Nowadays, people are selective in soundtracks and listen to loud and pop songs to elevate their mood. This doesn’t exclude animes as they have some of the best soundtracks ever created.
Animes without their soundtrack will not be as epic as they presently are.
Mentioned below are the top 10 anime with their soundtracks (OSTs).
1. One Piece
One Piece is one of the oldest and the most appreciated anime that still has its charm due to its storyline. The story is based on pirates and has a mysterious story of cunning pirates.
The first episode was aired on 1999 October. This series consists of 22 soundtracks and every track suits the storyline of the series. Even if someone listens to them, they could analyze the story and the use of instruments despite being old.
The use of lyrics and the instruments had created new world symphony in the soundtrack of this series that other shows couldn’t beat.
Not only kids but adults had watched the series and rated the best music composing to One Piece and each track has its own uniqueness.
2. Cowboy Bebop
Cowboy Bebop was released in 2001 and had become one of the better anime around. Yoko Kanno had characterized each scene with special sound effects or soundtracks that make the show more interesting and provides a realistic effect on the viewers.
Yoko Kanno was involved with the best band of that time that created the soundtrack of this series.
The best soundtrack in the show was played when the police chase after criminals in the city. Throughout the series, the music composer had focused on drum beats rather than other instruments.
Although other electronic instruments were used, Cowboy Bebop was known for its heavy drum influence in its OSTs.
For anime lovers, Naruto is one of the top series and anime lovers watch it with the same excitement. This series was first released in 2003 and the music composers were Musashi and Toshio.
They had together created the best soundtracks of this series that includes Go Go Naruto and Rocks. These soundtracks have the level of rock and the viewers could feel the beat and enthusiasm themselves when listening to these tracks.
Other than this, Victory and Turnover had gained the most listeners and became masterpieces in the anime soundtracks.
4. Long Horizon
This show was first published as a novel written by Mamare Touno who had used fictions and creativity to create interesting scenarios that have the potential to engage with the readers.
Just like the novel, this series was released in the same engaging way and succeeded in their mission to achieve high viewers. The best soundtrack was the opening theme of Aratu Naru Bouken that was listed as the best composing track. Yasuhara was really good in composing such music.
Long Horizon consists of 35 songs and all of these consist of electric guitar battles that are art themselves for people who love to listen or play the guitar.
Each track has its purpose and fits the scene or episode.
5. Gundam Build Fighters
This show is based on a boy who creates robots from plastics blocks that fight in virtual reality. It was released in 2013 and became famous for its story and its soundtracks.
Although this anime is heavily involving battles, the soundtracks have a mixed combination of traditional and synthesized and loud music as well. The composer Yuki Hayashi had gained fame after releasing the soundtracks of Gundam Builder Fighters due to the usage of different instruments in a single track.
The opening theme Nibun No Ichi had received the highest streams and that’s the reason Yuki had achieved success.
6. Pokemon 2.B.A Master
For the 90s kids, the Pokemon series retains its charm even till today. Every character and the sound effects of the characters had interpreted the creativity of the creator and the same goes for its soundtrack.
John Loeffler had released the album of Pokemon and it was first released in English that had achieved highest ratings.
The best track was “I wanna be the very best” that was sung by Jason Paige had a different class and shows the passion of the boy.
Moreover, “Gotta Catch em all” had become world-famous OST for Pokemon in general.
7. Free Iwatobi Swim Club
Free Iwatobi Swim Club is an anime suitable for those who love swimming. This anime was released in 2013 and the story was based on friends who were trying to repair their broken friendship and revolves around the swimming competition.
Each soundtrack of this series was created by electronic music according to the new generation’s demand. It consists of 64 tracks with different music and different techniques of electronic music.
The soundtrack such as Ladderless and the serious game has its different level of electronic music that had achieved a high rating in anime soundtracks.
8. Ghost In the Shell
This movie has the most advanced and different music styles that are worth listening to and the composers had given a touch of Indian music in it which created a unique sound effect in the series.
This movie was famous for its soundtrack in which the composer Kenji had experimented different music traditions of different places and decided to create something different from others by adding Indian drum beats and selection of other electronic music.
The top soundtracks from this movie are M08 Floating Museum and M02 Ghost track.
9. Death Note
Post Rock music (which is prevalent in Death Note) was introduced in 1994 when the bands had decided to create soundtracks that involve drums, guitar and different electronic musical instruments at the same time.
Although it seems like such music will be loud and irritate our eardrums but it is the art of post-rock artists who compose it in such a way that listener will enjoy the music and couldn’t even identify the instruments.
The sounds effects from such instruments combine to form something different and that technique was used in the Death Note. Death Note’s music has some kind of uniqueness that perfectly matches with the anime’s concept. Its soundtrack of Death Note plot is the amazing and surely one of the best music ever composed.
10. Steins Gate
Takeshi Abo is a great composer and this shows in his music composing skills for this series.
Steins Gate’s soundtrack is prominent and actually helped the show as the storyline was just fine.
Takeshi’s music really fit the characters in this anime and that’s one of the reasons this anime has one of the best anime series soundtracks.
The opening “Hacking the Gate” is one of the best soundtracks in this series. The soundtrack “Gate of Steiner” also attracted many listeners.
In a nutshell
There are plenty of great anime soundtracks produced over the years. Each of the top anime will have its own unique soundtrack and this list is purely subjective.
It was written by one of our freelancers. As the editor, I believe Attack on Titan’s betrayal theme should have been on this list.