Depending on your age, you’ve likely devoted a sizeable amount of your life to Call of Duty – some of you may even have started from the bottom back in 2003 – now we’re here.

Call of Duty has evolved from being just a PC only title to one of the biggest gaming franchises there is, and with each release comes a brand new soundtrack. Whether you take notice and listen to the background music, or mute it within settings, the soundtrack is a defining factor of each Call of Duty release.

As Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is on the way, we thought we’d rewind all the way back to the start and showcase theΒ main theme soundtracks of each Call of Duty release.

Below is a list of the main menu music you would have been presented with when first playing each release.

Be sure to vote for your favourite by leaving a comment below and telling us why!

Call of Duty – 2003


Call of Duty 2 – 2005


Call of Duty 3 – 2006


Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare – 2007


Call of Duty: World at War – 2008


Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 – 2009


Call of Duty: Black Ops – 2010


Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 – 2011


Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 – 2012


Call of Duty: Ghosts – 2013

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  • Gamefr3akable

    My favorite has to be MW2 and Black Ops 2.

    • Dylan

      AGREED! MW3 is really good too!

  • Hearing COD 4 again gave me goose bumps :p

  • World at War and MW2 are two of my personal favorites. MW3’s music was brilliant as well. Brian Tyler did a great job with the ending music to MW3. All of Call of Dutys music is usually great. Obviously I wasn’t a fan of Black Ops 2’s music, but that’s just my opinion.

    • jordanxbrookes

      Some of Black Ops 2’s the pieces were ok, I just wasn’t fond of the electronic and dubstep music being played.

      • That’s how I felt. Not a big Dubstep fan. Though I understand why they used it.

        • jordanxbrookes

          Same here, it’s understandable with dubstep being a popular genre, and the game being set in 2025.

      • NuttyTheSquirrel

        Same here. Although I do not dislike electronic music (house, dubstep, etc) I do love me some “Vietnam” songs. ( Fortunate Son, Wind of Change, Gimme Shelter, Sympathy for the Devil, Purple Haze, and much more). I also like classics like GNR, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Gary Moore, ACDC, SOAD.

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        *I must be the most strange human when it comes to taste in music. I play Electric Guitar, I hear classic rock, I hear jazz, I hear Country, and I hear Rap/Hip-Hop (TUPAC 4 LIFEZZ! xD). I really don’t know why xD. But I like to have a wide variety of songs. I usually hear more rap than anything else at this moment. Guys like Snoop Dogg (90’s), Tupac, Eminem, Dr. Dre, Mobb Deep, JayZ and some more. It also depends on the day. Today my brain tells me it is Vietnam day. xD*

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        I really liked that Karma mission, with the dubstep music was playing while were shooting the badies in slow-mo.
        Same here,

        • jordanxbrookes

          Rolling Stones – Gimme Shelter, can’t beat it πŸ˜€

        • I think you mean late 60’s songs rather than “Vietnam songs” πŸ˜›
          And I don’t think, although I do like them, that SOAD counts as a classic…

          • NuttyTheSquirrel

            Yes, I meant the late 60’s and 70’s songs, but not everyone, that’s why I said “Vietnam” (note the quotes). Not every 60’s songs have a Vietnam feeling to them, if you know what I mean :D.

            SOAD counts as a classic for me, they started in the early 90’s. Yes, their songs are no-where near the “classic” feeling that most 80’s-90’s songs have, but still, they’re classic.

            EDIT: It’s nice to see that people have good taste in music. #FukLil’Wang #YoloSwagalicious #FukDaHaters

          • #420justinbeiber1d

    • Rorke File

      MW2 was the best one, I made beats with it ..

    • Guest

      black ops 1 had one of the best multiplayer lobby music

      • jordanxbrookes

        Definitely, my favourite game, with amazing Black Operations style music.

      • osaid_98

        both BO and BO2

      • davidrvdppv

        I agree! blops mp music would get me hyped at the start of a match.

      • Kelley Parker

        It’s between BO1 and MW2 for me.

    • I dont know why,but my favourite theme is acutally the CoD Red Square Theme

    • Mr Doge

      Nah man MW2 was the best by far. 45 seconds in it gets SOOO epic. Fitted really well with the intro of the campaign. I just REALLY like the style of the music in the MW series. It just fitted PERFECTLY. I like the second Ghost track (There was 3 because of patches) because it sounded a lot like the MW2 menu music to me.

      • NuttyTheSquirrel

        Ye, it’s dark and epic at the same time. When I hear that I get like flashes on the campaign.
        MW2’s campaign was amazing, either reviews say it or not. But it is VERY complicated. You new to understand EVERYTHING, and I mean EVERYTHING about CoD4’s and MW2’s campaign and link them together.

        I’ve been playing the MW series from the start, non-stop (from CoD4 to MW3) and let me tell you, the story is fucking amazing! But it is without a doubt, really, REALLY hard to understand it.

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        STORY EXPLANATION

        Many people don’t understand why the russians invaded the US. And skipping the most important mission in the game is a big no-no (No Russian).

        So let’s start with the nuke in CoD 4. Millions of people die, including Sheperd’s soldiers. (If you start the campaign in MW2, you hear him talk about losing 30’000 men (I think)). So after that event, Sheperd’s reputation wasn’t so great, since he “led their soldiers to die”. He wanted (to kill, I assume) Zakhaev but “the magic squad” got to him first. Sheperd was then seen as a “failure” because he was the Leader/Commander but he “didn’t do shit” as one.

        MW2

        Bla bla bla, pew pew pew badum kapow, ratatatatatata, etc.

        No Russian Mission:

        THIS IS THE MISSION/EVENT THAT STARTS THE WAR BETWEEN RU AND US.

        We are Pvt. Joseph Allen, an undercover Task Force 141/C.I.A. agent in the Ultranationalists/Inner Circle net, his undercover name was Alexei Borodin.

        In the end of the “No Russian” mission, the guy in the van says “We’ve send a strong message with this attack.” – and Makarov responds: “That wasn’t a message.”, then shoots/kills Allen and says: “This is a message.”
        He knew that Allen was an undercover agent and kills him, leaving the AMERICAN body on the Massacre scene.
        Russia then proceeds to attack the US, since they think that the americans attacked Russia.

        Bla bla bla and more pew pew kabow…

        We go to Makarov’s safe house in the mission Loose Ends. We download the Intel, and after that we need to get to the Extration point, the one where, minutes later, Shepherd betrays us. He betrays us because, at that point, he has the Intel he needs to know where Makarov is and sets a bounty on “the magic squad”. He sets a bounty on Price and Soap because they killed Zakhaev, destroying his reputation as the commander. We then go and kill him too.

        After that it’s just nonsense (MW3’s campaign).
        I never understood MW3’s campaign. Why is Russia attacking Europe? Why is Russia even fighting, since the President (and Russia) know(s) that Makarov was the terrorist behind the massacre. If someone knows anything about it, please, LET ME KNOW!

        • Batman

          YUp it sucked

        • DanDustEmOff

          After the Allen gets shot and found by Russian authorities, Allen is found to be a CIA operative, the country calls for war against America. Europe are allies to America and a lot of countries have American bases since the cold war. Makes sense to take out the Allies too. The Russians discovered that it was Makarov after the start of MW3 which is why the two countries were meeting in Germany to discuss a ceasefire. Which is why Makarov went for the Presidents daughter, to stop the Russians and Americans signing a ceasefire.

          You must have skipped a cut scene or two πŸ˜‰

          • NuttyTheSquirrel

            I never gave my full attention to MW3’s campaign. But I’m giving it now. I’m finishing MW2, giong to MW3 later on. Then it’s time for Black Ops and Black Ops 2 :D.

            BUT I WILL NEVER, EVER do this with Ghosts and Ghosts 2. In my opinion, Ghosts’ campaign was dull, full of bad acting (“DAD, you were a Ghost all along?” -OH GIVE ME A BRAKE), and really unaccurate (to reality). I know that CoD isn’t a simulator, nor does it try to be, but Rorke being shot and still having more energy than us after getting a .44 magnum hollow point* to the chest. Sound in space, muzzle flash in space, and so on. These are little things are little things the bother me xD.

            * = Hollow point bullets are bullets with a hole on the tip to deal more damage when hitting flesh, the hole opens, thus creating more volume and destroying more (muscle) tissue. It also makes the bullet go slower when entering the target, which also destroys more tissue. (This why Snipers should deal more damage the longer the range.)

          • DanDustEmOff

            He had body armour on though. Sure he would be winded and hurt but my understanding is that hollow tips are less effective against body armour than conventional bullets. It’s no more absurd than a guy being saved by a cop badge, hip flask, bible etc. that happens in action films. That’s kind of the way I see CoD campaigns. To me they are just interactive, big Hollywood block busters and in that sense it delivered.
            BTW you would still have muzzle flash in space. A conventional bullet has enough oxygen inside it to ignite and propel the bullet forward. So an explosion still occurs and you would still have muzzle flash.

        • Mr Doge

          To make it easier to explain Ill try to give you my take on the Ultranationalist’s Plan. So it starts off with Zakhaev’s Inner Circle secretly trading Nuclear Material in Pripyat to make Nukes. About a decade later they start a civil war in Russia between the Loyaliist’s and Ultranationalists as a means to get more power. Zakhaev works with Al-Asad to get him to deploy the nukes. He is succesful when he kills 30,000 US Soldiers. However Al-Asad is killed and they have no way to deploy nukes so they head to a silo base to deploy their nukes. However they are stopped and Zakhaev is killed. Since his son was also killed Makarov became in charge of the Inner Circle. He starts his planning on the Airport Massacre but learns before the operation that Yuri informed the CIA about the mission. He then uses it as an opportunity to get the US and Russia to keep them busy. After that happens Makarov begins planning for his next attack but is called up on Radio by Price and is asked about Shepard’s whereabouts. He uses this as an opportunity to get rid of Shepard so he tells him. Now the gas attack on Europe was probably in the intel that Ghost and Roach gathered but the only people who knew about it were all dead. Makarov learned about the peace treaty being planned by the president so he rushed the date to keeps the treaty from happening. He kidnaps the President and uses him to get the Nuclear launch codes to eliminate the World’s Superpower Countries like the USA however TF141 rescue the President and his Daughter and stop Makarovs plans. With no option left Makarov goes into hiding to come up with another plan but Price learns about his whereabouts and kills him thus disbanding the Inner Circle. Remember this is what I THINK happened.

          • Kelley Parker

            Idk whether to take anything Doge says seriously or not…

            #JK

    • TheShadowReaper

      i am not a fan of electronic/dubstep music either. but hey its COD music to me. not my fav but its alright.

  • MichiganerE

    Hearing CoD 1 and 2’s soundtracks brings back nostalgia of both games when I played them when they first both came out. Ahh, the memories of CoD 1 and 2. Also, it’s sad to see that most of the Charlie Intel community, including the staff, has never played CoD 1-3. Just shows how much of the franchise most of the fans know, too bad I’m in the minority.

  • Modern Warfare 3 and 2 soundtrack <3
    Awesome post, CharIieINTEL, would love to see more of this kind.

    Call of Duty (1) song sounds like a Disney soundtrack combined with Star Wars main theme.

    • MichiganerE

      That’s what soundtracks were like in World War 2 games.

  • jordanxbrookes

    These are some of the best video game soundtracks I’ve ever heard. My favourite has to be Modern Warfare 2 OST. Hans Zimmer and Lorne Balfe are some of the best composers of today. Call of Duty 4 OST was great too, Shadow of Chernobyl was my favourite out of the whole. Call of Duty 3’s main theme gives that patriotic feeling, winning WW2 against Nazi Germany. Modern Warfare 3 brings in the remembrance of those Call of Duty characters who did what was right and what was wrong, both for their countries and in the heat of vengeance. Ghosts may be a bad game to play, but the OST for that game, again amazing. The rest are equally amazing too. Every time I listen to any of these soundtracks, it makes me proud and happy to be a part of the Call of Duty community.

    • Too long to read, but I agree with you haha

      • jordanxbrookes

        Yeah sorry about that haha, just love Call of Duty πŸ™‚

        • Music is so key in a video game and I’m glad Call of Duty knows this

          • jordanxbrookes

            It is definitely, it’s why games, like Halo, are distinguished from the rest, when you hear the music, you instantly know what game it’s from.

    • blah

      yeah i liked the feel of MW2’s ost, it find of forwarded the ‘depression of a destroyed America as well as betrayal by Shepard

    • Siftblade of Rivia

      Personally, my favorite video game soundtrack is the Skyrim OST. But COD’s OSTs are top notch and I enjoy them. They’re in my top 5.

  • Mr Steve

    Call of Duty (the first) sounded beautiful…

  • Patrik

    MW2, Hans Zimmer!

    • Modern Warfare 2 soundtrack wasn’t by Hans Zimmer… He only did the main theme.

      • jordanxbrookes

        Sadly only the true Call of Duty fans knows that Zimmer did the main theme, and Balfe did the rest of the soundtrack.

        • The theme “Start” was pretty fantastic though. Cuddos to Hans on making the entrance into MW2 amazing.

          • jordanxbrookes

            Indeed it was.

          • k5berry

            Definitely, that song that plays at the beginning and then at the end credits is amazing

          • Mr Doge

            Agreed felt so epic.

  • Duke of hazard

    Hearing Cod 1 soundtrack brought tears to my eyes. Oh the memories.

  • TheShadowReaper

    wtf is wrong with those i cant hear a thing.

    although i know every single one of them and my personal fav is the MW3 one. beautiful.

    • Dylan

      I know!

  • Ryumoau

    Both Modern Warfare 2 and Black Ops were the games i spent the most time with and those background music are very memorable. I especially remember hearing the MW2 music during the game lobby and the game mode select menu, i think.

    • Siftblade of Rivia

      All I remember from BO’s main menu was “The numbers, Mason!” I never really paid attention to the song on the main menu.

  • jordanxbrookes

    Is it weird that whenever I listen to Call of Duty’s OSTs I have an urge to act out what the composer was doing to create these pieces?

    • Dylan

      Same here!

  • Stealth_Valtsu

    My personal favourite is CoD 4’s. They are all great, but Black Ops 2’s isn’t so much like the rest of the Call of Dutys’ soundtracks.

  • The COD4 theme gives me goosebumps. I have many fond memories of that game, being the first title I played of the franchise. Second is a tie between Black Ops 1 and 2. I’m conflicted.

    • blah

      the same composer of cod 4 will be doing AW

      • Luca Sciascia

        Where did you hear this?

        • jordanxbrookes

          CharlieINTEL reported it.

          • Luca Sciascia

            Nice! Makes me that much more stoked for the next game!

          • jordanxbrookes

            Same here.

      • DCMT_StrongBow

        yeah but the cod 4 song isnt that great but the AW is pretty good

    • NTC187

      COD4 was and still is the best COD of all time, listening to the theme also brought back so many memories for me. Hard to believe the game is almost 10 years old now!

  • k5berry

    Maybe it’s nostalgia (even though it’s only been one year) and the fact that it was my first CoD i got hyped for, but i love BO2 multiplayer lobby music. Tbh, i never really paid attention to the soundtrack, but that lobby theme brings back awesome memories from playing BO2 MP for the first time, and subsequently playing the hell out of it. But i’d say that MW2 overall has the most memorable soundtrack of the games i’ve played

    • jordanxbrookes

      Black Ops 2’s MP music was good, I especially liked it at the start of Black Ops 2 through to March time, then it got a bit stale, but I never complained about it.

      • Siftblade of Rivia

        I also love BO’s and BO2’s Zombies soundtrack, listened to those quite a bit.

        • jordanxbrookes

          Yh Zombies soundtrack was great, although I preferred Black Ops over it’s sequel’s but still great.

          • Siftblade of Rivia

            Same.

  • Black Ops 2 is my favourite so far. It has something really special in it.
    It just sounds so great!
    But after hearing Advanced Warfare soundtrack, my life is complete.

    • jordanxbrookes

      “Compelled” is only part of Advanced Warfare’s soundtrack, wait until the OST gets released, truly amazing.

  • The Flash

    WaW/BO1 are the ones I know the most and prefer the most

  • JJ

    Black Ops 1 and Black Ops 2 have the best soundtracks for me, I’ve encoded the game files to get access to every single piece of music in those games… worth the effort.

  • Guest

    Charlieintel please do multiplayer soundtracks next!

  • GodLikeLeftNut

    i missed out on cod1 to 3 too busy playing quake 3 and avp2. ah they were awesome games. but cod4 and BO1 tracks they are subtle background music nice to hear while creating a class :3. though with BO2 every time i hear the track it some how still reminds me of when i first played

  • Dang, listening to the 2003’s OST, shiit, I’m getting all those nostalgia feels..
    Awesome article guys! Nicely done πŸ™‚

  • Wiz

    I like all of them but my top three would be 1) Mw3 2) Mw2 and 3) Ghosts. IMO

  • I like them all except for CoD3 (Never played that one, so no special feelings with that). WaW had a lot of good and epic ones, but I didn’t like the main menu music that much.
    MW2 was just epic proportions, Lorne Balfe did an amazing job on that one. MW3 is also very fitting with the game and then we have David Buckley’s OST for Ghosts, also very fitting. I really like it πŸ™‚

    • jordanxbrookes

      You missed out man, Call of Duty 3, for me at least, one of the best Call of Duty games, the story was very good.

      • I know πŸ˜›
        At that time I was playing PC only.

        • jordanxbrookes

          I can’t believe I’ve still got Call of Duty 3 for 360 haha.

  • Choppabro2psn

    Um cod 4s obviously destroys the rest of them. So nostalgic and just epic.

  • Plato/Tomato

    CoD3 <3

  • fires

    COD3’s music for life

  • Call of Duty 1 …good ol’ memories

  • IT4ZERI-Fariko T4ZER

    Black ops II Forever in my opinion, The piano start of the soundtrack just puts so much emotion into the game. I have played every possible ending to BO2, and that song still puts the emotion straight back into the game. Time to play it again!

  • DanishGaming1999

    COD3, COD4, and COD MW3 is my favorites.

  • Call of Duty: World at War and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Best Soundtracks in my opinion

    • jordanxbrookes

      We have a SSSniperWolf fan πŸ˜€

  • I’ll be doing a multiplayer music article in the next few days πŸ™‚

    • Ryumoau

      awesome!! πŸ˜€

    • jordanxbrookes

      Great, can’t wait to listen again to Black Ops, Call of Duty 4 and MW2’s multiplayer music. Btw what about Ghosts? Will you be doing the newer music or the music that first came out for Ghosts?

      • Sal

        Should showcase all MP themes, they’re all good on their own way.

    • Aaron

      awesome cant wait

  • Show N Prove

    Modern Warfare 3’s main menu soundtrack is just pure musical brilliance…It is by far my favorite πŸ˜€ Although Modern warfare 2’s soundtrack is also amazing πŸ™‚

  • Simon

    Black Ops 2 main theme THE BEST. Trent Reznor is a genius, shame they didn’t use him more.

  • Bob Mit

    What great music. But the WW2 ones had the best tracks.

  • NEON

    COD4 and Black Ops 2 for me really haha

  • JackOrJohn

    MW3 <3

  • NuttyTheSquirrel

    MW2!!! <3 Oh the nostalgia brother! THE NOSTALGIA!

    And eventhough I hate MW3, the menu's music is the most epic. I GET SOME MIXED FEELINGS HEARING THAT.

    Black Ops' 2 music is also amazing.

  • Siftblade of Rivia

    MW3 would probably be my favorite, though I’m more of a fan of the MP menu music on all of the CODs than the campaign music.

  • Pilot #171

    MW2. Hands. Down.

    The nostalgia is REAL.

  • Eternal Flame

    Every soundtrack produced for Call of Duty was beautifully composed in their own right, and they definitely reflected the context and situation that surrounded it.
    From the bloody fought battles of WWII in Call of Duty, Call of Duty 2, Call of Duty 3, and World at War. To the emotionally driven firefights of Modern Warfare and Modern Warfare 2. To the gritty and harsh nature of the Cold War in Black Ops. To the scale of warfare which was fought on many fronts in Modern Warfare 3. To the mysterious, technological and covert theme of Black Ops II. To the devastation of the U.S where the ‘best of the best’ are your only hope in Ghosts. And finally, to the technologically grounded arsenal of rising PMCs in Advanced Warfare.

    • Fading Lee

      It’s like you read my mind… and then worded it better… is kinda cluttered up there o_o

    • DopeAap

      Where did you copy + paste that from? jk lol

    • DCMT_StrongBow

      Yes I understand you very much, but I do think there are some unsatisfying composures.
      BTW, great writing up there. You an I write very similar. I like to make my writings (most of the time- not this time, or the comment I just posted) mean something and show emotions and sound beautiful. Your writing right here has great vocabulary and I love how you explained the feelings of these songs. Congrats man, God gave you a gift.

  • Luca Sciascia

    Mw series as a whole, personal favorite being mw2 (Hans Zimmer <3). Although waw's music brings back good memories. And bo2's music starts with some nice piano and gets ruined by the electronic stuff.

  • Cod 4: MW – SO MANY MEMORIES! SUCH GOOD!

  • Andreas S Hidle

    I kinda like cod 1’s

  • Xecho

    Ohhh Call of Duty 1 brings back good memories when video games were at the best and no console wars and CoD haters. The good old Medal of Honor killer. Call Of Duty 03 is the best.

    • jordanxbrookes

      And then Medal of Honor bounced back twice and failed both times.

      • Xecho

        eyup

  • Ultimate Najna

    hans zimmer would be so epic for the soundtrack! mw 1/2, waw, bo 1/2 had the best soundtracks! ghosts and mw3 were ok

  • tha_online_gamertz

    Although cod 4 would be the most recognisable theme to me, my all-time favorite has to cod 3. I didn’t enjoy the game that much, nor do I remember anything about it, but that music will stick to me for the rest of my life.

  • Whoa

    To this day I still get goosebums from world at wars soundtrack..You know what its like being 8yrs old back when that game came out and thats all you here in a zombie lobby late at night waiting for players. Best experince I had in call of duty

  • Kurama The Nine-Tailed Fox

    BO2 soundtrack is the best. The vibe is just so eerie and intense at the same time. Like the way it goes up and down at times like a rollercoaster, I guess it’s to represent the struggles and triumphs. BO1 had the best lobby music though.

  • CoDforever

    Call of Duty undeniably has some of the greatest music in gaming, yet doesnt even get acknowledged by critics or players

    BO2 main menu was the best IMO, it kept me hyped to play and it was pretty catchy too

  • RC-1009

    All of the recent ones were very good. I especially liked the BO2 theme, got you pumped.

  • Maxspawn

    Theres no question COD4’s theme is the best. It brings back memories, and has a very sad, melancholy tone to it. I love it. The theme in games like ghosts and bo2 suck compared to MW1.

    • Batman

      Nope, Bo1 ghosts mw2,1,3… are all equally great

  • Vermell

    Black Ops 2 ftw

  • Mike

    All I know is hearing CoD4’s menu music brings back joy, and almost a manly tear reminding what a wonderful time I had during my mid teen years playing the game. It will never be forgotten.

  • BronxBull

    When ever I hear the theme to Black Ops II or Modern Warfare 3 I just FEEL something. I feel my heart sink and rise with every chord and note. I remember scenes in the CoD campaign that made me very attached, and if it wasn’t for the excellent score, I would care allot less for the franchise than I do now. Hope “AW” can deliver.

  • Technifyy

    I would have to pick either World at War, or Black Ops II, because they were the most memorable. I started playing CoD when it first came out in 2003, so even though I’ve had a lot of CoD in my life, these are the only 2 I could remember, and to me, they’re the best ones just for that.

  • call of duty 3 is my favorite, it’s my first ever Call of Duty. I remember popping this game in my old xbox (original not 360) playing it and being interested in ww2 .how can i forget the canadian campaign, Pierre Laroche (which means stone rock in french!) the orange hands! Recently i got it for ps3 and man! so many memories. and i played multiplayer for the first time. It’s a ghost town but it’s fun and hilarious at the same time as you can punch and kill your allies, drive in tanks and sidecars. And the maps are HUGE! Way bigger than ghosts and most of the time there’s just 4 people in the lobby so you have to always run

  • the waw theme reminds me of the intro of alien 3 for some reason…http://youtu.be/nCc8zs3xKrc?t=1m32s

  • Drillz

    They might as well make a movie cause these scores are fantastic and with my Beats headphones I just imagine myself in a theater watching a COD Film.

  • gralpeuvnov

    Please do MP lobby music next!

  • Collierbluff

    The original Modern Warfare is the soundtrack that started it all for me. But the masterful work of Hanz Zimmer on the MW2 soundtrack is just amazing!! My favorite for sure…

  • PandaMan

    Off topic, but I think the theme for World at War easily shows that that was the darkest and bloodiest CoD. Black Ops was a close second with the soundtrack proving it to be the most demented CoD.

    • jooker-jr

      WaW made u feel like u r there, the soundtracks , the weapons , the places , even the colors

  • John Sotiriadis

    I will say MW2’s soundtrack.I also like COD 3’s cause it was my first cod

  • Baruck obuma

    I think WaW is the best

  • Ghost

    The memories :’)

  • Guest

    Hans Zimmer is one of the best composers hands down!

    • pulseimpact

      replace best with most overrated and i agree.

  • Aymen Skiken

    top 3 themes:
    I – CoD : MW3
    II – CoD : Ghosts
    III – CoD 4 : MW

    • DCMT_StrongBow

      similar to my top 4:
      1. MW3
      2.Ghosts
      3. BO2
      4 MW2

  • Denniskuhh

    I love the Cod4 and Cod5 ones, these give me the shivers! good memories <3 btw the Uncharted series has also great soundtracks! you should check 'm out πŸ˜›

  • IZKGaming

    I’m Currently 14 my First Call of Duty was Call of Duty 3 I Didn’t like it at first but I Grew to like it but I Never bought Call of Duty 4 at Release but I Used to play it with a Friend everyday at his house until 10th Prestige but when Call of Duty World at War came out I Knew I Had to have it so asked a Friend if he can give that game on Release I Payed him though too. I Beat the Campaign really fast but after that…..I Started to play Nazi Zombies I Was scared as Fuck I Only lasted 6 Rounds then I went on to Multiplayer then back to Zombies but with friends we lated till Round 11 then we kept on playing Zombies for Months but I Still played Multiplayer a lot though but then..MW2 came out Holy Hell that was Game Changer I Played the Hell out of it until Black Ops after Campaign I Dived right into Zombies I FUKING LOVED IT but by the Way I Bought all DLC’s for World at War for Nazi Zombies my favorite to this day is still Der Riese and I Did get the Hardened Edition so I Got the Classic Maps and I Got all the DLC’s my favorite was Moon but Ascension just falls behind. Then MW3 boy was I FUCKING EXCITED LIKE A LITTLE GIRL i got then meh It’s alright but not so much appeal to me. I Remember Black Ops 2 like it was yesterday all I Can say is that I Played the Hell out of this Game and I Love it, Now we are on Ghosts I Hate it thats it but I Do really like Extinction it’s a Good alternative to Zombies but can never beat it.
    So my favorite soundtrack is…………………………….Black Ops.

  • advista

    MW2

  • demonikoala1

    I think MW3’s is the best, only because of the emotions and memories it brings.

  • Don Luke

    MW3! A close second is COD4: MW

  • LILRELOOP

    CoD 4 brings back so many memories, that game was my childhood

    • DCMT_StrongBow

      yes. Cod4 was my first CoD

  • Grenada!

    WaW is hands down the best because it’s more war like than any of them. It tells a story of the soldiers that died to give us our freedom and the horrors of war and how there is nothing good or happy in a war. Then I would say BO1 or MW2 has the second. BO2 was crap, it was good if you were a 12 year old kid though.

  • Memow12

    MW2 definitely the best!

  • [email protected]

    I wish they would remake COD 2 on Next Gen Graphics!

  • DopeAap

    Try to play all of the themes at the same time πŸ˜›

  • Modern Warfare 2 definitely has to take this. COD 4’s music is NOSTALGIC AS FUCK though !

  • Random

    Such a sudden wave of memories…

  • InsertNameHere

    MW2 still has the best music out of all of them. BO2 was decent.

  • pulseimpact

    In all honesty, the are all very average. None of them impress me. World at War is my favorite 7/10. There are a couple other okay soundtracks, but the most are just meh.
    Activision wasted money imo with the big names. Hans Zimmer and Jack Wall and Trent Reznor and Avenged Sevenfold are huge names…and yet all their work in COD is terrible. I’ll stick with Marty O’Donnell, Akira Yamaoka, and Jeremy Soule.

    • DCMT_StrongBow

      I do like Jack Wall but BO2 soundtrack was all meh. the theme song was great but the rest of the soundtrack was all pretty much the same song but a remix of the previous one

  • CougarBoo

    MW2 all the way. Hands down

  • The Untoten

    i still get chills when i hear the cod4 and mw2 main menu music. reminds me of the good ol days!

  • The Untoten

    the ghosts music doesnt give that same effect as the cod4, mw2, and blops2 music.

    • I hope you were really around for the cod 4 days i noticed a lot of people lie about it to fit in…

  • Killguard

    CoD 2 has the best by far.

  • EupHoRiKz

    Man… Call of Duty 3.. My all time favourite CoD game and also my first. I also think that CoD 3 had the best menu theme song..

  • Call of duty ghosts soumdtracks is quite good but the game suck!

  • Jari

    I like the Black Ops 2 one the most.

  • tony567

    man the soundtrack of Call of duty 3 is so awsome it reminds me the good old days of playstation 2 i just love it….

  • James Stoubas

    All are just great !!!

    • DCMT_StrongBow

      ehh i disagree but we can have our opinions right? thats what is so special about america

  • Hector

    COD 2 <3

  • Ballzzzzzz

    Listening to the cod 4 soundtrack felt like ecstacy

  • COD4 had the best main menu music. However, MW2 had the best soundtrack.

  • Work Hard, Twerk Harder

    For the amount of Nazi Zombies I played, I’d have to say WaW’s is my favourite, but the MW’s are all iconic and remind me of the good ol’ days.

    • DCMT_StrongBow

      yes you are right.. although i never really play nazi zombies

  • Morgan Needham

    my fav is definitely mw3’s soundtrack, its so epic. Also cod 3 is alright too.

    • DCMT_StrongBow

      i agree

  • DCMT_StrongBow

    Two things I love are Music and Video Games. Now there are some songs here that aren’t very pretty, but do reflect the emotions of warfare. I have gone through all of these songs multiple times, and made a list from best to worst. I picked based off of the beautiful orchestral utilization, dynamics and climaxes, majestic melodies and harmonies, the build ups, the feelings that are shown, and how much it really shines as a War-like composition. It is hard to get an accurate rating so please don’t be offended by my choices. If you agree or disagree, go ahead and tell me why.

    1. MW3. Great orchestra (brass and strings), good climax with big dynamics, sounds majestic, wonderful harmonies, build ups are well paced, like a sad, and intense but “well done” feeling- can imagine with a slow-motion-picture of a building collapsing- and really shines as a war like piece.

    2.Ghosts. This is a simple piece that uses am interesting percussion as a base. Dynamics are used well, beautiful but short climax, simple harmonies, and repetitive melodies, but majestic, intense build ups, it shows a sort of ” end-of-world, heroes-are-here” feeling, sad emotions, and very war like sound.

    3.BO II. This song is a very different song that has a variety of instruments. There are slight crescendos and decrescendos and sudden changes in the music, not majestic but almost psych-driven, no big harmonies but repetitive melodies, and strong build ups. This piece sounds like a cliffhanger from one movie to the next: you’ve just realized something terrible and you can’t do anything about it. Not very war toned but does seem like a great action movie ending song.
    This is taking a while so I’m going to speed up

    4. MW2 I love the strings in this song. It has good build ups and have a great melody. This song brings you on a ride of great dynamics and climactic events. it shows emotion well and sounds like a defeated kind of song, until some parts the ring with victory.

    5. CoD 3. This was close to 4th place. It shines with triumph and victory and portrays a WWII feeling. I love the percussion, strings and brass.

    6.CoD. A very beautiful masterpiece that had a WWII ballroom feeling. it is a great song but I don’t like the harmonies and it doesn’t sound at all like a war piece.

    7. CoD 4 MW. A simple beat and use of instruments. A different tone but does sound okay once you are past the slow build ups.

    8. CoD 2. This was near 7th place. It is not very climactic or interesting. Not a good use of dynamics or harmonies.

    9. BO. This was an okay number. It had a different tone but wasn’t very pretty or interesting.

    10. WaW. This composition was too ugly. Kind of creepy. There was no great use of an orchestra, dynamics, climax, harmonies, build ups, or anything that is essential to make it to the top of this list.

    Listening to these over and over, the first three are very close to winning 1st place, but WaW will definitely be last for its “uncodliness” and ugly tone. If you read this and are going to reply, thank you for your time.

    • DCMT_StrongBow

      actually, CoD 2 and CoD 4 may be swapped. It depends on what kind of feeling you take from it. I’d day they are different so they both deserve a 7th place spot in their own ways.
      But overall CoD 4 was better

  • Kalvin Wike

    The original menu theme from CoD 1 back in 2003 was so formative for me. There were times when I would start up the game and hesitate to load into the mission, favoring instead just listening to the menu music play back a few times.

    I’ve always imagined that it borrowed from a few Beethoven pieces quite a bit. It calls to mind his famous 5th Piano Concerto and parts his 9th Symphony, to me. If nothing else, it fits into the category of ‘pseudo-romantic classical’.

  • Jeremy

    even if it is not a great game, ghosts soundtrack gets 1st place… πŸ™‚

  • Sam

    I seriously get so sad when I hear the MW2 soundtrack thinking back to all the good times I used to have with friends. COD 4 was my first call of duty. The soundtrack on that one was good as well. The soundtrack and campaign together on MW2 made that game insane. It’s amazing the feelings a soundtrack can bring out. Enjoy every moment of a game you like because one day in the future you will look back on it and think wow, there’s not a time where I could have been happier.

  • SodiumChloride

    Call of Duty 3’s is undoubtedly the best. I love it. I feel it’s hard to enjoy unless you’ve actually played the game, though, and most PC gamers never got to experience it. The song doesn’t seem to great when you’re just listening to them on a site like this, but it’s so motivational when you’re playing, or when you’ve played it. It’s hard to describe or understand, but the feeling is incredibly moving. It’s absolutely beautiful. The rest of the game’s soundtrack is very well written and used too, it gives the game a sort of style you don’t really see in any other CoD, or many games at all. The use of certain instruments is only matched in impressiveness by Halo ODST, in my opinion. Registered just to write this, I hope there’s still people here who know what I’m talking about. It’s sad to think the game is lost in time due to being a console exclusive, and an oldie at that.