As a franchise, Legend of Zelda has transcended media history. The games are universally beloved and there is a good reason for that: They are genuinely ground-breaking titles that consistently adapted their style and tone, keeping the series relevant and always reaching new heights.
Even those who don't play video games are familiar with the aesthetic and characters of the series. The unique world of Hyrule is one that is engrained into popular culture and part of the collective conscious.
With that said, many things come together to make The Legend of Zelda. One of the most prominent elements that carve out the individuality of the franchise is the music. Iconic tunes that people who've never even played the games can hum along too are bountiful within the series.
With each new game comes a new set of sounds, whilst often still retaining the classics and giving them new life. With Breath of the Wild's sequel in development, we know that more melodies will be coming along.
Therefore now seems the perfect time to look back on this legacy and examine how music has played a part in it.