We’re listing the ten best Soundtracks of the Decade. These are the ten PlayStation scores released over the past decade that we believe left the biggest impression on our sonic palettes. Whether it’s Journey's Grammy nominated masterpiece or Destiny’s 8 movement symphony, these are the soundtracks that hit the best notes across the last ten incredible years of gaming. Head here to see the complete series.
Very few soundtracks are as instantly recognisable as the score Martin O’Donnell crafted when he did the soundtrack for Halo. The second the Gregorian chant kicks in, most people, including many non-gamers, are able to recognise that as the theme to Halo. Each of the subsequent games in the series would have incredible, arguably even better soundtracks too, as O’Donnell – with composing partner Michael Salvatori – would knock it out of the park over and over again. So it was with great anticipation that people waited to see what Bungie would do after finishing their run making Halo titles.
The end result would be Destiny, a deeply flawed but much-beloved, widely played title that was one of the biggest things to happen in the early years of this console generation. One area that was not flawed, though, was the music. Composed by Martin O’Donnell, again alongside Michael Salvatori, Destiny would feature a stunner of a score. It would include further contributions from Sir Paul McCartney himself, as well as C. Paul Johnson. The real draw though was all of the music for the game compiled in 'The Music of the Spheres', an 8 movement symphony of sorts. Unfortunately a very public split between O’Donnell and Bungie spoiled things and left a full proper release of this in limbo for years, but it would eventually see the light of day.
The results are nothing short of spectacular, able to instantly and unrecognisable be the work of O’Donnell, whose music has a very distinct sound that carries through his entire portfolio – the same can be said of his amazing soundtrack for PSVR title Golem – and the vast majority of the best bits of Destiny’s music show this off as well.
Ranging from the airy mystique of 'The Ruin' to the swashbuckling adventurous escape of the 'The Union', there’s something for all moods available in the Destiny soundtrack. Listening through The Music of the Sphere’s in one go is especially fulfilling, as you can hear the interplay of all the melodies weaving in and out of one another, and depending on how much time you spent playing Destiny, many of the moments in the music will jump out at you immediately.
O’Donnell has such an impressive track record when it comes to crafting game music, but his work on Destiny might just be his finest work to date.
Martin O'Donnell's music is always something really special, and Destiny might just be his best work. Do you feel the same way? Let us know in the comments.