The Music of League of Legends is an amalgamation of every song released officially by Riot Games Inc. through the means of music Albums or direct internet viewing. Previously, every song was posted on LoLSoundcloud.com, but the official site for all of their albums can be found here. During PAX East 2015, Riot did a panel specifically for League music, including some orchestral and vocal performances.

Production

Frequencies – The Music of League of Legends

Frequencies – The Music of League of Legends

Riot Documentary

"Music and games share an intertwined history stretching back to neon-soaked arcades and dusty living rooms crowded with tangles of twisting plastic controller cords. From chiptune scores to the sweeping symphonies of expansive fantasy worlds,the relationship shared between games and music simultaneously elevates both art forms. Frequencies is a behind-the-scenes look at that harmony at Riot; the moment when creativity, collaboration, and passion collide to forge and reinforce story through music."
― Frequencies[1]

Albums

Music of League - Volume 1

The Music of League of Legends Volume 1
Released
January 27th, 2015[2]
Experience moments woven within the League of Legends universe through soaring scores and victorious anthems. Listen as 15 new and classic League tracks come together for the first time beyond the game. This is the Music of League.
From January 28th 2015, the album will be available on amazon mp3, Grooveshark, iTunes, Spotify, and more! Song credits available here.
Riot Games
Genre
Orchestral, Rock.
Production Notes
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Alex "Scherzophrenia" Temple - mixing on "Curse of the Sad Mummy"
Christian "Praeco" Linke - mixing, programming, producer, lyrics for "Curse of the Sad Mummy"
Cameron Stone - cello on "Freljord"
Chris Bleth - ethnic woodwinds on "Freljord"
Dan Negovan - additional programming
David Low - cello on "Daylight’s End"
Devin Kelly - percussion on "Freljord"
Devon "RiotRunaan" Giehl - lyrics for "Daylight’s End"
Hollywood Scoring Orchestra on "Demacia Rising"
Leif Woodward - viol da gamba on "Freljord"
Laura Conway - vocals on "Freljord"
Lisa "Saiyaka" Thorn - vocals on "Daylight’s End" and "Freljord"
Luke Maurer - viola on "Daylight’s End"
Mark Robertson - violin on "Daylight’s End"
Maia Jasper - violin on "Daylight’s End"
Paul Cartwright - violin on "Freljord"
Paul Allman - Nyckelharpa on "Freljord"


Tracks
Song Original Link Champion or Location Duration
Demacia Rising Demacia Rising Demacia 4:08
Tidecaller Tidecaller NamiSquare Nami 4:08
Tiny Masterpiece of Evil Tiny Masterpiece of Evil VeigarSquare Veigar 4:57
The Curse of the Sad Mummy The Curse of the Sad Mummy AmumuSquare Amumu 4:20
Quinn And Valor Quinn And Valor QuinnSquare Quinn 3:31
Braum Braum BraumSquare Braum 3:34
Tales Of The Rift Tales Of The Rift Summoner's Rift 3:35
Lulu and Shaco’s Quirky Encounter Lulu and Shaco’s Quirky Encounter LuluSquare Lulu/ShacoSquare Shaco 2:36
Freljord Freljord LissandraSquare Lissandra/Freljord 3:31
Rise Of The Ascended Rise Of The Ascended AzirSquare Azir/Shurima 3:30
Daylight’s End Daylight’s End DianaSquare Diana 3:47
Challengers Challengers UrfSquare Urf 2:56
Get Jinxed Get Jinxed JinxSquare Jinx 2:53
Super Galaxy Rumble Super Galaxy Rumble RumbleSquare Rumble 1:59
Reborn Reborn SionSquare Sion 2:45
Details
Demacia Rising

On January 27, 2015, Riot published an official music video for their first League of Legends music album, Demacia Rising on their official website.

League of Legends Music Demacia Rising

League of Legends Music Demacia Rising

Chorus:
Scarlet vow one pledge to king and realm,
When shadows are found,
Arise gilded crown,
True justice abound.
― Demacia Rising


Tidecaller

On January 27, 2015, Riot published an official music video for their first League of Legends music album, Tidecaller on their official website.

League of Legends Music Tidecaller

League of Legends Music Tidecaller


Tiny Masterpiece of Evil

On January 27, 2015, Riot published an official music video for their first League of Legends music album, Tiny Masterpiece of Evil on their official website.

League of Legends Music Tiny Masterpiece of Evil

League of Legends Music Tiny Masterpiece of Evil


The Curse of the Sad Mummy

On January 26, 2015, Riot published an official music video for their first League of Legends music album, The Curse of the Sad Mummy on their official website.

League of Legends Music The Curse of the Sad Mummy

League of Legends Music The Curse of the Sad Mummy

First Verse:
Every child in Valoran has heard the tale before,
About the cursed mummy boy who felt his heart no more.
So sad and lorn, the helpless lad, Amumu was his name,
He ventured out to find a friend and learn about his bane.

Second Verse:

For many years, young Amumu traveled through the lands,
Determined to make friends, if only they would understand,
But even when Amumu stood upon the ledge of home,
His hope would disappoint him, and he would remain alone.

Third Verse:

But then the curse began to whisper in his ear,
And would confirm what was Amumu’s biggest fear,
It pledged that never shall someone become his friend,
It pledged that he shall be alone until his end.

Forth Verse:

The sorrow and despair,
Became too much to bear.

Fifth Verse:

The moment when Amumu realized what he had done,
Too late it was, for him, for them, the evil curse had won.
The anger and the anguish overwhelmed his fragile soul,
And caused a wicked tantrum that he never could control.
― The Curse of The Sad Mummy


Quinn and Valor

On January 27, 2015, Riot published an official music video for their first League of Legends music album, Quinn And Valor on their official website.

League of Legends Music Quinn And Valor

League of Legends Music Quinn And Valor


Braum

On January 27, 2015, Riot published an official music video for their first League of Legends music album, Braum on their official website.

League of Legends Music Braum

League of Legends Music Braum


Tales of the Rift

On January 27, 2015, Riot published an official music video for their first League of Legends music album, Tales Of The Rift on their official website.

League of Legends Music Tales Of The Rift

League of Legends Music Tales Of The Rift


Lulu and Shaco’s Quirky Encounter

On January 27, 2015, Riot published an official music video for their first League of Legends music album, Lulu and Shaco’s Quirky Encounter on their official website.

League of Legends Music Lulu and Shaco’s Quirky Encounter

League of Legends Music Lulu and Shaco’s Quirky Encounter


Freljord

On January 27, 2015, Riot published an official music video for their first League of Legends music album, Freljord on their official website.

League of Legends Music Freljord

League of Legends Music Freljord


Rise of the Ascended

On January 27, 2015, Riot published an official music video for their first League of Legends music album, Rise Of The Ascended on their official website.

League of Legends Music Rise Of The Ascended

League of Legends Music Rise Of The Ascended


Daylight’s End

On January 27, 2015, Riot published an official music video for their first League of Legends music album, Daylight’s End on their official website.

League of Legends Music Daylight’s End

League of Legends Music Daylight’s End

First Verse:

Ask not the sun why she sets
Why she shrouds her light away
Or why she hides her glowing gaze
When night turns crimson gold to grey

Second Verse: For silent falls the guilty sun
As day to dark does turn
One simple truth she dare not speak:
Her light can only blind and burn

Third Verse: No mercy for the guilty
Bring down their lying sun
Blood so silver black by night
Upon their faces pale white

Outro: Cruel moon, bring the end

The dawn will never rise again[3]
DianaSquare Diana


Challengers

On January 27, 2015, Riot published an official music video for their first League of Legends music album, Challengers on their official website.

League of Legends Music Challengers

League of Legends Music Challengers


Get Jinxed

On October 23, 2013, Riot published an official music video for their first League of Legends music album, Get Jinxed on their official website.

League of Legends Music Get Jinxed

League of Legends Music Get Jinxed

Vocals by: Agnete Kjølsrud from the band Djerv.

First Verse:
Blah blah blablah.
Wanna join me, come and play.
But I might shoot you, in your face.
Bombs and bullets will, do the trick.
What we need here, is a little bit of panic!

Second Verse:

Do you ever wanna catch me?
Right now I'm feeling ignored!
So can you try a little harder?
I'm really getting bored!

Chorus:

Come on, shoot faster,
Just a little bit of energy!
I wanna try something fun right now,
I guess some people call it anarchy!
Let's blow this city to ashes,
And see what Pow-Pow thinks.
It's such pathetic neatness,
But not for long 'cause it'll get jinxed!

Third Verse:

So much better, so much fun.
Let's start from scratch and, blow up the sun!

Chorus:

Come on, shoot faster,
Just a little bit of energy!
I wanna try something fun right now,
I guess some people call it anarchy!
Let's blow this city to ashes,
And see what Pow-Pow thinks.
It's such pathetic neatness,
But not for long 'cause it'll get jinxed!

Outro:

Come on!
Come on!
And get jinxed!
― Get Jinxed


Super Galaxy Rumble

On January 27, 2015, Riot published an official music video for their first League of Legends music album, Super Galaxy Rumble on their official website.

League of Legends Music Super Galaxy Rumble

League of Legends Music Super Galaxy Rumble


Reborn

On January 27, 2015, Riot published an official music video for their first League of Legends music album, Reborn on their official website.

League of Legends Music Reborn

League of Legends Music Reborn


Pentakill Album Smite and Ignite
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Freljord Crest icon

Music Video

Smite and Ignite

By Pentakill

The era of metal has begun.

Pentakill Album Grasp of the Undying
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Bandle City Crest icon

Music Video

Grasp of the Undying

By Pentakill

No one shreds like the undead.

Warsongs

Warsongs
Released
January 14, 2016[4]
Amp up your in-game plays by injecting new beats into classic League tunes. Warsongs is a new collection of remixed anthems to accompany your competitive climb during the 2016 Season, and it's yours to download below.
Riot Games
  • Genre: Dubstep
Tracks
Song Original Link Champion, or others Duration
Piercing Light (Mako Remix) Piercing Light (Mako Remix) LucianSquare Lucian 4:50
Edge of Infinity (Minnesota Remix) Edge of Infinity (Minnesota Remix) Infinity Edge item Infinity Edge 4:00
Welcome to Planet Urf (Jauz Remix) Welcome to Planet Urf (Jauz Remix) UrfSquare Urf 4:08
PROJECT: Yi (Vicetone Remix) PROJECT: Yi (Vicetone Remix) Master YiSquare PROJECT: Yi 4:19
Flash Funk (Marshmello Remix) Flash Funk (Marshmello Remix) Flash Flash 4:44
Let The Games Begin (Hyper Potions Remix) Let The Games Begin (Hyper Potions Remix) Championship 3:34
Worlds Collide (Arty Remix) Worlds Collide (Arty Remix) Championship 4:04
The Glory (James Egbert Remix) The Glory (James Egbert Remix) Championship 4:35
The Boy Who Shattered Time (MitiS Remix) The Boy Who Shattered Time (MitiS Remix) EkkoSquare Ekko 4:50
Lucidity (Dan Negovan Remix) Lucidity (Dan Negovan Remix) Ionian Boots of Lucidity item Ionian Boots of Lucidity 4:05
Silver Scrapes (ProtoShredanoid Remix) Silver Scrapes (ProtoShredanoid Remix) Championship 4:17
Details
Piercing Light (Mako Remix)

On January 14, 2016, Riot published an official music video for their Warsongs album, Piercing Light (Mako Remix).

Warsongs - Piercing Light (Mako Remix)

Warsongs - Piercing Light (Mako Remix)


Edge of Infinity (Minnesota Remix)

On January 14, 2016, Riot published an official music video for their Warsongs album, Edge of Infinity (Minnesota Remix).

Warsongs - Edge of Infinity (Minnesota Remix)

Warsongs - Edge of Infinity (Minnesota Remix)


Welcome to Planet Urf (Jauz Remix)

On January 14, 2016, Riot published an official music video for their Warsongs album, Welcome to Planet Urf (Jauz Remix).

Warsongs - Welcome to Planet Urf (Jauz Remix)

Warsongs - Welcome to Planet Urf (Jauz Remix)


PROJECT Yi (Vicetone Remix)

On January 14, 2016, Riot published an official music video for their Warsongs album, PROJECT Yi (Vicetone Remix).

Warsongs - PROJECT Yi (Vicetone Remix)

Warsongs - PROJECT Yi (Vicetone Remix)


Flash Funk (Marshmello Remix)

On January 14, 2016, Riot published an official music video for their Warsongs album, Flash Funk (Marshmello Remix).

Warsongs - Flash Funk (Marshmello Remix)

Warsongs - Flash Funk (Marshmello Remix)


Let The Games Begin (Hyper Potions Remix)

On January 14, 2016, Riot published an official music video for their Warsongs album, Let The Games Begin (Hyper Potions Remix).

Warsongs - Let The Games Begin (Hyper Potions Remix)

Warsongs - Let The Games Begin (Hyper Potions Remix)


Worlds Collide (Arty Remix)

On January 14, 2016, Riot published an official music video for their Warsongs album, Worlds Collide (Arty Remix).

Warsongs - Worlds Collide (Arty Remix)

Warsongs - Worlds Collide (Arty Remix)


The Glory (James Egbert Remix)

On January 14, 2016, Riot published an official music video for their Warsongs album, The Glory (James Egbert Remix).

Warsongs - The Glory (James Egbert Remix)

Warsongs - The Glory (James Egbert Remix)


The Boy Who Shattered Time (MitiS Remix)

On January 14, 2016, Riot published an official music video for their Warsongs album, The Boy Who Shattered Time (MitiS Remix).

Warsongs - The Boy Who Shattered Time (MitiS Remix)

Warsongs - The Boy Who Shattered Time (MitiS Remix)


Lucidity (Dan Negovan Remix)

On January 14, 2016, Riot published an official music video for their Warsongs album, Lucidity (Dan Negovan Remix).

Warsongs - Lucidity (Dan Negovan Remix)

Warsongs - Lucidity (Dan Negovan Remix)


Silver Scrapes (ProtoShredanoid Remix)

On January 14, 2016, Riot published an official music video for their Warsongs album, Silver Scrapes (ProtoShredanoid Remix).

Warsongs - Silver Scrapes (ProtoShredanoid Remix)

Warsongs - Silver Scrapes (ProtoShredanoid Remix)


More than Game Music: Making Warsongs

BY RUMTUMTUMMERS [5]

Music has the power to tell incredible stories, and we’ve always been interested in finding new and exciting opportunities that harness this power. Smite and Ignite was a celebration of all things metal. DJ Sona was our way of exploring music that impacts gameplay (and vice-versa). So when we finished work on The Music of League of Legends, Vol 1. and started thinking about our next project, we knew we wanted to go big. Riot Records, our internal name for “the team that does album stuff,” had just the idea: an album that could serve as the soundtrack to the 2016 ranked season.

Playlist origins

Warsongs is meant to be music that amps players up for League and puts them in the ladder-climbing mindset. Riot Records producer Tyler Eltringham explains its origin: “We released a metal album, and a soundtrack. So then everyone started thinking, ‘Okay, what next? What’s the next big idea?’” Those conversations took the the team toward the idea of an album designed to evoke a feeling of competitiveness and forward momentum. “What, we asked, would inspire players to push harder, to queue again?”

...Riot Records actively looks for musicians who love games and can find inspiration in League for these cool collaborations.

Electronic music felt like the natural choice, both because of its popularity in the League community and because of the number of EDM artists with close ties to games and gaming culture. “We’ve seen so many streamers listening to EDM while they stream,” says Eltringham, “and we knew there were tons of artists in EDM who are either huge League fans or huge gamers. It already feels like a natural part of the game.”

Dev manager Toa Dunn adds, “A lot of EDM musicians trace their influences back to hearing music in games—it seemed cool to have it all loop back around on itself this way.”

“Besides, part of what makes Riot Records unique as a team,” says Eltringham, “is that most of the effort is focused on finding people to work with externally. We have amazing in-house composers working on music for the game, but Riot Records actively looks for musicians who love games and can find inspiration in League for these cool collaborations.”

With the genre decided, the Riot Records team was ready to move into production.

For games, but not for a game

The team started by building a list of potential artists for the project. Says Dunn, “It was basically a blue-sky collection of people we’d love to work with.” From there, the team vetted each artist based on their gamer creds, musical style, and understanding of the project. Dunn says that the team asked questions like: “Do they play League, are they part of gaming culture, do they ‘get’ the League community? Will this person be accessible, and does it feel like an authentic fit?”

What would be the point if artists were forced to match some sound the team imagined? It would be an insane waste of talent and probably would limit the album, quality-wise.

Eltringham emphasizes the importance of finding artists with genuine connections to gaming, saying, “It wasn’t about finding big names for the big names. It had to be musicians who really connected to what Warsongs was trying to do, who had a sense of ‘This is how music gets me excited and hyped when I play games I love.’” The team also placed a big emphasis on the idea of variety—with “EDM” being more of an umbrella term than an actual genre, it was important that Warsongs run the stylistic gamut from big room anthems to dirtier dubstep, progressive house, and more. “Good gaming music to one person might be the opposite to another,” says Dunn, “so the team focused on sound diversity within the album.”

The Riot Records team also stresses the importance of letting each artist’s sound shine through in their tracks. “It was tricky,” says Dunn. “A lot of artists are used to working with companies who are like, ‘Take this and make a video game song.’ That wasn’t the goal here.” Artists needed to take the core idea and run with it for Warsongs to hit its full potential.

"What would be the point if artists were forced to match some sound the team imagined?" Eltringham adds. "It would be an insane waste of talent and probably would limit the album, quality-wise.”

Getting hype

Riot Records designed Warsongs from its foundation to be something that exists outside of League while still being inextricably connected to it. “It would be so cool if players take the album and bring it outside of the game, to their workouts or wherever they need to feel amped,” Eltringham says, “and to have this very League thing end up in places far beyond a second monitor or tab.” Riot Records, as a team, is just hopeful that players like the album as much as they do, and that it provides players the extra energy they need to climb the ranked ladder. “If you go to a basketball game, you hear jock jams, right? Those songs say, ‘It’s game time.’ Hopefully, Warsongs can be that for League—fuel for the fire,” says Dunn.

See also

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