Back in the the early 2000s, the game Tony Hawk became a status symbol in the early-elementary social scene. Whether or not you could shred some virtual concrete gnar was crucial to your ability to hang at the cool table and pull some killer play dates that all of a sudden started to include “nollie,” “kickflip” and “fastplant” despite our suburban country club backgrounds. My mom — bless her heart — bought me a skateboard for my eighth birthday because of Tony Hawk.
If you, like most Millennial American males, have ever had any history as a die-hard fanboy for the video game franchise named after skateboarding’s golden boy, you undoubtedly have an emotional connection to the franchise’s collection of soundtracks, full of the most random ska, rap, metal and punk groups of the ’90s.
Bound to give you all the feels from your childhood gamer days, I present to you the top 5 soundtrack jams from the Tony Hawk video games.
5.) “Jerry Was a Race Car Driver” by Primus
What an awesomely ambiguous song title paired with an equally awesome grungy name for a diverse ’90s rock band. When I hear the word “funky,” this song comes to my mind.
4.) “Amoeba” by Adolescent
Wow, the goofy titles keep on coming. Having “Adolescent” as your band name might be the most punk rock thing I’ve ever heard.
3.)”Bring the Noise” by Anthrax and Public Enemy
While I was too young and distracted by the skater scene to realize it at the time, it’s great to know that Anthrax and Public Enemy pulled off the Jay-Z-and-Lincoln-Park way before that genre-crossing was seen as a (bad) thing. Pre-VH1 Flava Flav in Tony Hawk is always win.
2.) “Guerilla Radio” by Rage Against the Machine
Arguably the first to correctly fuse hiphop and rock, RATM’s “Guerilla Radio” is undoubtedly the first song I ever banged my head to.
1.) “Superman” by Goldfinger
Anyone who actually knows a thing on about Tony Hawk knows this power ranking was just a fight for second place. Seriously, I’m about to play this on Spotify on repeat the rest of the workday, and you will too.
Anyone else tryin’ to whip out the N-64 and challenge me in some Area 51?.
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