Top 10 Video Game Music Composers



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For this list, we’ve chosen the best and brightest music composers who take us on a musical journey from the first note we hear. We’ve excluded composers such as Hans Zimmer and Gustavo Santaolalla who, despite working on “Crysis 2” and “The Last of Us” respectively, are mostly regarded as movie composers – plus they’ve really only done one game a piece.

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  • For me I think Koji Kondo it's the best! I mean, maybe because I am a huge Zelda fan… but it's amazing. However, I think we should also make a Top 10 composers for Indie Games!

    Games Of Music July 1, 2020 6:55 am Reply
  • Akira Yamaoka should’ve at least gotten an honorable mention. He’s an awesome composer. Disappointed.

    Resunoit July 1, 2020 6:55 am Reply
  • hmmm? hans zimmer does so much more music than that for games.
    most games I own has at least 1 music piece from zimmer. so not having him on the list when he's basically one of the absolute best is clean out idiotic

    AnnaxGaming July 1, 2020 6:55 am Reply
  • Correct #1

    JJ Reichner July 1, 2020 6:55 am Reply
  • 10:09 Mark Mothersbaugh?! I thought Josh Mancell was responsible for the score to Crash bandicoot!

    Brad and Joey’s Adventures July 1, 2020 6:55 am Reply
  • Why is David Wise just as honorable mention?

    Felipe Echeverría July 1, 2020 6:55 am Reply
  • The fact that David Wise is not #2 on this list showcases how little research you did here. Video game music would have taken ages to evolve without his enormous contributions to the technology behind the music. Donkey Kong Country was one of the biggest technological breakthroughs in video game history.

    Lurid Phaesporia July 1, 2020 6:55 am Reply
  • Where is C418

    caldron 12 July 1, 2020 6:55 am Reply
  • Where’s Keiki Kobayashi!!?

    RAYAN AL-SHEHRI July 1, 2020 6:55 am Reply
  • Junichi masuda and yuzo koshiro didn't make it to this list? Damn

    Zack July 1, 2020 6:55 am Reply
  • This is one of your worst lists ever.

    BlacKcuD July 1, 2020 6:55 am Reply
  • Frank Klepacki!

    BlacKcuD July 1, 2020 6:55 am Reply
  • Martin O’Donnell only a honorable mention????

    Ryan Madera July 1, 2020 6:55 am Reply
  • Chris Huelsbeck anyone?

    Strike July 1, 2020 6:55 am Reply
  • I know they wouldn't have made the list, but on my own personal list I'd add two names: Jason Hayes and Junichi Masuda. Jason Hayes composed the World of Warcraft soundtrack, and Junichi Masuda is arguably the main guy behind Pokémon's music.

    ZhangtheGreat July 1, 2020 6:55 am Reply
  • I’d like to think yoko shimomura has redeemed the name yoko in the music world

    CantDestroyHer . July 1, 2020 6:55 am Reply
  • Mick Gordon & Yuka Kitamura

    Kohn J Fennedy July 1, 2020 6:55 am Reply
  • lorne balf

    Seven July 1, 2020 6:55 am Reply
  • You really should have elaborated on Jeremy Soule doing music for Humongous Entertainment. He did pretty much the best music for the main games, from PuttPutt to Freddi Fish and Pajama Sam to Spy Fox.

    KendoruSlink July 1, 2020 6:55 am Reply
  • I seem to be one of few who have Inon Zur as my favorite composer

    ChiliHunter !¡ July 1, 2020 6:55 am Reply
  • CANT BELIEVE MEGURO DIDNT MAKE THIS LIST…

    Nolimit omo July 1, 2020 6:55 am Reply
  • 1. Koji Kondo- The Legend Of Zelda Series, Super Mario Series
    2. Nobuo Uematsu- Final Fantasy Series
    3. Yoko Shimomura- Kingdom Hearts, Super Mario RPG, Street Fighter 2
    4. Darren Korb- Bastion, Transistor
    5. Austin Wintory- Flow, Journey
    6. Martin O'Donnell- Halo Series, Destiny
    7. Akira Yamaoka- Silent Hill Series
    8. Yasunori Mitsuda- Chrono Trigger, Soul Sacrifice
    9. Jeremy Soule- Elder Scrolls Series, Secret Of Evermore
    10. Jesper Kyd- Hitman, Assasin's Creed, Borderland, Darksiders 2
    11. Shoji Meguro- Persona Series
    12. Manami Matsumae- Mega Man, Shovel Knight
    13. Grant Kirkhope- GoldenEye 007, King Kong, Banjo-Kazooie
    14. Jack Wall- Mass Effect Series, Call Of Duty Series
    15. Toby Fox- Undertale
    16. Daniel "C418" Rosenfeld- Minecraft
    17. Harry Gregson-Williams- Metal Gear Series
    18. Mark Mothersbaugh- Crash Bandicoot Series
    19. David Wise- Donkey Kong Series
    20. Jake "Virt" Kaufman- Shovel Knight
    21. Peter McConnell- Sly Cooper Series
    22. Jessica Curry- Everybody's Gone To Rapture, Dear Esther
    23. Junichi Masuda- Pokemon Series
    24. Motoi Sakuraba- Dark Souls Series
    25. Masato Nakamura- Sonic 1, Sonic 2

    explodingcreeper6875 July 1, 2020 6:55 am Reply
  • I’m shocked Yuzo Koshiro isn’t on the list.

    CrimsonDragoon July 1, 2020 6:55 am Reply
  • I wished that Tim Follin was in this list.

    Ocky the Silent Protagonist July 1, 2020 6:55 am Reply
  • Masafumi Takada

    M.13 J.10 The Young Gun July 1, 2020 6:55 am Reply
  • What about Mick Gordon?

    Anthony Erickson July 1, 2020 6:55 am Reply
  • Michiru yamane, matt uelmen and tomas Dvorak should receive at least honorable mention

    Diego Soto Miranda July 1, 2020 6:55 am Reply
  • michiru yamane? TTUTT

    nekokna July 1, 2020 6:55 am Reply
  • Kow Otani (Shadow of the Colossus) it's also a great composer, but unfortunately, he has composed the music of only a few video games, since he's mostly known from anime (like Gundam Wing), and Godzilla films!

    Giannis 85 July 1, 2020 6:55 am Reply
  • tim follin??
    bobby prince??

    digithead100 July 1, 2020 6:55 am Reply
  • I actually agree with most of this list but am disappointed that Grant Kirkhope wasn't even an honorable mention. He would be in my personal top 5 but to each his own. Narrowing down to just 10 is a huge undertaking and I found myself surprisingly agreeing with this list.

    BigManTate7364 (Tate Lang) July 1, 2020 6:55 am Reply
  • I disregard your list for the lack of Yuzo Koshiro.

    Jack Wall guy sounded like his music was crazy though, gonna have to check him out.

    Raythanity July 1, 2020 6:55 am Reply
  • Lul what a bad video where is Gareth Cooker and Akira Yamaoka

    ꧁ፖHORនፖEᜤ꧂ ꧁ᏴƲЅCHMAᜬᜬ꧂ July 1, 2020 6:55 am Reply
  • Matsuda from Pokemon Games is an excellent composer as well… Too bad he didnt even had a honorable mention here.

    Llednartwem July 1, 2020 6:55 am Reply
  • Jesper kyd

    Lelin Kumar Mahanta July 1, 2020 6:55 am Reply
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    JR. Sacki OFFICIAL July 1, 2020 6:55 am Reply
  • Ok some very major things wrong with this list. David Wise is only a honorable mention what the heck should have been at least number 4. And no Grant kirkhope is just wrong,

    Richard Bayen July 1, 2020 6:55 am Reply
  • Wow! WM put Uematsu in his rightful spot. One of the best composers of all time.

    Fen Ko Ken July 1, 2020 6:55 am Reply

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