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Nazi Zombies has a soundtrack of its own, and dear god is it awesome. Even more so when you figure out that most of the lyrical songs are in a character's point of view.

Each lyrical song is found by interacting with various items in a certain map's environment, like blowing up barrels or finding three rocks of Element 115.

For more Awesome Music from the Call of Duty and Modern Warfare series, see this page.


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     Call of Duty: World at War 
  • The Hidden Radio song in "Nacht Det Untoten" is both a case of Awesome Music and Nightmare Fuel, as it captures both the adrenaline-filled desperation and fast-paced action of later zombie waves.
  • The first ever Nazi Zombies song was in the second map, "Verruckt". Lullaby For A Dead Man is possibly the biggest contrast from the rest of the song, but that doesn't change how awesome it is. Most figure this song to be in Samantha's POV.
  • The third map, "Shi No Numa", brings us The One. Surely one of the creepiest zombie songs, but it's justifiable, seeing as it's most likely in the POV of a Zombie.
  • The final World At War map, "Der Riese", gives Beauty Of Annihilation. It doesn't even require an explanation to say how amazing it is, just listen for yourself. POV is assumed to be the four survivors.
  • There's a song in "Der Riese" for the Hellhound boss rounds that's hidden in the game's files, thus never used. Judging by how it sounds, it's actually a wonder why they didn't keep it.

     Call Of Duty: Black Ops 
  • The Nazi Zombies menu screen now has a theme of its own, Damned. While not like the other songs, it certainly holds up in its own right. They even decided to make it the very faint background music for "Kino Der Toten" and "Five".
  • In the remake of "Nacht Der Untoten", the hidden song is Undone. Certainly sounds much different from the many other songs, however is still an incredibly good listen. Has a bitchin' piano solo by the middle, as well.
  • The first map, "Kino Der Toten", has 115. Bringing back the intense feel of "Beauty Of Annihilation", it can only be described as pure awesome. Every match on "Kino Der Toten" has players scrambling to activate this song for all to hear while they conduct their own zombie slaughter. Even better when you realize it's in Samantha's point of view.
  • Five spawned the first instance of a Real Song Theme Tune: Eminem's "Won't Back Down".
  • Dead Ops Arcade has a bunch of songs in it, one for each different area. The whole soundtrack, more or less, replicates the feel of much younger video game songs excellently. The soundtrack can be found on Kevin Sherwood's channel.
  • Abracadavre is just indescribable. It perfects the zombie slaying action of Ascension, and by the time you can finally activate it by opening up all the doors, it completes the experience. Samantha's POV.
  • Avenged Sevenfold's Not Ready To Die, on Call Of The Dead, is the longest song so far, and holds up just as well as the others. The amount of references to the Nazi Zombies storyline and feel of the song is exactly why it deserves its spot here. The first Black Ops song to be not in Samantha's point of view, but rather Richtofen's.
  • Pareidolia from Shangri-La keeps up a constant intense feel of awesomeness. While the lyrics might be hard to get at first, they make more sense as the song itself listened to more, and when the song is considered in Richtofen's POV. The piano solo at the end is beautiful, too. As a side note, the title "Pareidolia" means something ordinary that is instead perceived with much greater importance.
  • Coming Home from "Moon". The metal screaming, the riffs, the drums, it perfectly captures the situation of "Moon".

     Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2 
  • The menu theme, "Damned", gets a remix as of Black Ops 2. Now named "Damned 100ae", it doesn't exactly carry the creepy feel of the original, but it still retains its great feel.
  • The song heard at the diner in "Tranzit", Lovesong for a Deadman, is a massive throwback to the music of the 1950s and 1960s, and still sounds just as great.
  • The main theme of "Tranzit", Carrion, doubles as both an intense zombie slaying song, and a Badass Boast for the new main antagonist, Richtofen. The song has received some negative reception for switching singers from fan loved Elena Siegman to Clark S. Nova. It might be to indicate the change from Samantha to Richtofen as the main antagonist.
  • "Die Rise"'s theme, We All Fall Down, is one of the shortest zombie songs to date. However, the song makes up for it with its incredible references and focus on the storyline, and incredible lyrics overall.
    • The title, "We All Fall Down", and a lot of the song's content, is a direct reference to the Bubonic Plague, or Black Death; one of the worst plagues in known history. The lyrics of the song suggest that the new Element 115 plague bears much relation to the plague itself.
    • The song has quite a few Latin and scientific terms that you might not understand without looking it up or listening to it several times:
      • Xenopsylla Cheopis is the Oriental Rat Flea, most notably known for being a prime carrier of the Bubonic Plague. MDCLXV refers to the Great Plague of London in the year 1665.
      • A helicase is a class of enzymes vital to all living organisms. CXV translates to Element 115, a key part of the Nazi Zombies storyline.
      • Ferritin is a protein that stores iron.
      • Vivo translates to life in Latin. The phrase 'in Vivo' (used in the song) refers to an experiment in which an organism is used fully alive instead of partially or fully dead.
      • Vitro literally translates to 'glass' in Latin, however the phrase 'in Vitro' (used in the song) refers to studies in experimental biology in which an organism is isolated from it's normal environment.
      • Tallowy refers to the hard fat in animals, while Offal refers to their internal organs.
    • The song was at first considered to be in Richtofen's point of view. However, it was later decided that the song fit more in Doctor Maxis' point of view, thus marking the first song in which a song is in his point of view. The song retells his relationship with Richtofen and what's going on in the world with the zombie plague.
  • "Mob of the Dead" gets the shortest Easter Egg song to date, but it's just so beautiful. "Where Are We Going" feels like a cross between a haunting lullaby and a Hans Zimmer score piece. The length only becomes a problem since you want the song to be longer! Series newcomer Malukah delivers an incredible addition to the Zombies soundtrack.
    • It would seem that the song is from the mobsters' point of view, fitting with the Afterlife Mode and their debate as to whether they are dead or in purgatory, as well as what's really going on and where do they go.
    • It's a stretch, but the song may be from the community's point of view. Mob of the Dead changed up a lot of stuff and introduced new things, leading to some initial ire. We, as the community, ask where is the story taking us from here? How will things change even further?
    • At another stretch, it is also possible that the song is from the point of view of ALL the main characters; The MOTD characters for the reasons stated above, the Green Run group because they don't know where their quest for Maxis/Richtofen will lead, and the original crew because they are stuck on the moon and don't know what to do now.
    • It has "Rusty Cage", by Johnny Cash, the song that was in the intro, as a minor Easter Egg, although it's not the entire song.
  • "Buried" gets the longest song yet for Black Ops II, and boy is it worth the wait for a longer song. Malukah returns to sing "Always Running", a song that starts out slowly, but when things pick up, they pick up. Being a slower song, it gives a sort of nostalgic touch to it, similar to "Lullaby for a Deadman" and "The One" all the way back in Verruckt and Shi No Numa. There are several references to past Zombies songs. "Beauty of Annihilation" gets a namedrop (the singer reflects on how far Zombies has come since Der Riese back in 2009), and "Where Are We Going" and "Abracadavre" are also referenced.
  • "Shepherd of Fire" isn't an original Zombies song, but man, is it still awesome in the Origins opening cinematic, as we see our favorite classic characters kicking Zombie ass once again.
  • "Archangel" is possibly the pinnacle of Zombies music, if only for the fact that it unites all four music artists who've performed for the series so far - Kevin Sherwood, Clark S. Nova, Malukah, and the return of Elena Siegman herself! It's just incredible to hear them all singing together for this (potentially) final hurrah for Zombies. This may also have some relevance to the story of the map, as Samantha, Maxis and Richtofen all work together along with Nikolai, Takeo and Dempsey to set things right. It's positively packed with references to nearly every Zombies song, and it's a great send-off to our favorite Zombie-slaying game. The theatrical mix used in a "theatrical" trailer for Origins is just as good. In fact, some fans feel it is more accurate to the tone of the map itself than the original mix of Archangel.

    Call Of Duty: Black Ops 3 
  • "Snakeskin Boots" is the song used in the trailer for the "Shadows of Evil" map and manages to capture the 40's feel while being incredibly catchy.
  • With "The Giant" being a remade version of Der Riese, it is only fitting the song for that map gets a remix. And it is awesome!
  • Elena is back for "Der Eisendrache", with the track 'Dead Again'. It appears hanging out with A7X in Origins has rubbed off, as the song is filled with tremendous guitar riffage and heavy drum beats, contrasting with her angelic singing voice and the demonic growling. Point of view possibly Origins!Tank's as he ponders following Richtofen and killing his older self.
  • "Zetsubou No Shima" brings Malukah back for 'Dead Flowers', a melancholic song with some heavy metal. Point of view may be WW2 Takeo's, contemplating his betrayal and the Division 9's experiment that made him a Trasher and ruined the island. The last verse about flowers "growing on their own" might be about his younger self's assurance that they can make a better tomorrow.
  • "Gorod Krovi" throws its own headbanger into the mix in the form of 'Dead Ended'. This time around, it's Clark S Nova in the driver's seat, and he gives a powerful ode to the dead, and to Richtofen's grander plan that if he succeeds, their story will end for good.
  • The introduction to Gorod Krovi has the gang skydiving through a portal towards Stalingrad, while WW2 Nikolai sits in a mech drinking his vodka and listening to Motorhead's 'Ace of Spades' on the radio.
  • The final map of Black Ops 3, and possibly, all of Treyarch Zombies, Revelations obviously has an Easter egg song of its own, 'The Gift', which is written and performed by the original duo, Kevin Sherwood and Elena Siegeman (with Malukah on backing vocals). It's possibly one of the best songs yet, which is fitting, since it may be the last song we hear from these two. The theatrical version of "The Gift" is much more haunting and melancholic than the original version, playing alongside a scene featuring Monty bitterly meeting his former friend the Shadow Man again before he destroys The House. It really gives you a sense of the tragedy of this final battle. The piano piece that opens and closes the song, and potentially the final song for the series ever, is also haunting and makes you wonder if there's still anything left to tell...

     Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4 
  • Voyage of Despair gives us Drowning, which mixes hard rock with also great melancholia.
  • A remake of "Mob of the Dead" meant a remake of "Where Are We Going", and it is ever more heartwrenching than the first one. Not only does it add more lyrics, but the aforementioned Hans Zimmer-esque tone? It's pumped up even further with some great brass in particular. With an eerie children's chorus, epic remasters of returning portions of the song, and a good, meaty length clocking in around five minutes, this is what "Where Are We Going" was always meant to be.
  • Kevin Sherwood remixes several of his themes from the Mob of the Dead soundtrack, such as the loading screen theme (heard when you return to Cell Block D), the roof theme (which gets an epic remaster), and the return of the creepy "Underworld" theme, which was also heard in the Mob portion of Revelations. Sherwood also gives a tragic, cathartic theme to the ending cutscene, which excellently accompanies the relief of the freed spirits like Al and the mobsters, and also fits the tragedy of Primis Richtofen's slow, horrible demise.
  • Classified has Shockwave, which manages to sound just like an Easter Egg song from Black Ops 1, a pump-up rock song.
  • Dead of the Night has Mystery, a fast-paced song whose lyrics are befitting of its name.

     Fan songs 
  • Welcome Home by Iniquity Rap is a song made for the return of zombies in Black Ops II and is pretty cool. One of the highlights is the beginning of the song where we clearly feel the joy of the singer. Also doubles as a Heartwarming Moment.
    This is an ode. An ode to zombies... (laugh) They're back!
  • They did another for Call of Duty: Black Ops III's zombies, Many Men. Also comes with it's own Heartwarming line.
    I'm glad you're back it's really nice my God!
    We waited way to long we're glad that you've returned/ And we'll look forward to our future encounters
  • "Origins" by Borderline Disaster is the last song in a series of twelve made about the Zombies mode which contains Call Backs to every one of them, and is pretty awesome in its own right.
  • Their successor, Rockit, picked up the torch for Black Ops 3. Among their songs are six songs for "Zetsubou No Shima", with various musicians, each of which is as good as the other and the first five of which having quite melancholic parts suited for the mood of the map.

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