Kingdom Hearts Fans In Japan Select Favorite Songs For 10th Anniversary CD

By Spencer . September 9, 2012 . 4:00pm

image Square Enix will release Kingdom Hearts 10th Anniversary Fan Selection: Melodies & Memories on September 19. Reflecting on her work, composer Yoko Shimomura said "Hikari" captures the image of Kingdom Hearts. Shimomura was asked to compose a song that captures the feeling of great drama, which led to the creation of "Hikari."


Kingdom Hearts fans in Japan voted on which songs should be on the two disc CD and selected "Hikari ~ Kingdom Orchestra Instrumental Version ~ as the #1 song from the first game. "Dearly Beloved" and "Another Side" were #2 and #3, respectively.


"Naminé" was the top pick from Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories while "Lord of the Castle" was number two.


"Roxas" was voted by fans as their favorite song from Kingdom Hearts II with "The Other Promise" and "Dearly Beloved" took silver and bronze.


Here are the songs confirmed to be on Kingdom Hearts 10th Anniversary Fan Selection: Melodies & Memories so far. The list is not complete since it’s missing tunes from Dream Drop Distance and 358/2 Days.


imageKingdom Hearts

Dearly Beloved


Hand in Hand

Hollow Bastion


Hikari – Kingdom Orchestra Instrumental Version –

Traverse Town

Kairi I

Always on My Mind

Another Side


Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories


Lord of the Castle


Kingdom Hearts II

Dearly Beloved

Passion ~ Opening Version ~

Missing You


Organization XIII

The Other Promise

Darkness of the Unknown

Fate of the Unknown

Passion ~ Kingdom Orchestra Instrumental Version ~

Lazy Afternoons

The 13th Struggle


The 13th Reflection


Rage Awakened


Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep

Enter the Darkness

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  • OatMatadoQuatro

    No Dismiss from Birth by Sleep? For me that was the best use of Destati

    • MrTyrant

      I agree. Fighting “you know who” as the final boss with that theme made that battle memorable.

      • OatMatadoQuatro

        The lyrics and title also fitted the boss and you know who pretty well

  • Paradox me

    Not bad, but it could use a whole lot more Birth by Sleep, starting with Aqua and Enchanted Dominion.

  • negineBIT

    Need moar Birth by Sleep! ><

  • MrSirFeatherFang

    I haven’t played Re: CoM, but I really like Scythe of Petals from the GBA version. I also liked The Encounter though I think they reused it in Birth by Sleep (which I haven’t played either).
    Well good luck on another 10 years!

  • DesmaX

    … I’d much rather have Unbreakable Chains than Enter the Darkness.

    But still, the list is not complete, so I hope they put it

    • MrTyrant

       But I prefer Enter the Darkness or maybe because I like fast paced themes.

      • DesmaX

        Yeah, I just like the more menacing sounding ones

  • Shadowman

    10th Anniversary CD Me Gusta :D

  • Aoshi00

    Hikari >>>> Simple & Clean *.*….

  • Curan_Altea

    Solid list. A few of the ones I voted for are on their. Hopefully Dark Impetus or its version from Dream Drop get on there.

  • Hatkhora

    It’s been 10 years already? Wow…

  • MrTyrant

    We need the theme for “mysterious figure” too. TOKI WO TOMARE!!!

    L’impest Oscuro or Dark Impetus:

    • DesmaX

      … Bro, isn’t that a big spoiler?

      • MrTyrant

        Is it? Should I edit my comment?

        • DesmaX

          Yeah, you just told who was that guy

          • It isn’t that much much of a spoiler actually, Nomura confirmed very early that Young Xehanort from Dream Drop Distance is Mysterious Figure from BbS.

          • It’s still a spoiler…Perhaps not the biggest one ofc, but it’s still for the best to let others experience the game at their own leisure, no?

          •  @twitter-255766266:disqus  They don’t reveal in DDD that Young Xehanort was in Birth by Sleep that night on the Land of Departure that I remember.

    • Hinataharem

      Holy crap I regret reading comments now. Thanks for that, bud. >_>

  • Beautiful

  • Laith Rem

    So KHII gets twice the serving of Roxas’ theme. Nifty.

    Still, good to see that Naminé’s theme is still the (2nd) best. (So bittersweet.)

    And please get Vector to the Heavens in there for 358/2.

  • Hinataharem

    Sora does not look pleased at the song selection XD

  • Nicolas Vasquez

    passion is probably the only translated JRPG song thats i actually like the english version best(my sanctuary),i hope an equivalent here in the west with that version included, after all back in the day i would boot my ps2 several times a day just to hear that song.

  • Sperium3000

    I’m glad the Organization battle themes are in there. “The 13th Anthology” is probably my favorite orchestral piece ever.

  • MiniTaurus

    kinda oot..
    I think Beautiful World by the same artist as Hikari and Passion is suited for 358/2 days. The lyrics TT.TT

  • imaguni

    I’m a little disappointed not to see Deep Drive or Scherzo di Notte on this list but there are some of my favorite tracks. Really happy to see The 13th Reflection, really great song!

  • Xapth

    Aw, would have really liked to see Xion’s theme on this!

  • The lack of Birth by Sleep songs in this saddens me :C

    Anyway, the inclusion of Another Side as one of the top songs is well deserved, that song induces to some adrenaline, dramatic battle feel to it that makes it epic!
    I used to listen to Namine’s song a lot of times and loved it back then at CoM, Revenge of Chaos and Force in you are also pretty cool battle songs.

    From KH II Im glad they added Missing You, that song captures melancholy so well and it had effect on 358/2 days on me ;w;
    There’s some KH II songs I’ve would’ve discarded from the list though.

    Guess there’s no DDD songs since it new huh?

    This list needs:
    – KH I
    Force del Male
    Guardando nel Buio
    Treasured Memories
    – Days
    Vector to Heavens
    Icing on the Cake/ At Dusk I Will Think of You
    – BbS
    Destiny’s Union
    The Key
    Keyblade Graveyard Horizon
    – DDD
    Distant from You
    Oscurita dell Ignoto
    Eminenza Oscura (I and II)

    And that’s just mentioning the most iconic ones from each game or else the list would be bigger .w. (Yeah, Yoko is that awesome.)

  • KHSoraKeyBlade

    I remember voting on it and the top 10 songs at the time were as if Roxas/Axel/Xion  fangirls/boys flooded the system with constant voting for their characters songs.
    I mean come on “Roxas” and “The Other Promise” are the same song. >.>

    I am still under the impression that the list above is incomplete because there is no track from Days there….. and if their were I would instantly point fingers to Xion’s theme. (and just for lulz they’d throw in Vector to the Heavens because that is the same song in a way as well).

    I personally wanted Fantasia Alla Marcia but what can you do. xD

  • Xion’s theme better be on it!

    Good list but needs more BBS.

  • Amazing picks! I would also add “Scythe of Petals” from Chain of Memories. Heck all of the final battle themes are amazing.

    I’d DEFINITELY add “Unforgettable” from Birth by Sleep (Best Unversed boss battle theme imo). “Dismiss” should also be on that list, that epic final battle theme is one of Shimomura’s best for sure. And if they’re adding some songs from BBS Final Mix, then they can’t leave “Hunter of the Dark” and “Forza de l’Oscurita” out, coz these are amazing as well!

    “Musique pour la tristesse de Xion” and “Vector to the Heavens” from 358/2 Days are also mandatory, for obvious reasons :3 And “Pretty Pretty Abilities” from Re:Coded to boot!

    I’m already hyped for this OST collection, and I’ll gladly get it as soon as it releases, to add to all my other KH osts :D

    EDIT: Oh, and as for KH DDD tracks…I absolutely love some of the world themes, like “Le Sanctuaire”, “The Fun Fair”, “One for All”, “Sacred Distance”, and the final battle themes ofc! But if I could only pick one out of these, it’d definitely be “L’impetto Oscuro”, for sure!

    EDIT 2: No srsl guise, this might be just the greatest track in all of the KH’s OSTs. I love this.

  • P4ine

    Birth by Sleep’s “Dismiss” and “Aqua” are definitely missing!!

  • $733987

    All the different versions of Dearly Beloved, please. How many are there, seven?

    •  One for each game, yes! I really hope they do include all of ’em indeed :D

  • ShawnOtakuSomething
  • Just Tim

    Guys, I’m actually surprised that Square Enix managed to cough up money to EMI, Hikaru Utada’s record label, just for at least Hikari.

    • Because Kingdom Heart’s “Hikari” is the “Light” of SquareEnix (joking)
      …I know some Guys like KH music without even liking the game itself

  • Göran Isacson

    Huh, enter the darkness… I kinda preferred Enter the Void, it’s got a bit more oomph to it’s intro and I like the added horns, makes it feel more dramatic. But really, no Dark Impetus? THOSE VIOLINS. Those violins are like the devil dancing inside your head, driving you to delirious, intense and mindblowing madness… and yet, you can’t look away. You dance to the tune of the violins, as you are struck down time and time and time again. God I love Dark Impetus so much.

    Man I love all of Birth By Sleeps boss themes, and their lack of representation makes me sadface. I’d take any of them over Lord of the Castle, even if Chains lack of representation is also kinda sad. Rage Awakened is cool though, so points there.

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