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RADICAL DREAMERS
(Super NES)

Composer: Yasunori Mitsuda

A slow-going text-based adventure game that is a sequel of sorts to Chrono Trigger and was only originally available through the Satellaview. It features an excellent score by Yasunori Mitsuda, who had also worked on CT. Most of the songs were later reused in Chrono Cross.

Music also featured on:
NES & SNES Midi Conversions
Game Ending Songs Extravaganza

  • Day of Summer
    Time: 2:33
    Size: 3.52 MB
    Automatic ending
    Comment:
    This song was remade in Chrono Cross as "Another World". Sounds pretty good here, too, although it uses a flute instead of a violin.
    Rating:

  • Ending: Le Tresor Interdit
    Time: 3:04
    Size: 2.81 MB
    Automatic ending
    Comment:
    I've never finished this game, but this ending song is amazing. Another great piece of work from Yasunori Mitsuda.
    Rating:

  • Frozen Flame
    Time: 2:49
    Size: 2.59 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    This song made it into Chrono Cross, but I wanted to make the SFC version available because I actually think it sounds a little better.
    Rating:

  • The Girl Who Stole the Star
    Time: 3:23
    Size: 4.66 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    Another song that was reused in Chrono Cross, but I have more fondness for the way it sounds here.
    Rating:


       

    RAIDEN TRAD
    (Sega Genesis & Super NES)

    Composer: Akira "GO" Sato

  • Fighting Thunder (Genesis Version)
    Time: 2:19
    Size: 3.20 MB
    2 loops
    Comment:
    This is my favorite song from Raiden. This one just makes me want to kick ass.
    Rating:

  • Fighting Thunder (SNES Version)
    Time: 2:09
    Size: 2.97 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    The Super NES versions of the Raiden songs have added instruments and a slap bass, but sometimes still don't sound quite as good as the Genesis versions. This one's okay, but I might prefer the Genesis version, especially when it shifts gears about 40 seconds in.
    Rating:

  • Gallantry (Genesis Version)
    Time: 1:45
    Size: 2.40 MB
    2 loops
    Comment:
    The level 1 music. I might actually prefer the SNES version of this one. This version's a little thin and seems to have trouble with the licks about 14 seconds in.
    Rating:

  • Gallantry (SNES Version)
    Time: 2:38
    Size: 3.63 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    Here's the SNES version for comparison.
    Rating:

  • Rough and Tumble (Genesis Version)
    Time: 2:08
    Size: 2.93 MB
    2 loops
    Comment:
    This one sounds a little weird about 15 seconds in. Other than that, it's pretty good.
    Rating:

  • Rough and Tumble (SNES Version)
    Time: 2:20
    Size: 3.22 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    Might prefer the SNES version of this one, too.
    Rating:


       

    RANMA 1/2
    (Super NES)

    Composer: Toshio Okamoto

    I haven't really seen much of this anime, but this SNES fighting game based on it has some funny dialogue and animation. It's also got some decent music, though it may not be to everyone's liking.

  • Akane
    Time: 2:06
    Size: 2.90 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    One of the best songs in this game. Uses a lot of traditional Japanese instruments.
    Rating:

  • Ending Theme
    Time: 1:07
    Size: 1.55 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    This is the staff roll theme for the "true" ending you get if you beat the game on the harder difficulty settings.
    Rating:

  • Mousse
    Time: 2:14
    Size: 3.08 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    Mousse has a good fast-paced theme that I'm rather fond of.
    Rating:

  • Pantyhose
    Time: 2:30
    Size: 3.45 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    Yeah, that's his name. Long explanation that you'd just have to play the game to understand. This is actually one of my favorite songs in this game. A rather good rock guitar mix.
    Rating:

  • Ranma
    Time: 2:23
    Size: 3.29 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    This one's rather disappointing. It starts off with a really good guitar wailing riff, but then it goes into circus-like music. Bleh.
    Rating:

  • Ryoga
    Time: 2:11
    Size: 3.01 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    Ryoga's pretty damn insane, and this chaotic music reflects that.
    Rating:

  • Ukyo
    Time: 2:12
    Size: 3.04 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    More traditional instruments for the mistress of the giant pancake house.
    Rating:


       

    RESIDENT EVIL ZERO
    (Nintendo Gamecube)

    Composer: Hiroshi Yokota

    This was the first Resident Evil game I played and finished, and while most of the game doesn't have any music at all, it does have a fantastic ending song. As silly as the game's story is at times, this music is enough to make you feel emotional about it anyway.

    Music also featured on:
    Game Ending Songs Extravaganza

  • Ending Credits Theme
    Time: 5:14
    Size: 4.79 MB
    Automatic ending
    Comment:
    This is the ending song from Resident Evil 0. I really like the piano work in this one, especially towards the end.
    Rating:


    RHAPSODY: A MUSICAL ADVENTURE
    (Sony Playstation)

    Composer: Tenpei Sato

    Don't worry. I'm not going to post any of the songs that have lyrics. I already put up the "DK Rap", and that's more than enough embarrassing game vocals for one site to handle. These were all ripped from the soundtrack CD that came with the game.

  • Adventurer
    Time: 1:32
    Size: 2.11 MB
    Automatic ending
    Comment:
    This is the option menu/file select theme, I think...it's been awhile since I played this.
    Rating:

  • Dream Hunter
    Time: 2:47
    Size: 3.83 MB
    Automatic ending
    Comment:
    One of several different boss themes. A lot of tension in this one.
    Rating:

  • Fear
    Time: 2:08
    Size: 2.95 MB
    Automatic ending
    Comment:
    Another boss theme.
    Rating:

  • Little Love
    Time: 2:37
    Size: 3.59 MB
    Automatic ending
    Comment:
    A soft piano song that's used for a lot of the game's areas.
    Rating:

  • Mother's Lullaby
    Time: 2:18
    Size: 3.17 MB
    Automatic ending
    Comment:
    The end credits theme. Has an emotional music box style.
    Rating:

  • Mothergreen
    Time: 1:57
    Size: 2.69 MB
    Automatic ending
    Comment:
    This one is so catchy, I can easily get it stuck in my head for awhile.
    Rating:

  • Puppet Princess Theme
    Time: 2:55
    Size: 4.01 MB
    Automatic ending
    Comment:
    The title theme. It's apparent right away that they attempted to make an authentic-sounding symphonic score for this game.
    Rating:

  • Rhapsody Afar
    Time: 2:02
    Size: 2.81 MB
    Automatic ending
    Comment:
    The world map theme.
    Rating:

  • Shooting Star
    Time: 2:02
    Size: 2.79 MB
    Automatic ending
    Comment:
    The game over theme. This game is pretty ridiculous, but it's got one of the saddest-sounding game over themes I've ever heard.
    Rating:

  • Spirit Wind
    Time: 2:54
    Size: 3.99 MB
    Automatic ending
    Comment:
    I think this is another boss battle theme, but I really don't remember.
    Rating:

  • The Wanderer
    Time: 3:03
    Size: 1.75 MB
    Automatic ending
    Comment:
    Rhapsody is a really goofy RPG that had one part of the story that hit me like a ten ton of bricks. This music is the theme associated with that part of the story. It's a Celtic piece with a dream-like quality, and it's my absolute favorite in the game.
    Rating:

  • Welcome to the Dungeon
    Time: 2:42
    Size: 3.72 MB
    Automatic ending
    Comment:
    Diabolical waltz for the neverending cut-and-paste dungeons.
    Rating:


       

    RISE OF THE ROBOTS
    (Super NES)

    Composers: Brian May & Richard Joseph

    Every bad thing you've heard about this game, let me tell you, is entirely true. Rise of the Robots should really never have hit the market in the sorry shape that its play control and fighting mechanics are in. The music, which is mostly techno, is okay, but a waste of the artists' talents to be associated with such a crapfest, especially since one of them is Brian May of Queen.

  • Builder
    Time: 3:59
    Size: 5.49 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    This robot is also known as the Ape. The music is rather typical of the game's overall score.
    Rating:

  • Crusher
    Time: 3:50
    Size: 5.28 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    More of the same for this robot with the chicken feet and pincer claws.
    Rating:

  • Loader
    Time: 3:59
    Size: 5.49 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    The obligatory rip-off of the power loader from the movie Aliens.
    Rating:

  • Military Droid
    Time: 5:15
    Size: 7.23 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    More of the same...
    Rating:

  • Soldier
    Time: 3:58
    Size: 5.46 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    What's even the difference between a military droid and a soldier, anyway? This one's just a lot bigger and more...red.
    Rating:

  • Supervisor
    Time: 4:52
    Size: 6.70 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    The Supervisor is a female T-1000 rip-off. There, I spoiled the entire game for you. Might be my favorite song in this game.
    Rating:

  • The Dark
    Time: 2:04
    Size: 2.86 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    The title theme, which doubles as the ending theme. This is the only one of these songs that was actually composed by Brian May. (The rest are all Richard Joseph.) Unfortunately, it's not even really that much of a song. Like an intro with nothing after it.
    Rating:


       

    RIVER CITY RANSOM
    (NES)

    Composer: Kazuo Sawa

    Though I'm not the biggest fan of this game, I do like some of its soundtrack. It has a very appropriate 50's sockhop feel to it.

    Music also featured on:
    Unused Game Music Oddities

  • Boss Theme
    Time: 1:55
    Size: 2.64 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    A typical rockin' NES boss melee song.
    Rating:

  • Double Dragon Theme
    Time: 1:45
    Size: 2.41 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    This is the exact same track as the title theme from the NES Double Dragon. It's meant as a homage since you fight the Dragon Twins boss where this music is playing.
    Rating:

  • Main Theme
    Time: 3:44
    Size: 5.14 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    There's that 50's sockhop goodness!
    Rating:

  • Title Theme
    Time: 2:09
    Size: 2.97 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    Just the title song, which is pretty good, too. Might be my favorite song in the game.
    Rating:


       

    ROBOTREK
    (Super NES)

    Composer: Ayako Yoda

    Robotrek has some good music, but the worst battle theme known to mankind. I won't put that here so you'll only be treated to the better-quality stuff.

    Music also featured on:
    NES & SNES Midi Conversions
    Game Ending Songs Extravaganza

  • Boss Battle
    Time: 1:02
    Size: 1.44 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    This song could have benefitted from a few added instruments. I like the melody, but it sounds a little thin and unfinished. It's an intro that doesn't go very far.
    Rating:

  • Credits
    Time: 2:10
    Size: 1.99 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    This ending theme, done with shakuhachi flutes and other Japanese instruments, is far different in style from everything else in the game. This is also one of my favorite game endings.
    Rating:

  • Fond Memories
    Time: 1:27
    Size: 2.00 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    A remake of the Rococo Town music that's only heard at the Chicken Farm and also in the short part where you're accidentally sent into the past for awhile. My favorite part of the game, storywise, too.
    Rating:

  • Hacker's Fortress
    Time: 1:55
    Size: 2.63 MB
    2 loops
    Comment:
    May not really be the best song in the world, but what the heck? If you like the others, get it. If not, skip it.
    Rating:

  • Hacker's Volcano Base
    Time: 2:03
    Size: 2.83 MB
    2 loops
    Comment:
    Another pretty good song, although I'm more fond of the first part of it than the second half.
    Rating:

  • Overworld
    Time: 1:45
    Size: 2.42 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    Pretty music for the world map. It sounds so happy.
    Rating:

  • Rococo Town
    Time: 0:49
    Size: 1.14 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    One of the happiest-sounding game songs around. I really like this one!
    Rating:

  • South Isle
    Time: 1:10
    Size: 1.62 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    Your average videogame calypso island song.
    Rating:

  • Title Theme/Invention Machine
    Time: 2:07
    Size: 2.92 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    This one's kind of goofy, almost "Danny Elfman"-ish. Used for the opening story and the Invention Machine rooms.
    Rating:


       

    ROCK N ROLL RACING
    (Super NES)

    Composer: Tim Follin

    Tim Follin faithfully recreated some popular rock and driving music for this game by Software Creations/Interplay (both were known for producing some excellent SNES soundtracks). Here's hoping I don't get in trouble for putting these up, but please be aware that these are ONLY the tracks from the Rock N Roll Racing videogame. Please do not request the original versions as I will not make them available.

  • Bad to the Bone (George Thorogood)
    Time: 2:24
    Size: 3.31 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    What better way to start the game than with this incredibly popular number? I always associate this song the most with Terminator 2.
    Rating:

  • Born to Be Wild (Steppenwolf)
    Time: 4:03
    Size: 5.56 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    The secret to success in music is to write a song about driving. Then it will get used in countless movies, TV shows, and videogames. As you might know, this song was originally written for Easy Rider.
    Rating:

  • Highway Star (Deep Purple)
    Time: 5:04
    Size: 6.95 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    Another good driving song. I wish they'd play this on the radio more.
    Rating:

  • Paranoid (Black Sabbath)
    Time: 3:02
    Size: 4.17 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    I always knew Ozzy Osbourne would make it into a game eventually.
    Rating:

  • Peter Gunn (Henry Mancini)
    Time: 2:54
    Size: 3.98 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    The most different of these songs, but what driving game would be complete without it? This was also used in the original Spy Hunter game.
    Rating:


    R-TYPE
    (Sony Playstation)

    Composer: Masato Ishizaki

    The music may not be the strongest part of R-Type, but I have a certain fondness for it, and it's somewhat-difficult to find recordings of this game's music, so I thought I'd put all the stage themes and some other favorites here. These are recorded directly from the Playstation version of the game, which is supposed to be accurate to the arcade version.

  • Boss Theme
    Time: 0:43
    Size: 1.00 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    This boss music is probably familiar to you if you've played any R-Type game.
    Rating:

  • Ending Theme
    Time: 0:39
    Size: 928 KB
    Automatic ending
    Comment:
    This game is quite difficult to beat. Here's the ending music for accomplishing that daunting task.
    Rating:

  • Game Over
    Time: 0:06
    Size: 145 KB
    Automatic ending
    Comment:
    Very short, but it's one of my favorite Game Over themes. I like to imagine what it would sound like played on electric guitar.
    Rating:

  • Level 1 Theme
    Time: 1:49
    Size: 2.49 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    My favorite song in the R-Type series. Though it was crated with rather primitive sound samples, I can always hear it in my head as being played on electric guitar.
    Rating:

  • Level 2 Theme
    Time: 1:29
    Size: 2.04 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    Creepier-sounding than the first level's music.
    Rating:

  • Level 3 Theme
    Time: 1:58
    Size: 2.70 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    This one is a combination of rock guitar and creepy-sounding music. The stage with the infamous giant battleship.
    Rating:

  • Level 4 Theme
    Time: 1:07
    Size: 1.54 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    More guitar stuff.
    Rating:

  • Level 5 Theme
    Time: 1:43
    Size: 2.37 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    Level 5's music is more creepy stuff, but it's short and not one of the better songs in the game.
    Rating:

  • Level 6 Theme
    Time: 0:56
    Size: 1.28 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    I don't really care for this song. It sounds far too "happy" and out-of-place. But I didn't want to skip a stage since I have all the others.
    Rating:

  • Level 7 Theme
    Time: 1:55
    Size: 2.65 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    This one is long and complicated.
    Rating:

  • Level 8 Theme
    Time: 0:28
    Size: 681 KB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    Very short, but very effective. Builds lots of suspense on the way to the final boss.
    Rating:


       

    R-TYPE 3
    (Super NES)

    Composer: Ikuko Mimori

    Some of the best electrical guitar rock on the Super NES outside of Final Fantasy Mystic Quest right here.

  • Boss Theme
    Time: 1:36
    Size: 1.47 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    A rockin' boss theme. Not much else to say.
    Rating:

  • Level 1 Theme
    Time: 4:19
    Size: 3.96 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    Ever since I first heard the level 1 music of the original R-Type, I have always wanted to know what an arranged guitar rock version of it would sound like (I could practically picture it in my head with those opening strums). This game finally delivered that reality in flying spades.
    Rating:

  • Level 3 Theme
    Time: 2:57
    Size: 2.70 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    This one's rather difficult to describe. It's a bit more "hip-hop" than the others here, but still retains the R-Type 3 rock style.
    Rating:

  • Level 4 Theme
    Time: 2:34
    Size: 2.35 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    My favorite of the songs originally composed for this game.
    Rating:


       

    RUDRA NO HIHOU
    (Super NES)

    Composer: Ryuji Sasai

  • The Quest For Rudra's Mines
    Time: 3:20
    Size: 3.05 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    Another game I'm not too familiar with, but this is the title or opening song (I think), which is really nice, IMO. Apparently, done by one of the same composers who worked on Final Fantasy Mystic Quest.
    Rating:


       

    RYGAR
    (NES)

    Composer: T. Hasuya

    Rygar is of the first videogame soundtracks I heard that completely blew my mind. I'm not sure if I played anything else before it that had compositions as long and intricate as the best from this game's score. Admittedly, it does have its ups and downs (like that one song that's only 5 notes repeated over and over), but hopefully I'll avoid the "downs" in this presentation.

    Music also featured on:
    NES & SNES Midi Conversions

  • Eruga's Wilderness
    Time: 3:39
    Size: 3.35 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    This is the forest music (the area that ends in a boss fight with the two-headed lion/turtle thing known as "Eruga"). Very long piece that has an interesting serene quality.
    Rating:

  • Garloz
    Time: 1:53
    Size: 1.74 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    AKA the overworld music (music in the areas where you view Rygar from overhead). If not for the underworld theme, this would be my favorite Rygar music.
    Rating:

  • Gran Mountain
    Time: 2:17
    Size: 2.10 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    Probably very recognizable to anyone who's ever played this game. It's used for the bulk of the game's screenage in the Gran Mountain area (and some others).
    Rating:

  • Ligar's Castle
    Time: 1:44
    Size: 1.59 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    Creepy music for the final area - a giant eerily decrepit and seemingly haunted floating castle in the sky. The deep baritone synth on this one really brings out the feeling of dread.
    Rating:

  • Underworld
    Time: 2:35
    Size: 2.37 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    The best Rygar music, if you ask me. If you go directly through the caverns to the boss, which is accomplished simply by running all the way to the right from the entrance, you won't hear this song for very long. That's why I actually like to explore the caverns a bit and use them to level up when I play this game - so I can listen to this song for awhile.
    Rating:

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