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At the moment that I hit the stage, I hear the universe calling my name...

Before Steven Universe, Rebecca Sugar was already well-known for her amazing compositions on Adventure Time, so it goes without saying her first animated series contains some choice tracks. She even made sure that most of the voice cast on the show were either professional singers or have decent singing voices, because music was going to be a huge part of the experience. In fact, some fans got introduced to the music specifically as a reason to watch the show. The background music isn't something to shake a stick at either, as a lot of it, with the work of composers Aivi Tran and Steven "Surasshu" Velema being memorable and infectious. The fact that it's one of the few Western shows to get an officially released soundtrack of its lyrical songs really says something.

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  • "We are the Crystal Gems" from the pilot. The show's theme song is a keyed-up, more upbeat version of the aforementioned song. It also serves as Steven's leitmotif, the most memorable of which is Steven's Shield, which plays when he first activates his weapon in "Gem Glow". The triumphant violin and piano really sell it.
  • The show's second opening sequence includes a remix of "We are the Crystal Gems" that is better that it has every right to be, complete with added synth, drum & bass, an electric guitar riff, and an extended version that adds back in Steven's pilot rendition and gives us an added bridge wherein Pearl, Garnet, Amethyst, and Steven declare their purpose for fighting for Earth. Possibly to match the show's increasing emotional complexity and stakes, the finished effect feels more dark and intense but also hints at the growing strength and bonding of the characters.
  • And NOW, we have the version that played on "Change Your Mind". It's less powerful in the sense of less instruments and having a warmer tune, but considering it comes for an Earn Your Happy Ending moment after saving all the Corrupted Gems and finally making friends with White Diamond, it works just as well as the others.
  • The credits theme, Love Like You, as well as the lyrical version played after the season finale. The complete version is a beautiful love song in its own right, regardless of which character it represents, though the lyrics suggest a degree of self-hatred by the singer. Later seasons go back to an instrumental, more spatial theme... which eventually builds up back into a gorgeous reprise of "Love Like You", chorus included.
  • "Sleep Like You", though not an official part of the soundtrack, was nevertheless made by the composers. A dreamy, meandering piano interpretation of the credits music.
  • The titular song from "Steven's Song Time", "Still Not Giving Up" is an uplifting and somewhat grungy song about Steven's unresolved feelings about his mom and his place in the world, displaying a more confident edge to his actor's singing that ends with a quotation from the notes of the main theme.
  • "Being Human", the ending theme of Steven Universe Future, is a poignant guitar-and-piano-driven tune, with Emily King's soft vocals underscoring the lyrics describing Steven's desire to find himself.

    Season 1A 
  • The Mother plays in the fight with the Centipeetle Mother in "Gem Glow". The energetic bassline and bits of piano combine to make a track that really makes you pumped.
  • "Laser Light Cannon":
  • Atop the Sea Spire, an ambient piece from "Cheeseburger Backpack".
  • "Together Breakfast":
  • Peedee's Blues is a reflective, somewhat wistful guitar piece played during Peedee's speech in "Frybo."
  • From "Serious Steven", Strawberry Battlefield is Sweet Dreams Fuel, reminiscent of Chrono Trigger.
  • Lion's theme, a simple glockenspiel piece. The song has a Triumphant Reprise at the end of Desert Glass, and in "Lion 2: the Movie", receives a more energetic version in the form of Lion's Ocean.
  • "Giant Woman":
    • "All I wanna do is see you turn into a giant woman..." It's the first time we hear Steven carry a solo song on his own, and it's surprisingly good considering the actor's age.
    • The appropriately named Amalgam, used when Amethyst and Pearl try (and fail) to form Opal. Amethyst's motif fittingly dominates Pearl's piano, and is a great way to abuse the Amen break creatively. Opal's theme likewise combines both character's signature instruments.
  • The Hill from "Lars and the Cool Kids" and Rose's Fountain from "An Indirect Kiss" share the same pleasing, piano-heavy melody.
  • Dance of Swords, an elegant piece from Pearl's demonstration in "Steven the Sword Fighter".
  • Rose's Room, from the episode of the same name, is a simple, atmospheric chiptune piece.
  • "Coach Steven":
    • Synchronize/Sugilite, the background music when Garnet and Amethyst do their dance to form Sugilite and the second part is where she smashed the communication hub.
    • Strong In the Real Way, wherein Pearl really shows for the first time that she thinks highly of Steven's abilities. Pearl really steals the show here, but Steven gets in some lovely choruses as well, and together create a very pleasant harmony.
    • Sugilite Returns, which includes a short yet triumphant reprise to "Strong In The Real Way" as Pearl gets her Heroic Second Wind.
  • "Steven and the Stevens":
  • Monster Buddy from "Monster Buddies" starts with a reprise of "The Mother" before becoming an adorable little piano piece. Also, Fight, Flight or Love is a bass adventure, with enough abrasive tones that it almost sounds like something Ryoji Ikeda could have cooked up.
  • "Mirror Gem":
    • Let Me Out, one of the darkest pieces of background music in the series. The low throbbing base tones coupled with the swelling strings that both build until it peaks, giving way to a furious Industrial-tinged Drum N' Base section. perfectly encapsulating Lapis Lazuli's panic, desperation, and rage while trapped in the mirror.
    • Short as it is, I Am Lapis Lazuli evokes so many emotions within the 55 seconds it plays. The chilling yet awesome suspense of the beat at the beginning and the end combined with the beautiful piano melody makes for a very atmospheric and emotional composition.
  • "Ocean Gem":
    • Night Drive is a short, relaxing piece.
    • Mirror Match is a climactic battle piece, with a segment for each Gem.
    • Lapis' Tower is a minimalist, beautiful chiptune encapsulating the majestic, if lonely, vacuum of space.
    • Take My Hand is a short but energy-filled number, perfect for a daring escape.
    • From the brief excerpt we hear in the episode, Q U A D R I N O M E T R Y - THE SECRET OF THE WAVE LIES IN C R E A T I O N sounds like a random mashing of notes on a metal guitar. However, listening to the "full" version (although it's still very short) reveals that it's actually a very jazzy Progressive Rock track. It's not exactly easy on the ears (Garnet sure didn't like it), but those who enjoy this kind of music should be able to appreciate it.

    Season 1B 
  • Dear Old Dad, as Steven and Greg bond during "House Guest".
  • Almost There, from Steven and Pearl's test flight at the end of "Space Race". Starts as energetic drum & bass, then slowly builds tension before abruptly shifting to an emotional piano piece.
  • Secret Team! An upbeat assortment of montage music.
  • Be Wherever You Are, Steven's solo number from "Island Adventure".
  • Watermelon Battle, an upbeat chiptune piece from the climax of "Watermelon Steven".
  • The first half of Lion's Mane, from "Lion 3: Straight to Video", is the second half (Rose's leitmotif) arranged backwards, creating an oddly warm atmosphere.
  • "Alone Together":
    • The episode begins with Fusion Disco. A catchy, retro bit that fits with the Gems practicing Fusion dances.
    • Alone Together has a certain nostalgic innocence. It also contains portions of Steven's and Connie's themes. After the two of them fuse to become Stevonnie, we get the more energetic Twilight Run.
    • The rave scene from later in the episode gives us the four-part Be Cool at the Club.
  • Decisive Path, the chiptune-heavy piece from the ending to "The Test".
  • Future Vision, from the episode of the same name, is an upbeat rendition of Garnet's theme. Later in the episode comes Death Rag, a catchy piano number that plays as Steven ponders his own mortality.
  • Peridot, which plays in "Warp Tour", "Marble Madness", and "Keeping it Together". It's mysterious and sterile, befitting Peridot's nature.
  • "On the Run":
  • "Rose's Scabbard":
    • Moonlit Battlefield is the song that plays when Steven chases Pearl through the strawberry fields, and the atmosphere created by the instruments used is absolutely perfect.
    • I'm Still Here, the song that plays during the silent scene with Steven, Pearl, and Lion at the end of the episode, is an absolutely beautiful and emotionally charged piece.
  • Lapis Lazuli and its companion piece Wailing Stone, from "The Message". Short but sweet acoustic rock, highlighting Steven and Greg's musical talents.
  • "The Return":
    • Night Drive 2, a foreboding calm-before-the-storm piece. Of note is the end portion (which plays when Greg tells Steven why the Gems came to Earth), which is an ominous, if not downright sinister Dark Reprise of Rose's theme.
    • Return to the Beach / Jasper. The first portion focuses on the Gems bracing themselves for what could be their Last Stand; Jasper's leitmotif is heavy with percussion and synth, and at times is reminiscent of a war march.
  • Stronger than You, the song Garnet sings during her fight with Jasper in "Jail Break" is an incredible combination of a Badass Boast and an "I Am" Song. After having been posted on SoundCloud for four hours, it amassed 70,000 plays. It hit a quarter of a million plays in only one day. In the show's art book, absolutely everyone involved with the production noted that they had a feeling this song was going to be the tipping point for the show's popularity. And they were absolutely right.
  • Malachite is appropriately structured as a fusion of Jasper and Lapis Lazuli's themes. Their discordant fusion is matched by the off-tune piano notes, which suddenly shifts into Lapis's piano motif as she takes control.

    Season 2 
  • Full Disclosure (from the episode of the same name), Steven's lament about wanting to end his friendship with Connie to keep her safe, cleverly working the ringtone for Steven's phone into the chorus.
  • "Story For Steven":
  • "Sworn to the Sword":
    • Jam Buds, a short yet sweet jam session between Steven and Connie.
    • Do It For Her/Him, a duet between Pearl and Connie about swordplay and knighthood. The high-quality soundtrack version of the song features many a piano flourish and intricate string melodies not audible in the episode itself.
  • "We Need To Talk":
  • From "Keeping it Together", the incredibly discordant and unsettling Gem Shards.
  • From "Chille Tid", We Are Malachite, a reprise of the fusion theme for Lapis and Jasper, this time even more chaotic as their two themes clash and warp, before being combined together as Malachite begins to form.
  • From "Cry for Help":
    • Sardonyx's theme is a delightfully upbeat blend of Pearl's and Garnet's respective motifs that sounds like it belongs on a game show. The song for the Fusion Dance preceding her, Enticement, is also quite lovely.
    • Amethyst's short, little song in "Cry For Help" is both sad and sweet at the same time.
    • Sugilite's theme reprise is slower, harsher and bonechilling.
  • Reconciliation, from the end of "Keystone Motel", is low-key and relaxed, with a subtle reprise of "Stronger Than You".
  • "Friend Ship":
    • Strength and Forgiveness, a slow, ambient piece that plays during Garnet and Pearl's reconciliation.
    • Peridot's Escape, an upbeat blend of atmosphere and action that manages to combine the Crystal Gems' and Peridot's themes.
  • "Sadie's Song" features, well, a song that Sadie sings. Haven't You Noticed (I'm A Star) is short, but very catchy, and the episode has three variations of it: the "original" radio version (sung by Olivia Olson, who also provides the voice of Marceline), and renditions by Sadie and Steven.
  • "Catch and Release" has Little Peridot, a simpler, higher-pitched variant of Peridot's leitmotif, reflecting the reduced state she finds herself in during the episode. Later on, Peridot and Steven is a short, but calming blend of the former's synth and the latter's chiptune. "When it Rains" continues the trend with Peridot in the Rain.
  • "Back to the Barn":
  • "The Answer":
    • Happy Birthday, Steven / 5750 Years Ago... has three segments, starting with a low-key piece for a tender moment between Steven and Garnet, then transitioning into the Whole Episode Flashback with individual motifs for Sapphire and her Ruby guards.
    • Something Entirely New, a slow, sweet duet accompanying Ruby and Sapphire's Falling-in-Love Montage. The song covers multiple subjects in less than two minutes, mostly surrounding the two Gems' newfound feelings towards each other and the situation they've found themselves in, and ends with the pair humming a Call-Forward to "Stronger Than You" as they perform their permanent Fusion Dance into Garnet.
    • The Answer plays during Garnet's proper introduction to Rose and Pearl, and incorporates each character's respective motif with a slow, pleasing ambience.
  • A really cute remix of The "Birthday Song" from "So Many Birthdays" plays at the beginning of "Steven's Birthday."
  • "It Could've Been Great" has the catchy Peace and Love (On the Planet Earth), sung by Steven as he teaches Peridot about music. Then Peridot gets a verse, and finally all the other Crystal Gems join in to show the teams' growing bond.

    Season 3 
  • "Super Watermelon Island" kicks off the season with a showdown between Malachite and Alexandrite, with music to match (Part 1, Part 2). The theme for the fight between two Kaiju-sized fusions (following "Collaboration," Alexandrite's fusion dance theme) is chillingly awesome, and is interspersed with a Triumphant Reprise of the Watermelon motif as Steven rallies his melons to battle.
  • "Gem Drill":
    • "Futurisms", which is on its own a nice catchy muzak number, but in the episode itself, thanks to a slightly more muffled and lo-fi sound (it's played through a radio) and the fact that it accompanies Peridot and Steven's descent underground, generates some very effective Soundtrack Dissonance.
    • "The Cluster / Gem Drill" is made up of a constant dark beat backing disconcerting and distorted samples, perfectly matching what is easily one of the most intense scenes in the series.
    • "Inside the Cluster" juxtaposes quiet ambience with incredibly unsettling textures that rival those of "Gem Shards", then turns into something rather beautiful right before it ends.
  • "Lapis' Flight" from "Same Old World" is a beautiful and uplifting piece, with a heavy emphasis on piano and violin. It's interspersed with the bombastic sounds of Empire City and the creeping ambiance of the Galaxy Warp.
  • "Hit The Diamond" from, well, "Hit The Diamond" is a fun, retro, and bubbly piece of sports music.
  • "Mr. Greg", being a Musical Episode, crams seven songs into eleven minutes, highlights including:
    • "Don't Cost Nothing / Empire City", a relaxed ballad that transitions into a rock opera.
    • "Mr. Greg", an upbeat song sung by the hotel workers along with our trio.
    • "It's Over, Isn't It?", a sad song sung by a mourning Pearl. This is her first solo number in the series (and thus, the first solo for her voice actress, Broadway alum Deedee Magno Hall), and it is a showstopper; coupled with the scene's stellar visuals and character animation, it's widely regarded to be the highlight of the episode. It even achieved some fame outside the show, being used to score a figure skating routine in Korea. After the revelations in Season 5 that Rose was Pink Diamond all along just one word - "Reinvention" - made this song a major piece of Foreshadowing to the series. The storyboarders had to redraw the sequence after hearing Deedee Magno Hall recording the vocals—Pearl's previously more understated expressions not matching up with the power and emotion of the vocals.
    • "Both Of You", a lovely piano solo and song by Steven.
  • The soundtrack to "Beach City Drift" is fast-paced and reminiscent of Eurobeat, exemplified in "Dire, Dire, Drift" and "The Final Drift".
  • Somewhere Alone at Sea accompanies Steven, Greg, and Lapis' cruise in "Alone at Sea", and sets a pleasant scene. Then we get The Confrontation, the chilling piece that plays during Jasper's return. The heavy bass combined with Lapis's discordant piano scarily calls back to Collusion and Malachite's theme. It reaches a head before becoming more of a quiet-after-the-storm piece.
  • "Crack the Whip"
    • "Get Loose", the upbeat melody that plays when Steven, Connie, and Amethyst hang out and, well, get loose.
    • "I'll Protect You" pits Jasper's "harsh" sounds (drum and synth) against Stevonnie's more "organic" set (piano, flute, strings), contrasting the two excellently.
  • "Bismuth":
    • "Bismuth's Forge" is where the eponymous Gem's electric guitar-heavy leitmotif is allowed center stage, creating a powerful, industrial piece befitting the character.
    • "Show Me What You Got" and "Steven's Rituals" complement each other. Bismuth's motif dominates the first song, while still giving the other Gems' sounds room to assert themselves; the second song flips this around, integrating Bismuth's sounds into a softer piece.
    • Everything comes to a head in "The Breaking Point", a tense, discordant, and dramatic piece accompanying the episode's climax. It's also the series' longest single track to date, clocking in at over six minutes.
  • "Meep Morps" (from "Beta") is a completely serene piece, beautifully mixing Lapis and Peridot's instruments together.
  • From "Earthlings", "Smoky Quartz" is an incredibly upbeat and playful fusion of Steven's chiptune melody and Amethyst's bouncy drum beat.

    Season 4 
  • Consolation/Smoky Meets Sardonyx begins "Know Your Fusion" by giving us Smoky's fusion theme and a reprise of Sardonyx's theme.
  • "Here Comes a Thought", sung by Garnet and, singing for the first time in series, Stevonnie. Both sing their individual parts and then perform a duet. The whole message of the song really hits home, especially with viewers who deal with anxiety or stress-management issues. The song is about how moving past negative thoughts and bad memories of the past can help a person grow and really, it's such an amazing message to teach to younger viewers.
  • The use of Mike Krol's "Fifteen Minutes" and "Like a Star" in "Last One Out of Beach City" really sets the tone for the episode's late 1990s indie Romantic Comedy film vibe.
  • Andy's Flight is a high-flying action piece from the climax of "Gem Harvest."
  • Yellow Diamond's Villain Song, "What's the Use of Feeling (Blue)?" from the episode "That Will Be All", serves to add another dimension to Yellow's character by painting her as a emotionally stressed and heartbroken ruler, aggrieved by the murder and death of Pink Diamond, who bottles up her feelings and destroys everything in sight that reminds her of her dead family member because she feels it's her only way to cope, all while she's trying to snap Blue Diamond out of her grieving obsession with Pink and get her to move on. Adding to its awesomeness is Deedee Magno-Hall, who not only manages to voice two different Pearls at once, but gets them to perfectly harmonize while keeping them vocally distinctive. Vrai Kaiser, discussing the episode here, talks about the song.
    LuPone goes above and beyond in selling what's probably the most initially off-putting song thus far on the soundtrack. It's one of the only songs set in a minor key (possibly the first, unless my memory is failing me) and certainly the most aggressively discordant, with the use of the Pearls as an octave-higher backing setting one even more on edge. It's not warm and rousing in the vein of "Stronger Than You", or even raw and belting like "It's Over Isn't It". LuPone's voice soars and then hits high notes that are sharp-edged and punching rather than cathartic, and the refrain doesn't properly finish, breaking off instead into a hum of the Diamond Authority leitmotif.
    But absolutely none of that describes what a compelling piece it is, yielding layers the more one picks at it. LuPone's voice has an implacable gravitas about it, and true tenderness fights its way out in the seconds when Yellow commiserates with Blue over their shared grief (at which point the music warms accordingly, a reprieve before that almost-shriek of a final high note).
  • "Storm in the Room" goes from funny to intense, just like the episode of the same name.

    Season 5 
  • "The Working Dead" from "Sadie Killer", the product of Steven and the Cool Kids attempting to find their sound as an emerging band and Sadie venting her frustration with her dead-end job. Combines sampled horror score and drum loops and a dub-style bassline and verse hook with angsty, macabre horrorpunk lyrics and a guitar-driven chorus. It almost sounds like something Gorillaz could put out. This jam session will go on to form the foundation of Sadie Killer and the Suspects.
  • "The Big Show" expands the Suspects' repertoire slightly, giving them two new songs: a poppy uptempo horrorpunk "I Am" Song ("Sadie Killer and the Suspects") that seems to act as their set opener, complete with DIY props and costume that nonetheless impress Greg enough to become their manager, and "G-G-G-Ghost", a passionate, angst-ridden ska-punk ballad about a recently deceased girl rising from the grave to realize nobody can see her; they perform it at Sunshine Justice's venue in Empire City, with a significant increase in costume/stage effects budget thanks to Greg.
  • "That Distant Shore" from "Can't Go Back" gives us our first ever Lapis song, a short but heartwrenchingly beautiful number encapsulating how much her desire to live in peace with her newly found family is at odds with her past trauma and fear, which make her doubt it could ever be possible.
  • No One Can Know, the music composed for "A Single Pale Rose", when Steven discovers the truth that his mother, Rose Quartz, and Pink Diamond, were both one and the same person, really hammers the point home that this is an event of finality; Pink Diamond, in spirit, will die, replaced by her alter-ego, Rose Quartz. What makes it even more poignant is that Pearl's memory at that point does not follow Pink Diamond, nor Pearl herself (in the false shape-shifted form of Rose Quartz), out of the palanquin, to the point where they perform the deed of faking her shattering, as if to hammer in the gravity of Pink Diamond's fate further. If it weren't for the fact that there is more story to the series, one could confuse this episode with a series finale. It's THAT heartbreaking, relieving, and final at the same time.
  • "Ruby Rider' from "The Question" is a country song sung by Ruby, where she talks about life on the frontier, and how she no longer needs Sapphire (though it eventually turns out not to be the case).
  • "Reunited" introduces the longest Steven Universe song to date: "For Just One Day Let's Only Think About (Love)". It is a very sweet song mostly sung by Steven (with most of the others joining in near the end) about not worrying about the past or future and to just look forward to the wedding. It has a very Broadway/Disney-esque feel to it, and is one of Zach Callison's best songs, especially with his amazing vocal range and holding the final note of the song for nearly ten seconds.
  • 'Familiar', from the episode of the same name, is a beautiful, slow song about Steven realizing how Pink Diamond's relationship with the other Diamonds was the same as his relationship with the Crystal Gems back on Season 1 and how he can use everything he has learned since then to help the grieving Diamonds.
  • The music at the Ball in "Together Alone", consisting of heavily-distorted, lyricless singing and synth, and uses endless circle-of-fifth movement and extended resolutions to sound never-ending and alien. Combined with the dancing of gear-like Gems, it perfectly fits the oppressive society of the Gem empire.
  • After over a year after being shown off by Rebecca Sugar herself, the song "Escapism" finally debuts in the eponymous episode with a lovely trio between Steven, Connie, and Stevonnie.
  • "Change Your Mind", the song sung by Steven at the end of the episode of the same name, is a short but beautiful song about self-love and the desire to be accepted by others, perfectly placed after Steven had the bad experience of confronting White Diamond. Rebecca Sugar wrote the song for herself after being faced with similar issues.
  • "Obsidian", the titular fusion's theme song, is a mixture of Steven, Garnet, Pearl and Amethyst's musical elements. It is absolutely epic, and it has been compared to music from Shadow of the Colossus, which is appropriate, considering it involves climbing a giant robot.

    Steven Universe: The Movie 
  • "The Tale of Steven", performed by Christine Ebersole, Lisa Hannigan, and Patti LuPone. Sung over the opening credits, its majestic melodies and angelic harmonies bring to mind the openings to the classic fairy-tale films of Walt Disney.
  • "Let Us Adore You", though quite short, features some gorgeous harmonizing from the Diamonds, and is a good indication of how the Diamonds have not only become more benevolent, but how they've learned to come together as a family again. It also gets a reprise that mixes it with "Found" when Spinel is adopted by the Diamonds.
  • "Happily Ever After" has Steven and the Gems giving an Exposition Dump of their stories and how they have grown. Gets an equally awesome reprise in the ending and is used as the theme of Steven Universe Future.
  • "True Kinda Love", performed by Estelle and Zach Callison. A soothing R&B number that leaves one feeling all warm and fuzzy inside. Sung during the climax of the movie, starting at Garnet's triumphant return from her amnesia, and playing throughout the evacuation of Beach City.
  • "Other Friends" and "Drift Away", the Villain Songs of the movie, sung by the movie's Big Bad Spinel. The first is a punchy, rambunctious Electro Swing song, fitting of her wild personality and her Inkblot Cartoon Style design, with wild, expressive vocals from Sarah Stiles that show off her incredible range. The second is a slow, mournful, and synth-instrumentaled Villainous Lament about Pink Diamond telling her to wait at the garden, how she waited for 6000 years, her self-doubt about wondering if she's done something wrong, and her revelation that her waiting was All for Nothing when Steven's announcement showed that Pink was never going to come back for her. How awesome is "Other Friends"? It was the #1 trending video on YouTube the night of the movie's premiere.
  • "system/BOOT.PearlFinal(3).Info" a graceful, classy, and almost jingle-like ditty, sung by Pearl, with spoken-word interjections by Greg and Steven, after she, and the rest of the Crystal Gems get reset to their original base state after being poofed by a Rejuvenator; about her introducing herself, and explaining the original functions of the other Gems as they reform one by one. A song that is, like its strange title, offputting and uncomfortable, as Pearl has essentially been forced back into her orignal slavish self, swearing her eternal servitude to her "Um-Greg-Universe", casually remarking how only one Ruby is strange, and cheerily remarking how Amethyst is not the best example of what an Amethyst should be, and how "something is clearly wrong".
  • "Independent Together", sung by a fusion of Steven and Greg to help remind a rejuvenated Pearl of who she really is. It works like a charm, and halfway through the song, Amethyst and Pearl fuse, leading to a spectacular duet between Steg and Opal. The best part is, Steg and Opal's voice actors (Ted Leo and Aimee Mann) are an actual musical duo in real life!
  • "Who We Are" starts with Steven singing a Dark Reprise of "Happily Ever After" after the Crystal Gems get rebooted to their original base selves. Then Bismuth gives her funky and awesome version of the Crystal Gem song in the form of a Badass Boast, backed by the reprise of "Bismuth's Forge," and the two songs mix in epic harmony.
  • "Change", a climactic epic ballad sung by Steven during his I Know You're In There Somewhere Final Battle with Spinel, about how you can change your world for the better and make a difference if you understand that you can make changes happen, that you can be a better person if you understand that you are the only one who controls how you are.
  • "No Matter What" is a jaunty, upbeat little duet between Steven and Amethyst as they reaffirm their friendship for one another and help Amethyst recover her identity. It's catchy, charming, and fun with heartfelt lyrics and amazing vocals.

    Steven Universe Future 
  • "Why So Blue?" from the episode of the same name is a soothing little song sung by Lapis, and it details how Lapis grew as a person and also has her try to convince the Lapises to see the beauty of Earth.
  • "My Little Reason Why", sung by Blue Diamond, is a beautiful short song about how Blue Diamond has finally moved past her grief over what happened to Pink Diamond, and has learned how to use her emotional powers for good. Fans have been waiting for Lisa Hannigan's chance to sing, and she delivers.
  • "I'd Rather Be Me With You" is an endearing song that Steven sings to Connie. Although it has the sad subtext of Steven wanting to fuse permanently with Connie because of fear of her leaving him behind to pursue her studies, it can also be interpreted as the expression of everything Connie represents to him and how he wants to be a part of her life in the future, feeling that Connie clearly reciprocates by her reaction to the song.

    Remixes and Fanworks 
  • MerryberryMusic's cover of "I Am Lapis Lazuli" in music box format, just as beautiful as the original.
  • An extended version of "Lapis Lazuli" and "Wailing Stone" from Cyril the Wolf. It reworks the lyrics and melodies from both songs, including Lapis's leitmotif to craft a 6-minute prog-rock jam. Warning: spoilers for "The Return" and "Jailbreak" in the lyrics.
  • During a point in "Stronger Than You" where Garnet isn't singing, dialogue occurs, with one of Peridot's lines matching the rhythm perfectly. A fan remix giving Peridot a guest verse was inevitable, with the actress giving a good Peridot impression and lyrics that fit quite well.
  • Do You Dream of Me?, is a rather sweet piano ballad from Pearl's perspective. Although the recording quality leaves a little to be desired, the piano and vocal melodies definitely make up for it.
  • Yet another medley, courtesy of Tinygaymanny, which is, in essence, a longer, cleaner take on the ukulele medley mentioned above.
  • And yet another, by Rlemon17, offering a pronounced 60s pop aesthetic.
  • "Let Me Do This for You, Rose" by Awkward Marina. A song for Pearl that's light and catchy until the epic Mood Whiplash of the chorus kicks in at the 1:14 mark.
  • "Faster than You, parodying the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise as a Villain Song mocking Tails.
  • "Without You" by PhemieC. Another Pearl song, yet its simplicity and earnest lyrics, not to mention the singer's sweet voice, make it work.
  • This instrumental cover of "Love Like You" is more laid back and melancholy than the original, and sounds like something out of a coffee house band.
  • Nathan Sharp's "Let Me Try" is an entirely original rock piece, with the lyrics talking about how Steven and the Gems rely on each other, and how they can overcome anything together.
  • Kirby 64 Boss Battle Theme With The Crystal Gems' Instruments is Exactly What It Says on the Tin. The instruments may not be accurate (it was made before Aivi and Surasshu's AMA clarified what instruments belonged to which character), but it's still a good remix nonetheless, offering a catchy new take to an old song.
  • "Bismuth N' Friends" by Blujay, a Pogomix using spliced clips from Bismuth and various other characters. Here's the music video version.
    • Rose, a sentimental track capturing all the emotion in the series caused by Rose Quartz.
    • Gem Trap, a fun, upbeat track with samples from the Pilot!
  • Ladies and gentlemen..."Steven's Secret Rap Career". With music video by MKatwood, music and mixing by Cartoon Universe, and, amazingly, written and performed by Zach Callison himself as Steven. With the subject being Steven, after being driven to the edge by Pearl's Secret Rap Career and the Gems not telling him that Pearl was a rap legend, coming to the conclusion that he needs to "drop the edgiest rap of all time". But, Steven being Steven, it's not that edgy, but it is an amazing and fun song.
  • At an event, Deedee Magno-Hall and Susan Egan, Pearl and Rose's voice actresses perform a beautiful but utterly heartrending cover of the aptly named "The Rose". The entire cover is wonderful but what really clinches the whole thing together is Deedee finishing off the song with "it's over isn't it".
  • Cristina Vee, Jay-Ten's voice actress, preforms an edgier, sultry remix of "Other Friends".