The Legend of Zelda: Music Review

I’m just going to say it right now: this is kind of a strange article idea. I’ve made it clear how much of a fan I am of the Legend of Zelda games, but I’ve never done an article about their soundtracks: until now. Today, I’m going to be comparing the soundtracks of several Legend of Zelda games in a couple categories. I see no reason to further delay, so let’s get started.

DISCLAIMER: This article does not consider every Zelda game. The ones it does consider are:

  • Majora’s Mask
  • Skyward Sword
  • Ocarina of Time
  • Twilight Princess
  • The Legend of Zelda (original game)
  • A Link to The Past
  • A Link Between Worlds
  • Breath of the Wild
  • Wind Waker
  • Spirit Tracks

These games all have great songs, and they make up most of the best Zelda music together. Link’s Awakening almost made it, but not quite.

The categories are: Best Main Theme, Best Overworld Theme, Best Final Boss Battle Theme, Best Song, and Best Overall Soundtrack.

The first category is Best Main Theme.

Best Title/Main Theme:

  1. Ocarina of Time: Considering the time, this is a masterpiece, well thought out and minimalist. I can really appreciate it. Its a great theme for an awesome game.
  2. Breath of the Wild: Although I will never love this theme as much as the others, I recognize that it is good. Really good.
  3. Skyward Sword: As themes go, Skyward Sword’s is a long epic, and really good (if a bit chaotic at its end). I’m sort of surprised it ended up as low as 3. It can be inspiring, even.
  4. Link to the Past: Starting out with an epic segment, then moving into more sorrow and reflection, its hard not to enjoy the piece. I also like its motifs.
  5. The Legend of Zelda: I just couldn’t put the OG theme any lower. It sounds good even today.
  6. Twilight Princess: It was close for 6th between this and Wind Waker. Honestly, the theme is kind of short: but it just fits the game so well.
  7. Wind Waker: A good theme, it definitely fits the game. Not great, but good.
  8. Majora’s Mask: This theme just isn’t amazing. It’s good but incredibly underwhelming.
  9. Spirit Tracks: The theme really isn’t great, honestly. It seems sort of low effort. I kind of like it but… number 9.
  10. A Link Between Worlds: Most of this song is just a very repetitive beat. It’s more of a menu screen than a title.

The second category is Best Overworld Theme.

Best Overworld Theme:

  1. Spirit Tracks: This theme is really good… it shines above other Spirit Tracks OST.
  2. Skyward Sword: Great music, very good. Easily one of the best themes out there.
  3. Majora’s Mask: Majora’s Mask’s theme is like a more interesting Ocarina Of Time theme. It’s just a bit better.
  4. Ocarina of Time: An interesting theme, happy in parts then darker: a classic.
  5. Twilight Princess: While other songs in the Twilight Princess OST fall short, this great song feels just like it’s field.
  6. The Legend of Zelda: While it’s technically a lower quality version of Link Between World’s and Link to the Past’s, it gets points for originality.
  7. Breath of the Wild: I get that the point was to have minimal music, but come on. Its only this high because of the riding theme.
  8. Wind Waker: While I personally am not much of a fan of this song, I can see that it’s not bad.
  9. Link Between Worlds: The same as the original, but better audio.
  10. Link to the Past: Same as Link Between Worlds.

The third category is the Best Final Boss Battle Theme.

Best Final Boss Battle Theme:

  1. Link to the Past: Somehow is scored this high… I don’t know. It’s good, really good.
  2. Breath of the Wild: Beast Ganon is actually really good, so that’s what saves BoTW here.
  3. Majora’s Mask: This one isn’t intense, but it sent chills down my spine…
  4. Ocarina of Time: A bit worse than link to the past’s, it’s still good.
  5. Skyward Sword: Not great for Skyward Sword, but good.
  6. Legend of Zelda: In this case, the original is one of the best.
  7. Spirit Tracks: While it doesn’t feel like a final boss theme, it’s fine.
  8. Twilight Princess: It’s not bad, just… weird. Really insane and chaotic.
  9. Link between Worlds: Not great, but OK.
  10. Wind Waker: I did not really like this one. It was almost annoying to me.

The fourth category is Best Song. This one is a little different. I will list what I think is the best song in the OST of the game and its position in the list.

Best Song in OST:

  1. Skyward Sword: Fi’s Farewell: This beautiful, sad song is hard not to appreciate.
  2. Wind Waker: Dragon Roost Island: This song is great and the guitar sounds exceptional.
  3. Spirit Tracks: Overworld: I’ve always loved this song: it’s just great and has wonderful motifs.
  4. Ocarina of Time: Gerudo Valley: This song has been and remains a classic in LoZ games.
  5. Twilight Princess: Midna’s Lament: Another great song: even if the audio isn’t the best, the song is good.
  6. Link to the Past: The Dark World: An inspiring epic, this song is another great work by Nintendo
  7. Legend of Zelda: Main Title Theme: A song made in one night by Koji Kondo: original and a classic.
  8. Link Between Worlds: Lorule Castle: While I personally love this song, it might not actually be that great: still, though, its good.
  9. Breath of the Wild: Hyrule Castle: While it’s good, it’s a lot like the rest of the BoTW OST, it’s just OK.
  10. Majora’s Mask: Clocktown: A decent song.

The final category is Best Soundtrack Overall. This is awarded based on the amount of awards won earlier (10 points for first, 9 for second, 8 for third, etc…).

Best Overall Soundtrack:

  1. Skyward Sword with 33 points
  2. Ocarina of Time with 31 points
  3. Majora’s Mask with 25 points
  4. Breath of the Wild AND Spirit Tracks, tied with 24 points each
  5. Link to the Past with 23 points
  6. Twilight Princess with 21 points
  7. The Legend of Zelda with 20 points
  8. Wind Waker with 17 points
  9.  A Link Between Worlds with 8 points

 

With that, we conclude this soundtrack ranking. All of these were my opinion because music is subjective. I hope you will go a little bit out of your way and listen to some of these great songs: they are defiantly worth it.