Best Sword Art Online Songs

This list is a countdown of what I consider to be the best songs from the anime series Sword Art Online. For this list, I'll be including songs from Sword Art Online, Sword Art Online: Extra Edition, and Sword Art Online II (and probably future anime installments in the future such as the new Ordinal Scale movie and Sword Art Online III) that I found to be enjoyable. These can range anywhere from Crossing Field by LiSA or Ignite by Eir Aoi. With that said, Sword Art Online fans and anyone else who likes these songs regardless of what they think about the anime, cast your votes!

The Top Ten

1 Crossing Field - Lisa Crossing Field - Lisa Cover Art

Amazing song, hits me in the feels every time! It's frustrating when you don't speak japanese so you don't understand the lyrics though :(

A wonderful classic. Even though Courage is objectively better, this ain't far behind

Such an iconic song... along with Yume Sekai it truly captures the vibes of SAO. The feels.

I wanna always be with you, I'll give you everything I have...

2 Ignite - Eir Aoi Ignite - Eir Aoi Cover Art

Been a while since I heard it but it is defined my favorite of the bunch. For whatever reason I can't even imagkne myself listening to Sao songs in English (extremely out of character for me since I'm usually the exact opposite with other shows even in anime.)

I just listened to this song for the first time, and wow, did it blow me away! After hearing Crossing field, I thought for sure it would be the best opening in the show, but this one gives it some competition!

Way better than crossing fields

Probably my third favorite

3 Courage - Haruka Tomatsu Courage - Haruka Tomatsu Cover Art

Courage is my favourite song of all time. Now don't get me wrong, Crossing Field and Ignite are iconic and all, but Courage is not only that, but also badass and emotional.

This is the only song that I didn't skip when I watched SAO. Yuuki is my favorite character, and therefore, this is my favorite song

After listening to all these songs a lot, I have decided that Courage, out of all of them, is my favorite opening. Call me weird.

You can't get anymore badass, emotional and iconic at the same time than this!

4 Shirushi - Sword Art Online 2 Shirushi - Sword Art Online 2 Cover Art

I finished SAO 2 today. I never finished it but then I rewatched SAO and Decided to start SAO 2 again and it was awesome! I love this song. (The rest of this message is irrelavant to the song.)
I have an idea for SAO 3. There could somehow be a new game call BTLO (Back to life Online) where it's all about skeletons and zombies and like how Asuna was seen in the tree of Alfheim Online, Yuuki was seen roaming BTLO and the whole gang (Kirito, Asuna, Klein, etc.) go to look for her. It kind of sucks but It's an idea '(•~•)/'
I don't see why so many people hate SAO and SAO 2! They're awesome! Apparently it's because they made a second one (SAO 2) And people didn't like it, so then people started hating the whole series. I think that's stupid. Tons of popular animes have sequels! To name a few, Dragon Ball, Avatar, and Sailor Moon. SAO should be more respected and popular! We need SAO 3. I don't care if it has a bad story and was put together in 3 months, I would still watch it! ( ...more

To me, this is the single best song this anime ever made. Especially once you know the circumstances behind it, its beautiful, its powerful, its emotional, and just an amazing song overall.

This is the best ending song of SAO. There's no ending song in this show that even comes close in my opinion. I love it.

So damn emotional! Even though I prefer Courage as a song, this is just..., I can't describe

5 Innocence - Eir Aoi Innocence - Eir Aoi Cover Art

All of the SAO openings are great, it's hard to order them from favorite to least favorite, but this one is in the bottom half. It's still amazing though.

It's great although less than the others

6 Adamas - Lisa

When I listened this opening for the first time, the next episodes I didn't skip them. Love it!

Overrated honestly. Not very interesting and the melody isn't anything that good

I love this song. I download the other day and I never skip the song.

I love this too much for my own good

7 Startear - Luna Haruna

Obviously Underrated. Epic Music. :D

8 Overfly - Luna Haruna

The only good in this damn song is dubbing it into German

Get out of here. You actually think the original song is bad? The lyrics are very endearing and the voice of Luna Haruna herself made this song a true masterpiece.

Awesome outro song

I love this song

9 Yume Sekai - Haruka Tomatsu

This gives me the nostalgia down the spine...

Asuna is a good singer

10 Catch the Moment - Lisa Catch the Moment - Lisa Cover Art

Fell in love with this song the first time I listened to it. Probably my favourite alongside Crossing Field

The Contenders

11 Resister - Asca

This is the most climactic and epic opening of the series. Originally I thought Courage was the best song but not sure anymore after hearing this gift from the gods

I was waiting for this song to come out and it’s decent for an anime opening

12 Niji no Oto - Eir Aoi
13 Iris - Eir Aoi
14 No More Time Machine - LiSA
15 Smile for You - Sayaka Kanda

Once the climax comes to a resolution, Yuna's fifth and final song, Smile for You, comes to fruition. Surprisingly enough, Smile for You isn't just a touching song that acts as a proper farewell for Yuna as her soul leaves the world a second time and embeds the memories of her time in Aincrad to all SAO survivors, but it's also the closest thing to Sword Art Online having a song that sounds like something from a Disney movie! It helps that Sayaka Kanda, the voice of Yuna, also voiced Anna in the Japanese dub of the Disney movie Frozen! To put it simply, Smile for You achieved something great in being the closest a Japanese animated film has to having a Disney song! That said, Smile for You is a wonderful song that will leave you in tears towards the end of Ordinal Scale.

I literally cried when I listened to this song. No kidding

Me too. Seeing Yuna sing a farewell song before dying happy with her wish to sing fulfilled made me tear up quite a lot.

16 Ryusei - Eir Aoi
17 To See the Future - Tomori Kusunoki
18 Forget-Me-Not - ReoNa Forget-Me-Not - ReoNa Cover Art

Her voice makes me remember of Yui or Aimer. So beautiful!

19 Unlasting - Lisa Unlasting - Lisa Cover Art

So much feel.
I especially like how this song is a combination of a traditional eastern asian folk and electronic music. It metaphorically contrasts the world they are caught (ancient) in, created by something almost futuristic.

Much more emotional than the other songs. I really like the other songs, but this one really caught my heart at first glance, and is also the song that got me back to SAO.

20 Ubiquitous DB - Sayaka Kanda

Ubiquitous DB's lyrics aren't lying when they say Yuna will forever be ubiquitous in your memories. Ubiquitous DB has an upbeat melody and catchy beat that matches Yuna perfectly for her as an AR pop idol singer. Whether you're singing along with the chorus like Silica or rocking your head in rhythm like Asuna, Ubiquitous DB is guaranteed to make almost anyone move to the beat of this amazing song. Trust me, I love this song so much that I can't stop listening to it! Probably my favorite Yuna song out of all 5!

21 Break Beat Bark! - Sayaka Kanda

Mondegreen aside, Break Beat Bark! is a song that speaks of inspiration and perseverance. The song truly fits in perfectly towards the climax as Kirito and Eiji finally duke it out with each other, both as foils to each other in a duel to restore their respective love interests' memories. I couldn't have imagined a much better moment to showcase this phenomenal masterpiece of a song than at the concert and parking lot duel. All things said, Break Beat Bark! is a sensational song that tells you never to give up.

22 Longing - Sayaka Kanda

Curiously enough, the first minute or two of Longing may sound familiar to those who have watched Fate/Zero, as Longing's melody sounds very similar to the second opening song of Fate/Zero, "To the Beginning", by Kalafina. Regardless, Longing still manages to make itself stand out from To the Beginning solely by tone and rhythm entirely. One could say Longing is the less tragic sibling of To the Beginning. Also, I tried researching if Kalafina had any involvement in this song, and I never managed to find if they had any involvement in Ordinal Scale. Based on that, it could only mean Sayaka Kanda sang Longing herself with only Yuki Kajiura's chorus collaborating with her! Japanese Anna never fails to impress!

23 Delete - Sayaka Kanda

Delete as a song on its own already conveys an ominous tone within its lyrics and rhythm. Just hearing Delete play in suspenseful moments throughout Ordinal Scale such as when Eiji had Klein cornered and facing impending doom from a boss's magma-like hands and when Eiji had Laser-Guided Karma bite him in the neck at the hands of a fearsome dragon in a parking deck only made those scenes more tense and uneasy than they already were. That said, Delete is without a doubt Yuna's most ominous song that works well with Ordinal Scale in the moments the going gets tough.

24 Niji No Kanata - Reona
25 Till the End - Reona
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