So a movie franchise about People in Rubber Suits beating the crap out of models and each other can come with such awesome music. Who knew?
- Akira Ifukube was a god. And he didn't stop with music—he invented Godzilla's iconic roar as a bonus.
- The original theme itself is still just as awesome today as it was when the movie came out.
- The "Monster Zero March", an epic remix of the "Frigate March" theme from the original movie.
- From the original movie: When you have a Godzilla theme that sounds like this, then you know it's not the cheesy giant monster movie the later films became known for. It's a straight-up sci-fi/horror film with heavy emphasis on nightmare fuel and tragedy.
- The theme to King Kong VS Godzilla is absolutely stellar. While simplistic in its melody, the frequent dynamic changes and the chanting throughout the song wonderfully sets the atmosphere for the entire movie. It's a hauntingly beautiful piece.
- Masaru Sato, composer of Son of Godzilla and Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974), came up with some classic, instantly recognizable themes as well.
- Reijiro Koroku's soundtrack to The Return Of Godzilla (or Godzilla 1985) is dark, gothic and brooding; Akira Ifukube meets John Williams at an Edgar Allan Poe convention.
- The music for Godzilla vs. Biollante toned down the grim and added a bit of poetry to the tune.
- "Bio Wars." Snippets of it played during BioMajor's escape scene leading up to SSS9 taking them all out, and a couple evacuation scenes. It's kind of a Super Sentai theme, with insane lead guitar, and snippets of the classic Godzilla theme to boot.
- "The Super-X2 Theme" is quite similar to Superman's theme, but more heroic in its own unique way.
- The Love Theme, only part of which was heard near the end, and Countdown. Much of the music was composed as suites which were then broken down into various pieces that are heard in the movie.
- Watching Burning Godzilla rampage through Hong Kong to the chilling "The Godzilla March" remix called Hong Kong Destruction will send shivers through you.
- Kow Otani's score for Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All Out Attack is also worth mentioning. A combination of classical and techno sound used to bring the past to the present, giving each monster its own new theme for the film.
- Determined to Protect the Future is particularly moving.
- Godzilla's Rage is an intense theme for when a pissed Godzilla assaults the military. It gets a bit somber when Godzilla kills Mothra, but gets right back to intense when her dying energy revives Ghidorah as King Ghidorah.
- The ending theme, A Salute to the Spirits of the War Dead, truly captures the essence of the film and its message.
- For the Heisei era, it really can't get any more epic than Godzilla's Requiem. Epic, and really gives the death of Godzilla the gravity fans pretty much demanded as soon as the posters and trailers hit with the WHAM Line "On December 24th, Godzilla DIES".
- Part of what makes Godzilla's awakening in Final Wars so epic is the music. As it builds up to his appearance, it goes silent as we see his face. He roars, and then the music just explodes with epicness!
- Takayuki Hattori provides a rather nice music score for Godzilla 2000.
- Dreaded God, the main theme of Godzilla 2000, is an amazing piece, which truly cements Godzilla's status as the destructive, yet imposing and sometimes misunderstood force of nature he is, and which also marks an awesome beginning for the Millenium era. The track is particularly good, with its vocals giving a sense of awe for the title character. One thing that is nice is that the American version of the film placed Godzilla's roar at the end of the track, making it sound even better.
- The music for the Japanese version of the final battle between Godzilla and Orga was completely rewritten for the American version. The music in the latter is a big improvement, and makes the battle far more epic and exciting.
- The theatrical trailer for the American version makes good use of "Superbeast" by Rob Zombie.
- Akira Ifukube has blessed the cinematic world with a treasure of beautiful sound. From the return of the Maser March from War of the Gargantuas to Godzilla's theme playing when he emerges from Mt. Fuji, the viewer is given a wonderful listening experience. But perhaps the best piece of music, however, is the soft melody that plays during the end credits, a modified instrumental version of the piece, "Sacred Springs" from Mothra vs. Godzilla. Another piece, just before this, "Mothra Heads Into Outer Space" is Sacred Springs played with a harp. Listening to both pieces side-by-side is an exquisitely pleasant listening experience.
- Michiru Oshima gives us perhaps one of the best scores ever heard in a Godzilla movie in Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla.
- From Shiro Sagisu, the main theme for Shin Godzilla would do Akira Ifukube proud.
- And now a full version of the theme from the movie itself called "Persecution of the Masses." The slowed down version makes it a lot scarier.Persecution for the masses
Sacred blessings count for nothing...
- Who Will Know (Tragedy), an ominous vocalization song that sounds like it belongs in Neon Genesis Evangelion that was played in the second trailer.
- Black Angel, an epic theme in the movie's soundtrack that spells divine retribution.
- Kyosaitai, Report, and Godzilla Restart, which are very reminiscent of Anno's previous work.
- And now a full version of the theme from the movie itself called "Persecution of the Masses." The slowed down version makes it a lot scarier.
Other Toho Films
- As it has been mentioned before, Akira Ifukube's score for Varan and King Kong vs. Godzilla would be reused and modified for dozens of other films.
- Yuji Koseki brought us the classic Summoning Mothra. Nelson really should have known better than to let two kidnapped priestesses sing their traditional worship songs.
- Not a kaiju film, but Masaru Sato's score for Battle Of The Japan Sea. Filled with epic military marches. The Black Fleet is notable for underscoring the reveal of Mechagodzilla in the trailer for the 1974 film.
- Isao Tomita's haunting score to the controversial 1974 disaster flick Prophecies of Nostradamus adds a strange, dreamlike quality to what is otherwise an incredibly bleak film. For a sample, here's the main theme.
The 1998 American film
- As controversial as the film is, David Arnold's score is praised by even those who don't like the film, starting with the main titles, with a theme worthy of Godzilla himself.
- Jamiroquai's "Deeper Underground" is thought of as a highlight on the pop-song soundtrack that was released. Even if it's unfitting, it's pure funk in the best way.
- Puff Daddy's "Come With Me". As narmy as it is, it does lend an epic feel to the whole thing, and was prominently featured in advertisements. Jimmy Page even played on the track, sampling his own song.
The 2014 American film
- The Opening Theme for Godzilla (2014). It really helps set the tone of the film and the sheer destruction that is about to unfold.
- "Two Against One", part of which unveils the atomic breath.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019)
- Composer Bear McCreary really delivered with the soundtrack for King of the Monsters:
- He honors Akira Ikufube through two tracks: first with "Rebirth", which is a re-imagining of the original Godzilla theme (remembered more fondly for Godzilla's re-emergence from the deep after Dr. Serizawa's last act of compassion towards him), and later his take on the main Godzilla theme. Both feature harder-hitting orchestral melodies and additional Japanese Monk chants, making both as unique as they are for the Monsterverse.
- His instrumental but instantly recognizable arrangement of Yuji Koseki's just as iconic Mothra's Song, even including the drumbeats from the original Mothra movie. And now with vocals courtesy of Elise Locklove.
- Then, he does an epic rendition of Blue Öyster Cult's Godzilla for the movie's End Credits, by adding the same orchestral feel as the main theme (complete with the same Japanese Monk chants), and Serj fuckin' Tankian on vocals.
Godzilla Spinoff music
- Many of the Unleashed themes are awesome to listen to, with the most awesome themes going to the GDF and Earth Defenders, but all the factions have awesome themes in there. Kiryu/Mechagodzilla 2's theme in particular, even if it's shared between two characters, is pretty cool-sounding, and Jet Jaguar has a theme that makes him feel badass. The crowning theme has to be Mecha-King Ghidorah's theme, though; it became the main theme of the game for a reason.
- The gloriously creepy main theme to Luigi Cozzi's psychedelic Fan Edit Cozzilla makes an already scary monster ten times scarier. As a sidenote, the composer, Fabio Frizzi, would go on to remix the piece not once but twice, first as the main theme to Zombi 2 and later as the main theme to City of the Living Dead.