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Ranking Every Final Fantasy Composer

Thousands of tracks. 28 major composers. How do they compare?

Square Enix

The Final Fantasy series has become renowned for many things throughout its storied history. Hugely immersive worlds and narratives, beloved characters and breathtaking visuals to name but a few. Special praise is often reserved for its musical scores.

Bar a handful of spin-off and mobile titles, every game in the series has been accompanied by an original soundtrack of anywhere from ten to two hundred tracks, depending on its scope. Each was typically the responsibility of a single individual from Square-Enix’s pool of composers, but collaborations have become the norm in recent years.

From high-octane battle themes and emotional character pieces to ambient background tracks and impactful scene music, almost every score has boasted a selection of instant classics (and plenty of duds for good measure), which are celebrated at events such as the Distant Worlds concert series and the annual Classic FM Hall Of Fame induction. Every composer has had their highs and their lows, some more than others, with each making valued contributions to a soundtrack collection that now numbers more than 5000 pieces of music overall.

How do each of them stack up against one another? Let’s find out!

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