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Music of Final Fantasy VIII

Music from the video game Final Fantasy VIII

The music of the video game Final Fantasy VIII was composed by regular series composer Nobuo Uematsu. The Final Fantasy VIII Original Soundtrack, a compilation of all music in the game, was released on four Compact Discs by DigiCube in Japan, and by Square EA in North America. A special orchestralarrangement of selected tracks from the game—arranged by Shirō Hamaguchi—was released under the title Fithos Lusec Wecos Vinosec Final Fantasy VIII, and a collection of piano arrangements—performed by Shinko Ogata—was released under the title Piano Collections Final Fantasy VIII.

The game's soundtrack is best known for two tracks: "Liberi Fatali", a Latinchoral piece that is played during the introduction to the game, and "Eyes on Me", a pop ballad serving as the game's theme, performed by Chinese singer Faye Wong. The song's lyrics, written in English by Kako Someya, unveil the hopes of a night club singer for romance with a member of her audience. Reviewers were generally pleased with the music, although several cited issues while comparing the score to previous games or looking at individual tracks.

Creation and influence[edit]

Nobuo Uematsu's usual influences include Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Simon and Garfunkel, and Elton John.[1][2] In regard to Final Fantasy VIII, Uematsu did not prefer to use multiple sources to find MIDI instruments—"I could be coming up with a great melody in the very moment"—instead using a RolandSC-88synthesizer for the entire score. Uematsu wrote notes based on character designs and screenplays, creating a general picture of the pieces' moods. He could not express a character's emotions solely with plot, instead using images of appearance and attire—"It's important to know when their emotions are at their height, but it usually takes until a month before release for them to finish the ending dialog...!"[3] In response to a question by IGN music stating that the music of Final Fantasy VIII was very dark and perhaps influenced by the plot of the game, Uematsu stated "the atmosphere of music varies depending on story line, of course, but it's also my intention to put various types of music into one game".[2]

Uematsu enjoys writing lyrical pieces, but tries not to be genre-specific. He asserts that expressing the emotions he desires is more important than improving skills: "I think it will be a shame if we won't be able to cry as we play our own game". The absence of character themes was due to him finding those of Final Fantasy VI and Final Fantasy VII ineffective. Uematsu considers it reasonable to have character themes if each character has a "highlight" in the game, but he found Final Fantasy VIII only focused on Squall Leonhart and Rinoa Heartilly as a couple, resulting in the "Eyes on Me" theme.[3] The soundtrack features a Latin choral track "Liberi Fatali", which translates to "Fated Children"; its melody forms a musical theme heard in several other pieces in the soundtrack, such as "SeeD" and "The Landing", while the name of "Fithos Lusec Wecos Vinosec" is the recurring lyrics in "Liberi Fatali".[4]

Near the end of the production of Final Fantasy VII, the developers suggested to use a singer, but abandoned the idea due to a lack of reasoning based on the game's theme and storyline.[5] However, Nobuo Uematsu thought a ballad would closely relate to the theme and characters of Final Fantasy VIII. This resulted in the game's developers sharing "countless" artists, eventually deciding on Faye Wong, a Chinese vocalist. Uematsu claims "her voice and mood seem to match my image of the song exactly", and that her ethnicity "fits the international image of Final Fantasy". After negotiations were made, "Eyes on Me" was recorded in Hong Kong with an orchestra.[3]


Final Fantasy VIII Original Soundtrack[edit]

Final Fantasy VIII Original Soundtrack is a soundtrack of the music from Final Fantasy VIII; composed and produced by Nobuo Uematsu. The soundtrack spans four discs and 74 tracks, covering a duration of 4 hours and 9 minutes. It was first published by DigiCube on March 10, 1999 with the catalog number SSCX-10028, and subsequently published by Square Enix on May 10, 2004 with the catalog numbers SQEX-10005~8. Unlike most other Final Fantasy soundtracks, Final Fantasy VIII Original Soundtrack is composed completely of English track names.[6] The album was also released in North America under the title Final Fantasy VIII Music Collection: Music From The Final Fantasy VIII Video Game. It features changes such as packaging design, translation, and additional images.[7] In addition, a limited edition was produced, which has a beige background instead of a full motion video montage.[4]

The soundtrack reached #4 on the Japan Oricon charts, selling over 300,000 copies.[8][9] It received generally positive reviews from critics; New Zealand PlayStation magazine claimed Final Fantasy VIII has "one of the most memorable scores you will ever hear".[10] Reviewers from multimedia news website IGN stated that much of the game's impact is owed to its "terrific" musical score, but were disappointed by "yet another" variation of the traditional battle theme.[11] IGN later named the Final Fantasy VIII soundtrack as fourth best in its Final Fantasy Soundtrack Countdown feature.[12]GameSpot considered the game's sound its weakest point, but still commended it, claiming it has "more 'quality' songs than Final Fantasy VII".[13] Lastly, Game Revolution stated that "there are only a few tracks that really stand out", including "Eyes on Me", which it deemed a "clichéd, but beautiful love song".[14]

Final Fantasy VIII Original Soundtrack has sold "more than 300,000 copies" in Japan according to Square, or 259,000 physical copies according to the independent chart company Oricon.[15][16] Adam Corn of SoundtrackCentral.com claimed the album shows similarities to previous Final Fantasy games, but asserted he was "not overly impressed with this one".[17] A reviewer from Square Enix Music Online claimed the soundtrack is "unique and very special" due to its contrasts—"When signs of age of the Final Fantasy franchise are shown", Uematsu counterbalances this by creating something "weird and wonderful[...] when the soundtrack becomes too serious, a light-hearted number is inserted to liven up the mood".[18] Ben Schweitzer of RPGFan said in his review of the album that "the main flavor of Uematsu's compositions, his melodic style, remains consistent, and more importantly, consistently good". He criticized, however, the more minimalist pieces, which in his opinion were bland.[4]

Track listing

1."Liberi Fatali"3:07
2."Balamb GARDEN"3:29
3."Blue Fields"2:54
4."Don't Be Afraid"2:52
5."The Winner"1:07
6."Find Your Way"3:47
8."The Landing"4:36
9."Starting Up"1:19
10."Force Your Way"3:53
11."The Loser"1:26
12."Never Look Back"3:23
13."Dead End"1:11
15."Shuffle or Boogie"2:04
16."Waltz for the Moon"3:00
17."Tell Me"3:24
19."The Man with the Machine Gun"2:49
21."Roses and Wine"2:18
23."Timber Owls"2:51
1."My Mind"3:12
2."The Mission"3:36
3."Martial Law"3:48
4."Cactus Jack (Galbadian Anthem)"1:30
5."Only a Plank Between One and Perdition"2:24
7."Galbadia GARDEN"3:37
9."Under Her Control"3:30
10."The Stage is Set"3:39
11."A Sacrifice"3:26
16."Fragments of Memories"3:13
1."The Spy"3:46
4."Blue Sky"0:44
7."Fisherman's Horizon"3:35
8."ODEKA ke Chocobo"1:16
9."Where I Belong"3:40
10."The Oath"3:25
11."Slide Show Part 1"1:23
12."Slide Show Part 2"1:47
13."Love Grows"4:28
14."The Salt Flats"3:36
15."Trust Me"3:13
16."Silence and Motion"5:47
17."Dance with the Balamb-Fish"3:39
18."Tears of the Moon"1:12
20."Eyes on Me"5:38
1."Mods de Chocobo (featuring N's Telecaster)"2:24
2."Ride On"3:03
4."Lunatic Pandora"3:28
5."Compression of Time"4:34
6."The Castle"5:19
7."The Legendary Beast"5:50
8."Maybe I'm a Lion"5:35
9."The Extreme"6:44
10."The Successor"3:37
11."Ending Theme"13:20

Fithos Lusec Wecos Vinosec Final Fantasy VIII[edit]

Fithos Lusec Wecos Vinosec Final Fantasy VIII
ReleasedNovember 19, 1999
July 22, 2004
Square Enix(reissue)

Fithos Lusec Wecos Vinosec Final Fantasy VIII is a collection of orchestrated pieces originally from Final Fantasy VIII, arranged by Shirō Hamaguchi. It also includes three unchanged tracks from Final Fantasy VIII Original Soundtrack; "Liberi Fatali", "Eyes on Me", and "Ending Theme". The album spans 13 tracks, totaling 1:04:12. It was first published on November 19, 1999 by DigiCube with the catalog number SSCX-10037, and subsequently published on July 22, 2004 by Square Enix with the catalog number SQEX-10025.[19]

The album reached #59 on the Japan Oricon charts, selling 7,540 copies.[20][21] Adam Corn of SoundtrackCentral.com claimed "the superior instrumental quality, well-done arrangements, and tasteful selection of themes boost the [Original Soundtrack's] qualities while hiding its flaws", elaborating that "even people such as myself who are not fans of the original will be impressed by its prowess, and fans will simply be enamored".[22] Neal Chandran of RPGFan was similarly impressed, saying that it was "a very good soundtrack" and that its tracks sounded "more beautiful than the original version". His primary complaint was that he would have liked for the album to include more pieces.[19]

1."Liberi Fatali"3:08
2."Blue Fields"3:38
3."Don't Be Afraid"3:49
4."Balamb GARDEN ~ Ami"5:16
5."Fisherman's Horizon"4:01
7."Eyes on Me"5:43
8."The Man with the Machine Gun"3:36
9."Dance with the Balamb-Fish"3:16
10."Love Grows"4:35
11."The Oath"5:09
12."Ending Theme"13:22
13."Fragments of Memories"4:05

Piano Collections Final Fantasy VIII[edit]

Piano Collections Final Fantasy VIII is an album of piano arrangements from Final Fantasy VIII, arranged by Shirō Hamaguchi and performed by Shinko Ogata. Its 13 tracks span a duration of 48:03. It was published by DigiCube on January 21, 2000 with the catalog number SSCX-10041 and subsequently re-published by Square Enix on July 22, 2004 with the catalog number SQEX-10026.[23]

Robert Steen of SoundtrackCentral.com commended the performance, claiming "Shinko Ogata seems to be a very capable player" and noted that although the arrangements are similar to the original pieces, they "breathe new life into the songs".[24] Ryan Bradley of RPGFan also appreciated the album, saying that "the piano really brings out the emotion in some of the songs" and that the pieces transitioned smoothly to piano. Patrick Gann agreed, saying that it was one of his favorite albums and that Hamaguchi's arrangements were "wonderful".[23]

1."Blue Fields"3:19
2."Eyes on Me"3:26
3."Fisherman's Horizon"3:58
6."Shuffle or Boogie"2:53
7."Find Your Way"3:44
8."The Oath"3:57
9."Silence and Motion"3:20
10."The Castle"3:43
11."The Successor"5:05
12."Ending Theme"5:40
13."Slide Show Part 2"1:35

Eyes on Me[edit]

"Eyes on Me" is the ballad that serves as the theme of the game Final Fantasy VIII. It was performed by Chinese singer Faye Wong and composed, like the rest of the game music, by Nobuo Uematsu. Within the game, the song is written by Julia Heartilly, a pianist who is the love interest of Laguna Loire.[25] The lyrics, written in imperfect English,[26] unveil the hopes of a night club singer for romance with a member of her audience. It is heard repeatedly throughout the game in various incarnations, including as an instrumental piece entitled "Julia", as well as in "Waltz for the Moon" and "Love Grows" for the "love" scenes between Squall Leonheart and Rinoa Heartlily.[4][26]

Near the end of the production of Final Fantasy VII, the developers suggested to use a song with lyrics, but abandoned the idea when they could not connect the idea to the game's themes and story.[5] Uematsu, however, thought a ballad would work. This resulted in the game's developers sharing "countless" artists, eventually deciding on Faye Wong, a Chinese vocalist. Uematsu claimed "her voice and mood seem to match my image of the song exactly", and that her ethnicity "fits the international image of Final Fantasy". After negotiations were made, "Eyes on Me" was recorded in Hong Kong with an orchestra.[3]

It was released as a CD single in Japan, including an instrumental version and Wong's ballad "Red Beans" (simplified Chinese: 红豆; traditional Chinese: 紅豆; pinyin: hóng dòu), composed by Jim Lau with Mandarin lyrics by Lin Xi. The Japanese title for the song was "Akashia no Mi" (アカシアの実, "Acacia Seeds"). It had been included in Faye Wong's 1998 album Sing and Play, along with a Cantonese version "Repayment" (simplified Chinese: 偿还; traditional Chinese: 償還; Jyutping: seung4 waan4). The single sold more than 500,000 copies,[21] making it the highest-selling video game music disc ever released up until 2002, with the release of "Hikari" by Utada Hikaru for Kingdom Hearts.[27] "Eyes on Me" was the first video game song to win an award at the Japan Gold Disc Awards, winning "Song of the Year (Western Music)" at the 14th Annual awards in 1999.[1] The single reached #9 on the Oricon charts, and stayed on the charts for 20 weeks.[28]

A dance remix of the song was included on the Japanese release of Wong's 2000 album Fable. Remixes also appeared in Toshiba EMI's Dancemania series. In 2004, a Japanese-language version entitled "Summer Album" (夏のアルバム, "Natsu no Arubamu") with lyrics by Kazushige Nojima was included on Final Fantasy Song Book: Mahoroba.[29]

1."Eyes on Me"5:36
2."Akashia no Mi (アカシアの実, Acacia Seeds)"4:15
3."Eyes on Me (Instrumental)"5:42



The music of Final Fantasy VIII has appeared in various official Final Fantasy concerts. These include 2002's 20020220 Music from FINAL FANTASY, in which the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra played "Liberi Fatali", "Don't Be Afraid", "Love Grows", and "The Man with the Machine Gun", the 2004 Tour de Japon series, which featured "The Oath", the Dear Friends series that began that same year and included "Liberi Fatali" and "Love Grows", and the 2005 More Friends concert, which included "Maybe I'm a Lion".[31][32][33][34] More recent concerts include the Voices - Music from Final Fantasy 2006 concert showcasing "Liberi Fatali", "Fisherman's Horizon", and "Eyes on Me" and the international Distant Worlds concert tour that continues to date, which includes "Liberi Fatali", "Fisherman's Horizon", "Man with the Machine Gun", and "Love Grows".[35][36] Several of these concerts have produced live albums as well.[37] Music from the game has also been played in non Final Fantasy-specific concerts such as the Play! A Video Game Symphony world tour from 2006 onwards, for which Nobuo Uematsu composed the opening fanfare that accompanies each performance.[38]

"Eyes on Me" was popular among gamers in the West, and brought Faye Wong to the attention of many who were not previously familiar with her music.[39] It was covered by Angela Aki for release on her 2006 single "Kokoro no Senshi".[40][41] Covers by Kanon[42] and Susan Calloway[43] were also made; these singers also collaborated with Nobuo Uematsu on The Last Story and Final Fantasy XIV respectively, with Calloway chosen due to her Final Fantasy covers.[44] The singer MayBee covered a Korean language version of the song.[45] The song was played at the Fantasy Comes Alive concert in Singapore on April 30, 2010.[46]

Music from the original soundtrack has been arranged for the piano and published by DOREMI Music Publishing.[47] All of the pieces in the book have been rewritten by Asako Niwa as beginning to intermediate-level piano solos, though they are meant to sound as much like the originals as possible.[48] "Best of" collections from the series including Final Fantasy VIII and arrangements for guitar solos and piano duets are also available.[49] Additionally, the actual piano sheet music from the Piano Collections Final Fantasy VIII album has been published as a corresponding music book by Yamaha Music Media. The book contains the original music, exactly as arranged and performed on the albums. Unlike the Original Score arrangements, these pieces are intended only for advanced players as they are generally more difficult.[50]

The Black Mages, a band that arranges music from Final Fantasy video games into a rock music style, has arranged five pieces from Final Fantasy VIII. These are "Force Your Way" from The Black Mages, published in 2003, "The Man with the Machine Gun" and "Maybe I'm a Lion", from The Black Mages II: The Skies Above, published in 2004, and "The Extreme" and "Premonition" from The Black Mages III: Darkness and Starlight.[51][52][53] The Black Mages performed "Maybe I'm a Lion" at the Extra: Hyper Game Music Event 2007 concert in Tokyo on July 7, 2007. In the 2004 Summer Olympics, the American synchronized swimming duo consisting of Alison Bartosik and Anna Kozlova were awarded the bronze medal for their performance to the pieces "Fithos Lusec Wecos Vinosec" and "Liberi Fatali".[55]

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The 10 Best Final Fantasy Battle Themes

Final Fantasy is one of gaming's longest-running franchises. It's known for many things, including its memorable characters and wondrous settings, but if there's one thing that transcends everything else, it's the music. Legendary composers like Nobuo Uematsu have lent their talents to the series over the years, creating beautiful pieces of music to accompany every scene in the games.

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The music that Final Fantasy fans tend to hear most often, however, are the battle themes, which play every time enemies are encountered. Considering that the earlier Final Fantasy titles featured random encounters, these songs popped up fairly frequently. These are the best standard battle themes from Final Fantasy's 30-year history, not including boss battle themes or other special encounters.

10 Final Fantasy IV

Being one of the earlier Final Fantasy titles, Final Fantasy IV's battle theme is a very simple loop. Thanks to the sound chip of the Super Nintendo, though, the repeating loop sounds excellent, especially combined with Nobuo Uematsu's legendary composition skills.

You'll hear this battle theme hundreds of times as you make your way through Final Fantasy IV, and it won't ever start to sound grating. It takes a lot of talent to keep a roughly 50-second loop from getting old over the course of a 30-hour game, but Nobuo Uematsu thankfully has talent to spare.

9 Final Fantasy III

Final Fantasy III laid the groundwork for a lot of Final Fantasy tropes, like the job change system that allowed for enhanced party customization, and its battle theme screams classic Final Fantasy.

Much like the battle theme for Final Fantasy IV, it's a short loop that repeats itself fairly often, but it never gets old throughout the entirety of the roughly 30-hour RPG. It also sounds more heroic and adventurous than Final Fantasy IV's upbeat battle theme, making it fit in better with the questing and dungeon crawling that the franchise is known for.

8 Final Fantasy VIII

Final Fantasy VIII is often overshadowed by the other Final Fantasy games on the original PlayStation, but its music stands shoulder to shoulder with some of the best songs in the entire series. The battle theme is no exception to this, and it has an incredibly unique sound compared to other standard Final Fantasy battle themes.

RELATED: 10 Awesome Side Quests Hidden In Final Fantasy 8 Remastered

Like other modern Final Fantasy games, the battle theme doesn't have the iconic introductory bassline that the classic games have, but the intro to Final Fantasy VIII's normal battle theme is just as iconic and instantly recognizable to anyone who's played it.

7 Final Fantasy XIII

Final Fantasy XIII has a lot of faults, but the music is not one of them. Final Fantasy XIII was the first Final Fantasy game to release on an HD console, and the orchestral score was given just as much attention as the pretty new graphics.

The string-heavy main battle theme, like the rest of the soundtrack, is one of the only good things to come out of the mediocre Final Fantasy XIII. After leaving Square Enix in 2004, Nobuo Uematsu still contributed his talents to a few songs for Final Fantasy XI and Final Fantasy XII, but he didn't return to do any work for Final Fantasy XIII, making XIII the first mainline Final Fantasy game to feature absolutely no involvement from the legendary composer outside of Final Fantasy X-2.

6 Final Fantasy VI

One of the best Final Fantasy games of all-time just so happens to have one of the best main battle themes in the series. The main battle theme in Final Fantasy VI is an instant favorite, and it has a noticeably different vibe than some of the other mainline Final Fantasy battle themes.

On top of the normal battle theme, Final Fantasy VI is also packed with some of the best music of any RPG ever created. It's not exactly fair to compare a standard battle theme to a work of art like the 18-minute long Dancing Mad, but the battle theme is still able to hold its own against Final FantasyVI's other memorable tracks.

5 Final Fantasy X

Final Fantasy X was the first Final Fantasy game in which Nobuo Uematsu was not the sole composer. There were a total of three composers working on the project including Uematsu, and Final Fantasy X has an incredibly diverse soundtrack as a result. The battle theme is one of the most iconic that the series has to offer.

Final Fantasy X was the first game in the series to be released on PlayStation 2, the first next-generation Final Fantasy game after the franchise skyrocketed in popularity following Final Fantasy VIIVIII, and IX, so the music had to be as innovative as the graphics and gameplay. Final Fantasy X's compositions are noticeably more complex than those that came before it, and the battle theme is no exception.

4 Final Fantasy IX

Final Fantasy IX was a return to roots for the franchise. Following the massive success of Final Fantasy VII, the series shifted away from its traditional fantasy setting in favor of more modern and futuristic settings. Before the series would shift to the PlayStation 2 with Final Fantasy X, the developers wanted to make a game that celebrated classic Final Fantasy, and that game was Final Fantasy IX.

Final Fantasy IX's battle theme is heavily inspired by classic Final Fantasy battle themes, even bringing back the iconic bassline intro that the series had ditched with Final Fantasy VII. It's so good that Nobuo Uematsu has gone on record stating that his work on Final Fantasy IX is his favorite as well as the work he is most proud of.

3 Final Fantasy XV

Final Fantasy XV's music is one of the game's many highlights, and each of its many battle themes is worthy of being on this list. That's right, Final Fantasy XV has several battle themes that play in the various regions of the game's world. For the sake of fairness though, this list refers to only one of XV's many songs, "Up For the Challenge," which plays in the game's later areas.

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Final Fantasy XV's beautiful orchestral score was composed primarily by Yoko Shimomura, who also works as a composer on the Kingdom Hearts series, and all of XV's music has a tinge of Kingdom Hearts in it as a result.

2 Final Fantasy V

Criminally underrated and underplayed, Final Fantasy V has one of the best battle themes in the entire series. Much like Final Fantasy VIII, it tends to be ignored in favor of the games that came directly before it and after it, in this case, Final Fantasy IV and VI.

It's a good thing the battle theme is as good as it is, because Final Fantasy V has an abnormally high encounter rate in the original version of the game. Later ports corrected this issue somewhat, but you'll still be hearing this battle theme quite often if you decide to give Final Fantasy V a shot.

1 Final Fantasy VII

Not only is Final Fantasy VII's battle theme the best battle theme in any Final Fantasy game, but it's also one of the most recognizable pieces of music in all of gaming. It's just as iconic as any song from Mario or Zelda, and simply seeing a screenshot of Final Fantasy VII will trigger the song to start playing in people's minds.

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It was the first Final Fantasy battle theme to ditch most of the musical conventions that the battle themes of Final Fantasy I-VI included, like the introductory bassline. In doing so, however, the intro to the Final Fantasy VII battle theme has become just as recognizable, if not more. Final Fantasy VII is an all-time classic, and this battle theme will be remembered forever by those who have played it and even those who haven't.

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A random encounter in Final Fantasy (NES).

"Battle" from Final Fantasy


Most Final Fantasy titles in the series have a regular battle theme, most often affiliated with a generic random encounter.

A recurring feature in the earlier titles is that each battle theme starts almost identically, with the same two measures of eighth notes repeated in the bass clef twice before the main melody of the piece joins it in the treble clef in its third measure.

See also: List of battle themes, Boss theme, or Final boss theme


Final Fantasy[]

The normal battle theme is simply called "Battle". In the original Famicom release, this battle theme is played in every battle, with subsequent remakes and ports using remixes of this theme for boss battles.

Final Fantasy II[]

"Battle Theme 1"


The battle theme is called "Battle Theme 1". In the original Famicom release, this battle theme is also played in some boss battles.

Final Fantasy III[]

"Battle 1"


"Battle 1" is the main battle theme. Electric guitar sections are added in the Pixel Remaster release.

Final Fantasy IV[]

"Battle 1"


For the second time in the series, the main battle theme is named "Battle 1".

Final Fantasy IV -Interlude-[]

The same battle theme from Final Fantasy IV is used for battles.

Final Fantasy IV: The After Years[]

Like Interlude, the same battle theme as the original Final Fantasy IV is used.

Final Fantasy V[]

"Battle 1"

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