Valentine’s Day is here again, and I’d like to take this opportunity to explore some of my favourite songs from videogames that represent the theme of love. Whether it be a mother’s love for their children, romantic love between a couple, or even love that blooms on a battlefield, there has always been emotive music in games to emphasise these themes. If your favourite doesn’t make the list, please leave a comment below or reach out to me on social media! I’d LOVE to hear from you.
- The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword – “Romance in the Air”
Until Skyward Sword, Link and Zelda never really had much of a romantic relationship, it was only implied. That all changed when this theme played, which seeks to represent the connection between the two characters. The track has a light, airy, orchestral sound which is very fitting of the game. And the track says it all, romance really is in the air (on top of a flying Loftwing).
2. Mother 3 – “Love Theme”
This song in particular really represents the love between family members. If you’ve played Mother 3, you’ll know how much this song hurts; it really tugs the heartstrings. Just listening to it I can picture the scene in which it plays. Despite being a Gameboy Advance game, I think Mother 3 is truly one of the best games at conveying love in such an emotive way.
3. Yakuza Kiwami 2 – “Shiawase Nara ii Ya (As Long As You’re Happy)”
Goro Majima is an absolute psycho. There’s no denying that. But he’s got such a soft side, and this is highlighted during this Karaoke song from Yakuza Kiwami 2. He sings about his love and dedication to a character from Yakuza 0, and even though they cannot be together, all he wants is for her to be happy. The song is interesting because his style of singing is hardly romantic, but the lyrics and message behind the song are so heartwarming.
Honourable mentions to the song that became a meme: Baka Mitai, for being a love song that sings about the heartbreak and foolishness of love, and to 24 Hour Cinderella for being the funniest love song from a game.
4. Metal Gear Solid 4 – “Love Theme”
Metal Gear Solid has taught us that love CAN bloom on the battlefield. But when it does, it is often wilted by grief and sorrow. This love theme is incredibly emotive and bittersweet – with lyrics describing a woman’s loss of her loved one who has been taken by war. Originally sung in Hebrew, some of the lyrics translate to:
Wishing for the world that ran out of tears.
My heart is already dead.
Missing you hurts so much.
Honourable mention to “Love Deterrence” from Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, for being the most anime-sounding and upbeat love song from a videogame.
5. Final Fantasy IV – “Theme of Love”
Nobuo Uematsu has created many gorgeous pieces of music for the Final Fantasy series, and almost every game has its own “love theme”. Suteki Da Ne from FFX, Aria de Mezzo Carattere from FFVI, Tragic Love from FFIX, the list goes on! But in my opinion none come close to my favourite love song of all time: the Theme of Love from Final Fantasy IV.
My wife walked down the aisle to this song.
A moment of true love in my life that I will never forget.
6. Hades – “Lament of Orpheus”
Love is pain, and nobody knows that more than legendary musician and poet of the underworld, Orpheus. This song is his lament for his lost loved one, Eurydice, and has an incredibly melancholy sound as he mourns her through his melody. It’s a gorgeous piece of music made only more impressive by the fact that the voice of Orpheus is actually the composer himself, Darren Korb!
7. Persona 4 – “Heartbeat, Heartbreak”
Of course I had to sneak a Persona song onto the list! A game all about bonds and relationships, naturally there are going to be songs related to love. One of the catchiest songs from the entire series – this song plays while exploring the town of Inaba after school on cloudy days. Not your traditional love song by any means, but a seriously catchy melody and lyrics about heartbreak mean I can justify having it on this list.
8. NieR – “Song of the Ancients (Devola)”
Though this might not specifically be a love song, it is a song I associate with love – I learned to play this song years ago on guitar and it’s part of how I met my wife. The lyrics are written in an entirely fictional language that was created by the composer for the purpose of the music of NieR. The song is associated with the characters Devola and Popola, who are twin sisters and feature heavily in the original game. Perhaps the lyrics could relate to the love between siblings?
9. Fire Emblem: Three Houses – “A Place to Rest”
Building relationships between characters is a key part of modern Fire Emblem games, especially the most recent entry in the series: Three Houses. Throughout the game you have the opportunity to romance characters, and if you’re successful they’ll confess their love for you (cue the music). There are several songs like this in the series (mainly from Awakening onwards), but I think this track does the best at conveying a sense of commitment and deep affection.
10. Katamari Damacy – “Katamari of Love”
Love does not have to be for a single person, family or friend, or even a beloved pet. How about love for your planet? This is the message in Katamari of Love. Though the lyrics are in Japanese, the message of dedication to Mother Earth is clear, as we should love and look after her. Here’s a short excerpt of the lyrics translated to English:
Love. Connect with one another, then our hearts will beat as one.
Try. We want to roll everything in, Then we can all be together.
Don’t stop, let the love flow, then we will be together forever.
Thanks for sharing the love – I hope these songs filled your heart. Share them with a loved one too!
If your song didn’t make the list, please leave a comment below or reach out to me on social media.