Music has the power to bring back memories and evoke emotions. Video game music to me has the very same effect.
Despite the wintry weather I’ve been ready for spring for quite a while. So for this chilly snowy, rainy April I will tap into the trove of laid back summer inspired melodies to bring the feelings and memories of summers past. This list consists of mostly low tempo relaxing music not full on summer, like spring a slight sedge way into the bright energy of summer.
The following tracks are not in any particular order (by game or year).
Sonic the hedgehog and summer VGM go hand and hand especially the older games think “retro Sonic” games Sonic through Sonic 3d blast. Sonic adventure and beyond took sonic music in a totally different (not necessarily bad) direction. With sonic mania Sonic returned to his retro styled tunes.
Sonic Mania- Press Garden, Blossom Haze
This cool tinged smooth jazzy track is like a cool breeze on a hot day.
Sonic Mania -Stardust Speedway
This smooth remake of the original stage from Sonic CD continues the laid back vibe perfect for driving.
Grandia II was a bastion of beautiful music. I remember being surprised that the game came with a soundtrack cd (they must’ve knew the music was that good lol)
Grandia 2- Inn town Ageel
This song was always a hit with non- VGM listeners. Sounds like summer!
F-Zero – Sand Ocean
The classic! With its unusual melody and hypnotic quality this is one of my favorite stage themes of all time. I was highly disappointed that they did not provide a remix for the next F-zero..(but they did a remix of Big Blue).
Knuckles Chaotix-Midnight Greenhouse
Remember That super awesome game Knuckles Chaotix? Me either! Just kidding! 😀 This obscure game had some seriously decent summer infused music.
and to further prove my point…
Knuckles Chaotix- Evening Star
Knuckles Chaotix- Seascape
This Dreamcast game had some great music especially the character themes.
Time Stalkers- Rails theme (field arrange)
Retro Sonic just represents VGM summer nostalgia. Sonic cd Japanese version took the music up a notch with the chill factor.
Sonic CD- Tidal tempest Present (JP/EU)
How does this not sound like total summer chill music?
Sonic CD- Crystal Quadrant Good Future(JP/EU)
We have come to the end of Summer Chill VGM Zone act 1.
Stay tuned for the next act! What are you’re favorite summer chill VGMs? Tell me in the comments!