You might recall a few months ago, we gathered the writing staff here at Zelda Dungeon and tasked them with ranking the Zelda games, in order of their favorite to least favorite. Points were assigned based on that list — 10 for the first overall pick, 9 for the second, etc. What we came up with was a wonderfully diverse list of iconic Zelda tracks, tunes that maybe slip under the radar, and easy listening from start to finish. Although you could probably make a list of the Top Zelda songs of all time, we decided to narrow it down to only Link to the Past — Kakariko Village Legend of Zelda — Underworld
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The Legend of Zelda is one of the highest regarded long-running franchises ever. With all that said, however, things would be a lot less impactful without a good soundtrack to back it up. We want to do the latter today and rank our favorite tunes in the series. Originally intended to conjure up feelings of mysticism and hot desert days, this iteration is much grander. Starting with the violins, the intensity picks up before the brass section kicks in with the memorable hook of the song. The Gerudo Valley song has always been a fan favorite, but it wasn't until this moment that it got the recognition it deserves. The idea is, upon entering the temple, there are poes each carrying a fire Link needs to unlock a bigger portion of the temple. With these spooky undertones, there needed to be a song to help convey that feeling. The result is something that sounds spiritual, and grand while evoking feelings of exploration. Beginning with percussion fading in and out, the stringed instruments slowly enter increasing in intensity, as the vocals hit.
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And while this does sound a little like cheesy fanservice, it was still beautiful to watch and a lovely addition to the Legend of Zelda canon. Nothing really bad, but nothing really sticks out…except for the theme to the City in the Sky. On this list almost for sheer uniqueness and abstractness alone, the City in the Sky theme contains eerie yet mystifying strings, and…sounds that are just truly bizarre. Have fun! Hold on! Ikana Valley is one creepy place. The ghosts of fallen soldiers and assassins haunt the hills, and people are slowly being turned into Gibdos. However, eventually whirring synth strings and a hopeful vocal line fade in, reassuring you to keep on moving, in the face of such grim opposition.
Videogame music has grown tremendously over the years. From humble bleeps and blorps that could have doubled as fart noises to sweeping soundtracks that fill two discs with ease, gamers have grown increasingly fond of the melodies chirping out of their TV. And there's perhaps no set of tunes more adored than those that ring throughout the many adventures of Link. Anyone who's even held a controller in the past 20 years should instantly recognize the main theme from Zelda. It's been played everywhere from dingy basements to football stadiums. But where does it rank in our countdown of the 10 best Zelda songs of all time? Not as high as you'd think.