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Top Ten Tracks from Final Fantasy IX

Updated on August 20, 2014

Garnet

Judging Criteria

The pieces of music were judged based on the music itself and how well it fits the scene or mood.

These are not necessary my favorite pieces of music from the game but I would be lying if my own taste didn’t impact the list. So if you do disagree with the list, please be courteous.

Also, I kept Melodies of Life off the list on purpose, I didn’t forget it, I just wanted to it to the track you hear throughout the game and not the title song.

Also the names of pieces sometime have two different titles, so keep that in mind.

One more thing, This page has spoilers.

Music is composed by Nobuo Uematsu

Zidane on the World Map

Number 10

Crossing Those Hills

This music plays when you’re walking on the World Map for the first three discs. It uses the “Melodies of Life” leitmotif.

It’s gentle but the build up before going into the Melodies of life melody is really nice. The beep-like tones at the start are also very fun.

The gentleness of this music is a nice counterpoint for when the party go in and out of random battles. This piece just makes the world seems so vast. This piece is one of the few reason I hold off on going to Terra because this music is so bright and warm compared to the world music that plays on the fourth disc, The Evil Mist's Rebirth which is so bleak.



Crossing Those Hills

Prima Vista enters Alexandria

Number 9

Skies of Alexandria


This is the music that plays over the title screen at the very start of the game and it’s a lovely 54 second worth of music. It’s starts off small, delicate and mysterious before building into this grand sweeping moment.It uses violins, drum and flutes

It just makes the story feel so grand and epic. It really gets you pump up for the game ahead. Pretty impressive feat for a piece that is less than a minutes in length.

Skies of Alexandria

Impressing the Nobles

Number 8

Vamo’ Alla Flamenco

Vamo Alla Flamenco plays during two mini-games. The first times it play is during the sword fight mini-game that is part of a play that Tantalus is performing. In the mini-game you have to impress a hundred nobles. The second mini-game is during Chocobo Hot & Cold tresure mini-game.

It is a very fun to listen to and defiantly has a Flamenco flavor. At first it might seem out of place with the rest of the music but the use of the woodwinds really helps make it feel more cohesive with the rest of the music in the game.

Vamo’ Alla Flamenco

Final Fantasy IX Title Screen

Number 7

The Place I'll Return to Someday

This piece is the first piece of music you hear in game as it’s the music that plays over main title screen.It uses flutes as the main source of sound.

It has as a very soft and melancholy tone, which is lovely. There is an air of nostalgia and mystery which is fitting. It can also be heard at several points in the game and it is the leitmotif for all thing regarding Terra.

The Place I'll Return to Someday

Freya Crescent

Number 6

Freya's Theme

Freya’s Theme plays when the party visits Gizamaluke’s Grotto. This piece has a melancholic tone but with air of mystery. The piece uses several instruments including a flute and a harpsichord.

Freya's Theme

General Beatrix

Number 5

Rose of May

Rose of May a.k.a Loss of Me a.k.a Beatrix’s theme. It has a lovely yet melancholy tone to it. It plays at few points in the game in scene that feature General Beatrix. It shows her helpless for following her because it is her duty to obey. Despite its sad tone, it does have energy which suggests Beatrix change of heart.

Rose of May

Terra

Number 4

Terra

Terra is the music that plays when you first arrives to Terra on disc 3. It uses the “The Place I'll Return to Someday’ leitmotif. The piece uses the harp and an oboe to create a sad yet nostalgic mood but it builds up nicely to a more dramatic tone before reverting back to the harp. It uses The Place I'll Return to Someday leitmotif.

All around this piece of music is beautiful.

Terra

Kuja

Number 3

Kuja's Theme

Kuja’s Theme plays for the first time when you encounter him at the end of Disc 1 after General Beatrix defeats the party in Burmecia. The music can be heard at various other points in the game along with some other arrangements of it, like when the party is in Kuja’s Desert Palace.

The piece uses a piano. It blends lower octaves and higher octave beautifully. It also has a dissonance of tempo that makes you feel that the character is sneaky, covert, dark and unhinged, which is all true of Kuja. It’s the perfect theme for a devious villain.

Kuja's Theme

Princess Garnet Til Alexandros a.k.a Dagger

Number 2

Song of Memories


Song of Memories is essentially Melodies of Life without the lyrics. Garnet a.k.a Dagger, sings this during a few points in the course game and it is leitmotif that heard throughout the game. The song has at lot importance for Garnet and Zidane as he considers it their song. The song itself is from Madian Sari where the Summoner Tribe lived which is why Garnet confesses to no knowing where she learned it but it calms her.

The piece is fairly simple as it just uses a harp and vocals but it’s so lovely.

Also Eiko sings this song on Disc two which is how Garnet learns of the songs origins.


Like on Melodies of Life, Emiko Shiratori provides the vocals.



Song of Memories

In-Game You're Not Alone Scene

Number 1

You’re Not Alone

This piece plays during Zidane’s emotional break-down towards the end of Disc 3. When I first played Final Fantasy IX, I replayed this part at least three time just to hear this piece of music which meant I had to endure the music from Pandemonium, but it was worth it.

The piece uses lots of different instruments including an electric guitar. It just builds on itself wonderfully. It starts off soft to and almost gentle and builds into this big and epic movement. Each moment retains emotional melancholy which fits perfectly with the scene.

It’s easly my favorite piece of music from the game but it is also one of the most popular pieces of music from Final Fantasy IX.


You’re Not Alone

Final Fantasy IX Original Soundtrack

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    • Jeremy Gill profile image

      Jeremy Gill 2 years ago from Louisiana

      I'm a big Final Fantasy fan, but I'll admit 9 is one of the few games I missed out on. A shame, since I hear it's pretty good. 10 is my current favorite. Anyway, nice hub!