Syggz’z Top5z – Top 5 Rare N64 Soundtracks

Hey everyone, Syggz here but you can call me Daddy Doomsday.

Today I will graciously share with you all a list of the best soundtracks for N64 games developed by Rare (may they rest in peace). As always, this list is based on 100% factual evidence (Source: Me) so don’t even think about questioning it.

#5 Donkey Kong 64 (1999)

Composer: Grant Kirkhope

Coming in at the worst of the best is Donkey Kong 64. Released before the end of the world, Donkey Kong 64’s soundtrack focused largely on setting the tone and atmosphere for the overworld and levels. The scope of the soundtrack is extremely wide, spanning from innocent and lighthearted tracks such as Fungi Forest Day to dark and spooky tracks like Creepy Castle.

Featured below is everyone’s favourite theme from the soundtrack, all the way from the first level, Jungle Japes.

#4 Banjo-Tooie (2000)

Composer: Grant Kirkhope

Released two years after the first game, Banjo-Tooie’s polished soundtrack takes a darker, more atmospheric turn from the original. However, somewhere in that polish the charm and magic from the first soundtrack was lost. The end result is a very atmospheric, sombre experience, yet largely forgettable when compared to the first game.

While most players probably remember the themes for Mayahem Temple and Glitter Gulch Mine, as they were the first levels in the game, I have chosen to feature the theme for Jolly Roger’s Lagoon as it is often overlooked and largely underappreciated.

#3 Perfect Dark – 2000

Composers: Grant Kirkhope, Graeme Norgate, David Clynick

If Perfect Dark didn’t exist, this spot would go to Goldeneye. Sharing two of the three composers, Perfect Dark took Goldeneye’s soundtrack and perfected it. The soundtrack for the game fits perfectly at all points in the game. From future corporate espionage to breaking into area 51 to fighting aliens on their home world, Perfect Dark’s soundtrack sets the tension in the game perfectly.

Featured below if the Carrigan Institute Menu theme, as it perfectly sums up the Perfect Dark experience.

#2 Diddy Kong Racing (1997)

Composer: David Wise

Diddy Kong racing is better version of Mario Kart 64, in large due to the soundtrack. Each course has its own track that makes it unique and memorable. From the upbeat Jungle Falls to the psychedelic Hot Top Volcano, every course has an amazing track to go along with it.

Featured below is the song most people would know from the soundtrack, Ancient Lake.

#1 Banjo-Kazooie – 1998

Composer: Grant Kirkhope

The original masterpiece. Every song adds that much to the game experience, take it away and you lose most of the game. The level themes fit perfectly with the environment and make for one of the most memorable and enjoyable experiences in any video game. If only the game over screen wasn’t so scary I would give it a solid 10/10.

Any level theme could be featured here such as Rusty Bucket Bay or Treasure Trove Cove, but I figured that the first song you hear once you get in the game should be featured instead.



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Honorable Mention: DK Rap

Edit: I have been informed that I have used the incorrect song for the Spiral Mountain Theme, here is the proper song.