TOP 13 BEST MAIN THEMES
Welcome to MUSICAL MARCH MADNESS!!!!!!Main themes are very important if not the most important aspect of the musical score. It is supposed to be a theme that embodies everything that the work in question is supposed to be about. They can range from being simple to really complex and meaningful to just fun. There are so many great main themes that I know for a fact many good ones were left out and I apologize if your favorite didnâ€™t make it. Now before I begin the list there is criteria. One is that this is film and video games only, not TV. The other is that they can be instrumental or actual songs. Also there will be no themes that are tied to a character in other words no Batman or Superman. I consider those character themes not main themes I will be talking about those next time.Â Â And last is that I have a composer bias and certain composers will fill up a lot of the slots and that will occur throughout the event. Now without any further ado here are the TOP 13 BEST MAIN THEMES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
#13 Main Theme of Final Fantasy 1Â music by Nobuo Uematsu
And Where Mermaids DwellÂ music and lyrics by: unlisted
The Main Theme to the original RPG classic Final Fantasy 1 is a basic yet very timeless and catchy theme. It gets the player excited and raring to go on a journey to restore light to 4 crystals and save the world. It perfectly captured the sense of wonder and imagination that no one had experienced in an RPG before.Â Â And is a perfect way to begin this list.
Now as for Where Mermaids Dwell if you recall during Mermaid Month I talked about this song before. It was part of a Little Mermaid album called â€œSongs From the Seaâ€ which told its own self contained story that is told virtually all in song. This is the finale song and I believe that it is the true theme song to the Atlantican universe (as much as I love it Under the Sea is overrated!!!!). Itâ€™s as if youâ€™re dreaming and the Sirens of mythology are calling you to experience the magical world of Atlantica. Itâ€™s just great!
#12 Kiss Me GoodbyeÂ music by Nobuo Uematsu and lyrics by Angela Aki
The theme song to Final Fantasy XII. Now I donâ€™t even like Final Fantasy XII all that much, but Iâ€™ve got to admit this song is great! Itâ€™s composed by my favorite composer Nobuo Uematsu and the lyrics are written by the songs performer one of my favorite singers, Angela Aki! Her voice is amazing! Such beauty is given to this theme. Itâ€™s a song that kind of signals the end and that the heroes are going their separate ways. A great ending song!
#11 The JAWS ThemeÂ music by John Williams
I believe that this piece needs no introduction. This is one of those themes that found its way into the mainstream culture. Everyone knows this theme. Now you could argue that this is a character theme because itâ€™s the sharkâ€™s theme and the shark is a character, but this is much more than that. This theme creates the terror and the sense of dread throughout the film even when the shark isnâ€™t shown. When all the other character themes play you know youâ€™re going to see the character in a few seconds. With JAWS you donâ€™t see him for more than half the film theme or no theme ( I know about the mechanical failures and thatâ€™s why the shark wasnâ€™t shown but still). All in all the theme gives off the emotions of the experience not necessarily the shark itself. A great theme that made us afraid to go in the water.
#10 Melodies of LifeÂ music by Nobuo Uematsu lyrics by Alexander O. Smith
from Japanese lyrics by Hiroyuki Ito
The theme song to Final Fantasy IX. Now Iâ€™ve had multiple people tell me that this sounds like a Disney princess song and I have to correct them by saying itâ€™s the theme song to an epic fantasy video game. However I can kind of see why they would think that especially with the version I provided here. Itâ€™s such an uplifting song and itâ€™s sung by the beautiful sounding Susan Calloway. This comes from an extremely popular concert called Distant Worlds. Itâ€™s basically Fantasia with Final Fantasy music with a live orchestra and a montage of clips from the games projected on a screen. This version of the song begins with the menu them A Place to Call Home. The best version of an already great song!
#9 Eyes on MeÂ music by Nobuo Uematsu and lyrics by Kako Someya
The theme song to Final Fantasy VIII. This is a theme that actually tells a story. It tells the story of an unrequited love between a bar singer named Julia Heartilly and a soldier named Laguna Loire. The love does eventually come to pass in the form of their children from other marriages. The night Laguna confessed his love to Julia he didnâ€™t have time for a date or even a wedding and was called to duty. He was injured and never returned from the mission. Presuming Laguna died Julia wrote a song about the man she loved (this song in fact), but did move on and married someone else and had a daughter named Rinoa. Laguna was actually alive, but was in a coma for awhile and didnâ€™t wake up until long after Julia moved on and eventually died. Laguna falls in love with a woman named Raine and they have a son named Squall. After Raine dies and Laguna goes on a mission to rescue someone and eventually gets wrapped up in presidential duties that he canâ€™t return. Squall follows his path and Rinoa follows her path and the two meet and in the course of the actual game fall in love. Thereâ€™s a lot more backstory, but Iâ€™ve wasted enough time now back to the song. The song tells the story and circumstances of how Julia and Laguna fell in love. Although the lyrics are kind of weird the message is still conveyed very well and the right emotions are conveyed. Itâ€™s an excellent song and one that you can snuggle up to your significant other with. Here are two versions of the song. One is the original version sung by Chinese pop star Fey Wong and the other is by Angela Aki on piano. I love the original, but I prefer Angela Akiâ€™s version better. Just saying.
#8 Ghostbusters ThemeÂ music and lyrics by Ray Parker Jr.
Again Iâ€™m sure no introduction is necessary. This is one catchy theme. Itâ€™s pure nostalgia and 80s awesomeness! If youâ€™re house is haunted and the paranormal experts you call arenâ€™t playing this song full blast on the car stereo when they show up theyâ€™re probably not REAL paranormal experts. This theme is so good the Nostalgia Critic used it when he was trying to capture Casper. Thereâ€™s really nothing to say other than the fact that itâ€™s awesome and it needs to be on the list!
#7 TankÂ music by Yoko Kanno
The theme to Cowboy Bebop is awesome! The level of energy gets the viewer pumped to watch the show and it also gets you into the film noire aspects of the genre. It’s incredibly energetic and a blast to listen to. It is one of Yoko Kanno’s best work!
#6 ZanarkandÂ music by Nobuo Uematsu
The main theme to Final Fantasy X. I really like Final Fantasy X. Want to know what I like more than Final Fantasy X? The music of Final Fantasy X. This theme is beautiful and amazing. It takes a more subtle approach to getting us pumped up for an epic journey. It sets up a journey of discovery of oneâ€™s self, a journey of love and friendship as well as a journey for the truth. It feels more like the deep breath that one takes before making the first step that begins the journey than the actual journey itself. An excellent theme.
#5 AnswersÂ music and lyrics by Nobuo Uematsu
The theme song to Final Fantasy XIV. I know that Final Fantasy XIV is a terrible game in itâ€™s current state, but A. Theyâ€™re fixing it and B. The music has been called out as very good and the best thing about it. So this song is sung by the beautiful sounding Susan Calloway. The song is seemingly about the people of Eorzea searching for the meaning of life and death. A world ravaged by war. I donâ€™t know I havenâ€™t played the game and I donâ€™t have the patience for MMOs so I donâ€™t care, but I do know that this song is awesome! One of the aspects of Uematsuâ€™s genius is that heâ€™s able to take classical, choir, power ballad, and rock music and seamlessly blend them together to make something really special. This blend of old and new makes musical Nirvana. Welcome back to Final Fantasy Uematsu san. Your fan, DisneyOtoko.
The theme song to Bioshock Infinite is next and while there plenty of religious themes in the game the double and triple meanings of the lyrics are what make it fantastic. The resonance that the song has with Booker, Elizabeth and Columbia is wonderfully crafted and Courtney Draper’s performance is haunting and beautiful!
#3 Main Theme of Final Fantasy VIIÂ music by Nobuo Uematsu
The main theme to one of the greatest RPGs of all time makes it to #3 on the list. One of the things I love about Square Enixâ€™s themes are that sometimes theyâ€™re really not always filled with over the top excitement they have subtlety and they give the piece a chance to slow down so we can take it all in. This theme is a perfect example of that. The piece has big grand moments, but is mostly very mellow showing Cloudâ€™s (the main character) doubts as well as his eagerness to get to the bottom of the Sephiroth and Shinra mystery. The theme also has a moment where it has a sort of evil that lies within slightly giving away a plot point about the villainâ€™s location. That isÂ Â Sephiroth being in the Lifestream. A great theme to an excellent game!
#2 Final Fantasy Series ThemeÂ music by Nobuo Uematsu
Brentalfloss LyricsÂ by Brent Black
Even though the games have their own individual main themes they are all bound by this one theme. And itâ€™s freakinâ€™ AWESOME!!! Itâ€™s similar to a high school graduation march, but when you actually play the games it becomes much more. A piece that shows all the aspects a Final Fantasy story should have, hope, beauty and a sense of triumph over evil. What makes this special from other main themes that convey the same feelings is that itâ€™s a video game. The piece is humble and congratulates you as a player for taking time out of your day and committed yourself to playing it. This song was given lyrics by Brentalfloss and itâ€™s awesome. For those of you unfamiliar with the series just listen to his version of the theme and everything you need to know will be explained. This is a theme that embodies all the hope, beauty and humility that all excellent themes should have.
#1 Dearly BelovedÂ music by Yoko Shimomura
The main theme of the Kingdom Hearts series. This theme is absolutely incredible. Never have I been moved by a piece of music this much. Schindlerâ€™s List theme may have moved me to tears, but this has moved me in many different ways across the emotional spectrum. This theme has also been interpreted many different ways throughout the 10 years the series has been around. Other themes make you feel just one basic emotion, but not this. This theme has been filled with serenity, sadness, loss, hope, happiness, and magic. Every single version of this theme is beyond excellent. Some are better than others of course, but all of them are the best. This song is the epitome of what the series is all about bringing the Disney and Square Enix magic in an intelligent and epic way and the loving bonds between people and the characters. It can be applied into our lives as well. This piece can be a love letter that doesnâ€™t need any words to convey its message. The best thing about it is that itâ€™s so simple. It can easily be hummed and it sticks with you on an extremely deep emotional level. The best place to listen to it is at the beach looking out at the ocean because the ocean embodies all the emotions I described above. Here in all of their glory are the many versions of Dearly Beloved!
Kingdom Hearts 1 Version
A simple piano piece that was the first Kingdom Hearts music that anyone heard. This simple piece is peaceful and charming and it would only get better as the series progressed.
Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories Version
This version adds to the piece and feels as if youâ€™re in a dream which fits the illusory worlds that Sora and Riku visit in the mysterious Castle Oblivion and it really works.
Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days Version
This is one of the more somber versions of the theme. A cello is introduced to play parts of the piece and it works perfectly. It in a way shows the sad existence or non existence of being a nobody and the sad fate that befalls Roxas and Xion.
Kingdom Hearts 2 Version
This is mostly a piano and cello version with some orchestration and itâ€™s still absolutely beautiful.
Kingdom Hearts Coded Version
Even though I absolutely despise the game that this version comes from this theme is still amazing. It goes back to the simplicity of 1 yet still keeps the flourishes that were added to make a really good theme.
Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Version
This is my favorite version of the theme. It captures the fact that this game is a tragedy by portraying the sense of loss and sadness that happens to our characters yet also having an incredibly strong optimism that things will get better and out of tragedy will come a brighter future. Again I say beautiful
Kingdom Hearts Piano Version
Since this started as a piano solo it only makes sense that they would have an extended piano version that contains all the added flourishes to the piece. As always it is still beautiful.
Kingdom Hearts 3D Version
About a month ago Square Enix launched the official KH 3D website and the background music for the site was the official 3D version of Dearly Beloved. This theme is much different from the others, but it is by NO means less beautiful or memorable. It has a more optimistic and festive mood to it than Birth by Sleepâ€™s somber take and it even has a waltz section in it which is really cool. I fully embrace and welcome this new version into the many renditions of this amazing and beautiful theme.
I hope you enjoyed this list. Join me next time where Musical March Madness continues part 1 of my countdown of the Top 30 Best character themes!!!!!!!!!!