Music can give life to an entire story and can define a character to deeper extents. A great soundtrack can not only make an average anime a little better but it can also make a good anime great. A simple yet melodious background score can take you on a rollercoaster of unforgettable emotions. When Shichiro Watanabe came out with anime like ‘Cowboy Bebop’ and ‘Samurai Champloo‘, he made sure that even the music in these shows was topnotch, in order to make them even more impactful. The music in these anime shows not only manages to make the anime better in a lot of ways, but the heavy influence of hip-hop music in their tracks makes the shows even more appealing to an international audience.
An anime soundtrack can be considered to be great if it either gets you all fired up; if it truly moves you with its emotional melodies; or if it simply makes you feel something really deep and profound. Great music can either make or break an anime and has the capability of elevating the experience to a whole new level. So we decided to make a compilation of some of the best anime OSTs that will probably stay with us forever and from time to time, we’d find ourselves going back to these tracks with nothing but the memories of all the scenes they were played with. The list below does not include any intros or outros, as we’re talking about actual background scores here that remind you of a particularly special moment of the show. Without further ado, here’s the list of top anime OST:
13. Cowboy Bebop (Bad Dog No Biscuits)
This is one anime that I’m sure most viewers would be expecting, as firstly, it is known to be Shinichiro Watanabe’s best work and secondly because, as mentioned earlier, Shinichiro always makes sure that the music in his anime shows is perfect. ‘Cowboy Bebop‘ is known to have some of the greatest anime OSTs that are heavily influenced by Jazz and blues music with a touch of lo-fi backgrounds. Out of these tracks, the best one is “bad dog no biscuits” performed by the Jazz band ‘Seatbelts live’. The track will give you goosebumps with its upbeat electric vibe that fits right in with the “futuristic 90s” feel of the anime. Anyone who has seen the anime will be able to visualize Hakim and Spike chasing Ein around every time they hear this track.
12. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (The Intrepid)
‘Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood‘ is known to be one of the best anime ever made and no anime can ever have that reputation without having the most incredible soundtracks. Out of all the amazing OSTs in the anime, “The Intrepid” performed by Akira Senju is simply the greatest as it makes you go through a roller coaster of emotions. For those who have seen the anime, it is deeply moving in its own majestic way but even for the ones who have not seen the show at all, this score can make you laugh and cry at the same time. Every single time I listen to it, I can’t help but think about Alphonse’s noble words of wisdom – “Humankind cannot gain anything without first giving something in return. To obtain, something of equal value must be lost. That is alchemy’s first law of equivalent exchange. In those days, we really believed that to be the world’s one and only truth.”