Number 8: The Top Ten Best Game Soundtracks of All Time

Number 8: Super Mario Galaxy

What? Huh? A Mario game on the top ten best soundtracks list? How on earth did that happen? Well, as it turns out, we have Koji Kondo, the sound director, to thank. Originally the composer for Galaxy, Mahito Yokota, went with a latin style for the soundtrack similar to older Mario games, but Kondo turned it down on the basis of it being aimed too far at children. Yokota returned later with a selection of various types of music, and Kondo chose an Orchestral soundtrack as the main composition style for Super Mario Galaxy.

Quite honestly, it was probably one of the best things that could have happened and it resulted in a very exceptional soundtrack performed by the Mario Galaxy Orchestra. The soundtrack has a very epic feel, that primarily works to entertain a sense of wonder and amazement, and does so to great extent. Mario Galaxy is an especially good listen if you have a powerful sound system with capable range that can fully perform the range of music, from the high strings to the low bass. If you're looking for epic feel good (or danger) music, it's hard to get better. But you may wonder why Mario Galaxy didn't place higher on the list, as grand as it is and there are a few reasons behind that decision. The soundtrack is less consistent then it could have been, and doesn't carry as much variation as one might hope, leading to some similarity in tunes. While a large amount of the songs are very epic and grand, there are others that are just there and although they are good music, they fail to carry the same impact of the other songs. The second reason is that Mario Galaxy doesn't serve well as music that you can listen to for a variety of activities. If you want something that sounds epic, grand and serves as a back-piece to a large event, say a graduation ceremony, you've come to the right place, but don't expect to be able to fit this music to just about everything. Even so it was a hard fought battle, and Mario Galaxy definitely took the longest to place solidly. But then, its a top ten list of awesome, can any one of these be really seen as bad?

Minor quibbles aside, Mario Galaxy 2 is coming later this year complete with another incredible soundtrack that may serve to take a higher place. But until then, Super Mario Galaxy earns it's place at number 8.

Number 8: Super Mario Galaxy by Mahito Yokota
Number 9: Final Fantasy: The Crystal Chronicles by Kumi Tanioka
Number 10: Command and Conquer: Red Alert 2 by Frank Klepacki

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