There is no bad music in Trails, only tracks that are marginally less awesome than others.
Sora no Kiseki FC/Trails in the Sky FC
- While Sky FC lacks a vocal opening theme, the eponymous Sora no Kiseki still gets the job done. Of course, a beautiful vocal version would later be released. And then FC Evolution decided to take it one step further and used an amazing new vocal version for it's opening theme.
- "Hoshi no Arika", or, "The Whereabouts of Light," ranked first on several "Best Game Theme Song Ever" lists in Japan. There's also an English cover, and the lyrics are no less touching than the originals.
- "Setting Off" is a cheery, optimistic tune that perfectly marks the start of Estelle's and Joshua's journey, and whenever they part ways with other party members. It really motivates a listener to go out and see the world.
- "Rock on the Road", a pleasant "outdoors" theme with hints of World of Mana or Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles.
- "Sophisticated Fight", the normal battle music, is a fun little tune to help ease you into the adventure.
- "A Cat Relaxing in the Sun" is the perfect music to unwind to after tackling a bunch of quests at the Guild. It's also the background music of the Bright family house.
- Out of the town themes, the catchy and relaxing "Factory City of Zeiss" stands out.
- "Challenger Invited", used in arena battles and Big Damn Hero moments.
- "Silver Will", no matter which of its many arrangements you listen to, is more than worth mentioning, since it isn't an overstatement to say that this music may be even more popular than the game itself. Hell, it's even listed as the Best RPG Battle theme on 2ch and Youtube!
- "Hollow Light of the Sealed Land", the final dungeon theme from FC, really hammers in the power of the ancient civilization and gets you hyped for the final dungeon.
Sora no Kiseki SC/Trails in the Sky SC
- Apparently "Silver Will" was so good, it got a vocal version: "Silver Will, Golden Wings", that serves as SC's opening theme. And that's not getting into the version on the vocal collection or the SC Evolution version. Now in English!
- "Strepitoso Fight" is the perfect successor to Sophisticated Fight as the groovy theme of the standard battles.
- "Fight With Assailant", a hard rock-y early boss theme.
- "Looking Up at the Sky" is a very pleasant piece to listen to whilst running through those fields to your next destination. Better yet, it got a vocal version and an Instrumental Ver. based on said vocal version.
- "The Dream Continues" is an absolutely beautiful song that plays during several of SC's most poignant moments and is definitely worth a listen.
- "Lurking Shadow in the Wilderness", an ominous but powerful theme serving as the Leitmotif for The Empire of Erebonia.
- "Hamel". Doubles as a massive Tear Jerker due to where in the game this song plays. It's also a Dark Reprise of "Silver Will".
- "The Fate of the Fairies", just to give you a more action-y battle theme for the final level.
- The appropriately-named theme of The Enforcers really helps give you an idea of how dangerous these people are. The Super Arrange Version of "The Enforcers" is just as amazing and finally appears in Cold Steel IV as McBurn's true demon boss fight.
- Parts of said piece are also used in their awesome battle theme, "Fateful Confrontation". Though the Evolution version is highly controversial.
- "Unleashed Greatest Treasure", the music that plays when the Aureole appears, is nothing short of spectacular.
- As the Final Boss of SC, Weissmann's three themes sum up how the fight is going as you face him.
- "Gravestone Struck by Lightning" is the perfect theme to establish what kind of fight Weissmann will give when fighting him the first time.
- "Outskirts of Evolution" has you face his One-Winged Angel form. The otherworldly power of the Aureole is summed up in this tune.
- "The Merciless Savior" is the perfect theme to finally take down Weissmann once and for all.
- "I swear...", the ending of SC, will almost assuredly leave you in tears from its beauty, coupled with the final events of the game. Naturally, this also applies to the the special vocal version, the SC Evolution Version, and the English version.
Sora no Kiseki the 3rd/Trails in the Sky the 3rd
- "Cry for me, cry for you", the opening to the 3rd, finally brings the rock part of the Sky soundtracks and puts it into the opening. And then there's the new rendition in the 3rd Evolution...
- "Fighting Right On", the gritty standard boss theme.
- "Determination of Fight" continues the Sky series' trend of fun tunes to take down those standard monsters to.
- "Beard the Lion in His Den", for the "return" to Leiston Fortress.
- "Aster House", the theme of the church-sanctioned orphanage where Kevin, Ries, and Rufina grew up, is appropriately holy-sounding, and a perfect accompaniment to the two of them reminiscing as they walk through their old home. Coupled with the way that by this point in the game, you know that something unspeakable happened to both of them here, though not what, the sight of Kevin and Ries seeing it intact should break your heart immediately upon hearing the first few notes, and then some. By the time you've left, you know what happened, and it's just as bad, or worse, than you suspected.
- "Masquerade of Lies", an incredibly epic theme for some underwhelming fights. The clue is in the title.
- "The Final Choice", for Olivier's glorious declaration of war against Osborne. Returns in Cold Steel.
- "Overdosing Heavenly Bliss" is a fittingly epic theme to listen to as you fight the guardian copies, one of which is Cassius Bright.
- "Castle of Illusions ~ Phantasmagoria" gives the appropriate feeling of tension and anticipation needed for any half-decent final dungeon theme.
- "Till the Night of Glory", the kind of "action-y" theme you want to hear whilst you take down some imposters. Or struggling to beat the real Agate with the Ravens.
- The vocal version of "Looking Up at the Sky" was re-arranged and used as the ending theme of the 3rd!