Top 5 Silent Hill Soundtrack Songs
Over the years, the Silent Hill franchise has built it’s name on psychological and supernatural scares compared to the other survival horror games in the market. Each sequel (and re-imagining) one-upping each other on creeping out players through it’s characters, story, and environments.
But one thing most gamers often forget is that the Silent Hill franchise is also known for it’s soundtrack. Series composer Akira Yamaoka has been creating the songs for each game, from melancholy to thrilling, to the downright disturbing, the songs of Silent Hill have definitely helped gamers become immeresed in the truly terrifying world.
The following are the top five Silent Hill soundtrack songs.
5. You’re Not Here – Silent Hill 3 OST
As the intro song to Silent HIll 3, You’re Not Here is a bit of a departure as its a much faster pop-style song with some depressing lyrics. Akira Yamaoka’s guitar riffs are well done and definitely gives it that signature Silent Hill vibe. As well, the song is performed by Mary Elizabeth Mcglynn (who is best known as the voice of Motoko Kusanagi in Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex anime).
4. Room of Angel – Silent Hill: The Room OST
The creepiest songs on the list, Room of Angel was featured as part of Silent Hill: The Room’s intro. The haunting song’s lyrics seem to be directed towards one of the characters in the game, Cynthia. Room of Angel was also played during Cynthia’s death in the game. The lyrics talk about the killer’s feelings (or lack thereof) as he dispatches of certain characters.
“Here’s a lullaby to close your eyes
It was always you that I despised
I don’t feel enough for you to cry, oh well,
Here’s a lullaby to close your eyes
Once again performed by Mary Elizabeth McGlynn and composed by Akira Yamaoka and Hiroyuki Owaku. It is the song that really represents the horror of Silent Hill: The Room.
3. O.R.T/Illusions in Me – Silent Hill: Origins OST
A chilling song that plays at the beginning of Silent Hill: Origins as Travis as he tries to follow Alessa Gillespie through the Fog that leads to the cursed town. Mary Elizabeth McGlynn performs the song as Yamaoka composes. The song’s lyrics seem to personify Alessa’s therapy and her experience as a patient who undergoes O.R.T (Oral Rehydration Therapy) for the severe burns all over her body. The OST song has slightly altered lyrics compared to the game version.
2. Promise (Reprise) – Silent Hill 2/Silent Hill: Motion Picture OST
The song was featured in Silent Hill 2, but gained popularity after being played as part of the Silent Hill: Motion Picture film trailer. This child-like piano piece delivers a serene yet hauntingly creepy feel to the film and represents Alessa’s lost childhood because of the events prior. In Silent Hill 2, the song is played as James meets Angela Orosco (a disturbed, mentally unstable, and suicidal teen) in an apartment complex.
1. Silent Hill – Silent Hill OST
The song that started it all, Silent Hill was featured as the main theme song for the original game’s opening video. The guitar riffs again have that distinct creepiness to it that only series composer Akira Yamaoka can deliver.
Interesting Trivia about the song: From 1:54 to 2:18, a recurrent theme in the series is played. This theme is used in every Silent Hill soundtrack except for Origins.
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