Cowboy Bebop has one of the most iconic and beloved anime soundtracks of all-time. Yoko Kanno produced the music using a combination of various jazz genres, adult contemporary, alternative rock, and lite pop tracks.
In fact, it’s a unique soundtrack that defies what people think as “anime music.” The complete absence of over-produced J-Pop, J-Rock, or bubblegum instrumentals makes Cowboy Bebop‘s soundtrack accessible to non-anime music fans. It’ll also introduce anime fans to other genres of music that isn’t used in the medium.
Here are some of the top tracks from Cowboy Bebop!
“Tank!” is the iconic opening theme for the series. The frantic, seemingly Miles Davis influenced track perfectly sets up the anime’s “loose” and “freestyle” narrative structure.
“Space Lion” took the spot of “The Real Folk Blues” as the ending song for one of Cowboy Bebop‘s most emotional episodes. It’s a spacey noir type song with a melancholic opening that gives way to a hope filled outro.
“Blue” is the FINAL song from the series, and it’s a beautiful send-off!
4See You, Space Cowboy
“See You, Space Cowboy” is a bonus track. The song was originally planned to be the ending song, but Yoko Kanno and crew couldn’t get it finished in time for the first episode.
5Gotta Knock a Little Harder
“Gotta Knock a Little Harder” was used as the ending song for the movie, and it perfectly captures the meaning behind the flick.
“No Reply” is a great song in it’s own right, but it’s pretty powerful while it’s playing during a certain scene from the Cowboy Bebop movie. I won’t spoil anything, but you’ll cry.
7Bad Dog, No Biscuits
“Bad Dog, No Biscuits” wild style is the perfect embodiment of Ed and Ein. You can envision the crazy antics the duo get caught up in just by listening to this track.
8Yo, Pumpkin Head!
It’s impossible not to dance to this song!
“Ask DNA” is the embodiment of cool, especially with the sax playing throughout.
10Road to the West
“Road to the West” shows off the melancholic sound of the saxophone. It’s a really emotional track that will get you thinking about your past mistakes.
This song was played during the opening seconds of the first episode. It’s a somber music-box track that hints at the emotional pain that viewers are about to experience.
What are your favorite Cowboy Bebop tracks?