Classical Music Hall of Fame Features Record 12 Gaming Tracks

By Ian Dransfield on at

This year's Classic FM Hall of Fame has seen more pieces of video game music than ever included in its countdown, which is probably annoying some of the 'hardcore' classical music lovers.

The list features some 300 compositions, with gaming's entries taking up 12 spots ranging from number 244 for Marty O'Donnell's Halo tunes all the way up to number nine in the rankings; that, unsurprisingly, being for Nobuo Uematsu's many contributions to the Final Fantasy series.

The spots between those two feature music from The Last of Us, Starcraft, Blue Dragon, The Legend of Zelda, Kingdoms of Amalur, World of Warcraft, Viva Pinata, Kingdom Hearts, Banjo Kazooie and The Elder Scrolls.

So no, apparently Katamari Damacy doesn't count as classical music. Darn.

The Hall of Fame is decided by public vote and has been the focus of a campaign to get people voting gaming into the rankings. Thanks to the efforts of game-and-music-loving folks, we've seen Uematsu's compositions in the top 10 for three years running.

When he's crafted belters like this, it's easy to see why he's up there with the best: