JRPGs are games designed to use a bunch of talking and combat as an excuse to blast killer soundtracks at you for hours and hours on end.

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Which...might explain why this list of best soundtracks also looks a lot like a list of the best JRPGs.

What follows are our collective picks for the very best of them. Before you complain, no, they’re not listed in any order.


PERSONA 3


PERSONA 4


NI NO KUNI


LOST ODYSSEY


FINAL FANTASY VI


FINAL FANTASY VII


CHRONO TRIGGER


CHRONO CROSS


EARTHBOUND


SUIKODEN II


XENOGEARS


XENOBLADE


PHANTASY STAR IV


MARIO & LUIGI DREAM TEAM


BRAVELY DEFAULT


THE LEGENDS OF HEROES: TRAILS IN THE SKY


LUNAR 2: ETERNAL BLUE


RADIANT HISTORIA


SHIN MEGAMI TENSEI: DIGITAL DEVIL SAGA


SHIN MEGAMI TENSEI IV


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