The Daily Grind: What are the most nostalgic MMO music tracks for you?

    
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As one of the hosts of Battle Bards and the writer of this site’s Jukebox Heroes column, I obviously hold great affection for MMORPG soundtracks in all of their forms. And while I have sampled and appreciated many musical delights from games I haven’t played, perhaps some of the most special tracks to me are the ones that are intertwined with personal memories of playing those titles.

I can’t hear Dun Morogh or Spiritual Elysium without thinking of my very first days in World of Warcraft and Anarchy Online, for example. City of Heroes’ Atlas Plaza theme makes me think of all of the costume contests that I attended there, and LOTRO’s Fields of the Shire sucks me back to all of the wonderful times I had journeying through that pastoral landscape.

I could go on and on and on, but I’d rather hear and listen to your picks today! What are the most nostalgic MMO music tracks for you? Post a link to them in the comments and write down your own memories for us to appreciate!

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Fenrir Wolf

My answer to anything music is always, always going to be some form of Phantasy Star. Especially of the Universe line. I’m a sucker for SEGA’s musical style.

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jay

For some reason Age of Conan’s music brings back memories, even though I only played it for a month. The music was just so good for it’s time that it stuck in my noggin.

The most nostalgic music for me has to be Everquest and DAOC though. Nothing will come close to those intros for pure nostalgia.

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Gamhuin

Easily at the tip top of the list: EverQuest theme music.
And essentially every track from the original EverQuest soundtrack.

Following that up would be the Battle for Azeroth them music for WoW and Anarchy Online’s main theme.
Also Wildstar and Vangaurd.

I’m not counting the Star Wars music. It IS nostalgic, but not for the game, but for the movies. :p

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Dilly Dolly

Bash the Dragon sounds nostalgic to me but there’s another one.

This article has made me recalled there was a time i played an mmorpg on Facebook. xD so today I searched for something buried deep in my memories.

It was the 1st mmorpg I’ve ever played, Canaan Online.

I think I played on the Taiwanese server which the game has a different name “寵物森林(literally: Pet Forest)”. It took a bit of time for me to find my favorite track.

I could still recall the melody of this bgm, played on a map where there are some mushroom monsters you could ask for a fight (old rpg mechanics xD).

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Jean-Michel Baril

Anarchy Online hands down, most of the musics of the whole game are still giving me chills. Kill a clanner today, be happy tomorrow!

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Fray

Hands down for me

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I’ve played my share of MMOs over the years. The only one whose soundtrack has stuck with me has been Eve Online.

This is not to imply that it is the best, just the most memorable, for me.

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Ian Wells

The main screen theme of PSO Ep I+II. Just hearing it makes me want to boot up the private server again. That game is the perfect game to bliss out and grind to, with a decent mix of gameplay based on your race/class combo and what weapons you bring to battle.

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Fenrir Wolf

Have a like! SEGA is so, so good at haunting, odd music and then also butt rock/pop. I love it. I love them.

Edit: I have to. Also this…

It was so good.

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luxundae

Mostly not music that was *in* The Secret World, but music that was used to accompany it. “This Bitter Earth” by Dinah Washington set over Max Richter’s “On the Nature of Daylight” … that was the music that the original launch trailer was set to (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4mBS0SQfp8) and remains the most iconic TSW music for me.

“Sleepless Lullaby” by Bright September, which was used in TSW Issue #7 (the “I walk into empty…” song).

And “Room of Angel” by Akira Yamaoka, which was used in Silent Hill 4 and which any number of TSW fan vids were set to. (“Here’s a lullaby to close your eyes…”)

It’s weird how much I still miss TSW. Maybe everything just seemed more full of potential back in 2012. How the world has changed…

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Randomessa

Takes me back like slingshot.