Introduction | 15-11 | 10-6 | 5-2 | 1 | Honorable Mentions
1. Cowboy Bebop (Yoko Kanno and The Seatbelts)
Come on, what did you expect for the #1 spot? I've never seen an anime that so thoroughly impresses me, that entertains and, at times, even moves me. I guess it's a little heavy-handed to say that about a cartoon, but I'm sure if you've seen it, you wouldn't say it was a stretch. Likewise, Cowboy Bebop's soundtrack is the best I've ever heard, of really anything ever. So naturally a space western would have mostly jazz music, right? Uh, well it does, anyway. But if you think you can pin it down so easily, forget it. It runs the gamut from jazz, blues, rock, alternative, country, rock, and pretty much anything you can think of in between. However, it's never out of place, because the world of Bebop is an eclectic mix of hipsters, dreamers, schemers, criminals, lawmen, geeks, freaks, and whatever the hell that blob thing was (and no, it wasn't pudding). Accompanying these compositions are vocals from Emily Bindiger, Steve Conte, and Mai Yamane, with lyrics often written by Tim Jensen. Yoko Kanno's band The Seatbelts is a presence throughout, too. The music is almost a character in itself, and when Cowboy Bebop climaxes, the music goes out with a "Bang." Never seen a bluer sky... I can feel it reaching out and moving closer... there's something about blue.
More recommendations from the OST... Doggy Dog, The Real Folk Blues, Go Go Cactus Man, PAPA Plastic, and NY Rush.