Composer: Nobuo Uematsu
System: Nintendo Entertainment System
Date: 1990

By now, Square Enix knew they had a franchise on their hands, and the third time was the charm. Part III combined the best of Parts I and II, while adding its own flair to the mix. The story was deeper, and the finely-tuned combat, combined with the new character class system, made this game truly great. The main theme, Eternal Wind, conveyed longing and wistfulness. The background rhythm gave way to a lone, high note that simply cried out. There's a reason for all the YouTube remixes – even two decades later, it's still considered one of the best songs of the Final Fantasy series.