Jukebox Heroes: Vote for your favorite MMORPG theme songs of all time!

On a couple of past occasions, I’ve amused myself by posting countdown lists of my favorite MMORPG theme songs in this column. I was coming back around to the notion of doing that again when I decided that I should flip things over and have the readers create the countdown instead of me. After all, everyone seems to have an opinion as to which are the best MMO themes out there any time we’ve ever posted a Daily Grind about it, so why not hash it out?

So here’s the plan: Over the next two weeks, I will be accepting your votes for favorite MMORPG themes. I’ll then compile them and create a countdown list based on the most popular ones mentioned, which will be posted in upcoming Jukebox Heroes. If you ever thought that a particular theme didn’t get enough credit or simply want to share the theme tracks that get you revved up or make you nostalgic, here’s your chance!

Let’s go over some ground rules after the jump and then get to voting!

What you need to do

  1. Put together a list up to 10 (although fewer is fine) of your favorite MMO main theme tracks.
  2. Post them in the comments of this article or email them to justin@massivelyop.com with the subject line “MMO THEME VOTING.”
  3. Wait anxiously for the next Jukebox Heroes to come out!

Rules for your votes (important!)

  1. It needs to be a main (title, login) theme song to a full-blooded MMORPG (no survival sandboxes, MOBAs, multiplayer titles, and other fringe online games). Think of your “classic” MMOs.
  2. This is not a popularity contest for the games themselves; this is a popularity contest for the music first and foremost! In other words, don’t vote for games just because you like the games.
  3. You can only vote for a title one time, even if it has different theme songs (i.e., only one EVE Online music theme vote per person).
  4. We’re on the honor system here; don’t try to create multiple accounts or send in multiple voting tallies to game the vote.
  5. If there are multiple theme songs to an MMO, please specify which theme gets your vote (feel free to add a link to a specific YouTube track). If you don’t, then I will assume it’s the original theme by default. This includes MMOs that have remastered their themes.
  6. You can vote for less than 10 tracks but no more than 10. Each one of your votes is counted and weighed the same as the others.
  7. Votes for themes to upcoming MMOs (alpha, beta, or early access) are fine as long as the theme has been made public on the website, SoundCloud, or YouTube.
  8. Likewise, themes for MMOs that have been shut down or were cancelled prior to launch are also acceptable.

Let’s see what happens!

I’m going to be just as curious as the rest of you to see what comes of this vote because while I certainly have my favorite MMO theme tracks, I’m sure that it’s not an identical list to everyone else’s.

Happy voting!

MMOs are meant to be heard as well as seen, and chances are that music ties your memories to these games more than you might realize. Every two weeks Jukebox Heroes listens through a game soundtrack and picks out the highlights to share and discuss. And if you like this column, then don’t miss the author’s MMO music podcast, Battle Bards!
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Dark Age of Camelot

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5. Defiance theme (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbpBDjW9KV0) is very nice too
6. Wildstar – unique and rousing, I miss the sound and atmosphere but not the game really (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ey0wgQYTwnU)

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1. Landmark theme song (first piece of https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruPMjZDk9fc)
2. Skysaga City of Light theme since alpha 9, just so cheerful! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMutMIk0yKs
3. Elderscrolls Grahtwood https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5y6yOelJY6M – I spent time in there just to relax, the landscape and the music are amazingly soothing
4. Creativerse Caves – gives me the creeps every time, so I kind of hate it, but it is very well done if you think of it (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khIB2NPp1_s)

Those are the ones I recall from all the years, sometimes I liked the games more than the above, but this is for themes which are so GOOD they stick.

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1. Age of Conan
2. Everquest 2 – Qeynos Rises

3. Guild Wars Prophecies
4. Anarchy Online
5. Vanguard: Saga of Heroes

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Little Bugbear

1. World of Warcraft Mist of Pandaria

2. Guild Wars Eye of the North

3. Aion 1.0

4. The Secret World

5. A Realm Reborn Final Fantasy 14

6. Runescape 2005-2007

7. Guild Wars 2 1.0

8. Allods Online Main Theme 2

9. Ragnarok Online

10. Spiral Knights (Not sure if this one counts.)

My last post disappeared so trying again. = )

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1. World of Warcraft Mist of Pandaria

2. Guild Wars Eye of the North

3. Aion 1.0

4. The Secret World

5. A Realm Reborn Final Fantasy 14

6. Runescape 2005-2007

7. Guild Wars 2 1.0

8. Allods Online Main Theme 2

9. Ragnarok Online

10. Spiral Knights (Not sure if this one counts.)

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Wendigo Runner

Hey mod team. Just FYI that when I subscribe to “new replies to your comments” I end up receiving an email when anyone responds to anyone. Not to new posts, but to new replies to anyone.

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Zen Dadaist

Where’d my wall o text comment go? Bleh that’ll teach me to hit post without having saved it somewhere first.

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Wendigo Runner

Happened to me and some others yesterday. Hopefully it’s hanging out in the moderation que for awhile. Mine was eventually posted, it just took a chunk of time for it to appear.

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Zen Dadaist

Indeed, it did eventually appear!

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Zen Dadaist

Whilst I’ve played a lot of MMOs, hardly any of them has had a login/main theme that’s really captured me. In fact, only 4 of them did and I’m having a hard time ranking them!

1) For reasons of pure nostalgia, my top pick has to be Eve Online‘s very original launcher theme during Beta and at release of Second Genesis (also known as the Castor release). The track name is Stellar Shadows and it can be found here:- http://www.modenstudios.com/EVE/music/02%20Stellar%20Shadows.mp3 (It’s not easy to find – even CCP’s own Soundcloud account starts from the Exodus login theme!)

2) An exceedingly close second goes to The Secret World‘s launcher theme because with a decent sound setup, it’s excellent and fits the nature of the game’s themes well. This YT vid doesn’t do it enough justice:- https://youtu.be/BS_VCiS4a0o

3) Next would be Black Desert Online‘s main/login theme. Very rousing and epic; very motivational to go off into the world and kick all sorts of backside. Pity the game itself bored me after a week:- https://youtu.be/C789KLQf9q4

4) Finally I’ll include Anarchy Online‘s ‘main theme’, even though technically the launcher didn’t have one and these days its silent until you load up a character or go into creation:- https://youtu.be/MXjurbQnc6A There have been a few tracks fromt he AO soundtrack that have been labelled as ‘main theme’ over time.