Composer: Kenichi Matsubara
System: Nintendo Entertainment System
Date: 1988

Of the three games that comprise the NES Castlevania trilogy, the second one is arguably the weakest. Who had time for backtracking and RPG grinding when you just wanted to slay vampires? The soundtrack, however, was beyond reproach, and Bloody Tears was the brightest highlight. Minor, dissonant chords created a spooky atmosphere, made impressive by the technical limitations of 8-bit compositions. How, exactly, do you create horror music out of bleeps and bloops? Look no further.