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3. The Legend of Zelda "Opening"

Composer: Koji Kondo
System: Nintendo Entertainment System
Date: 1986

'Legend' doesn't even begin to describe it. Nintendo attained gaming nirvana with Link's first adventure. The world of Hyrule was sprawling – there were hidden secrets behind every rock and bush. You could spend your whole summer searching for the Power Bracelet (it was behind the fifth Armos from the left) and still not find it. This was the first song you heard, played over the title screen. From the melodious high notes to the percussive triplets, this song had the air of royalty about it. You would hear variations on it throughout the game, but this was the best, prettiest incarnation.

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