If you’re tiring of the sounds of real life and you’re looking for an escape while you go about your day–whether they call you essential or not, whether you’re sheltering at home, or whether you’re marching for your rights–grab your go-to music source and check out some of these soundtracks from your favorite video games.  The latest is Death Stranding: Songs from the Video Game, consisting primarily of songs from the post-rock/electronica of Ryan Karazija aka Low Roar, following up on the instrumental musical score from composer Ludvig Forssell.

Several other soundtracks are topping the Amazon sales charts right now, and may be your next go-to vice for your own personal soundtrack.

It’s been around for nearly a decade, but The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim soundtrack continues to be a popular album.  Composed by Jeremy Soule, the score blends styles for an atmospheric experience.

It took years before the soundtrack was available for fans, only recently released.  Doom was created by Mick Gordon.  His metal sound was praised as a Game Awards 2016 Winner for Best Music/Sound Design and a BAFTA Games Nominee for Best Music and Audio Achievement.

The Red Dead Redemption 2 soundtrack was produced entirely by 7 time Grammy Award-winner Daniel Lanois, known for producing albums for Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and Willie Nelson as well as collaborating with pioneering musician Brian Eno to produce several albums for U2 including the multi-platinum The Joshua Tree.

Bear McCreary composed the soundtrack for God of War This music is known for its sweeping, beautiful contrasts to the dark adventure of the game itself.

Fans of Tangerine Dream may surprised to learn their music can be found supporting Grand Theft Auto VExpect a rousing score with an eclectic mix of rock, hip-hop, funk/soul, electronica, and programmatic orchestral music.

Emmy and BAFTA-nominated composer Inon Zur created the moody mix of sounds for the Fallout 4 soundtrack.  Walking the Boston streets is the vibe, and this one is frequently referred to as one of the best scores of any game.

An import from Japan, the music for NieR: Automata has been quietly developing its own fan base.  Try the multiple disc release for both Japanese and American versions of songs.

Another award-winning album, Jesper Kyd’s soundtrack for Assassin’s Creed II is the album that got many people into collecting game soundtracks in the first place.

The first game to ever win a Grammy for its soundtrack, Austin Wintory’s Journey is the kind of soft music to study by or fall asleep to.  Look for lots of cello in this ethereal score.

The Final Fantasy fanbase has plenty to choose from, but ask diehard soundtrack fans their favorite and they’ll probably tell you it’s the musical score to Final Fantasy XV.  This plays out like a fully fleshed out film score.

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C.J. Bunce / Editor / borg