500 nations by Peter Buffett
5th Element –by Eric Serra – again sci-fi background and some action themes.
Abney Park (http://www.abneypark.com/)
A.I. Artificial Intelligence Soundtrack (John Williams)
Alcest – Les Voyages De L‘Âme (Shoegaze/Post-Black Metal) Vocals are in french and the music just …. flows.
Alestorm – Black Sails at Midnight (Pirate Metal.) Yeah I’m not joking. It’s all about pillaging on the high seas. This works well for swashbuckling campaigns)
Alexander (Vangelis) great fantasy music
Aliens: The Deluxe Edition (James Horner)
Alien Trilogy – by Cliff Eidelmen more of that same great tense Alien music.
Alien Resurrection – by John Frizzell Again more of that great Alien music. While not as good as some of the previous music, if you don’t want to hear the same hour over and over for a six hour game session it is definitely an option.
Alien Vs. Predator – video game. Ah the days of cd disks for games. If you can find this pc game, pop the disk into a player and skip track 1 (most players will play it silent, but others may try and create sound which can destroy speakers). Is the danger worth it? Yes! Hands down the best Alien music of all of your choices in my opinion.
Almost anything from the Mediaeval Baebes
“Amarok” by Mike Oldfield
Amnesia: The Dark Descent
Animatrix: The Album (Various Artists)
Another Earth OST by Fall On Your Sword. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFFhFSh-VbA
Apocalyptica – “Amplified”
Arcana, especially their album Dark Age of Reason (ambient group)
Armageddon (the score) (rare) – by Trevor Rabin –while hard to find totally worth it if you want to have a space campaign or perhaps a Rifts campaign.
Assassin Creed’s soundtracks by Jesper Kyd
Attaboy – Teh Goat Rodeo sessions (Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile)
Babylon 5 scores – by Christopher Franke – perhaps a bit electronic in nature but still better than no music. It can help to keep a peaceful background in space. Plus the disks being only 30 min long or so are dirt cheap these days.
Batman Begins OST
Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm OMPST (Shirley Walker)
Batman Beyond: The Return of the Joker –Rhino records – If you play Cyberpunk or Shadowrun you do not have an excuse to not have this album. Fantastic music.
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm –various artists(?)—Great music for a Dresden Files type game.
Batman Beyond Sdtk – by various artists but I believe Shirley Walker did most of the tracks. Again, perfect music for Shadowrun/Cyberpunk/Rifts etc.
Battlestar Galactica OST (Richard Gibbs)
Battlestar Galactica: Season One (Bear McCreary)
Battlestar Galactica: Season Three (Bear McCreary)
Battlestar Galactica: Season Two (Bear McCreary)
Bear McCreary (artist)
Beowulf (Alan Silvestri)
Black Aria (Danzig)
Black Isle Studios games such as Baldur’s Gate, Fallout and Planescape Torment.
The Black Stallion (Carmine Coppola)
Blind Guardian – At the Edge of Time (Power Metal) Bombastic, But this is one of their less ridiculous albums. Also see their album ‘Midnight in Middle-Earth’
Blotted Science – Machinations of Demetia (Progressive Instrumental Metal) Frantic, panicky, fast-paced.
Bo Hansen (especially the Lord of the Rings album)
Bram Stoker’s Dracula (Wocjech Kilar)
Brotherhood of the Wolf – by Joseph LoDuca – great music for fantasy.
Call of Cthulhu (Ben Holbrook, Nicolas Pavkovic and Troy Sterling Nies)
Celestial Aeon Project
Chaostar – Chaostar (Avant-Garde Symphonic/Neoclassical) Bizarre, creepy, yet hauntingly beautiful. [warning cover art is nsfw]
Children Of Dune OST (Brian Tyler)
Christmas Music from Medieval Hungary (Anonymous 4)
Christopher Lennertz – Gun (video game soundtrack)
Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay (Gustaf Grefberg)
Conan the Destroyer – Basil Poledouris – more of the same as Conan the Barbarian. Not as good but still if you are killing more than an hour.
The Cowboys (John williams)
Dargaard – Rise and Fall (Folk/Darkwave/neoclassical) combinations of male and female vocals with piles of atmosphere.
Dark Corners of the Earth (by Lustmord)
Das Boot – Klaus Doldinger – Submarine music, but amazing space music. Perfect for a space based game.
David Arkenstone, The Celtic Book of Days
David John (works such as Neverwinter Nights…)
Dawn of War 2 OST (Doyle w. Donehoo) – Some good battle tracks
Desperado Sdkt –various artists—great for a Western themed game, or perhaps a Rifts game set in the West etc.
Dig Soundtrack (Michael Land)
Dj Rivers- The Green Room, The Orange Room, Liquid Nonsense
Doctor Who Sdtk –Murray Gold – some very emotional music that is perfect for when tragedy befalls a PC.
Doctor Who (series 3, 5, and 6)
Dragonheart –by Randy Edelmen – fantastic fantasy music.
Dronolan’s Tower (various albums)
Dues Ex Human Revolution (video game soundtrack)
Dune – by TOTO – not their usual stuff, this music is great for a Dark Sun campaign or any campaign where the players have to trudge through something.
Dungeons and Dragons OST (Justin Burnett)
Elder Scrolls Skyrim Soundtrack (video game)
Enemy of the State – by ??? – Great modern day campaign music.
Ennio Morricone (especially Once Upon A Time in the West and the Mission)
Epic Action & Adventure Volume 09 by Epic Score.
Ergo Proxy (anime soundtrack)
E.S. Posthumus – a bit like Two Steps from Hell
Escala – Requiem for a Tower
Escape from L.A. (score) –by Shirley Walker and John Carpentar –Fantastic score for action.
Escape from New York
Eternal Arcadia OST (also known as Skies of Arcadia)
Event Horizon –Michael Kamen & Orbital – space horror.
Ever After –by George Fenton –this sdtk may be a little soft for some, but is good background that you need to talk over.
Fantasy – by Luigi Maiello –picked this one up at DragonCon one year at a booth. I do not believe it is widely produced but if you can find it, it will be a gem in your collection. Part of an RPG CD’s collection.
Farscape (Guy Gross)
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within OST (Dirk Brosse/London Symphony Orchestra)
Final Fantasy VII
Final Fantasy X
Final Fantasy X-2
Final Fantasy XII
Firefly –by Greg Edmonson and Joss Whedon (theme) –great for westerns or Firefly games.
First Blood – Jerry Goldsmith
Future World Music – they kind of sound like Two Steps from Hell
Game of Thrones soundtrack
Gettysburg (Randy Edleman)
Ghost Brigade – Until Fear No Longer Defines Us (Melodic Doom Metal) This album is much more chill than the genre would have you think. Lost of acoustic guitar work.
The Ghost in the Darkness – by Jerry Goldsmith –This is sensational music for stalking the PC’s with. Can be used in almost any genre.
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex O.S.T. –by Yokko Kanno –perfect for anyone running a Cyberpunk or Shadowrun campaign.
Halo ODST, Reach – any of the Halo Reach Sdtks are great for background and battle. Be cautious with ODST. The music is made to make you feel as though you are completely alone and it will miss the mark if the players are together. If you can break em up, this music can have a profound effect on their psyche.
Half Life (video game soundtrack)
Harry Potter Sdtks (any) – by John Williams (at least I believe he did the first few) – they are sensational soundtracks for any fantasy or modern day magic campaigns. Also the video game soundtracks.
Heat Soundtrack by Brian Eno
Hellboy OST by Marco Beltrami
Hercules TV show (multiple soundtracks) –by Joseph LoDuca
Highlander Sdtks – If you can find the stuff that Micheal Kamen did they are fantastic for celtic based fantasy campaigns.
Hitman Games by Jasper Kyd, especially “Blood Money”
Homeworld (video game soundtrack)
How to train your dragon (John Powell)
The Hunt for Red October –by Basil Poledouris – Anything Russian based can use this soundtrack. Again, space opera games can use this soundtrack as well.
The Hunted – by Kodo – lots of fast, and traditional Japanese drumming. Perfect for martial arts campaign or combat.
Independence Day by David Arnold – I use to use this one for my Chaos Earth campaign (based in the US). It is orchestral music that truly does scream America.
Insect Song (Suidakra) – this is a metal band, but the track And the Giants Dance is absolutely perfect for a fantasy town/tavern
Jade Empire Original Soundtrack (Jack Wall)
Jeremy Soule (Elder Scrolls games Morrowind and
Joe Hisaishi – “Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind”
John Doan, Eire: Island of the Saints
Judge Dredd movie score by Alan Silvestri
King Arthur –by Hans Zimmer – great for fantasy campaigns. It has everything you would need for a full campaign wrapped into one package from soft moments to brutal combat music.
A Knight’s Tale –by Caster Burwell – I don’t use this one often just because it is slow, but this music might be good if you have your players at a royal court.
The Last Starfighter
Leanbh Mo Chroi (James Tubbritt)
Legend –by Jerry Goldsmith (RARE) (import)
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask
Les Discrets – Septembre Et Ses Dernières Pensées (French Post-Rock)
Lumsk – Det Vilde Kor (Folk, Some metal influences)
Lunatic Soul – Lunatic Soul (Folk, Eastern)
Lux aurumque (song)
March of cambreadth (Heather Alexander aka Alexander James Adams)
Master and Commander (Christopher Gordon)
the Mediæval Bæbes (especially the album “Salva Nos”)
Medieval 2: Total War OST (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bA1hZoBLrdY&list=RD02UY81yYFzgiU)
Metropolis OST (Toshiyuki Honda) – great for steampunk, a sort of dark, jazzy motif
Millennium (Mark Snow)
Naqoyqatsi – Life As War (Yo-Yo Ma & Philip Glass Ensemble)
Neuen Welten – Vergessene Pfade (Folk, Neoclassical)
Okami (video game soundtrack)
One Cello x 16 (EP) (Zoe Keating)
One Cello x 16: Natoma (Zoe Keating)
Opeth – Damnnation (Progressive, Mostly acoustic)
Pandorum (Original Soundtrack) (Michl Britsch)
Penumbra: Black Plague
Piano Collections Final Fantasy VII (Nobuo Uematsu)
Richard Gibbs (artist)
Rise of the Planet of the apes – Patrick Doyle
Rhapsody of Fire
Robin Hood OST – 2010 (Marc Streitenfeld) – great epic scene music, from battle and build up to suspense
Rome (Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi)
Run Lola Run OST (Susie Van Der Meer)
Samurai Champloo Soundtrack
Samurai X – Original Soundtrack (Taku Iwasaki)
Shadow of the Colossus (video game soundtrack by Koh Ohtani)
Sherlock Holmes (Hans Zimmer)
Sig:Ar:Tyr – Beyond The North Winds (Dark Folk/Neoclassical) Not sure what to say about this. Norse themed neoclassical.
Skies of Arcadia OST by Yutaka Minobe (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Za1KkR8oDxg&list=PLD6FEB886034FB981)
Stargate by Mortiis
Star Wars I-VI
Tenhi – Airut:Aamujen (Folk, Acoustic)
The Promise OST (Klaus Badelt; China National Symphony Orchestra)
The Puppet Masters – Soundtrack (Colin Towns)
The Score (Epica)
The Third Birthday [aka Parasite Eve 3] (video game soundtrack)
The Witcher OST (Adam Skorupa and Paweł Błaszczak) – great suspense and dark tones
Thief: Deadly Shadows (OST) (Eric Brosius)
Thor – Patrick Doyle
Total Recall by Jerry Goldsmith
Trailerhead – sounds like Two Steps from Hell
Transverse City (Warren Zevon)
Tron Legacy (Daft Punk)
Týr – By the Light of the Northern Star (Folk, Viking Metal, Awesomeness)
Ulver – Kveldsjanger (Folk, Norse)
Unspoken: the Music of Only Breath (Jami Sieber)
Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust
Venus Vina Musica (Corvus Corax)
WoW – Mists of Panderia
Xenogears (PS1) Soundtrack
X-Files (Mark Snow)
The Big O (anime soundtrack – richly symphonic with a 1930’s Noire/Macabre feel to it, mixed with jazz and some electronica)