Now, this may or may not surprise you, but I’m not really a Final Fantasy fan. But if I had to play one all the way through, it’d probably be VI.
It has great characters who are remembered long after their game has been released, a plot and a world that were fairly unique for FF at that time (steampunk anyone?), and the music is by far some of the best video game music I’ve ever heard.
‘Dancing Mad’ is the final boss theme for Kefka (spoilers), and is just a piece of pure delight. Returning Kefka’s original theme ‘Kefka’, adding in a little of Bach’s ‘Toccata and Fugue in D Minor’ and wrapping it all up in Divine Comedy symbolism, ‘Dancing Mad’ is what happens when a composer is just allowed to compose to his heart’s content.
I’ve loved this theme for a while, but recently it hit me how good it was when I saw an acapella version on Youtube. It was pretty sweet.
Anyway, here’s ‘Dancing Mad’ in all its SNES audio glory:
SNES Release Version