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Top 10 PlayStation Game OST [Best Recommendations]

In 1995, the world gained access to Sony's 32-bit PlayStation, a console that would help change gaming. One of the strengths of the PlayStation was the use of a 24-channel sound chip that provided CD-quality stereo sound and had built-in support that allowed for digital effects such as reverb and looping. This change allowed for increased sound quality in the game music, adding to the experience of the games on the system. Throughout the PlayStation's life cycle, more and more games started coming out that showed off the power of the PlayStation from epic rock music to vocal tracks that hadn't been done justice on previous systems.

With so many great OSTs on the PlayStation, it's hard to narrow down which OSTs are the best. Today, we are going to be looking at the best of the best and counting down the top 10 pOSTs on the PlayStation. Some of the aspects that will be considered are the different styles of music used, the number of quality songs on each ost, how the songs are used in the game, and how memorable the music is. Join us as we countdown the top 10 PlayStation game OSTs.


10. Tekken 3

  • System: PlayStation
  • Publisher: Namco
  • Developer: Namco
  • Release Dates: April 29, 1998

Fifteen years after the second King of the Iron fist tournament, a mysterious being is known only as Orge has started attacking famous martial artists around the world. Fearing Ogre may soon come after her, Jun Kazama tells her son Jin that if anything is to happen he should seek out Heihachi Mishima. Jun's fears are soon realized when Ogre attacks her and defeats Jin. After the attack, Jin is unable to find Jun and sets out to find Heihachi and train under him in order to defeat Ogre. After four years of training, Jin has mastered Mishima-style karate and is ready to get his revenge. In order to draw Ogre out, Heihachi decides to hold another King of the Iron Fist Tournament . Now, after a nineteen-year hiatus, the King of Iron Fist Tournament returns with old a new fighters gathering to take part.

The soundtrack of Tekken 3 was composed by a team of Nobuyoshi Sano, Keiichi Okabe, Hiroyuki Kawada, Minamo Takahashi, and Yuu Miyake, with Nobuyoshi Sano taking the lead. The composers took inspiration from a music genre that was relatively new at the time known as Big beat, an electronic music style which makes use of synthesizers and uses heavy breakbeats while. They were able to create dynamic and intense pieces of music by combining the style of Big beat with different music styles representing the nationalities and styles of its diverse cast of characters. There are themes like Gun Jack theme that makes use of an abrasive rock drum kit and a distorted vocal loop that shows the robot origin of the character, and the Ogre battle theme that forgoes the more upbeat nature of the rest of the soundtrack and uses a slower more dramatic approach to the song that add to the intensity of a boss battle while keeping the essence of its big beat origins in track. The strength of the OST comes from its use of many different styles that give the game a unique sound while also matching the tone of a fighting game perfectly.


9. Spyro: Year of the Dragon of the Dragon

  • System: PlayStation
  • Publisher: Insomniac Games
  • Developer: Sony Computer Entertainment
  • Release Dates: October 24, 2000

Every twelve years, the land of dragons celebrates the year of the dragon and the arrival of new dragon eggs to the realm. Their celebrations are ruined when a girl named Bianca shows up with an army of Rhynocs and steal all of the dragon eggs while Spyro and the other dragons are sleeping. Bianca brings the dragon eggs to the evil sorceress who spreads them across the many worlds. Spyro, Sparx, and Hunter are sent after Bianca and ordered to retrieve all 150 of the dragon eggs. On his journey, Spyro meets friends who help him in his battle against the Sorceress and her evil army Rhynocs, while also searching for the dragon eggs and finding out the mysteries of the new magicless world he finds himself in.

Composed by famous drummer Stewart Copeland, the soundtrack was created while Copeland played through the levels in order to make sure he perfectly captured the feelings and style of each level. This added effort is evident in the entire original Spyro trilogy, but the added styles used for the multiple playable characters and the amount of different world and event themes sets this game apart from the rest. The upbeat and fast-paced themes filling the worlds are all atmospheric and help add to the immersiveness of the game. Although many of the songs in the game feature a more upbeat style, the soundtrack features many unique songs that change it up to perfectly match the feelings of the world. Songs like the calm Evening Lake theme and the intense Fireworks Factory theme show of the diversity of the soundtrack.


8. Suikoden

  • System: PlayStation
  • Publisher: Konami Computer Entertainment Tokyo
  • Developer: Konami
  • Release Dates: November 1, 1996

Suikoden starts with Tir, son of General Teo McDohl starting his career with the Scarlet Moon Empire, alongside some close friends and trusted allies. While out on his first few missions, Tir slowly realizes the corrupt nature of the Empire and starts to question the decisions by the Emperor. Tir receives a rune known as Soul Eater from his friend Ted after Ted is attacked by the Court Magician Windy. Tir's home is attacked by the soldiers of the Empire who are looking for the rune, forcing Tir and his friends to flee the home leaving Ted behind. After fleeing, Tir meets a man named Viktor a member of the rebel force known as the Liberation Army. After joining forces with the Liberation Army Tir starts to build up his army in order to fight against the Empire.

Being one of the first JRPG's on the PlayStation, Suikoden showed off what the PlayStation was able to do for the music in a JRPG. Suikoden's OST starts out strong with an epic opening theme that prepares you for the adventure you are about to embark and doesn't stop providing you with an enjoyable listening experience all the way to the end. Each song on the soundtrack perfectly matches the themes and settings that the songs play in. The battle theme is filled with wild percussion and a fast pace that adds to the stressful nature of the battle. Suikoden gives you everything you want out of an RPG soundtrack, with an epic battle theme and enjoyable ambient town music.


7. Crash Bandicoot

  • System: PlayStation
  • Publisher: Naughty Dog
  • Developer: Sony Computer Entertainment
  • Release Dates: September 9, 1996

Crash Bandicoot was transformed into his current form by The Evolvo-Ray, a machine built by Dr. Neo Cortex and Dr. Nitrus Brio to transform ordinary animals into sapient beings. After being transformed, Crash is able to escape from the castle by jumping out of a nearby window. Before Crash was transformed, he grew close to Tawna the female bandicoot inside of Cortex's castle. Crash sets out to save Tawna from Cortex's clutches, but his journey back to the castle won't be as easy as he thought due to Cortex sending out his army of recently transformed animals to stop the crash.

Crash Bandicoot features a variety of songs that perfectly match the variety of locations found throughout Crash's platforming adventure. From deep lush jungles to factories filled with killer robots, each area has themes that simultaneously match the style of the level and add to the excitement and stress of making perilous jumps to get through the level. The soundtrack also matches the games silly cartoon aesthetics by adding in songs like the Ripper Roo theme, that features a heavy amount of horns and crazy sound effects. While many of the early songs are upbeat, as the game progress and the difficulty ramps up, the music starts to increase in intensity as well. Late game areas like the High Road and Cortex Power show off the upped intensity by slowing down the tempos of the songs and giving them a darker tone overall. Overall, Crash Bandicoot's soundtrack has the versatility to make all the songs have their own feelings while also keeping the same town for levels with the same aesthetics.


6. Silent Hill

  • System: PlayStation
  • Publisher: Konami Computer Entertainment Tokyo
  • Developer: Konami
  • Release Dates: January 31, 1999

Silent Hill follows the story of Harry Mason, as he looks around Silent Hill for his missing daughter Cheryl. During his investigations of the town, Harry begins to experience bouts of unconsciousness and starts having nightmares filled with dangerous monsters that try to harm him. Harry meets various people throughout his journey including a police officer, doctor, and cultist as he learns more about the mysterious town and its disappearing citizens. Harry soon learns of the darks secrets of Silent Hill and the cult behind the growing darkness and danger within in the city.

Famed composer Akira Yamaoka expertly captured the essence of a horror gaming by combing slowly paced long drawn out sounds with creepy horror sound incorporated into many of the game's songs. Silent Hill has all of the scary tracks you would expect from a horror game. The soundtrack does more by doing less, with many of its tracks being simple, but perfectly match the horror vibes you get while playing the game. Tracks like Rising Sun and All are the perfect example of the simplicity of the horror tracks with creepy sounds that match the fog-filled world of Silent Hill where anything can be lurking around every corner. Silent Hill's soundtrack goes far beyond just having a bunch of songs to go with its horror theme. Songs like Claw Finger pull off the creepy vibe by having slow paced piano-based music that still matches the mysterious world perfectly, while songs like Silent Hill provide some diversity to the soundtrack forgoing the creepy sounds by providing the player with a much more upbeat and enjoyable listening experience. While many of the songs on Silent Hill's most aren’t songs you would listen to for fun, the songs perfectly match the world of Silent Hill and use a variety of techniques to add to its immersion.



5. Valkyrie Profile

  • System: PlayStation
  • Publisher: Tri-Ace
  • Developer: Enix
  • Release Dates: August 29, 2000

Lenneth Valkyrie awakens in Asgard and is ordered by the god Odin and goddess Freya with recruiting Einherjar for their war with the Vanir. Einherjar are warriors who have just recently died that are claimed by the Valkyries and escorted to Asgard. Lenneth sets out on her journey meeting people like the princess Jelanda and the mercenary Arngrim who join her on her journey. With the coming of Ragnarok, Lenneth must recruit the most powerful Einherjar in hopes of winning the battle against the Vanir.

The soundtrack to Valkyrie Profile was composed by Motoi Sakuraba, a man known for his RPG soundtracks that combine baroque style music with progressive Japanese rock. Much like the game itself, Valkyrie Profile's soundtrack is underrated and relatively unknown due to the game being released late in the PlayStation's life cycle. The soundtrack is filled with songs that show off the Motoi Sakuraba's classic style like Sky Gate and Fighting the Shadowy Gods. The soundtrack also features some songs that are more calm and mellow like traditional RPG soundtracks like All is Twilight. While the majority of the soundtrack is good, there are a number of songs that feel out of place amongst the great songs on the soundtrack.


4. PaRappa the Rapper

  • System: PlayStation
  • Publisher: NanaOn-Sha
  • Developer: Sony Computer Entertainment
  • Release Dates: December 6, 1996

Parappa is a rapper dog that the player controls and must participate in rhythm games as Parappa makes his way through each of the game's stages. The story follows Parappa as he attempts to impress and win the heart of Sunny Funny. Many obstacles stand in the way of Parappa the girl. Parappa has a rival competing for Sunny Funny's love in Joe Chin, a narcissistic dog who tries to impress Sunny with his suave nature and his money. Due to Joe's constant interference, Parappa seeks ways to make himself cooler by taking martial arts lessons and trying to get his license. Using Parappa's rapping ability the player must help him complete his tasks, defeat the bully, and get the girl.

A game centered around music should be expected to have a great soundtrack, but what Parappa the Rapper does with its soundtrack is truly unique. The story of the game is centered around the songs that are going on in the background. In terms of fitting the game's aesthetics and story, Parappa the Rapper is second to none. Parappa the Rapper has the most unique OST on this, featuring short songs that make up the larger story representing the stages in the game. The soundtrack also features things not seen in many other soundtracks in the form of vocal tracks. The uniqueness and style fo the songs get it this high on the list, but the few lower quality sections of the soundtrack really stand out due to the game is centered around the music.


3. Metal Gear Solid

  • System: PlayStation
  • Publisher: Konami Computer Entertainment Japan
  • Developer: Konami
  • Release Dates: October 21, 1998

Six years after the fall of Zanzibarland, FOXHOUND a group of renegade genetically-enhanced individual take control of a remote island in Alaska's Fox Archipelago named Shadow Moses that was used as a nuclear weapons facility. FOXHOUND threatens to use a mecha with nuclear-capable called Metal Gear REX against the U.S. government if they do not give the remains of Big Boss and a ransom of $1 billion to FOXHOUND within 24 hours. This threat to national security forces Colonel Roy Campbell to bring legendary operate Solid Snake out of retirement to infiltrate Shadow Moses and stop FOXHOUND. After arriving on Shadow Moses, Snake must use his espionage skills to avoid the FOXHOUND organization while also dealing with his occasional encounters with the big bad members of FOXHOUND, including Revolver Ocelot, Gray Fox, and Liquid Snake.

One of the most well-known video game franchises of all time, Metal Gear Solid brought the series to the PlayStation after an eight-year hiatus. The soundtrack of the game was revamped, bringing in upbeat songs with techno vibes. The fast-paced action music is best represented by one of the series most recognized songs, Encounter. Encounter and its fast-paced techno beat play when the Snake is encountered by the enemy, the track fits the seriousness of the situation perfectly giving the player an adrenaline rush in the most serious moment in the game. Although the action music is the main draw, the game also includes mellow songs like Encounter and creepy haunting songs like Mantis' Hymn. The soundtrack also has a beautiful ending theme called The Best Is Yet to Come that includes vocals and provides a wonderful end to the story.


2. Final Fantasy VII

  • System: PlayStation
  • Publisher: Square
  • Developer: Sony Computer Entertainment
  • Release Dates: September 7, 1997

Final Fantasy VII opens with the eco-terrorist insurgent group AVALANCHE destroying one of the Shinra Electric Power Company's mako reactors with the help of former SOLDIER member Cloud Strife. Together with the leader of AVALANCHE, Barret Wallace, Cloud is able to place a bomb in the reactor and run from the Shinra guards that chase after them. With the success of his first mission with the group, Barret asks Cloud to help with another bombing mission. This time accompanied by Cloud's childhood friend Tifa Lockheart, the group bombs another reactor but Cloud has blown off a ledge and falls into a church located in the city slums. There he meets Aerith, a mysterious flower girl that is wanted by the Turks. After Aerith is kidnapped by the Turks, Cloud, Barret, and Tifa set out to rescue her. The simple rescue mission turns out to be more than they bargained for, sending them on a quest that involves the dark underbelly of Shinra, mysterious beings known as the cetra, and a threat to the planet they never saw coming.

As the first Final Fantasy game on the PlayStation, Final Fantasy VII brought the great music seen throughout the series to the next generation. The changes in technology allowed Nobuo Uematsu to introduce a whole new style to the classic themes in the previous games. Some of the standout songs on the soundtrack are the epic boss themes Those Who Fight Further and J-E-N-O-V-A. The game also features amazing town themes like the Cosmo Canyon theme and Descendant of the Shinobi. One of the most popular songs on the soundtrack is One Winged Angel, a song that takes inspiration from Stravinsky's Rite of Spring and combining the style of late 60's rock and orchestra music. The combination resulted in one of the most memorable songs on one of the highest quality soundtracks of all time. The one aspect keeping Final Fantasy VII's OST from being the best on the PlayStation is the amount of songs that are reused throughout the game making the songs feels less special over the course of the game.


1. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

  • System: PlayStation
  • Publisher: Konami
  • Developer: Konami Computer Entertainment Tokyo
  • Release Dates: October 2, 1997

Taking place after the end of Castlevania: Rondo of Blood where Dracula was defeated by Richter Belmont, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night follows the story of Alucard, the son of Dracula, as he learns what happened during his slumber and journeys to destroy Castlevania. Five years after Richter defeated Dracula, Castlevania rose again with no Belmonts to defend against the vampires. After arriving at the castle for the first time, Death tells Alucard to stop his quest and takes away all of his items and weapons away. Alucard continues on undeterred and starts his ascension of the castle. Alucard continues on his way while facing off against many monsters and meets Maria Renard, who has set out to find the missing Richter.

Like many of the Castlevania games that came before it, Symphony of the Night features Baroque inspired melodies performed in a rock style. Symphony of the night kicks the rock up a notch with every song being more epic than the last. The soundtrack also features songs like Wood Carving Partita, Rainbow Cemetery, and Silence that use little to no rock aspects and incorporate other elements like long drawn out notes and techno beats to give each area of the castle a different vibe while exploring. While Symphony of the night may not have the largest or most diverse OST on this list, it sets itself apart with having almost every song on the OST being a perfect fit for the game and being an absolutely amazing piece to listen to. Not a single song seems out of place or considerably worse than the other songs around it.


Final Thoughts

The PlayStation was one of the most popular video games of all time due to its amazing games and its amazing soundtracks. Each game on this list shows off different aspects that make the songs found on the PlayStation great. With so many great games styles and themes found throughout the games on this list, there is something for everybody to listen to and enjoy. Which game OST on this list is your favorite? Are there any games you think should be on the list? Let us know in the comments below.

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