Composer: Hirokazu Tanaka
System: Nintendo Entertainment System
Date: 1986

All hail the Queen. Strong, silent, and sexy, Samus Aran was an ass kicker with an agenda – to vaporize every space pirate in range. Metroid was the first in a long line of non-linear, masterpiece games (we'll forget that Other M ever happened). The Brinstar theme, with its military march percussion, marked the beginning of a bold journey. You needed courage to take down Kraid, Ridley, and the Mother Brain, and this music made bounty hunters of us all.