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Top 11 Gaming Music Playlists

It’s 7 o’clock on a Friday afternoon, your favorite video game is launching, there’s the faint sound of birds chirping happily outside, and a cup of perfectly brewed coffee sits on the table in front of you. The only thing you need is some great background music to listen to as you play. 🎵 Luckily, I’ve done some digging and found some of the most relaxing playlists for video gaming sessions.

I listen to music all the time, whether I’m cleaning, working or playing games. 😊 While most of my favorite games to pair music with already come with their own gold-star soundtracks, it’s nice to mix it up sometimes! I’ve found that the right playlist can help create an immersive experience, whether you’re going about your daily chores in Stardew Valley or creatively defeating your enemies in Breath of the Wild.

My Go-To Playlists for Video Gaming

There’s honestly nothing more relaxing than the perfect music pairing with your favorite video game. You can find an abundance of background music on YouTube, which makes it super easy to find the perfect playlists that check all the boxes. My favorites are typically live streams offering a constant mix of organic beats or 10-hour tracks. This way, you’re set for an entire gaming session, without needing to restart or find another playlist. ?

1. Coffee Talk (Original Soundtrack)

A relaxing combination of all background music is found in the Coffee Talk video game. Perfect for early morning video gaming, paired with a nice cup of coffee.

🍷 Pairs well with:

  • Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion
  • Stardew Valley
  • Cities: Skylines

2. Poké & Chill

An amazing playlist highlighting remixes and originals of some of the most classic video game mantras including Zelda, Mario, and Hollow Knight.

🍷 Pairs well with:

  • Among Us
  • Atelier Ryza
  • Animal Crossing

3. Chilled Cow LoFi Hip Hop Radio

The best choice for those looking to sit back, relax and enjoy the hip-hopping beats. This live YouTube gaming music playlist is one of my favorites for not only casual gaming but studying as well.

🍷 Pairs well with:

  • Sims 3 & 4
  • Minecraft
  • Civilization V

4. Zelda & Chill II

Sitting in your office cubicle and can’t stop thinking about when you’re going to play Breath of the Wild next? The Zelda & Chill playlist, conveniently on both YouTube and Spotify, is almost as good as playing the actual game!

🍷 Pairs well with:

  • Ocarina of Time
  • Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim
  • Octopath Traveler

5. Harry Potter Ambient Music | Hogwarts | Relaxing, Studying, Sleeping, Meditating & CONCENTRATE

While we somewhat impatiently wait for Hogwarts Legacy, this cozy Harry Potter-inspired playlist will bring a little magic to every game. ?‍♂️ This playlist is the perfect combination of the most iconic and relaxing musical scores, making it perfect for a night full of gaming or even getting some homework done.

🍷 Pairs well with:

  • Final Fantasy
  • Civilization VI
  • Medieval Dynasty

7. Best Music Mix by Roy Knox and Friends

For the people out there will an affinity for video games and bumpin’ EDM (myself included), then this gaming playlist is definitely a must-listen. If you’re looking for beats to match your hack’n and slashin’, jumipn’ and kickin’, then this music playlist is definitely for you!

🍷 Pairs well with:

  • Mario Cart
  • Soul Caliber
  • Forza Horizon 4

8. Skyrim – Music & Ambience – Rainy Day [10 Hours]

The Skyrim – Music & Ambience – Rainy Day playlist gives you 10 straight hours of beautiful ambiance and relaxing instrumental music to submerge you into the lush environment of Skyrim. If petrichor had a musical equivalent, it would be found in Skyrim.

🍷 Pairs well with:

  • Medieval Dynasty
  • Rust
  • Valheim

9. Relaxing Video Game Music in a Cozy Room (Nintendo 64)

This gaming playlist is 2 hours of wonderful nostalgia (especially if your first console was a Nintendo 64). Pulling popular music from classics Ocarina of Time, Super Mario 64 and Pokemon Snap, this relaxing video game music is perfect for those who love to listen to pixel-perfect sounds (especially when you’re at work and all you want to do is play video games, aka me every day).

🍷 Pairs well with:

  • Spyro Reignited Trilogy
  • Harvest Moon
  • Super Mario Odessy (or literally any Mario game ever)

10. Star Wars | Lofi HipHop

This Star Wars infused music playlist is perfect to listen to whether you’re playing video games on a rainy Sunday morning or working your desk job–waiting for your next chance to clash lightsabers and save the universe! Its low-key melodies are the perfect pairing with any laid-back or explorative Sci-Fi video game. I recommend listening to this playlist on shuffle.

🍷 Paris well with:

  • Jedi: Fallen Order
  • Astroneer
  • Eve Online

11. ‘Back To The 80’s’ | Best of Synthwave And Retro Electro Music Mix for 1 Hour | Vol. 16

Perfect for cyberpunk-style video gaming sessions, this music playlist provides a full hour of 80s inspired synth-wave. This darker, more serious mix makes it great as background music for science fiction video games with more ominous undertones.

🍷 Pairs well with:

  • Cyberpunk
  • Cloud Punk
  • N1RV ANN-A

Conclusion

Of course, these are only a select few of the many video gaming playlists out there. From peppy beats to more coffee shop lofi vibes, these are my personal favorites when all I want to do is sit back, relax and dive into a good game. ? The music can not only be a great break from the regular soundtrack, but it can give gameplay an entirely new vibe! What’s your go-to music for late-night gaming? Let me know in the comments below!

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