What are the best main menu themes of all time?

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#1 Posted by charizard1605 (58996 posts) -

Music are an integral part of a video game's ambience and experience, so it is of the utmost importance that the mood be set properly right from the get go.

Most people probably don't even think twice about it, but how the main menu sounds can affect your perception of the game radically in so many subtle ways.

With the explanations out of the way, what would you say are some of the greatest main menu themes of all time? I'll start us off, feel free to add in your own recommendations:

Metroid Prime (Gamecube)

Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings (PC)

Age of Mythology (PC)

God of War II (PS2)

Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii)

Persona 4 (PS2)

Halo: Combat Evolved (Xbox)

Goldeneye 007 (N64)

Fire Emblem: Awakening (3DS)

How about you all?

#2 Edited by Blabadon (27262 posts) -

Deus Ex Human Revolution

Really, I don't think there is any other answer

Edit: Fine, here are some far away runner ups

2) Halo Combat Evolved

3) Persona 4 Golden

#3 Edited by charizard1605 (58996 posts) -

@Blabadon said:

Deus Ex Human Revolution

Really, I don't think there is any other answer

Link us all so we can revel in its glory.

#4 Posted by Blabadon (27262 posts) -

@charizard1605 said:

@Blabadon said:

Deus Ex Human Revolution

Really, I don't think there is any other answer

Link us all so we can revel in its glory.

Site doesn't deserve such glory

#5 Edited by PhazonBlazer (11962 posts) -

I shall channel my inner bbk and say Xenoblade.


#6 Edited by R3FURBISHED (10668 posts) -

I really do love this song:

Halo 3: ODST - Rain

#7 Edited by xWoW_Rougex (2770 posts) -

Well that award goes to Final Fantasy IX of course!

#8 Posted by Slashkice (13343 posts) -

Since P4 already got mentioned, I'll give P3 some love. dat piano rendition of Brand New Days

Kingdom Hearts is always excellent as well with Dearly Beloved. I also started Lone Survivor the other night and thought the main menu theme was pretty good.

#11 Edited by LegatoSkyheart (25849 posts) -

Hearing Persona 4's theme for the first time convinced me that I was going to be playing an amazing game.

#12 Posted by Lucianu (9493 posts) -

Panzer Dragoon I (Sega Saturn)

Crusader: No Regret (PC)

Civilization IV (PC)

Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 (PC)

Halo 2 (OG Xbox)

Secret of Mana (SNES)

FIFA '98: Road to World Cup (PC)

#14 Edited by Slashkice (13343 posts) -

I actually forgot to mention my favorite one: Final Fantasy X-2.

#15 Posted by Stringerboy (7156 posts) -



Gears of War

Mass Effect 1 and 3

#16 Posted by bbkkristian (14963 posts) -

@PhazonBlazer: I salute thee. But the first ost that popped in my head was Zelda. A Link Between Worlds to be specific. Kingdom Hearts is really fantastic as well. but yup, the king is Xenoblade's main theme.

#17 Posted by GotNugz (679 posts) -

Zelda clearly has the most iconic menu theme

Pick one link to the past

Ocarina of time

Wind waker

#18 Posted by comptonst88 (289 posts) -
  • Twisted Metal (PS3)
  • Uncharted series
  • Halo series
  • Alice Madness Returns

Just some examples off the top of my head of some games ive played that have great menu themes, debatable on which ones are the best though.

#19 Edited by SonicNextGen2 (3493 posts) -

Sonic Adventure 2:


Sonic 2006:


Dangan Ronpa:


God Eater 2:


Guilty Gear XX:


#20 Posted by Legend500 (131 posts) -

PES 5 Iconic and nostalgic. My childhood.

MGS Very cool sounding.

As others said as well Kingdom Hearts etc. Condemned and Elder Scrolls also have very cool menu themes. ACIV. I could be here all day lol.

#21 Posted by freedomfreak (41507 posts) -


#22 Edited by Jag85 (4773 posts) -

Psychic 5 (Arcade)

Street Fighter II (Arcade)

Secret of Mana (SNES)

Sonic CD (Sega CD)

Alundra (PS1)

Final Fantasy VIII Demo (PS1)

Final Fantasy X (PS2)

Final Fantasy X-2 (PS2)

Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (PS2)

Kingdom Hearts (PS2)

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (PS2/XB/GC)

Ys I & II Chronicles (PSP)

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (PS3)

#23 Edited by Zassimick (6791 posts) -
  • Kingdom Hearts 2
  • Xenoblade Chronicles
  • Batman: Arkham City
  • Batman: Arkham Origins
  • Persona 4 Golden
  • Castlevania: Lords of Shadow
  • The Last of Us
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
#24 Posted by AsadMahdi59 (6558 posts) -

metroid prime hunters

kingdom hearts


gears 2

god of war 1

mass effect

#25 Edited by PrincessGomez92 (3660 posts) -

Halo series

Metroid Prime trilogy

Lollipop Chainsaw

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

#26 Posted by drummerdave9099 (781 posts) -

I find the Super Mario 3D world main theme/menu music extremely charming. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_hA50Z8s2Y

Halo of course

Donkey Kong Country

Yoshi's Island

#27 Posted by mems_1224 (47471 posts) -
  • Halo(Obviously)
  • Skyrim
  • Mass Effect
  • Deus Ex Human Revolution
  • Super Metroid

Those are the ones that come to mind first for me.

#28 Posted by 35cent (920 posts) -

Wipeout Pulse

Perfect Dark (Combat Simulator)

Metropolis Street Racer

Ace Combat 3

Wind Waker

#29 Posted by HavocV3 (7948 posts) -

Halo Reach

Bad Company 2

MechWarrior 4: Vengeance

Red Alert 2

#30 Edited by Alucard_Prime (3109 posts) -

@charizard1605: Nice topic, off the top of my head I can think of:

FC:Blood Dragon(probably my favorite)

Deus EX Human Rev.

Aces of Galaxy(XBLA game)

Dead Space 3.

I'd have to do more research to remember the older games, I'm sure there are many of them but I just remember these for now.

#31 Posted by osan0 (12825 posts) -

rome 1 and empire total war had brilliant menu themes. empire especially...captures the sheer epic scale of the game and the period very well.

i was quite dissapointed with the way creative assembly went for the music in rome 2. i could see what they were trying to capture...the classic roman epic movie vibe....but no. not suitable at all.

#32 Edited by pelvist (4945 posts) -

I used to think the Shadow of the Beast 2 title music was great. I loved the music in that game, same goes for Beyond the Ice Palace but the best title theme of all time ever has to go to Cannon Fodder for me.

#33 Edited by PAL360 (27022 posts) -

The Secret of Monkey Island

#34 Posted by hrt_rulz01 (6428 posts) -

Hard to go past Halo CE... every time I hear it it reminds me of how much fun I had playing it for the first time.

#35 Posted by silversix_ (15027 posts) -

I don't know of all times but i enjoyed the one in Fallout 3 a boatload. I listen to this and its like im back in 08

#36 Edited by farrell2k (6675 posts) -

Game music today was nothing like it was in the NES days.

The Immortal

Kid Icarus

Megaman 2

Pool of Radiance

Zelda 2

Wizards and Warriors

Dragon Warrior


That's all I can remember now.

#37 Posted by lundy86_4 (43754 posts) -

Persona 4's is just so ballin'.

#38 Posted by with_teeth26 (6231 posts) -

BF 1942

#39 Posted by AppleFan1991 (3135 posts) -

Mine isn't a popular pick, but it's my favorite.

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

#40 Edited by SEANMCAD (5464 posts) -

my favorite game music sound track is still No One Lives Forever 2


#41 Edited by FoxbatAlpha (7914 posts) -

Halo 2 was epic with Joe Satriani's lick as its coming on.

BF2 on the PC was so damn catchy with the different countries each having its own load screen music. I still have them stuck in my head.

#42 Edited by Heirren (17799 posts) -

-Mike Tysons Punch Out

-Ninja Gaiden

-Super Mario Bros 2

-Super Mario World

-A Link to the Past


-Mario 64

-Metal Gear Solid

-Blast Corps

....off the top of my head.

#43 Edited by cfisher2833 (1720 posts) -

The only title screen that ever really amazed me and stuck with me in the long run was Metroid Prime's title screen. The only other one I really enjoyed was Legend of Grimrock's: this is the theme that's played here

#44 Edited by MirkoS77 (7810 posts) -

@mems_1224 said:
  • Super Metroid

Surprised it took this long. Agreed.

#45 Edited by yokofox33 (30048 posts) -

Megaman 3

Pure brilliance.

#46 Edited by charizard1605 (58996 posts) -

Seriously loving how many mentions Persona 4 is getting on here.

#47 Posted by foxhound_fox (89460 posts) -

@charizard1605 said:

Metroid Prime (Gamecube)

Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings (PC)

Yep. Factual answers.

#48 Posted by foxhound_fox (89460 posts) -

@MirkoS77 said:

@mems_1224 said:
  • Super Metroid

Surprised it took this long. Agreed.

Are we talking intro themes or menu themes? Because if intro themes, then yes, Super Metroid, but it's menu theme is just a repeating soundbyte.

#49 Edited by PyratRum (561 posts) -

Gonna go with something a little different since most of the same (and greatest) have already been listed.

The Homefront multiplayer menu theme was always one of my favorites. Really set the tone for the game

#50 Edited by Zaraxius (205 posts) -

To list one that hasn't already been named, I'd say Paper Mario. It was great!