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From stage to console: 10 iconic musicians in gaming

Sometimes, if you’re lucky, two of your favourite worlds collide. In this case, it’s music and gaming! We’ve rounded up 10 musicians who’ve left their mark on the gaming industry by creating unforgettable soundtracks. From rock legends to pop sensations, these artists have brought their unique style to some amazing games.

1. Pharrell Williams

Pharrell Williams

The hit-maker behind Happy curated the soundtrack for hoops dunking basketball game, NBA 2K15. The star also made Hunter, which featured in the game too. It’s like having your favourite artist as the DJ while you’re hitting those virtual baskets!

2. Ariana Grande and Katy Perry

Ariana Grande performing

These iconic pop artists both have tracks featured on Final Fantasy Brave Exvius. Ariana Grande’s song Touch It and Katy Perry’s Immortal Flame are like musical treats awaiting you in the game.

3. Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney

You might know him as a member of The Beatles, but the singer is also responsible for creating music for Destiny. His track, Hope for the Future features in the end credits.

4. David Bowie

David Bowie performing

The legendary artist created original music for The Nomad Soul. The Let’s Dance singer even appeared as a virtual character!

5. Leona Lewis

Leona Lewis

The singer recorded the song My Hands for Final Fantasy XIII. Her powerful vocals add emotion and excitement to the game’s storyline. 

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6. Skrillex

Skrillex

This electronic artist collaborated with Hikaru Utada to create the song Face My Fears for Kingdom Hearts. The track combines pop and electro music, which gives the game an energetic cool vibe.

7. Avicii

Avicii performing

The late DJ and producer had his very own video game called Avicii Invector. The rhythm game is stacked with his songs, so you’ll feel like you’re at a music concert while you’re playing to the beats!

8. Florence and The Machine

Florence and The Machine performing

The British band created multiple songs for Final Fantasy XV. Tracks such as Stand By Me, I Will Be and Too Much is Never Enough add a magical and epic atmosphere to any gaming quests.

9. Eminem

Eminem

Eminem collaborated with P!NK to produce the song, Won’t Back Down for Call of Duty: Black Ops. Their high-energy track makes you feel like a fearless warrior as you battle through those intense missions.

10. CHVRCHES

CHVRCHES performing

This band contributed their track Death Stranding for the game by the same name. With their futuristic sound, they perfectly complement the game’s adventurous world. According to NME, they’re rumoured to be working on more music for the project.