension that comes from having to fight a giant swimming invisible bug on a handful of tiny rafts.

    Phantom Hourglass 

    Spirit Tracks 
  • The trailer theme, which, as many expected, turned out to be the overworld theme, is just way beyond awesome!
  • Every time Link plays one of the duets with a Lokomo includes some fantastic melodies, particularly the finale, when Link, Zelda, and every Lokomo in the game join in to play the main theme.
  • Chancellor Cole's theme is the perfect mixture of disturbing and regal-sounding.
    • Speaking of the good chancellor, there's also the version of his theme that plays while defending Zelda in one of the final boss phases. Yes, it was already awesome, this is just continuing the trend.
    • And then there's, quite possibly, the sweetest fifteen seconds of Spirit Tracks.
    • This is equal parts awesome and Oh Crap.
  • While Byrne's is just as awesome as you'd expect for the series' new resident Ensemble Dark Horse.
    • Byrne Helps Out, a remix of Byrne's theme with a bit of Zelda's Theme thrown in. Absolutely great.
    • His boss battle music is pretty durn catchy, too.
  • The song that plays once you're at the very top of the Tower of Spirits. As you progress up the stairs, the song gets more and more energetic. This is the finished result and it really gives you that sense of accomplishment.
  • Final Battle: Malladus.
  • Both of the regular boss battle themes (yeah, there are two, like in Ocarina of Time) are among the better in the series, rivaling even Molgera!
  • Cursed Overworld a remix of the overworld theme, which plays in the Snow and Fire Realms before their respective Temples are cleared, does a great job of conveying a sense of urgency. You definitely feel like you're in a place that's been thrown into disarray, and that it's imperative to set things right again.
  • Demon Train!
  • This track, which plays near the beginning of the game on the world map, when Link is still a trainee engineer, as well as later in the game during the Goron target range mini-game.
  • This track comes from right before the battle with Malladus, and it is a beautiful rendition of the Spirit Tracks overworld theme.
  • It starts with the opening. Yes, it's the fairy fountain theme again, but there's something inexplicably awesome about the 'backbone' of the track that the other versions lack.
  • Underwater is a nice, soothing track, to boot.
  • "Saying Goodbye" is a Tear Jerker distilled into musical form. Especially after the short track that accompanied Byrne's Heel-Face Turn and Heroic Sacrifice. Beware— the title of this song contains spoilers in and of itself.
  • The credits. It's the overworld theme mixed with even more awesome than before— including a build-up perfectly suited to the game itself and a bit of the series' main theme thrown in for good measure. What's not to like?
  • The Spirit Flute's leitmotif is one of the recurring riffs throughout the game, and it definitely earns that position.
  • The song that plays when you first chart a course through any given realm is often overlooked— since it transitions so perfectly into the overworld theme, which has already been listed— but it's catchy enough to earn a spot here, too.
  • While it doesn't quite measure up to Wind Waker's, the miniboss theme isn't half bad, either.
  • Some of the tracks from after a boss is defeated are noteworthy, as well— like The Force Gem Awakens and Restoring the Spirit Tracks (which may or may not be 'Restoring the Tower of the Spirits' instead. It's hard to tell with some of the track names.)
  • Sword Training and Intense Sword Training are both jaunty tracks that suit the minigame they accompany perfectly.
  • The Goron Village music; it's not quite the Goron City music, but the feel is largely the same. It's a nice change of pace once the latter gets old, though.
  • Spirit Tracks also brings us this rendition of Linebeck's theme. Not quite as epic as the original, but infinitely more cheerful.
  • There's also Invincibility from battle mode. Short, sweet and oh-so-satisfying.

    Skyward Sword 

    A Link Between Worlds 
  • The Fan Nicknamed Dawn of the First Day, which plays right at the beginning of the game after Link just had woken up and got called to work by Gulley. It really sets the mood for the upcoming adventure.
  • The first three snippets of music to be revealed were Hilda, Ravio, and Yuga's themes, all carrying the torch of awesome music long established by the series.
  • The minigame theme, which plays, among other times, when you do the Cucco dodging minigame and the race. It's incredibly festive and epic.
  • Yuga's second battle theme, an awesome battle music accompanied by Ominous Latin Chanting for good measure.
  • Lorule Castle. It starts simple, but as you progress, it gets more and more complex and sounds like something out of Super Mario Galaxy. The perfect music for a castle siege. The latter parts of the song mix in Ganon's theme. In addition, playing the song backwards will reveal a section with the Hyrule Castle Theme!
  • Lorule Field 2, played once you rescue all the Sages, is a beautiful and epic remix of the already awesome Dark World theme.
  • "Hidden Mountain and Forest", while no longer playing in the Skull Woods, gets an extended version on Lorule's Death Mountain.
  • Unlike the dungeons in the first act of the game (excluding Hyrule Castle), all the dungeons after you start searching for the sages have their own unique theme, sometimes being both beautiful and creepy at the same time. They include Dark Palace, Swamp Palace, Desert Palace, Skull Woods, Thieves' Hideout, Turtle Rock and Ice Ruins.
    • On another note, some of the Lorule dungeons actually have the same melody. They just sound so different you won't even notice the first time.
  • There is also battle theme during the first phase of the battle against Yuga Ganon, which is a rearragement of his battle theme from A Link to the Past. It even does some Retraux by starting out exactly how it sounded on the SNES console before gradually transitioning into epic orchestral.
  • The absolutely epic and nostalgiagasmic Lorule Overworld theme, which takes the Dark World theme from A Link to the Past and makes it even more amazing.
  • The StreetPass battle theme, surprisingly remixing Zelda II's dungeon theme to amazing effect.

    CDi Games 

    Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Symphony CD 

    Others 

Fan Remixes

     Zelda Reorchestrated (ZREO) 
You can find their main page here.

Ocarina of Time:

Majora's Mask:
  • Clock Town Day 1 and Clock Town Day 1 Redux . Oh ZREO! Why did you have to remix something already so fantastic!
  • Clock Town Day 2 and Clock Town Day 2 Redux. The kind of song you want to wake up to. The crispier remix makes it feels like every day is going to be a brand new adventure.
  • Clock Town Day 3. Probably the most horrifying and apocalyptic tune from Majora's Mask. It's no longer hiding behind the happy and cheerful first and second day song like the original, it's bursting out, drowning out the barely audible happy foreground and proclaiming: YOU. ARE. GOING. TO. DIE.
  • Calling the Four Giants. It really emanates the sense of weariness and sadness from the giants part as everything around them is falling apart.
  • The Final Hour. "We shall greet the morning...together". One of the best moments in the game.
  • Song of Healing. It's so heartwarming!
  • Clock Tower.
  • They manage to make the Pirate's Fortress pure, concentrated EPIC.
  • Stone Tower Temple is an excellent piece of music. And then ZREO took it and made it amazing.

Oracle of Seasons/Ages

Wind Waker

The Minish Cap:

Twilight Princess:

Spirit Tracks

    Over Clocked Remix 

    Time's End: Majora's Mask Remixed 
  • Literally every song here. Special mention must go to Terrible Fate, easily the most definitive and jaw-dropping song of them all. Try not to get a heart attack from the welcome wagon.
  • The final, title track, "Time's End", which is an astoundingly beautiful remix of "Final Hours" and "Song of Time". It's also a new and improved version of one of Theophany's earlier remixes, listed in the "Other Fan Remixes" folder.

    Majora 
  • Someone on the internet is adapting Majora's Mask into a staged opera. As such, the entire score is composed of the game's original soundtrack arranged With Lyrics. So far only a few early production demos have been released, but all of them are nothing short of stunning.
    • The "Mayor's Council Room Fugato" is a rather tense trio encapsulating the heated dispute between Captain Viscern and Mutoh over the impending threat of the moon, all the while the confused Mayor is caught in between.

    Other Fan Remixes 

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