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Study reveals the most popular video game soundtrack of all time!

As technology continues to evolve, there is no question that video game soundtracks have dramatically improved since home consoles’ early origins. From the heroic chorus chants in Skyrim to the heart wrenching guitar solo between Joel and Ellie in The Last of Us 2, soundtracks certainly play a key role in the game’s overall success.

But which video game has the best soundtrack?

Interested in this, wanted to find out which video game soundtrack is the most popular. After collating a list of the most loved video game soundtracks, the team went to Spotify to count the number of streams per soundtrack, ultimately, allowing them to rank the most popular soundtrack based on its total number of Spotify streams.

Key Points

  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is the most popular video game soundtrack with 316,387,843 total Spotify streams!  
  • The second most popular is The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt with 304,138,799 Spotify streams.  
  • The Last of Us comes in third, followed by League of Legends and Ori and the Blind Forest.  
  • The Choice from The Last of Us, is the most popular video game track with 36,809,934 total Spotify streams.

The top 10 video game soundtracks:

RankGameAlbum nameTotal Spotify play count
1The Elder Scrolls V: SkyrimThe Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: Original Game Soundtrack316,387,843
2The Witcher 3: Wild HuntThe Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (Original Game Soundtrack)304,138,799
3The Last of UsThe Last of Us178,351,897
4League of LegendsThe Music of League of Legends One81,677,962
5Ori and the Blind ForestOri and the Blind Forest (Original Soundtrack)80,858,446
6God of WarGod of War (PlayStation Soundtrack)74,184,832
7Assassin’s CreedAssassin’s Creed: The Best of Jesper Kyd73,541,304
8Crypt of the NecroDancerCrypt of the NecroDancer (Original Game Soundtrack)71,048,161
9Mass Effect 3Mass Effect 3 (Original Soundtrack)66,226,018
10Assassin’s Creed 4: Black FlagAssassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag (Original Game Soundtrack)58,723,737 can reveal that the most popular video soundtrack of all time, according to Spotify streams, is The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: Original Game Soundtrack. Skyrim’s main theme was recorded with a 30-man choir in dragon-tongue and has a grand total of 316,387,843 Spotify streams.

Coming just behind, in second, is The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt with 304,138,799 Spotify streams. The soundtrack includes folk music mixed with battle hymns and was even nominated for best soundtrack in a video game at the 2015 Hollywood Music Media awards.

The Last of Us is third with 178,351,897 Spotify streams. The game was released on June 14th, 2013 and has been dubbed one of the most revolutionary and most memorable games of all time. 

Coming in fourth, with 81,677,962 Spotify streams, is the music from League of Legends. Created by Riot Games, the online multiplayer has certainly cemented itself as one of the most popular games in the world with many able to recognise the tunes of Summoner’s Rift.

Completing the top five is Ori and the Blind Forest with 80,858,446 total Spotify streams. The backing soundtrack created by Gareth Coker has been labelled “astoundingly beautiful” and “nothing short of a musical masterpiece” by Zanobard reviews.

The top 5 video game individual tracks:

RankGameSong nameTotal Spotify play count
1The Last of UsThe Choice36,809,934
2League of LegendsGet Jinxed35,197,458
3The Last of UsThe Last of Us34,965,692
4Assassin’s Creed 2Ezio’s Family26,906,019
5The Elder Scrolls V: SkyrimDragonborn Theme26,608,593


  1. used Spotify’s Video Game Soundtracks playlist as their seed list to collect the most popular video game soundtracks of all-time.
  2. The list was then cleaned and filtered to select 73 of the most popular video game soundtracks in the playlist, removing any albums that were not relevant to the study such as compilation albums. 
  3. The total Spotify streams were scraped and collated for each video game soundtrack. All data amalgamated and ranked.
  4. The data was gathered on 18/06/2021 and is accurate as of then but subject to change.

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