The Electronic Dance Music revolution that started in the late 1990s has taken a massive leap since then. It is now an increased experience, with more electronic musical instruments being used in games. Intense music scores are one of the key aspects of video games as it adds to the excitement and thrill of playing them.
Many gaming companies have invested heavily in hiring experienced EDM composers to create high-quality soundtracks for their game titles, which add to the overall level of entertainment and help make better brand recognition amongst players throughout the world. The best thing about using EDM tracks in video games is that they suit all genres be it action-packed adventure or sports or even racing etc., You name it!
Below is a list of 7 Most Used EDM Tracks in Games.
This should give you enough knowledge about EDM tracks prevalent in video games so that next time you play your favorite game, you can try and experience the music from a whole new perspective.
1. The Prototypes’ “Prototype.”
The Prototypes is a UK-based duo created by Jordan Biggs & Nick White, who both started producing drum and bass tunes posted after university in 2008. Their popularity grew when they began working with rapper/producer Flava D on creating various tracks for the
Game Version of Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit. The duo also gained fame to work with other popular artists like Lethal Bizzle, Professor Green, etc. This gave them ample opportunity to create some more high-quality electronic stylized beats that have been frequently used in video games.
2. Zedd’s “Clarity.”
Zedd is another popular EDM composer who has a very prolific career behind him, which started in 2012 when his first album ‘Slam the Door’ was released. Since then, Shpilberg has released many other albums such as ‘Clarity (2013) and True Colors (2014). He also made several appearances at some of the biggest music festivals like Ultra Music Festival Miami, Electric Zoo Festival, etc.
Most of Zedd’s work is highly appreciated by players and critics alike. He doesn’t shy away from using different creative elements, including pianos and violins, to create intense electronic dance tracks used in various games. Some of the best game titles that feature Zedd’s tracks include Need for Speed Rivals, Battlefield 4, Madden 25, NBA Live 14, and others.
3. Lana Del Rey’s “Video Games.”
Del Rey is an American singer-songwriter who has been involved in the music industry since 2005. She started as a singer in various nightclubs before becoming a commercially successful artist post her first studio album, Born to Die (2011). Del Rey has also gained fame for her unique style of singing & fashion sense, which are visible in this track Video Games from the album ‘Born to Die’ (2011). Its digital instrumental version is used as one of the most played EDM tracks in video games like Grand Theft Auto V, Need for Speed: Rivals, Batman: Arkham Origins, etc.
4. Adele’s “Skyfall.”
Adele is an English singer-songwriter who started as a part of the London-based indie music band named ‘Sugar Plum.’ She shot to fame after her debut studio album 19 (2008) became one of the best-selling albums worldwide, with more than 5 million copies sold! Her popularity has even allowed her to be ranked at number five in Forbes’ list of top ten music earners. Most of the credit for this goes towards her unique style and soulful singing, which was perfectly seen in Skyfall, a theme song for the British spy film Skyfall (2012). The track features cinematic strings and vocals by Adele perfectly suited to the height of the action in this James Bond movie. Skyfall’s popularity has helped it feature one of the most popular EDM tracks used in video games: Need for Speed: Rivals, FIFA 14, etc.
5. Nero’s “Crush On You.”
Nero is a London-based drum & bass duo consisting of Daniel Stephens and Joe Ray. The band started back in 2009 with their first single ‘This Way, which was released on Distinct’s records. Since then, they have become one of only three British acts to top the UK singles chart while debuting at number 9 on the Billboard Hot Dance Electronic Songs chart. With such an impressive list of credentials, it is no wonder that the duo’s work has been one of the most frequently used EDM tracks in video games. Some of their best works include Crush On You (2009), Promises (2011), etc.
6. Faul & Wad Ad’s “Move Your Body.”
Faul & Wad Ad are an Arab-Frisian producing duo popularly known for their unique sound that combines reggae and electronic music. Their musical style was perfectly seen in hits like ‘Girlfriend’ (2008), ‘Colour the Streets'(2010), ‘Changes'(2012), etc. Its digital instrumental version featuring American singer/rapper Tania Zygar can be heard as a recurring theme song in various racing video games. These games include Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2012), Grand Theft Auto V, etc.
7. Emeli Sande’s “Next to Me.”
Emeli Sandé is a Scottish singer-songwriter who first came into our radar in 2011 when she competed on the British talent show ‘The X Factor and finished as the runner-up! After this, she released her debut studio album Our Version of Events in 2012, which received universal critical acclaim. Sandé also went to win two Brit Awards for Best British Female Solo Artist and Best British Album. In 2013, she released the sequel/follow-up album titled Long Live The Angels that featured many well-known singles like My Kind Of Love (2013), Daddy (2014), etc. The song Next To Me from the album Our Version of Events has been used as one of the most popular EDM tracks in NinjaCasino games, as well as in Grand Theft Auto V, FIFA 14, etc.