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Do Video Game Songs Need to Be Sung WELL?

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Should video game music be well-sung? What is music, anyway? That’s what The Battle Hymn of The EDF from Earth Defense Force 2025 got me thinking. Let’s briefly discuss it in this video!


That video leads us to another discussion: DOES CONTEXT MATTER for video game music?:

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0:00 – The subject
0:24 – What caught me off guard
3:06 – The brief discussion


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Hi, I’m Marco Meatball, a former pro opera singer, turned voice actor, turned YouTuber. I grew up loving video games and video game music after first discovering them when I was 7 years old. Since then, I have lived and breathed all things video games. This channel is all about video game music and the beauty of modern composition, how it allows us to connect more deeply with the games we love, and how we can better learn to understand ourselves through it and the experiences it provides.

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To save our mother Earth from any alien attack
From vicious giant insects who have once again come back
We’ll unleash all our forces we won’t cut them any slack
The EDF deploys!

Our soldiers are prepared for any alien threats
The navy launches ships, the airforce send their jets
And nothing can withstand our fixed bayonets
The EDF deploys!

Our forces have now dwindled and we pull back to regroup
The enemy has multiplied and formed a massive group
We better beat these bugs before we’re all turned to soup
The EDF deploys!

To take down giant insects who came from outer space
We now head underground for their path we must retrace
And find their giant nest and crush the queen’s carapace
The EDF deploys!

The airforce and the navy were destroyed or cast about
Scouts, Rangers, Wing Divers have almost been wiped out
Despite all this the infantry will stubbornly hold out
The EDF deploys!

Our friends were all killed yesterday as were our families
Today we may not make it facing these atrocities
We’ll never drop our banner despite our casualties
The EDF deploys!

Two days ago my brother died next day my lover fell
Today most everyone was killed on that we must not dwell
But we will never leave the field, we’ll never say farewell
The EDF deploys!

A legendary hero soon will lead us to glory
Eight years ago he sunk the mothership as history
Tomorrow we will follow this brave soul to victory


About Earth Defense Force 2025

Earth Defense Force is an action-packed video game series known for its intense gameplay. In EDF 2025 walkthrough videos, players showcase their strategies and tactics while battling hordes of alien invaders and massive creatures. The game features a diverse range of powerful weapons, including assault rifles, rocket launchers, and energy weapons, allowing players to obliterate foes in thrilling boss battles.

For those seeking camaraderie, Earth Defense Force co-op mode enables friends and players to team up and take on the alien menace together. Content creators often share insights on the EDF 2025 best weapons and offer tips and tricks to enhance your gameplay.

Earth Defense Force multiplayer mode intensifies the action, as players from around the world unite to protect Earth from destruction. You’ll find comparisons like EDF 4.1 vs EDF 5, helping you decide which installment of the series suits your style. Lastly, Earth Defense Force 2025 mission guide videos provide essential guidance through the game’s diverse missions, ensuring you’re well-prepared to face the extraterrestrial threat.


The Earth Defense Force (EDF) counts with up to 20 songs on its OST, I’ll list here some of the most popular ones in case you wanna check:

Earth Defense Force 2025 Soundtrack – Title Screen
Earth Defense Force 2025 Soundtrack – Main Menu
Earth Defense Force 2025 Soundtrack – Change Color
Earth Defense Force 2025 Soundtrack – Online Mode
Earth Defense Force 2025 Soundtrack – Versus Mode
Earth Defense Force 2025 Soundtrack – Mission Music 1
Earth Defense Force 2025 Soundtrack – Mission Music 2
Earth Defense Force 2025 Soundtrack – Mission Music 3
Earth Defense Force 2025 Soundtrack – Mission Music 4
Earth Defense Force 2025 Soundtrack – Mission Music 5
Earth Defense Force 2025 Soundtrack – Mission Music 6
Earth Defense Force 2025 Soundtrack – Mission Music 7
Earth Defense Force 2025 Soundtrack – Mission Music 8
Earth Defense Force 2025 Soundtrack – Mission Music 9
Earth Defense Force 2025 Soundtrack – Mission Music 10
Earth Defense Force 2025 Soundtrack – Mission Music 11
Earth Defense Force 2025 Soundtrack – Credits
… and a few others!


  1. I like it because it's clearly supposed to be evoking everyday soldiers on a march. The average soldier isn't gonna be an A+ singer, or even a decent one. Also helps that the song overall just fits right in with the game; funny and jank at first viewing, but gets increasingly fucked up the more you think about it.

  2. The question is, Do Video Game Songs Need to be Sung WELL? Let me just say this, it just depends on the situation. I think this is a good example. But there is a great example for the question, "Do Video Game Songs Need to be Sung WELL?" From Ace Combat 5 The Unsung War, Mission 27 ACES, where a lot of pilots from different nations sing the song, "The Journey Home," on the radio while flying next to Ghost of Razgriz Squadron. I have found to versions the regular version and the extended version. Here they are: ( Regular Version) (Extended Version)

  3. I think that's a good hymn. it reflects the multitude of people fighting for "earth".

  4. There is a Yukopi – 強風オールバック vocaloid song that went viral this year, and in have flute solo chorus purposely played "bad" and it is catchy as hell )

  5. مرتضى قاسم الفرطوسي says:

    play Blob Operareaction To lisa the painful OST

  6. I think you are missing the context. This isnt a game 'song' you are listening to thinking why is this so terrible- it plays when you are running about with a big gang of foot soldiers now and then.
    Just nameless grunts tring to keep their moral up by singing while they all charge into battle – most likely to die like almost everyone else has but your MC.

    Some of the lyrics are hilarious in the EDF songs. I think by far the best is the 2017 edf deploys! So its not meant to be sang well because it would be super wierd of a bunch of grunts charging into battle all DID sing well!

    Our friends were all killed yesterday, as were our families

    Today we might not make it, facing these atrocities

    We'll never drop our banner despite our casualties

    The EDF deploys!

    Two days ago my brother died, next day my lover fell

    Today most everyone was killed, on that we must not dwell

    But we will never leave the field, we'll never say farewell

    The EDF deploys!

    And what makes it even funnier in game is there are random lines soldiers can call out, some have a chance with various triggers – and there's several that can play during or after the song, like
    'Can we sing something else? this song is depressing!' So it is more hilarious world building than a proper 'song' and they are quite legendary with the series's fans.

  7. It doesn't need to perfect or that good, but I really don't want to listen to something like "Wir fliegen" from Xenoblade Chronicles X again.

  8. It's definitely a song, but it doesn't make me feel anything they're trying to convey.

  9. I personally think that music is similar to the other arts as in defining what counts as music is something everyone needs to define for themselves, on the other hand this clearly seems like a kinda parody of sorts, we are living in a time where "bad singing" is masked behind auto tune and the instruments of the song, this goes against this, makes a hilariously honest song of just a few friends together singing and is the sheer opposite of this, in a way it reminds me a lot of when in 1917, a man called Marcel Duchamp brought a pissoir into a art gallery and called it "fountain" to ask the question to the art world: 'what actually is art?'

    But those are just my tired 1 am ramblings I could be way off x)

  10. Short-form for my fellow singers: I love the fact that a group of people singing together, regardless of training or pedigree, will often sound like the opening chord to an Eric Whitacre piece–and that's fantastically honest and true to the human spirit.
    Having been a semi-professional singer for over half of my life, I got used to the idea that many people did not go through the decades of training I did very early on. There's even a meme I continuously reference titled "How "Happy Birthday" is Sung in the Office"–it's dissonant, it's raw, it can even be uncomfortable…but the intention is there to put something good out there for others.
    Do I wish my directors over the years could, en masse, play pitch pipes for a stadium full of fans to get some semblance of a chord together? Yes, because it would not only be hilarious, and I would also be able to identify any fellow singers in my vicinity if they hummed their pitch back on instinct, but it wouldn't be as random, as spontaneous, as unrefined—and that would drastically alter the experience.

  11. Day 2 of asking can you play genocide ending in Undertale

  12. Me bopping my head to BA entire arsenal of OST

  13. There's a popular song in cub scouts in Canada, or at least there was when I was one many a year ago that also repurposes the tune of "The Battle Hymn of The Republic" titled "And he Ain't gonna Jump no More". The opening line is "He jumped from forty thousand feet without a parachute", and the chorus starts witht the line "Gory gory what a hell of a way to die".

  14. There been a lot of examples of it in movies, especially when they have musical numbers staring big actors. One of the examples that i can think of on top of my head are Sweeney Todd and Moana. In Moana Dwayne Johnsons sings "You're Welcome" and it's really well produced, but Dwayne Johnson isn't a very impressive singer. What makes the song work is an enthusiasm and the fact that he put a lot of soul into singing, he is having fun with it, making his persona play with it. And in Sweeney Todd has so many great songs. A lot of soul and passion from amazing cast. I am not sure if any of them had formal muscial education or background in muscialssinging, but i struggle to remember one song that i dislike.

    Same with video game. It's not bad singing, if it serves the purpose. Someone mentioned Nier's Weight of the world, but i can give another example – Emil's shop theme. It's all over place, but it's intentionally made so and it fits him well.

  15. So marco if you get the chance destiny 2 dropped a lofi music to tithe to and i would love to hear your reaction to it

  16. You mostly hear this in game when your troops sing it in call and response along with you. Sounds better there

  17. The song is much better in game than any other way you might experience it. It's you and a dozen or more regular soldiers fighting giant insects and monsters who have wiped out most of the human race and these regular guys are just singing what they probably learnt from training to keep their morale up. Plus as you progress further through the game and the situation gets even worse for the EDF and humanity they start singing the more morbid verses as a kind of morbid camaraderie. Also the fact that you can sing the first line with the in game voice system and the NPCs join in is awesome. The tacky guitar is added on too, in game it's just the lyrics.

    EDF is a tacky B-movie turned into a video game but it's got so much heart and soul that I absolutely love the silly stuff like this.

  18. Earth Defense Force has always been a hilarious game.

  19. EDF is a series that is known for, and relishes in its absolute stupidity and insanity. I LOVE the various versions of this song. It's so perfect for in-game stuff when the soldiers are belting these out while shooting massive hordes of insects, frogs, robots, literal aliens, etc. It's so amazing and gives off massive "b-movie in a game" vibes. Perfection.

  20. I remember at the end of Stormblood, you finally get to hear Gyr Abania's true national anthem and it was sang not by a choir but by soldiers.

  21. I've only put an appreciable amount of time into EDF4, where you could assign pre-canned voice lines to a radial menu, including one of the lines from this song. Having all 4 members of a co-op group rattle off a whole verse was funny as hell every time.

  22. I like it, it feels like it is sung by the soldier on a march. Of course it's bad but that's the best part about it.

  23. I think Yakuza Kiwami 2 Majima's "Shia Wase Nara Ii Ya" or Yakuza Isshin's "Samurai Ondo" are a better representative of your point "Is this song sang badly?"
    EDF Battle Hymn sounds like a battle hymn, sang by soldiers, it's perfectly encapsulate things. So no, it wasn't sang badly, in context.
    If it was sang by a singer perfectly in tune, it would miss the point.

  24. I'd say it's valid music. It evokes emotions, morale, and has an effect and meaning to people. There's a really big Starship troopers vibe i feel from the EDF version.

    This very much reminds me of Front Mission 5's Blue Stream. Which is literally just a commercial for a kid bicycle (a bicycle that has significance to the main cast), but it's sung by what sounds like a bunch of troops with a drink or two around a campfire.


    Marco listening to the EDF anthem is the most unexpected thing to happen this whole month 😅

  26. My incredibly unfair nitpick is when the song is in english but its not sung in grammatically correct English

  27. I'll be honest, I don't like this rock version of the song you found. It's so much more raw without the distracting guitar.

  28. This isn't the kind of videogame music i would listen to regularly, but if i heard this in the game, i would be jamming out to it! Its just so fun!

  29. The thing that makes this a truly special song is that you can sing it in-game in most of EDF games. There are plenty of normal shoutouts to say hi or coordinate, but goofy singing together (or more commonly after you got downed by a stray friendly explosion) is such a uniquely EDF experience.

  30. i believe there are 2 types of in game music, one that is used to set the scene for the player which isn't 'heard' by the in game character, and one that is 'performed' in game world and is 'heard' by the in game character.
    the first one is used by most games, and is the norm of video game music which normally higher level of performance quality. while the latter all rules of performance music can be thrown out the window as it builds the world, and if the NPC is a bad singer… well the 'best' performance is one done poorly by normal standards.

  31. Unrelated note: I would love to see you experiencing the Black Mesa soundtrack (as well as some other Half Life masterscores). It's the remake of HL1 that took over two decades to build up from scratch, and it has some of the best soundtracks I have ever heard in gaming, mostly in the "Xen" (alien world) sections. I'd highly reccommend some reactions there, its one hell of a score.

  32. You can say it’s sung well as long as it achieves the desired effect in my opinion, and I think this song achieves exactly what it’s going for, so…

  33. In my opinion it takes skill to sound bad like this and that's what I'm hearing 😂

  34. Honestly that I prefer it way? Marco are you having a stroke or am I?

  35. That was horrible, but funny. Props to all the people with sense of humor out there!

  36. Honestly EDF is a series with not the biggest of budgets, considering before EDF 5 it was a bit of bargain bin game, so having your VAs sing your song is probably going to save some money in the long run.

  37. Amazing Marco. Keep going. I wanna support you on your journey on YouTube. Keep going !

  38. I think this applies to more than just video game music. I've heard many songs, covers and original work both, where the singer's skill was so impressive that it was just… too much. so polished and perfect that I felt like… idk, listening to a technical showcase like "look what I'm capable of!" instead of a song. sometimes hearing a voice crack or someone not quite hitting that one note makes everything 300x more impactful.

  39. I think that in the case of EDF, the music is absolutely perfect the way it is. It's a rather goofy game about annihilating hordes of gigantic space insects and non-descript big lizards with laser breath afterall, ask any EDF fan, and you will propably hear that they can't imagine it being sung any other way, because it would kill the vibe.

  40. After reading the tile, the first game that came to mind for me was Ace Combat 5.
    The not so great singing actually makes it better than the proper version for that part of the game IMO.

  41. Wait, wait, wait. That song. It's just a regular patriotic song, right? I know it's also praising God in it but that's only because many Americans are Christian. But it's not actually religious, is it?
    Sorry for these silly questions. It's just that I'm a non-American Mormon and this song is in our hymn book so, I'm just confused. Do other churches in America sing this, too?

  42. Please, react to the music of the killers in dead by daylight, it's a horror game and for each killer they have different music that describes them perfectly

    Greetings from Italy btw 🇮🇹🤌

  43. edf 4.1 sounds a bit better, because a larger group is singing. same song, just a bit less rough

  44. QUICK! Someone throw AC5 mission 27 "the journey home" at his head! No, screw it! I'll do it!
    It's not even in the official OST for whatever reason.

    Context and spoilers:

    After getting your carrier sunk, the captain being happy to finally "having won" because they got your squad in the air, you fly towards the motherf**** that made the two nations in the conflict fight each other out of pure spite.
    On the way, because the two leaders gave a speech explaining the situation (thanks to you) and how they were tricked all this time, EVERYONE able to fight is moving with you, regardless of nation.
    One after one, from both sides, squads join up with your formation and everyone begins to sing the "song of peace". It's called that because anti-war factions began singing it in a stadium whilst one of the abovementioned motherf**** tried to stirr the nation into total war and people didn't want none of that.
    The song has 4 goddamn versions alone and this version is the one sung by everyone in the formation to end this bullshit conflict once and for all!

    Edit: Help! I can't stop crying listening to it!

  45. EDF! EDF! EDF!

    The fun thing about this hymn is that in-game it's a series of emotes so singing it, in time with your friends takes a bit of effort.

  46. I feel it always depends. Iv not played EDF but from the song it feels like its meant to be a comical game, if so not great singing adds to the comcial element. But if its a serious game. . Then ooooh nooo

  47. The best thing is that the vocals are not part of the song by themselves, but is a chorus of the actual troops in-game singing.
    You could be destroying a multitude of insect and the troops would start singing this and i loved it.

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