Over 170,000 votes were cast this year, according to the station, and 11 video game soundtracks now feature in the annual top 300 chart, including a re-entry for Austin Wintory’s score to Journey and two new entries – Jessica Curry’s music to Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture and the soundtrack to Shenmue, which was the chart’s highest new entry at #144 (and the second year in a row that the chart’s highest new entry has been from a video game score).
Nobuo Uematsu’s music for the Final Fantasy series remains in the top 20, a feat it has managed every year since entering the chart back in 2012, while Yoko Shimomura is still the highest placed female composer in the whole chart at #31.
All the game tracks for those that are interested:
- #272, Viva Pinata, Grant Kirkhope
- #269, World of Warcraft, Russell Brower et al.
- #268, Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, Jessica Curry
- #221, Journey, Austin Wintory
- #144, Shenmue, Yuzo Koshiro & Ryuji Iuchi,
- #135, The Legend of Zelda, Koji Kondo
- #126, Blue Dragon, Nobuo Uematsu
- #120, The Elder Scrolls, Jeremy Soule
- #98, Banjo Kazooie, Grant Kirkhope
- #31, Kingdom Hearts, Yoko Shimomura
- #17, Final Fantasy, Nobuo Uematsu
If you’d like to hear more video game music on the radio, the next video game special is this Saturday on Classic FM at 5pm.