SONG OF THE WEEK: Final Fantasy XV – Stand By Me

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Song of the Week is a weekly feature where we show off the best of video game music. From the sweeping orchestra music of Nobuo Uematsu to the more somber tunes of Yoko Shimomura, prepare to have your ears delighted every week.

We’ve had several weeks of Final Fantasy music and I was going to choose something from a different game series, however given that the Uncovered: Final Fantasy XV event was last week I thought it would be unjust not to feature Florence + the Machine’s cover of “Stand By Me“.

When I first heard this cover of “Stand By Me” in the “Reclaim Your Throne trailer“, I thought it was humorous and slightly weird. But as the song went on it grew on me and I began to realize just how well the song works with the game. There’s the fact that Square Enix is thankful for their fans “standing by” the game throughout it’s long, ten-year development, as well as the way the characters “stand by” each other and even Notic’s relationship with Luna.

Florence from Florence + the Machine talks a bit more about her experiences doing the cover below:

Whether or not you like the song, it’s certainly a very controversial choice. It’ll be interesting to see how much Square Enix features the song in the final game.

Man, I’m so hyped for Final Fantasy XV.