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1. Michiru Yamane
2. Hitoshi Sakimoto
3. Yasunori Mitsuda
4. Koji Kondo
5. Nobuo Uematsu
6. Yoko Shimomura
7. Yuzo Koshiro
8. Manami Matsumae
9. Takashi Tateishi
10. Harumi Fujita



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1. Nobuo Uematsu
2. Toby Fox
3. Koji Kondo
4. Yuu Miyake
5. Hirokazu Tanaka
6.  Masashi Mamauzu
7.  Hitoshi Sakimoto
8.  Masaharu Iwata
9.  David Wise
10.  Koichi Sugiyama



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Nobuo Uematsu (10 pts)
Yoko Shimomura (9 pts)
Jeremy Soule (8 pts)
Michiru Yamane (7 pts)
Shoji Meguro (6 pts)
Motoi Sakuraba (5 pts)
Yasunori Mitsuda (4 pts)
Yuzo Koshiro (3 pts)
Hayato Matsuo (2 pts)
Akira Yamaoka (1 pts)

Nobuo Uematsu

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Last edited by deskpro2k3 - on 21 October 2019

deskpro2k3 said:

Nobuo Uematsu (10 pts)
Bear McCreary (9 pts)
Kow Otani (8 pts)
Harry Gregson Williams (7 pts)
Shoji Meguro (6 pts)
Yoko Shimomura (5 pts)
Yasunori Mitsuda (4 pts)
Yuzo Koshiro (3 pts)
Hayato Matsuo (2 pts)
Hans Zimmer (1 pts)

You'll have to swap a few of those. McCreary, Otani, Gregson-Williams and Zimmer aren't really video game composers, since they work mainly in film and TV with video games being more of a side thing for them. As a general rule they have to have at least 10 video game composing credits to their name to count. The rest are good though.



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  1. Yasunori Mitsuda (10 pts)
  2. Nobuo Uematsu (9 pts)
  3. Koji Kondo (8 pts)
  4. Hitoshi Sakimoto (7 pts)
  5. Hayato Matsuo (6 pts)
  6. Keiichi Okabe (5 pts)
  7. David Wise (4 pts)
  8. Michiru Yamane (3 pts)
  9. Christopher Larkin (2 pts)
  10. Miki Higashino (1 pts)


1. Marty O'Donnell
2. Nobuo Uematsu
3. Koji Kondo
4. David Wise

Most of the rest of my favorite game OSTs came from people who don't appear to be very prolific, or it's not clear from the credits that they actually composed the music (a common issue with older games).



I can only think of six at the moment:

1. Kenji Yamamoto

2. Koji Kondo

3. David Wise

4. Yoko Shimomura

5. Grant Kirkhope

6. Alexander Brandon



   

1. David Wise

2. Grant Kirkhope

3. Koji Kondo

4. Kenji Yamamoto

5. Eveline Novakovic

6. Graeme Norgate

7. Robin Beanland

8. Bobby Prince

9. Jake Kaufman

10. Jun Semoue



1. Nobuo Uematsu (10)
2. David Wise (9)
3. Yoko Shimomura (8)
4. Motoi Sakuraba (7)
5. Michiru Yamane (6)
6. Koji Kondo (5)
7. Hiroshi Kawaguchi (4)
8. Jun Senoue (3)
9. Yuzo Koshiro (2)
10. Tim Follin (1) 

Nobuo Uematsu said if there was one piece of music he wanted to be remembered for it was the main theme from Final Fantasy. He refined it from game to game until the version in FFVIII where he considers it to have reached its peak, and I can't disagree.

David Wise, I think he named this track as the one he was most proud of. It was a real challenge to do on the SNES, maybe not his most popular, but very good nonetheless.

Yoko Shimomura, could easily be in second place, she has composed for so many games, Street Fighter, Mario RPGs, Final Fantasy, the list goes on. Oh and Kingdom Hearts.

Motoi Sakuraba, insanely prolific so some of his music ends up sounding very similar, but I can't complain about it if it's so good

Michiru Yamane, I couldn't choose so here is the first area of one of the best games ever.

Koji Kondo, probably the most widely recognised videogame composer (by his music anyway) and for good reason

Hiroshi Kawaguchi, a Sega arcade legend, also part of the S.S.T band at Sega

Jun Senoue, mostly known for Sonic music, which he does very well, but here is Victory Goal and a slower acoustic piece too

Yuzo Koshiro did Revenge of Shinobi, Streets of Rage and even a bit of Castlevania

Tim Follin's unreleased Mega Drive/Genesis soundtrack, like always, he pushes another old console further than most other composers. His work on Plok was a direct inspiration for David Wise to up his game since he couldn't believe what Follin could do with the SNES.