I changed my mind.
You see, I made the banner for this list around the time I came up with the idea for it, long before I even assembled it’s contents.
I selected the opera sequence from Final Fantasy VI for the background of the banner because I knew the song contained in that sequence was going to have a place on the list.
I had no idea what that place was going to be, just that it was going to be in there somewhere.
Color me surprised when that place just happened to be the #1 spot.
I mean, I figured the opera scene would be in my Top 5, or even the Top 3; but truth be told I honestly didn’t know it was going to be #1 until, well, yesterday.
On that note, I apologize for the banner image, as I know it likely ruined some of the surprise by consisting of an image from the #1 game on the list.
It’s not all my fault though, as a few days after I started posting on this topic, I found I kept rearranging the Top 10 as I was went along.
One thing lead to another, and by yesterday, I found I couldn’t without good reason, make this list without putting the opera scene in the top slot.
With that, I give you the #1 of our list of the Top 10 Videogame Songs:
#1. Final Fantasy VI – Aria de Mezzo Carrattere
Before you ask, no; I didn’t pick this one because it has a fancy Italian name.
I’m not a Square/JRPG whore either, so don’t try to call me on that bullshit.
The last Final Fantasy game I played, was VIII, way back in 1999.
Before that though, Final Fantasy VI was, and likely always will be; my favorite in the series.
Hell, if it weren’t for Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy VI would probably be my favorite console RPG of all time.
Something about the characters, the design aesthetic, and unusual severity of the storyline in VI; just made it special to me.
My love for the game aside, “Aria de Mezzo Carratrere” is a brilliant song, and a gorgeous example of a story-within-a-story.
While the Super NES’ technical limitations made the lyrics of the opera laughably incomprehensible akin to the voice of the teacher from the old Peanuts cartoons, the first time I heard it in-game, it was hard not to be touched.
Sorry, couldn’t help myself…
Simply put, console games didn’t do what the opera scene did at that point in time.
In spite of the technical limitations inherent to the 16-bit era, one could very clearly see and feel the story and emotions that the creators of the game were trying to get across.
It’s like watching a Godzilla movie.
Everybody knows it’s just a guy in a rubber suit, but if you use your imagination, and play along, the artistry and craftsmanship of the miniatures and crappy effects add up to something far grander.
Despite how far games have come, watching little 26 pixel tall sprites bounce around and pantomime their drama for us is something that, when done well; will always “do it” for me.
Anyway, for better or for worse, the opera from Final Fantasy VI is the best of my Top 10 Videogame Songs.
The strength of the lyrics and music, combined with it’s stunning contribution to the fantastic game it played a part in, not only secured it’s place on this list, but managed to (eventually) win me over and propel it all the way to the top spot.
Hopefully you all had fun reading this list.
I certainly had fun writing it, though I only hope that my pick for the #1 spot wasn’t as controversial/surprising to the rest of you as it was for me!
THANKS FOR READING!!!