A good driving song can make a boring journey into a memorable one, or a good trip into one of the greats. By that same token, while Gran Turismo is fondly remembered for the driving, there’s a lot of memories tied to the audio cues. A song will stick with you, intertwining itself with the game until you can’t separate the two. To this day, I’m still annoyed every time I walk into a Mazda dealership and this catchy tune isn’t playing.
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Before we get started, here’s a list of the songs that just missed the cut. All ten were no more than two points out from fifth place, and show just how many great songs have graced the franchise over nearly two decades.
Daiki Kasho – Soul On Display (GT5)
Garbage – I Think I’m Paranoid (GT2)
Isamu Ohira – Slipstream (GT3)
Manic Street Preachers – Everything Must Go (Chemical Brothers Remix) (GT1)
Isamu Ohira – Light Velocity (GT3)
Cubanate – Oxyacetylene (GT1)
Federico Baltimore – Sweet Worlds (GTHD)
Feeder – Buck Rogers (GT3)
Apollo 440 – Cold Rock The Mic (GT2)
Arcade Mode – Manufacturer Select (GT1)
#5: Feeder – Just A Day (GT3)
This should come as no surprise after how well the GT3 PAL intro did in our round-up yesterday. It’s a straight-forward, peppy rock tune that makes it nearly impossible to not bob your head or tap your feet. The latter of which isn’t advised when sitting in front of your wheel playing GT3.
#4: Rob Zombie – Dragula (Hot Rod Herman Remix) (GT2)
Is it just me, or did this song end up nearly every Sony driving game in the twilight years of last millennium? Not only did it show up in the grunge-heavy GT2 soundtrack, but it also popped up in such titles as Twisted Metal and Sled Storm. That snowmobile racing game shared this remix with Gran Turismo 2, softly sanding down the more outrageous parts of the song and making it even more drive-friendly. That seemed to be the theme for GT2…
#3: Soul Coughing – Super Bon Bon (GT2)
“Move aside, let the man go through” is almost too perfect a lyric for a song heavily featured in a racing game. Super Bon Bon was mostly laid-back other than the hectic, ear-worm chorus, but it was this oft-repeated line that stuck in most of the staff minds long after GT2 was supplanted by newer titles.
#2: Masohiro Andoh – Moon Over The Castle (Various)
The only surprise here is that Moon Over The Castle, Gran Turismo’s theme song since inception, didn’t top the list. All of us were torn between the GT2 and GT4 versions of the irreplaceable song, but the extended version as enjoyed in GT4 is the one featured here. It’s a doozy – a theme immediately recognizable to racing gamers as The Imperial March is to Star Wars fans. We hope it always remains a staple in each and every title.
#1: The Cardigans – My Favourite Game
Well, what else could’ve knocked over GT’s actual theme song as our definitive musical champ? The love for My Favourite Game was almost unanimous, with nearly every member of staff placing it near the pointy end of their personal lists. Surely the title of the song is representative of something here, no? GT3 might be the best-seller, but for a lot of us, it’s GT2 that holds the most prized spot in our hearts.
As an added bonus, GTP member Lain rightfully points out that the entire album this song appears on – titled, appropriately enough, Gran Turismo – is a good one. Give it a listen, and we’ll see you back here tomorrow for another round!