The ABC wants to rank Australia’s favourite video game music

ABC Classic is on a hunt to find the best music composed for the screen, and video games will be a big part of the voting.
ABC Classic is looking for the best film, TV, and video game music

It should come as no surprise that video game scores and soundtracks are often exceptional. They can move you, inspire you, or just be downright excellent to chill out or bop to, outside of the game itself. This year, Australia’s national broadcaster is putting the call out for the country to identify their favourite video game tracks, as part ABC Classic’sClassic 100: Music for the Screen‘ event.

Much like Australian youth radio station Triple J ranks the country’s favourite tracks of each year in a Hottest 100 listener poll, ABC Classic is this year doing a Classic 100 focused solely on film, TV, and video game music.

The station is no stranger to video game music, with a weekly show dedicated to it, the Game Show, every Friday at 3:00 pm AEST.

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You can cast your votes on the Classic 100 website, where you’re allowed 10 submissions in total. The selections on offer are comprised of complete series scores, as well as those of individual titles.

Here are just some highlights of what they’ve got listed, to give you an idea of the breadth of the video game representation:

  • A PLAGUE TALE: INNOCENCE – Deriviere, Olivier
  • ASSASSIN’S CREED 2 – Kyd, Jesper
  • ABZÛ – Wintory, Austin
  • AGE OF EMPIRES – Various
  • BATTLETECH – Everist, Jon
  • BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT – Arundel, Nick | Buckley, David
  • BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY – Arundel, Nick | Fish, Ron
  • BIOSHOCK SERIES – Schyman, Garry
  • CALL OF DUTY: MODERN WARFARE – Schachner, Sarah
  • CALL OF DUTY: MODERN WARFARE 2 – Zimmer, Hans | Balfe, Lorne
  • CASTLEVANIA SERIES – Yamashita, Kinuyo | Yamane, Michiru |Terashima, Satoe | Matsubara, Kenichi
  • CELESTE – Raine, Lena
  • CHRONO TRIGGER – Mitsuda, Yasunori | Uematsu, Nobuo
  • CHRONO CROSS – Mitsuda, Yasunori
  • CHILD OF LIGHT – Martin, Béatrice
  • DESTINY SERIES – O’Donnell, Martin et al.
  • DIVINITY: ORIGINAL SIN – Pokrovsky, Kirill | Slavov, Borislav
  • ELDEN RING – Kitamura, Yuka | Saitoh, Tsukasa
  • FALLOUT SERIES – Morgan, Mark | Zur, Inon
  • FINAL FANTASY SERIES – Uematsu, Nobuo
  • FLOWER – Diamante, Vincent
  • GHOST OF TSUSHIMA – Eshkeri, Ilan
  • GRIM FANDANGO – McConnell, Peter
  • HALO SERIES – O’Donnell, Martin | Salvatori, Michael
  • HAND OF FATE SERIES – van Dyck, Jeff | Various
  • HITMAN – Kyd, Jesper | Nielsen, Niels Bye
  • HORIZON SERIES – de Man, Joris | The Flight
  • JOURNEY – Wintory, Austin
  • KINGDOM HEARTS SERIES – Shimomura, Yoko
  • THE LAST GUARDIAN – Furukawa, Takeshi
  • THE LAST OF US – Santaolalla, Gustavo
  • THE LEGEND OF ZELDA – Kondo, Koji
  • METROID SERIES – Yamamoto, Kenji | Various
  • MINECRAFT – C418 | Raine, Lena
  • POKÉMON – Various
  • PORTAL – Morasky, Mike
  • THE SIMS SERIES – Martin, Jerry | Russo, Marc
  • SLAY THE SPIRE – Aboud, Clark
  • SONIC THE HEDGEHOG – Nakamura, Masato
  • SUPER MARIO SERIES – Kondo, Koji
  • TELLING LIES – Desai, Nainita
  • UNCHARTED SERIES – Edmonson, Greg | Jackman, Henry
  • UNTITLED GOOSE GAME – Debussy, Claude | Golding, Dan
  • UNPACKING – van Dyck, Jeff
  • UNRAVEL – Johansson, Frida | Oja, Henrik
  • THE WITCHER 3: WILD HUNT (GAME 2015) – Przybyłowicz, Marcin | Stroiński, Mikołaj

As you can see, there are plenty of legendary international composers on there, as well as local Australian favourites including titles like Untitled Goose Game, Unpacking, and Frog Detective.

Voting for the Classic 100: Music for the Screen closes on Monday 6 June 2022. The results will be broadcast on ABC Classic the following weekend, 11-12 June 2022. We’ll be listening in anticipation to see which video game pieces make the cut.

Edmond was the founding managing editor of GamesHub. He was also previously at GameSpot for 13 years, where he was the Australian Editor and an award-winning video producer. You can follow him @EdmondTran