Symphony of the Night represents a strange moment in game music for me. I realized only after listening to the Bad Dudes remixes of the tracks from the SotN OST...that Castlevania music in general reads mostly like a "Best Of" video game music tracks. It's truly amazing how well atmosphere is conveyed through the haunting melodies and driving orchestrations in SotN. If you've never heard the remix album, Google "Bad Dudes Castlevania" and you'll be on your way to the best free album of music fiber optic cable can download. Besides maybe some classical piece or some other public domain whathaveyou...
It was one of two games on this list where I actually anticipated the soundtrack before the game was out. Only thing is, I think this entire soundtrack is sliiiightly better than #3's Jet Grind Radio. Katamari's music is sugar-fueled good times, an impressive collection of styles and tempos, instrumentals and vocals. Some of the tracks ("A Crimson Rose and Gin Tonic", "Que Sera Sera") are still among my most played tracks. Couple that with some of the most imaginative game play on the market at its time...and you had success for twenty bucks new.
Jet Grind Radio is defined by its culture. Tagging, skating, music, anti-establishment...it was fun! It was a great damn game too, and still better than Jet Grind Radio Future in my humble opinion. "Electric Toothbrush" and "Humming the Baseline" stand out as personal favorites, and who could forget "That's Enough" and "Let Mom Sleep"? Check'em out. The soundtrack to both this game and its sequel warrant listens for being some funky, groovy good times.
Final Fantasy VI is one of only a few games I've cried during. That's right. Cried. The freaking scene where Celes tries to *Spoiler* check out by jumping off a cliff tore at my heartstrings, and under it was a delicious 16-bit aria. Later, a full opera ("Aria De Mezzo Carattare"). Later, a ten minute long song about a crazy clown ("Dancing Mad"). The battle theme was great, the victory ditty was iconic. FFVI is my favorite Final Fantasy, and its music is a huge, huge reason why.
I can't avoid this. The score for this game was mastercrafted. "Revived Power ~Battle With The Colossus~" is an amazing piece of music, and when it cuts in underneath the roar of a mighty beast, or the grunting of the hero as he drives his blade into the abomination, you feel it. It's a rising, powerful thing this soundtrack, with sweeping vistas one minute and impossible odds the next. Truly a great collection of music alone but Shadow of the Colossus is such a landmark game for all of us that we cannot, and should not consider them apart.