BySimon Rune Knudsen, writer at
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Simon Rune Knudsen

A great soundtrack can make or break a video game. The music to classic games like Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda and Mortal Kombat is fondly etched into our memory banks forever. Modern tunes from games like Skyrim, Final Fantasy XV and Destiny on the other hand remind us how the sound of this medium is continuously evolving and in many ways improving on original gameplay experiences.

Most contain decent, yet altogether forgettable music. It's mostly musak, background music that underlines different moods and events in a particular game. It's no Skyrim, but it gets the job done. And then we have the...

Worst Video Game Music Ever Composed

Once in while we come across games that feature such terrible, terrible noise, we have to ask ourselves if these tunes can even be classified as music. And, if so, whether or not it was actually composed by some wicked demon overlord from the ninth circle of Hell.

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Get ready to be baffled by how desperate and twisted the human mind can be in the name of music as we present you the 10 worst pieces of video game music ever composed.

10. The Boss Theme In Blue Dragon (2006)

It's very apparent what the creators of this power metal, Dragonforce ripoff song were trying to achieve. They wanted to enforce the urgency of the energetic boss fights in Blue Dragon by playing really, really fast on their guitars and drums.

Too bad that their singer's voice sounds like a cheap Bruce Dickinson android that's been in need of a service for over 40 years. Still, it's kind of hilarious and memorable in its own, sad way.

  • Originality: 4 out of 10
  • Ability to drain life force: 3 out of 10

9. The Town Music In King's Quest V (1990)

If you ever want to ruin a party, put on the above 10-hour version of the town music from King's Quest V, bar the doors and restrict access to the amplifiers. Trust me, after 10 minutes you will have quelled anyone's ability to feel happy for the next couple of days... provided they're not on psychedelics.

Seriously, I'd prefer partying to Take That covering 'Smells Like Teen Spirit'.

  • Originality: 6 out of 10
  • Ability to drain life force: 6 out of 10

8. The Theme Song From Sonic Arcade (1996)

Sonic: King of the Ring was released when one of the most terrible pop music trends ever was peaking. Eurodance, the genre that brought you tracks like Scatman John's Scatman (Ski-Ba-Bop-Ba-Dop-Bop) and Ace of Base's All That She Wants heavily influenced this speedy Sega game, making it nearly unplayable to this day.

  • Originality: 3 out of 10
  • Ability to drain life force: 6 out of 10

7. The Title Music In Cruis'n USA (1994)

This has to be one of the most uninspired pieces of music ever created. A lot of bad things can be said about the above songs, but at least they had some kind of radical, unenjoyable soul. This title screen music from Cruis'n USA is like a music prosthetic. It's there, but it's not the real thing. Hopefully no one spent more than 5 minutes creating this.

  • Originality: 1 out of 10
  • Ability to drain life force: 4 out of 10

6. The National Anthem In Double Dribble (1986)

This song will make you lose hope in achieving the American dream. It will also make you question how tone deaf a person can actually be. We're not sure whether or not the creators of Double Dribble were serious about this national anthem, regardless, it's a god damn disgrace.

  • Originality: 3 out of 10
  • Ability to drain life force: 7 out of 10

5. The Character Select Song In Marvel Vs. Capcom 2 (2000)

You might initially think this isn't very bad. But after you've been playing the game for a couple of minutes, trying to select a character, the unnerving upbeatness of this in-your-face music will force you to random select just to escape the sonic and mental pains of the track. It's so repetitive it will make you appreciate the non-existent intricate layers of modern minimal techno.

  • Originality: 2 out of 10
  • Ability to drain life force: 7 out of 10

4. The Mansion Basement Song In Resident Evil: Director's Cut (1997)

The story behind this out of place track is that the original composer of Resident Evil's music had gone nearly deaf by the time the director's cut version was made, leaving his young apprentice to do most of the work. And as any good troll would do, the apprentice ended up experimenting a whole lot in the name of his soon-to-be-retired master. Ultimately leaving us with this piece of garbage music reminiscent of a 4th grade school band trying out brass instruments for the first time.

  • Originality: 6 out of 10
  • Ability to drain life force: 9 out of 10

3. The Theme Song Of The Adventures Of Rad Gravity (1990)

The Adventures of Rad Gravity was actually quite a good game, but no one was able to play it because they'd lose all initiative when they came in contact with the game's theme song. So dreadful, this tune encapsulates all the unlistenable music created for NES games through the ages due to the console's limited sound output capabilities.

  • Originality: 4 out of 10
  • Ability to drain life force: 8 out of 10

2. The Chocobo Song In Final Fantasy XIII-2 (2012)

Whoever got the idea to make a heavy metal version of the chocobo theme song should rethink his or her life. Some things are just not meant to be merged with heavy metal, as the Lou Reed and Metallica co-project Lulu proved once and for all.

This is by far the worst chocobo song in existence, and that says a lot about the artistic value of this string of heavy notes. Everything from the bland lyrics and the generic guitarplay to the complete lack of stylistic context just makes a chocobo ride in Final Fantasy XIII-2 an unbearably cringy experience.

  • Originality: 1 out 10
  • Ability to drain life force: 8 out of 10

1. The Title Screen Music For CrazyBus (2004)

And here we have it, ladies and gentlemen. The worst video game "song" ever made is found in an unlicensed Venezuelan Sega Genesis "game" released in 2004.

Putting it in the words of creative YouTubers, this is the song that would be playing in the elevator as you're going to Hell. It captures the current political state of Venezuela. It's the thoughts of a serial killer made music.

But for real, words can't describe the horrors of the title music for CrazyBus. Press play, try to endure at least one minute of concentrated listening´╗┐, and then just feel how much closer to the brink you moved in those 60 seconds. It's astounding.

  • Originality: 2 out of 10
  • Ability to drain life force: 10 out of 10

What are the worst video game tunes you've ever heard? Let us know in the comments!


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