Nobuo Uematsu [植松 伸夫] (born 1959-03-21) is a Japanese video game music composer best known for his work at Square and Square Enix from 1985-2004, after that he became a freelance artist. Uematsu is a self-taught composer who began playing the piano when he was around eleven years old. After he graduated from college, Uematsu was working at a record shop where he met an employee from Square who asked him if he would be interested in composing music for some of their games.
I may have played Rad Racer first, but the first game with a Nobuo Uematsu soundtrack that actually impressed me musically was Final Fantasy. However, the first game of Uematsu's I saw where I was really blown away by the soundtrack was Final Fantasy VI.
This list only includes Uematsu's work at Square as I'm really only familiar with his earlier work. An empty rank means I don't know the music well enough to rank it, a rank of "N/A" means Uematsu didn't contribute enough of the soundtrack to rank the game.
This is a list of some of my favorite Nobuo Uematsu songs. For all his songs, see Nobuo Uematsu Songs.
Nobuo Uematsu with Yoko Shimomura in 2015.