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Examples of Notable Original Music that might be kept for the upcoming new definition of Cult Soundtrack according to this TRS thread.



  • Some of the very best music composed for advertising - as opposed to adapted or "off-the-shelf" - can still send tingles down the spine many years on. John Barry's The Girl With the Sun In Her Hair was used for a shampoo advert, and ran between 1965-75; it can still send a shiver down the spine of people of a certain age, especially those who listened to late-night Radio Luxembourg in the 1970s.

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Doctor Who
Since the series' return to television in 2005, house composer Murray Gold has struck "gold" with numerous original songs and themes that have become almost as popular in fandom as the Ron Grainer/Delia Derbyshire theme music:

  • "The Doctor's Theme" - also known as "The Bad Wolf Theme".
  • "Song for Ten", "Love Don't Roam", "The Stowaway" "Song of Freedom", "Vale Decem" and "Abigail's Song" - Original songs written specifically for the series by Murray Gold. "Love Don't Roam" has now appeared in several trailers.
  • "Doomsday" - Featured in the episode of the same name—any fan of the new series will recognize this song instantly.
  • "All the Strange, Strange Creatures"- A commonly used background song that all fans will recognize.
  • "I Am The Doctor" - fan-dubbed "Every Star, Every Planet", this fist-pumping action theme first appears in full force as the Eleventh Doctor tells the Atraxi to make tracks in "The Eleventh Hour" and has recurred in every action-packed sequence of series five. It, too, will be readily recognizable to fans.
    • "I Am The Doctor" even played over the opening credits for the 50th Anniversary. (The Doctor Who theme did play over the 1960s title card and the end credits, however.)
  • "This is Gallifrey - Our Childhood, Our Home" - majestic instrumental theme created to underscore a flashback to the Doctor's lost home planet; best known now for underscoring a retrospective of the Doctor's many regenerations in the 2010 BBC Proms Concert.

Babylon 5

  • Had original theme music for each season by Christopher Franke and the Berlin Philomonic. Seasons 3, 4, & 5 all had iconic themes.
  • It dubbed music individually for each 'episode' as well. Including the haunting "Requiem for the Line," the action of "Severed Dreams" and "Shadow Dancing," and the heart-wrenching "Sleeping in Light."



  • Basically anything in any famous musical theater or opera production.
    • Famously, "Defying Gravity" from Wicked.
  • "Ride of the Valkyries" from Wagner's Ring Cycle has become a popular score for action sequences thanks to its use in Apocalypse Now. Keep
  • "Do You Hear the People Sing?" from Les Misérables has been used as a rallying cry in real-world rebellions. Keep

Video Games

  • The various iterations of the theme from Battlefield games. Especially 1942 and its remaster from 1943.
  • Every Halo game barring Halo Wars. Well, except for Spirit of Fire.
  • Final Fantasy. The battle victory theme and the title theme in particular, but most of the music between the games is easily recognized (the same composer did all of the music for the first nine games, and still contributes to this day).
    • A couple that ought to be noted are the two songs made for the Dissidia games, "The Messenger," by Your Favorite Enemies, and "God in Fire," by Kidneythieves. Both come with two versions, on being with an orchestral backing, while the other being straight-up hard rock.
  • The flute strains from the beginning of the NiGHTS into Dreams… theme.
  • Animal Crossing for the Gamecube had some very memorable music.
  • Koji Kondo's Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda themes. The latter's main series theme is quite epic, and if you call yourself a gamer, you have to have heard the classic Ground Theme at least once; it's practically the Signature Song of Nintendo, or even National Anthem of gaming itself.
  • Don't forget the Metroid series, which did some impressive things with its music despite limitations.
  • The first three Spyro the Dragon games had music by Stewart Copeland, and sounded quite unique.
  • Mass Effect's main theme.
  • The two Portal games end with original songs performed by the game's computer villain, GLaDOS and written by Jonathan Coulton: "Still Alive" (which has become one of the most covered original songs ever composed for a video game), and "Want You Gone".
  • Civilization IV features a catchy, somewhat haunting setting of the Lord's Prayer translated into Swahili, "Baba Yetu." The song was even published as an independent piece. It finally won a Grammy, the first piece of video game music to do so. Liturgical choirs cover it.
  • The Elder Scrolls soundtracks, composed by Jeremy Soule, are as rich and varied as Tamriel itself. Special mention goes to Morrowind's main theme, variations of which became the main themes for Oblivion and Skyrim.
  • Hotline Miami is known for having a 80s styled synthpop soundtrack. Nowadays, just look up synthwave music on Youtube and head to the comments section. There'll always be a comment referring to Hotline Miami.
  • Psycho Soldier is known for being the first video game to have a vocal track run in game (the eponymous "Psycho Soldier" theme). A remaster has since made it out into Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

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Western Animation

  • The Venture Bros. ends "The Invisible Hand of Fate" with a beautiful guitar number. Seems that was just a local player. It's sad.
  • Nathan Furst's score for the first three Direct to Video BIONICLE movies (produced between 2003-2005) elevated what would otherwise have been hour-long toy commercials into full-blown cinematic experiences. He even created a memorable Theme Tune for the franchise. There was such a demand for an actual soundtrack that all three scores finally saw an official, remastered digital release in 2017, long after the movies themselves had fallen into obscurity.
  • Inspector Gadget's main theme has been covered and sampled many times, most notably in Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick's "The Show."
  • Thanks to the considerable talents of composers William Anderson and Daniel Ingram, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic has developed a massive musical community among the fanbase dedicated to covering and remixing the original songs and BGM featured in the show.
  • The original scores of Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra, created by The Track Team. There are really too many to list, but two of the most popular are "The Last Agni Kai", a solemn, haunting piece, and "Lost My Heart In Republic City".
    • While there isn't a lot of actual singing in the series, the songs which do feature it are very popular in the fandom. Notably the hilarious "Secret Tunnel" and the much, much more emotional "Little Soldier Boy".
  • Steven Universe features quite a bit of this, with series creator Rebecca Sugar previously doing most of the songwriting for Adventure Time. It's even justified in-universe, where Steven's dad Greg Universe is a former traveling musician, with Steven inheriting his father's ear and taste for music.