Video Game Music

Nobuo Uematsu is perhaps the most famous video game composer of our time. He is best known for his work on the Final Fantasy series. Many of his compositions have been performed in concerts across the world.


Born on March 21, 1959, Nobuo Uematsu taught himself how to play the piano at age 11. He claims Elton John as his biggest influence during his formative years. He joined Square in 1986 and was part of the company for nearly 20 years. In 2004 he founded his own company, ‘Smile Please’ but continued to primarily compose for Square Enix. In 2003 he formed a rock band called The Black Mages which plays rock versions of his works.

Famous Works:

For RPG music fans, Nobuo Uematsu is synanomys with the Final Fantasy series. He has had a hand in the musical scores of every Final Fantasy game in the main series (1-12) along with composing music for other Square Enix and Mistwalker games such as Blue Dragon.

Sample Pieces:

Final Fantasy 7 – One Winged Angel

This is Nobuo Uematsu’s favorite track

Blue Dragon – Mecha-Robo Corps Charge

Nobuo uematsu’s own company, Smile Please, composed the music for Blue Dragon, an Xbox 360 RPG.

Final Fantasy 12 – Theme of the Empire

Nobuo Uematsu and Masashi Hamauzu worked together on the Final Fantasy 12 score.  FF12 continues the tradition of epic Final Fantasy soundtracks.

Chrono Trigger – Fanfare 1

Chrono Trigger is one of the best recognized non Final Fantasy Square game.

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  1. Concerned Fan says:

    Uematsu and Hamauzu did not compose the FFXII soundtrack. Just thought I’d point that out. Also, the Chrono Trigger track you posted was composed by Yasunori Mitsuda, along with 85% of the game’s soundtrack. Uematsu stepped in to finish a few of the tracks when Mitsuda fell ill, but the vast majority, as well as the “important” tracks were all done by Mitsuda.

  2. Fintile says:

    Yes, concerned fan is correct with that…The last Final Fantasy Game Uematsu composed on his own was Final Fantasy 9. He helped with FFX but they were just never the same after FF9.

  3. Kazehiri says:

    The Final Fantasy XII Original Soundtrack was composed by Hitoshi Sakimoto.Nobuo Uematsu composed only a few issues of this game.Masashi Hamauzu helped compose songs as assistant composer in Final Fantasy X, but after Nobuo left the company became the leading composer of Square-Enix.Masashi Hamauzu as main songwriter has composed the entire soundtrack of Final Fantasy XIII. I hope I have helped. :)

  4. Rob says:

    Is there any way i can post a song i recorded to you? I heard it off an rpg but i don’t have a clue which one, it sounds final fantasy-ish. It has been stuck in my head for years and is really bugging me lol

  5. Apocalypse says:

    I’d like to thank you for having a website with such vast amounts of RPG songs/melodies etc. Been searching for it ;p

  6. Antonio says:

    LOL, The Black Mages. Nobuo Uematsu you are the man!

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