If you were an 80s or 90s kid and old enough to be gaming at the time, you should remember the Commodore Amiga. The iconic Amiga 500, It was a personal computer way ahead of its time. And when I say a PC, well it was used mostly as a gaming machine due to its advanced graphics and sound. It was a true multimedia machine and maybe even the first.
What really made the Amiga 500 and its successors like the Amiga 500+ stand out was the music this computer could produce. Arguably, it had one of the best, if not the best sound outputs of the time, whereas other machines and game consoles still had bleep and beeps. While most game systems utilize mono sounds at this time, the Amiga 500 could create stereo sound, handle four channels, and later on synthesize music instruments like drums, flutes, and the piano at the composer’s disposal. Even a synthesized voice could function as a sample voice. Hey, remember I’m talking about 1987 when the Amiga 500 was launched before many of our readers were even born. It was truly an advanced piece of hardware.
But what really set the sound apart from the others was the quality of the game sound tracks this system had. Tunes left behind that will always be remembered from such great composers like David Whittaker, Chris Hülsbeck and Allister Brimble. Some of which came from the C64 to work on the new Amiga 500 hardware.
So here it is, my top 15 list, it was incredibly hard to select as there are just so many amazing game soundtracks from this system. It made it hard to squeeze them down to a top
ten fifteen list. It was so difficult in the end I had to extend my top ten, a top fifteen list.
[promo title=”#15 Gods – 1991 – Nation 12″][/promo]
Perhaps one of the first games to truly make use of voice samples and singing. Into the wonderful by group Nation 12. At the time of its release this blew most people away because never before had anyone heard actual singing in a game soundtrack. So I couldn’t leave it off this list for this very reason, this track made history.
[promo title=”#14 Full Contact – 1991 – Allister Brimble & Jimmy Fredriksson”][/promo]
Full Contact from Team17, had one of the best intros for a game at the time. With a perfect matching sound track to accompany it from Allister Brimble & Jimmy Fredriksson.
[promo title=”#13 Lotus II – 1991 – Barry Leitch”][/promo]
Many great games were released in 1991. These catchy tunes from Lotus Turbo Challenge 2 aka Lotus 2 by Barry Leitch, made you really want to jump into the game and start racing.
[promo title=”#12 Super Cars II – 1991 – Barry Leitch”][/promo]
Another classic from 1991, Barry Leitch again with his Super Cars II intro tune. Definitely deserves its place in the list here. It helped make the game one of the best top down racers for years to come.
[promo title=”#11 R-Type – 1989 – Chris Hülsbeck “][/promo]
R-Type set the standard for sidescrolling arcade games and so did its soundtrack from Chris Hülsbeck. The Amiga sound track bettered even the original arcade game and all ports of it. This is definitely one of Chris Hülsbeck’s best tunes. The alien sounding first part of this tune scared many a child back in the day!