The Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater titles were among some of the defining titles or their era. Their addictive gameplay, great multiplayer, and the eternal quest for bigger and bigger combo scores, couple with the burgeoning popularity of skateboarding, allowed the games to sell like wildfire.
For as popular as the THPS games were for their gameplay, there was one defining feature of each title that kept virtual skaters coming back and back for more – the games’ incredible licensed soundtracks. Each game’s soundtrack was full of unforgettable tunes that covered all genres. Punk classics found themselves next to hip-hop heavyweights and every genre in between, all coming together to form some of the best video game soundtracks of all time.
The five songs below are the best of the best when it comes to the tunes featured in the nine THPS titles. Get ready to relive the memories.
5) Fatlip – What’s Up FatLip (Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland):
Fatlip, the Los Angelos MC who got his start with the cult favorite The Pharcyde, made waves with his single ‘What’s Up Fat Lip’ in 2005’s Tony Hawks American Wasteland. Fatlip’s slow flow over the almost whimsical beat perfectly encapsulates the Los Angeles inspired theme of Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland.
4) Joy Division – Warsaw (Tony Hawk’s Underground 2):
British post-punk rockers, Joy Division, have been a staple of the skateboarding world since the popularization of skate videos. The band’s distinct, distorted, bass-heavy sound and haunting lyrical content capture the essence of the disenfranchised youth that so often take to skateboarding.
3) Del The Funkee Homosapian – If You Must (Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3):
One of the strangest (and most talented) MCs in hip-hop history, Del The Funkee Homosapian has been slinging inane and offbeat rhymes since his 1990 debut, I Wish My Brother George Was Here. The oft-rambling, masterfully flowing rapper won the hearts of suburban youths across the world with his ode to personal hygiene in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 in 2001. “If You Must” and its catchy chorus and relatable rhymes was perhaps the first introduction into underground rap for many THPS fans.
2) Motorhead – Ace of Spades (Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3):
Motorhead’s high-octane speed metal is everything that is good about skateboarding – fast, aggressive and unapologetic. Thousands, if not millions, of gamers surely found themselves headbanging along to the double time tempo of Lemy Kilmister and company. The deep crooning of ‘Aces of Spades’ burns right through listeners’ cores.
1) Goldfinger – Superman (Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater):
Goldfinger ruled the video game airwaves in 1999, thanks to the wildly successful Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater. ‘Superman’, Goldfinger’s ska-infused sing along anthem seemed like it was stuck on a perpetual loop in the minds of the masses. The catchiness of ‘Superman’ is still unsurpassable. Simply hearing the first chord of the song is enough to send any nostalgic gamer on a skateboard-themed sing along.[#ff entbuddha] “Making you a better geek, one post at a time!” [ratings]