Classic FM have begun revealing their annual Hall of Fame list this weekend. Kingdom Hearts composer Yoko Shimomura has made another appearance on the list for Kingdom Hearts, finishing this year at 86th with Kingdom Hearts III Dearly Beloved.
A description of Yoko from the Hall of Fame list can be read below.
Yoko Shimomura is the world's most famous female video game music composer. Her Kingdom Hearts soundtrack accompanies the main character Sora on his search for friends in various virtual worlds. Shimomura's works have become a regular fixture in video game concerts and music from several of her games have been arranged for solo piano. Combining two seemingly disparate properties into one cohesive work might sound impossible, but Kingdom Hearts manages to blend the intricate stories of developer Square Enix with the beloved characters of Disney with ease. Although the main theme comes from Japanese singer Hikaru Utada, it is Yoko Shimomura's work on the score that has made an indelible mark on gamers worldwide. Creating music that sits alongside Disney classics from Aladdin, The Little Mermaid and The Nightmare Before Christmas, Shimomura's themes blend perfectly with the fun and surprising sights on offer.
This marks the 6th year that Yoko has made an appearance on the Classic FM Hall of Fame and her third highest placing during her tenure, only behind 2015 where she placed 30th while and 2016 she placed 31st. In 2017, she finished 119th and in 2018 she finished 188th. After being excluded in 2019, Yoko reemerged at the 245th position on the 2020 list.
In addition to the Kingdom Hearts series, Yoko worked on the soundtrack for Final Fantasy XV, which also made the list this year for the first time at no 217. This is the first year that Yoko has been on the Classic FM Hall of Fame top 300 list with multiple entries.
Other musical compositions that have been showcased in the Kingdom Hearts series have also made it into the top 300 list for Hall of Fame 2021, including the following:
- "Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl" ranked at no. 282
- "A Night on the Bare Mountain" ranked at no. 153
- "Final Fantasy Series (including One-Winged Angel)" ranked at no. 120
Congratulations to Yoko Shimomura and her success in making Classic FM's Hall of Fame list for the 6th time!