Annual Game Music Awards 2017 – Albums of the Year


We are proud to present the winners in the ‘Albums of the Year’ category of the Annual Game Music Awards 2017. These panel-voted, officially-recognised awards provide a thorough and wide-reaching recognition of achievement in game music over the last year. The panelists have selected their choices by carefully considering the merit of the game music created this year — as art and entertainment, as part of in-game experiences and as part of stand-alone albums. Congratulations to all winners, runners-up, and nominees.

Best Album — Soundtrack CD

Persona 5 Original Soundtrack

Persona 5’s soundtrack blends together elements of jazz, metal, and pop into a whole that is unified by Shoji Meguro’s enduring creative vision and sense of style. This album, which carries the theme of rebellion through distinct musical styles both old and new, earns its place as our Best Soundtrack CD. -Greg Fisher


Cuphead Original Soundtrack

Other Nominations

Genpei Toumaden Sound Chronicle
Rage Racer 20th Anniversary Sounds


Best Album — Official Arranged Album

Shin Megami Tensei Memorial Arrange Tracks

Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Shin Megami Tensei series, this two disc arrange album featured interpretations from industry veterans and Atlus in-house composers alike, making for a diverse and well-rounded listen across a plethora of styles. -Don Kotowski


Atelier Series Rearranged Best 2017 Vol. 1
Final Fantasy XV: Moonlit Melodies

Other Nominations

ChainDive – Arrangements

Best Album — Fan-Arranged

Crypt of the Necrodancer: Overclocked

OCRemix’s take on Danny Baranowsky’s original soundtrack is jampacked full of electronic goodness, and does it justice with its varied approach to the classic tunes. -Don Kotowski


Mirror Image: A Link To The Past Remixed

Other Nominations

Piano Collections: Pokemon Red/Blue/Yellow/Green
Sonic Mania Remixed
Zodiac: Final Fantasy Tactics Remixed


Best Album — Chiptune Album

 Django – Chip Tanaka

Chip Tanaka’s (Hirokazu Tanaka) first solo album blends classic chiptune sounds with modern electronic production values and hits the nostalgia button hard with many tunes stylistically reminiscent to his Earthbound battle themes. -Don Kotowski



Psycho Somatic Generation – chibi-tech

Other Nominations

8BIT MUSIC POWER FINAL – Various Artists
Chipscape – Scythe
SOUNDSHOCK 3: FM FUNK NIRVANA!​! – Various Artists


Best Album — Original Album

Symphony No. 1 “The Border” – Yugo Kanno

Yugo Kanno’s first symphony is a musical look inside the composer’s mind. Across four movements, moments of beauty, whimsy, tension, and eclecticism weave a wonderful tapestry of sound. -Don Kotowski



Yorlga II – Yoshitaka Hirota/Noriko Mitose

Other Nominations

Lingua Franca – Dugo (Takahiro Izutani)
Mystic Ninja – Junya Nakano, Yuji Takenouchi, Hiroyuki Kawada
Three Movements – Manami Matsumae

Posted on February 8, 2018 by Emily McMillan. Last modified on February 8, 2018.

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About the Author

A native and lifelong Texan, I currently work in software education while contributing news, reviews, and interviews to VGMO on the side. I love the feeling that comes with the discovery of a brand new soundtrack, and always look forward to the next rekindling of that excitement. Outside of VGMO, I enjoy playing piano, listening to classical music and film scores, and trying to go unnoticed in any stealth RPG I can find.

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