Who says classical music is dying with the younger generation? Did you ever think it would be video games that are bringing classical music to the young adults across the world? With over 200,000 votes cast in the latest Classic FM’s Hall of Fame poll, there are 9 video game soundtracks that make the top 300, and 3 of them are in the top 20.
John Suchet, a DJ for the classical music station, said, “Twenty years after the very first Classic FM Hall of Fame countdown, I’m delighted that we’ve attracted so many votes for our chart. What I find truly exciting is the continued increase in a younger audience for classical music – I didn’t expect to be thanking the video game industry for introducing the genre to a new generation of people, but it’s wonderful.”
Nobuo Uematsu, composer of the Final Fantasy series came in at number 9. The Elder Scrolls composer and Baft award-winner Jeremy Soule is number 11, and Banjo Kazooie’s composer Grant Kirkhope was placed at number 13.
Still don’t believe a video game can have a beautiful orchestral soundtrack? Take a listen below and get lost in the music.