On Friday we comb through our extensive archives to find an older article that we feel deserves another look. From May 21, 2010, Dungeon’s Master once again presents: What Music Is Playing During Your Battle?
In grade 5 my teacher asked the class if we could only have one song playing as our theme song, what would it be?
For the life of me I don’t recall what song I selected. However, John Arcadian’s post at Gnome Stew got me thinking about this again. John highlights the tool Pandora. Now, because I live in Canada I don’t have access to this nice tool. I do however have access to my ipod and all the CDs I still haven’t copied over to a digital format.
John’s article brought me back to that question my grade 5 teacher asked, only this time it was what songs would compose my D&D soundtrack?
Now, there are a multitude of songs that would be relevant to a D&D session. I’d gladly attack any number of monsters while one of the songs listed below was playing in the background.
- By The Sword– Slash & Andrew Stockdale: I’m not sure if it’s the name, the guitar solo or the way Andrew Stockdale wails on this song, but it really inspires me to roll some crits.
- Perfect In Between – Champion: It could just be the bass, or the fact that 8 guitars are working in such harmony. This song instills thoughts of action.
- We Will Rock You/We Are The Champions: Queen – I couldn’t in good faith leave this selection off the list. Everyone needs a little Queen.
- Heads Will Roll – Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Zombies + Critical Hits = Heads Will Roll
- The Royal We– Silversun Pickups: “We are ready for the siege, we are armed up to the teeth” Sounds like D&D to me.
- Knights of Cydonia – Muse: Guitar Hero might have made the song popular, but the guitar riff is one you know want cranked as you destroy the enemy.
- This Is War – 30 Seconds To Mars: I admit the Dragon Age: Origins trailers hooked me on this one.
- Blaze Of Glory– Bon Jovi: All battle is glorious and if there needs to be a TPK, you might as well go down swinging.
- Clubbed To Death– Rob Dougan: You’ve seen Neo and company fight to this tune and you know you want to as well.
- Furious Angels(Instrumental): Rob Dougan – See above.
- Sunday Bloody Sunday – U2: My gaming group plays on Sunday nights, it seemed appropriate.
- Burn – The Cure (Crow Soundtrack): Regret, loss, violence, vengeance, this song brings it all out.
- Mad World – Gary Jules (cover): “The dreams in which I’m dying are the best I’ve ever had.” Nothing defines a D&D character or campaign like an epic death.
There are undoubtedly many other songs that I would include on this list. A great many of them being classical pieces. Unfortunately, I’m not very well educated in classical music and I don’t own any of it. So for the time being it must remain off my list. If you have some recommendations, please let me know.
What songs would be included in your play list?