Think of video game soundtracks as icing on a cake. It doesn’t determine if the cake is enjoyable or not, but it sure does help. Let’s take a look at five of the best video game soundtracks of the sports genre.
*Disclaimer*. All of the early 2000s game soundtracks will be placed in the Honorable Mentions. This makes it fair for Millenials and Generation X.
Madden 2003, NBA 2K11, Fifa 15, MLB 2008 The Show, Madden 2005, MLB 2k7, NBA 2K10, NHL 2004, WWE 2007, MLB 2K5, Fifa 14, and NBA 2K14.
5. FIFA World Cup 2010
Starting off the list is a game that didn’t apply to most American listeners. Fifa World Cup 2010 contained tons of artists from Europe, Africa, South America, and North America. The same argument could be made for Fifa World Cup 2014, but 2014 didn’t have the same impact. Especially with the song that headlined not only the World Cup game, but the actual World Cup. A song that was beloved by billions around the world for the short time the World Cup was going on. That song is Wavin’ Flag by K’naan. Just because of how that one song brought the whole world together for a brief time, Fifa World Cup 2010 gets an automatic bid on the list.
4. Madden 10
About every song in this game is perfect, so the gap between Madden 10 and the next three games is small. Madden 10 contains some old, legendary songs that will never be forgotten for the rest of time. However, which ones are the best? Can’t C Me by Tupac, Them Bones by Alice in Chains, Hate Me Now by Nas and Puff Daddy, Shut’em Down by Public Enemy, and Sugar by System Of A Down. Then are immediately followed up by other bangers like Breed by Nirvana, Walk by Pantera, and Blind by Korn to make one heck of a playlist.
3. Madden 11
Following up the masterpiece in Madden 10, EA outdid themselves in Madden 11. What people love most about this soundtrack is that every song is one of the greatest the world has heard. Headlined by artists like Ozzy Osbourne, Kiss, AC/DC, The Hives, and Guns N’ Roses, there is no arguing the greatness. With songs like Let It Rock, Crazy Train, Thunderstruck, Rock’n Roll All Night, Welcome To The Jungle, and Tick Tick Boom, you’ll be ready to run through a wall. However, there is one incredible song I failed to mention. That song is We Ready by Archie Eversole and Bubba Sparxxx. We Ready is still played at almost all sporting events throughout America.
2. NBA 2K13
The beauty of the NBA 2K13 soundtrack is that it includes not only modern rap music, but old classics too. It includes a huge dose of artists like Jay-Z and Kanye West, who make up over almost half of the list. Ye and Jay-Z alone are responsible for Pump It Up Freestyle, Amazing, Run This Town, The Bounce, We Major, On To The Next One, Public Service Announcement, and H.A.M. Following them up are Nas, Mobb Deep, Coldplay, Daft Punk, Puff Daddy, Notorious B I G, Too Short, and Meek Mill. Some other notable songs are Blow The Whistle, Puff Daddy And The Family Victory, The World Is Yours, Viva La Vida, Shook Ones Pt. 2, and Ima Boss.
1. NBA 2K19
NBA 2K19 has the best soundtrack of any sports video game that has been released yet. That’s because it includes modern rap, older rap, alternative rock, and a few smooth jams. Artists like Travis Scott, Sheck Wes, The Migos, Lil Uzi Vert, Bruno Mars, Fall Out Boy, and Lil’ Troy, dominate this soundtrack, while also making it one of the most diverse soundtracks in any game yet. With over forty songs, it’s also one of the longest soundtracks out there, if not the longest. It’s a playlists that most music lovers would enjoy, so if you haven’t yet heard it, do yourself a favor and get started.