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At the moment that I hit the stage, I hear the universe calling my name...
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Rebecca Sugar is already well-known for her amazing compositions in Adventure Time, so it goes without saying her first animated series contains some choice tracks. The fact that most of the voice actors on the show are either professional singers or have decent singing voices, being cast with singing in mind certainly helps. 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, primarily from composers Aivi Tran and Steven "Surasshu" Velema, is memorable and infectious. The fact that it's one of the few shows to get an officially released soundtrack of its lyrical songs really says something.


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    General 
  • "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" with added synth, drum & bass and an electric guitar riff. 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 an extended version that completes the theme. Adding back in Steven's pilot rendition, there's an added bridge wherein Pearl, Garnet, Amethyst, and Steven declare their purpose for fighting for Earth, finishing with a slightly faster reprise of the second opening theme.
  • 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.

    Season 1A 
  • The Mother, which 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.

    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. 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.
    • "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.
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    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", a song 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" from "Last One Out of Beach City" really sets the tone for a wacky 90s/Indie-style Rom Com.
  • 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”. It 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 ‘sister’ 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 realise 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.

    Remixes and Fanworks 
  • 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.
  • "Without You" by Hampsters. 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.
  • 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".

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