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Homeworld had some phenomenal atmospheric music - not to mention the chilling use of Adagio for Strings. The copy I have (Game of the Year Edition or something like that?) came with an audio CD of the music, and it's great to put on in the background when doing other stuff.
At one point years ago I picked up a copy of the soundtrack CD for Command & Conquer: Red Alert. It had a few really great tracks on it ("Hell March" in particular), but the majority wasn't worth listening to outside the context of the game. Probably still have it somewhere, buried in a box in the basement.
ADDED: The Red Alert soundtrack is on Spotify! Couldn't find Homeworld, but there's a playlist that claims to have music that's similar.
Also, anyone that does have Spotify should look up the Capcom Sound Team. They've got the soundtracks from tons of great games on there.
The spirit is willing, but the flesh is spongy and bruised!
Oh, boy, just...so many. Shovel Knight, the Pillars of Eternity games, the Neverwinter Nights games, The Messenger, Streets of Rage 2, the Kingdom Hearts games, The Last Door series, Transistor, anything by Koji Kondo, most of the Sonic games, Axiom Verge and just...so many more. Oh, also, as for licensed soundtracks: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 and 4, NHL 2003 and the Fallout games are the best by far and have informed a lot of my personal musical tastes. But yeah, I listen to around half the of the other ones I listened outside of their respective games and they're fantastic. I love music, so a good soundtrack to a game is basically a must for me.
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It's hard for me to remember the music from a video game, as it's just background sound to me (see today's blog post for more on that). But I do recall the music in Civilization IV and V being especially nice.
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Way too many great video game soundtracks over the years. I tend to listen to a lot of music from video games, past and present. I buy games with the soundtrack included whenever able if I really like it, and sometimes just because.
Of course, the first thing that sprang to mind was Christopher Tin's Grammy-winning "Baba Yetu" at the opening of Civilization IV. My wife and I used to start that up and just leave the title menu open to play it. We still sing it together fairly frequently. You have to love the official music video: