After storming the barricades last year in a bid to gain more recognition for video game scores when it comes to classical music, this year's Classic FM Hall of Fame has seen three entries place in the top 200, with two in particular reach stratospheric levels.
Two of the entries from last year made sizeable gains: Jeremy Soule's soaring score for Skyrim rose no fewer than 233 places to pip the best of Mozart, Beethoven, and Elgar into fifth place and Nobuo Uematsu's epic arrangement for Final Fantasy 7 climbed 13 places to amazingly reach third.
There was a newcomer too, this year in the form of Grant Kirkhope's work on Viva Pinata, which came in at #174.
Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor took the crown, with Vaughan Williams' The Lark Ascending coming second.
The high placing of the video games entries is due, in no small part, to the successful campaigning conducted by industry stalwart Mark Robins. Needless to say, it's sparked plenty of debate over on Classic FM's site, which is frankly fantastic.
"I just wanted to say a huge thank you to everybody who supported the campaign to keep video game music in the Classic FM Hall of Fame – the results this year have been incredible," said Robins." Video game music from The Elder Scrolls and Final Fantasy hit numbers 5 & 3 in the annual top 300 chart – coming above both Mozart and Beethoven!
"So thank you to everybody who voted, talked or wrote about the campaign. You’re all my favourites!
"The individual web pages for all are below and the debate that’s going on there over whether the music is “classical” or not is RAGING on! Do join in if you fancy it!"