I just found this post in my drafts, basically entirely written but unposted. I haven't laid out anything new for a while, so I figured I may as well throw this one out there.
These are just 5 OST songs that are mostly fairly obscure songs from popular games, which rarely are given an mention but I always treasured. Others are pretty popular well known OST songs but, whatever, they're good too.
So, in no particular order:
Mother 3: Someone's Memories (Pollyanna)
One of the most well-known tunes from a series known partly for its music, Pollyanna's been written about a thousand times before and there's little left for me to say about it. It's about friendship and nostalgia. It'smplayed in Mother 3 during a particularly nostalgic scene and when I first saw it as a youtube video it brought a tear to my eye.
Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald: Petalburg City
Just some jolly town music! Seriously, this tune is catchy and I used to hum it pretty frequently.
Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald: Ever Grande City
You know, the music from Ruby/Sapphire was pretty darn good among Pokemon titles, looking back. This music is played after you finish the games' final dungeon and are on your way to face the "final boss," the Elite 4. It's a song that congratulates you on a job well done, letting you know you've come a long way and you're finally at the top. You're ready to face the strongers trainers in Hoenn!
LOZ Wind Waker: Dragon Roost Island
Seriously beautiful stuff. A very evocative and pretty tune from a game whose music I dearly love. It's a bit reminiscent of Gerudo Valley, the classic from Ocarina--but if you ask me, this is even better to listen to. It really does give you a feel for the stubborn, proud people of Dragon Roost Island and the beautiful summery island atmosphere you're struck with with upon arrival.
Also recommended listening: A Live Version
Super Mario Land: World 2
Super Mario Land was one of my first games (as I once mentioned) and this particular world theme was just stunning. I used to play up to level 2-1, then turn up the volume and just hold it up to my ear so I could listen to the music until my time ran out and I died. Sigh.