Video Game soundtracks to code to

I don’t know about you but when I’m coding my games I like to listen to music or, more specifically, music without lyrics. Since I code games, I tend to look for inspiration in the games that I aspire to. I find it really encourages creativity to listen to the soundtracks of video games (its also, for the most part, distraction free).

This then is a list of video game soundtracks to listen to whilst you’re coding your next big game. This isn’t an exhaustive list, I think that would be pointless, instead its a list of soundtracks that I think represent the best (I’ve added links or embedded the music where possible).

I’d love to hear your recommendations in the comments – I’ll aim to keep the list updated.

Updated 29th April 2014 – Added Indie game the move and child of light.

Child of Light (by Cœur de pirate)

(Bandcamp)

Indie Game: The Movie (by Jim Guthrie)

(Bandcamp)

The Binding of Isaac (by Danny Baranowsky)

(Bandcamp)

Aquaria: Original Soundtrack (by Alec Holowka)

(Bandcamp)

Portal 2: Songs to Test (by Aperture Science Psychoacoustics Laboratory)

(Website – Free)

Shatter – Official Videogame Soundtrack (by Module)

(Bandcamp)

Sword & Sworcery LP – The Ballad of the Space Babies (by Jim Guthrie)

(Bandcamp)

PPPPPP – The VVVVVV soundtrack (by SoulEye)

(Bandcamp)

Minecraft – Volume Alpha (by C418)

Mainly just the theme though – track 8

(Bandcamp)

Bastion Original Soundtrack (by Darren Korb)

(Bandcamp)

Super Meat Boy! Soundtrack (by Danny Baranowsky)

(Bandcamp)

Cthulhu Saves the World (by Gordon McNeil)

(Website – Free)
World of Goo Soundtrack (by Kyle Gabler)

(Website – Free)

One Comment

  1. Thanks Chris for the great recommendation!

    Several of those are really nice to listen. As for me, what I like to do is to stream radio from the net… but not your typical radio ;-).

    My most favorite station is Nectarine the demoscene radio :
    http://www.scenemusic.net/demovibes/

    Then Slay radio is a close second which is for C=64/Amiga tunes + remixes
    http://www.scenemusic.net/demovibes/

    For something more mellow and relaxing I like to put in some smooth Jazz
    http://www.jazzradio.com/

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