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Notable Original Music
For album music, see Music of Note.

As well as the Theme Tune, original music is often composed for a show or film. Some of it becomes very well-known indeed among the fans. See also Awesome Music.

For more soundtrack info, see Score and Music Tropes.

Advertising
  • Some of the very best music composed for advertising - as opposed to adapted or "off-the-shelf" - can still send tingles down the spine many years on. John Barry's The Girl With the Sun In Her Hair was used for a shampoo advert, and ran between 1965-75; it can still send a shiver down the spine of people of a certain age, especially those who listened to late-night Radio Luxembourg in the 1970's.

Cowboy Bebop

Doctor Who
Since the series' return to television in 2005, house composer Murray Gold has struck "gold" with numerous original songs and themes that have become almost as popular in fandom as the Ron Grainer/Delia Derbyshire theme music:
  • "The Doctor's Theme" - also known as "The Bad Wolf Theme".
  • "Song for Ten", "Love Don't Roam", "The Stowaway" "Song of Freedom", "Vale Decem" and "Abigail's Song" - Original songs written specifically for the series by Murray Gold. "Love Don't Roam" has now appeared in several trailers.
  • "Doomsday" - Featured in the episode of the same name—any fan of the new series will recognize this song instantly.
  • "All the Strange, Strange Creatures"- A commonly used background song that all fans will recognize.
  • "I Am The Doctor" - fan-dubbed "Every Star, Every Planet", this fist-pumping action theme first appears in full force as the Eleventh Doctor tells the Atraxi to make tracks in "The Eleventh Hour" and has recurred in every action-packed sequence of series five. It, too, will be readily recognizable to fans.
  • "This is Gallifrey - Our Childhood, Our Home" - majestic instrumental theme created to underscore a flashback to the Doctor's lost home planet; best known now for underscoring a retrospective of the Doctor's many regenerations in the 2010 BBC Proms Concert.

Babylon 5
  • Had original theme music for each season by Christopher Franke and the Berlin Philomonic. Seasons 3, 4, & 5 all had iconic themes.
  • It dubbed music individually for each 'episode' as well. Including the haunting "Requiem for the Line," the action of "Severed Dreams" and "Shadow Dancing," and the heart-wrenching "Sleeping in Light."

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Video Games
  • Every Halo game barring Halo Wars.
  • Final Fantasy. The battle victory theme and the title theme in particular, but most of the music between the games is easily recognized (the same composer did all of the music for the first nine games, and still contributes to this day).
    • A couple that ought to be noted are the two songs made for the Dissidia games, "The Messenger," by Your Favorite Enemies, and "God in Fire," by Kidneythieves. Both come with two versions, on being with an orchestral backing, while the other being straight-up hard rock.
  • The flute strains from the beginning of the NiGHTS Into Dreams theme.
  • Animal Crossing for the Gamecube had some very memorable music.
  • Koji Kondo's Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda themes. The latter's main series theme is quite epic, and if you call yourself a gamer, you have to have heard the classic Ground Theme at least once; it's practically the Signature Song of Nintendo, or even National Anthem of gaming itself.
  • Don't forget the Metroid series, which did some impressive things with its music despite limitations.
  • The first three Spyro the Dragon games had music by Stewart Copeland, and sounded quite unique.
  • Mass Effect's main theme.
  • The two Portal games end with original songs performed by the game's computer villain, GLaDOS and written by Jonathan Coulton: "Still Alive" (which has become one of the most covered original songs ever composed for a video game), and "Want You Gone".
  • Civilization IV features a catchy, somewhat haunting setting of the Lord's Prayer translated into Swahili, "Baba Yetu." The song was even published as an independent piece. It finally won a Grammy, the first piece of video game music to do so. Liturgical choirs cover it.
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim soundtrack, composed by Jeremy Soule, is as rich and varied as Tamriel itself. It's not just Vikings burning and pillaging.

Western Animation
  • The Venture Bros. ends "The Invisible Hand of Fate" with a beautiful guitar number. Seems that was just a local player. It's sad.
  • Nathan Furst's score for the first three Direct-to-Video BIONICLE movies elevated what would otherwise have been hour-long toy commercials into full-blown cinematic experiences. He even created a memorable Theme Tune for the franchise.
    • There is in fact still such a demand for an actual soundtrack, even after nearly a decade since the movies' release, that the composer is now rerecording the tracks in his spare time to make them available for the fans in their entirety.
  • Inspector Gadget's main theme has been covered and sampled many times, most notably in Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick's "The Show."
  • Thanks to the considerable talents of composers William Anderson and Daniel Ingram, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic has developed a massive musical community among the fanbase dedicated to covering and remixing the original songs and BGM featured in the show.
  • The original scores of Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra, created by The Track Team. There are really too many to list, but two of the most popular are "The Last Agni Kai", a solemn, haunting piece, and "Lost My Heart In Republic City".
    • While there isn't a lot of actual singing in the series, the songs which do feature it are very popular in the fandom. Notably the hilarious "Secret Tunnel" and the much, much more emotional "Little Soldier Boy".

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