Top Ten 21st Century Songs You'd Want as a Theme Song If Your Life Was a Fantasy or Scifi Anime

It's time to dream again. For example of living in an anime that's larger than life. Of course, that anime would have a theme song... but which one would it be?

The Top Ten

1 Feed the Machine - Nickelback

You know, every time I listened to any song by Nickelback, I always envisioned something totally realistic. Like, the band performing on stage, or a road trip, or a bar or whatever. But this song, despite its sociocritical content... immediately made me think of visuals for a big, epic, adventurous and dark anime opening. I mean... just imagine Japanese lyrics instead of the English ones. - Martin_Canine

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2 Monster - Darkviktory & Paperblossom

Okay, this is a bit of cheating, as it is the theme song of "#FinalClash", the third installment of the "#TubeClash" series, and darkviktory (who's also the creator of the movies, not just the artist who sang the theme song) himself is a huge anime fan and the second and third installment are heavily influenced by anime (most notably, "Digimon 02"). - Martin_Canine

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3 Written in Blood - Beyond the Black

The moment when this song kicks in on the album is one of absolute awe. Not because it is any way the most masterfully composed (in fact it's the poppiest), but because of the power it has that would immediately get your attention if it was used as an opening theme. Really, it feels like an opening song. The build up, the melody, the power. It makes no sense this is track 3 on the album. - Martin_Canine

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4 Shot In the Dark - Within Temptation

See the cover artwork?
It is the first full track on the album (after a short spoken intro) and it indeed feels like the opening song to this very story depicted. - Martin_Canine

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5 Riders on the Storm - Infected Mushroom

I was so lucky to know this remix before the original, so I won't dismiss it as a mere techno remix and can appreciate it in its full cyberpunkish glory. Nevermind the cover artwork. The entire album sounds way too futuristic for it. Instead, google pics of Ghost in the Shell while listening to it. - Martin_Canine

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6 Hands - GARNiDELiA

Is it cheating I added a Japanese language song? Naaah, I doubt so.
That exciting mix of typically Japanese melody, European eurodance music and the distorted American funk guitars is just... mind blowing.
Plus, despite it being Japanese, it's not from an anime as far as I know. - Martin_Canine

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7 Hellracer - Vanilla Ninja

I mean, yeah, the lyrics describe a female, but hell, is this song action-packed and anthemic! - Martin_Canine

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8 Counterblow - Ayria

Well, Ayria is basically the musical counterpart to cyberpunk anime, so how could I miss a song by her? This one is just right because it's neither too club-ish nor too slow and ambient-like. - Martin_Canine

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9 Human - Rag'n'bone Man UListen to Sample
10 Kings of Suburbia - Tokio Hotel

It's like the anthem for the rebellious youths in a corrupt district of a cyberpunk city (and boy do I wish their next album would have been like this song). - Martin_Canine

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The Contenders

11 Sacred Worlds - Blind Guardian UListen to Sample
12 The Throne - Blind Guardian UListen to Sample
13 Spieluhr - Rammstein

Okay, the lyrics are quite possibly the least fitting for the scifi/fantasy version of my life out of all songs no matter the genre, but gosh, the sound of the music, especially in the chorus where we hear the chanting of a young child echoing, that's just atmospheric as hell. - Martin_Canine

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14 Wheel of Time - Blind Guardian UListen to Sample
15 War of the Thrones - Blind Guardian UListen to Sample
16 Grand Parade - Blind Guardian UListen to Sample
17 The Ninth Wave - Blind Guardian UListen to Sample
18 Valkyries - Blind Guardian UListen to Sample
19 Skalds and Shadows - Blind Guardian UListen to Sample
20 And Then There Was Silence - Blind Guardian UListen to Sample
21 Distant Memories - Blind Guardian UListen to Sample
22 Believer - Imagine Dragons UListen to Sample
23 In the Flowers - Animal Collective
24 Those Who Can't, Cheat - Clarence Clarity UListen to Sample
25 Ladies and Gentlemen We are Floating in Space - Spiritualized UListen to Sample
26 Where's My Wonderland - Blood on the Dance Floor UListen to Sample
27 Viva la Vida - Coldplay UListen to Sample
28 Your Guardian Angel - The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus UListen to Sample
29 Sans Faire un Bruit - Cecile Corbel UListen to Sample
30 Brian Boru - Cécile Corbel UListen to Sample
31 Change My Life - Ashes Remain UListen to Sample
32 Last Night of the Kings - Van Canto UListen to Sample
33 Du machst mir Mut - Santiano UListen to Sample
34 Wikingerblut - Feuerschwanz UListen to Sample
35 Juste pour me souvenir - Nolwenn Leroy UListen to Sample
36 The Call - Regina Spektor UListen to Sample
37 Wo sind die Clowns? - Saltatio Mortis UListen to Sample
38 Träume Aus Eis - Saltatio Mortis UListen to Sample
39 Geboren Um Zu Leben - Unheilig UListen to Sample
40 Gott muss ein Seemann sein - Santiano UListen to Sample
41 Vergiss mein nicht - Oonagh
42 Perfect Day - Miriam Stockley UListen to Sample
43 Wuthering Heights - Kate Bush UListen to Sample
44 Wir Seh'n Uns Wieder - Oonagh
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Top Remixes

1. Feed the Machine - Nickelback
2. Monster - Darkviktory & Paperblossom
3. Written in Blood - Beyond the Black


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