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The Music icon.
The music player menu.

Music in RuneScape is mostly in-game background music (music tracks) designed to enhance a player's gaming experience and fit with the environment the avatar is in. Music in RuneScape draws inspiration from progressive rock, with elements of classical and world music. Players unlock most tracks during gameplay by going to a particular place, completing a quest, or performing some action (such as reading a particular book). As RuneScape grows and expands, more music tracks are added. As of 20 March 2023, there are 1,348 music tracks available via the music player.

The 500th track was Tournament! (now unlocked automatically) which was released on 20 November 2007. Unlocking 500 tracks will also unlock the Air Guitar emote. It is notable for being one of the few emotes with audio. The 1,000th track is Book of A Thousand Songs, which was released on 4 August 2014. Unlocking 1,000 tracks will also unlock the Demonic Rock Off emote.

Unlocking all music tracks is a requirement for the completionist cape. Currently, the player does not receive a message when they unlock every music track.

The volume of the music can be controlled through the Audio tab on the Settings screen.

Genres[edit | edit source]

Music in RuneScape is divided into many genres, with the genre depending on the location that they unlock and play. Once you go to a location, any music that you unlocked of that genre will play, not just the music that unlocks there. Most genres include:

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Musicians[edit | edit source]

Players listening to a musician

Musicians are NPCs found throughout the game who play certain tracks with different instruments. Players can listen to them by right-clicking them. While listening to the musician, players increase the rate of their Life Points regeneration and energy restoration. As shown in the picture to the right, multiple players can listen to music at once and restore their energy.

Musicians play various instruments, including a violin, flute, drums, snake charming flute (pungi), a lyre and bagpipes. The music the musicians play is based on actual tracks, as the guitarists play a variation of Harmony, the flutists play a variation of Al Kharid, and the fiddlers play a variation of Spirit.

Music Player[edit | edit source]

On 9 February 2010, a Music Playlist was added in an update. This feature allows players to choose a list of tracks that will be played when the Playlist feature is turned on.

The music player is the screen on the interface that lists all music tracks. The titles of unlocked tracks are shown in green, and those of locked tracks are displayed in red. It also features a button at the top which, when activated (in green), continuously plays the same track as a loop. If not clicked, different tracks are played after the end of each. The music playlist can fit a total of 100 tracks. A search option was released 19 August 2010.

Music track list[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

Renamed tracks[edit | edit source]

Deleted tracks[edit | edit source]

Required skill levels[edit | edit source]

These are the minimal levels (or quest points) needed to unlock all music tracks.

  1. ^ a b c Boostable

Achievement[edit | edit source]

Update history[edit | edit source]

This information has been compiled as part of the update history project. Some updates may not be included—see here for how to help out!
  • patch 20 April 2020 (Update):
    • The 'Everlight' music track can be unlocked by entering the base of the lighthouse.
  • patch 14 October 2019 (Update):
    • Certain music tracks will no longer show unlock message twice.
    • Dangerous way music track now automatically play once you enter Barrows.
  • update 24 June 2019 (Update):
    • Music tracks that are locked behind boss encounters will now unlock upon starting the fight.
  • patch 5 February 2018 (Update):
    • A bug causing various TzHaar area soundtracks to automatically unlock has been fixed.
  • ninja 16 January 2017 (Update):
    • Players may now filter the Music interface between unlocked, locked and all music tracks.
  • patch 9 January 2017 (Update):
    • Unlock hints for some music tracks have been changed to reference the Deathmatch arena, rather than the Crucible.
  • patch 14 September 2015 (Update):
    • The volumes of over 40 music tracks have been adjusted.
  • patch 7 September 2015 (Update):
    • Adjusted the volume on the following songs:
      • Webbed Feat
      • Lexicus Runewright
      • Lords and Ladies
      • The Firemakers' Theme
  • ninja 1 September 2015 (Update):
    • The unneeded spacing at the bottom of the music list has been removed.
  • patch 5 May 2015 (Update):
    • The volume of the music has been increased slightly and a few additional player-suggested adjustments have been made.
  • patch 20 April 2015 (Update):
    • Music volumes have been adjusted, so when the volume sliders are aligned the balance of music in relation to other sounds is improved.
  • patch 2 March 2015 (Update):
    • The quest name in the hint for the The Heist music track has been corrected.
  • patch 8 December 2014 (Update):
    • Fixed a few issues with songs playing in the wrong locations around RuneScape.
    • Made various miscellaneous audio improvements, such as tweaking water sounds from some fountains and rivers, and updating the God Wars Dungeon music tracks.
  • patch 28 July 2014 (Update):
    • Three new songs from the One Piercing Note quest have been added to the game: The Abbey, Requiem Rehearsal and There has Been a Murder.
  • patch 22 April 2014 (Update):
    • The fidelity of the "Ga'al" music track has been increased.
    • Music around the Cooks guild is no longer Jungle/Karamja music.
  • patch 17 March 2014 (Update):
    • The unlocked music total has been corrected, and certain silent music tracks have been hidden.
  • patch 10 March 2014 (Update):
    • Only recently reworked music tracks play whilst in Falador.
  • patch 20 August 2013 (Update):
    • Music is no longer interrupted when closing the Gear interface.
  • patch 24 October 2012 (Update):
    • The "Attack 5" track now unlocks correctly upon entering the King Black Dragon's lair.
    • Entering the Blood Altar no longer changes your active music track.
    • The "Spiritual" music track has been removed, as it was identical to "Taverley Ambience II"
  • patch 4 October 2011 (Update):
    • The Kethsi music track is now unlockable.
    • The Darkness of Hallowvale music track will now unlock correctly.
  • patch 1 February 2011 (Update):
    • As Bounty Worlds have been removed from the game, the three associated music tracks are now unlocked for everyone by default.
  • patch 15 September 2010 (Update):
    • Adjusted the music unlock hints for a few tracks.
    • Ensured two music tracks are played near Daemonheim.
  • patch 1 September 2010 (Update):
    • Corrected some of the sounds and tracks playing in the wrong location.
    • Added an unlock hint to one of the music tracks.
  • patch 19 August 2010 (Update):
    • Fixed a couple of music tracks that weren't unlocking correctly.
  • patch 8 February 2010 (Update):
    • Corrected some of the unlock code for a couple of music tracks.
  • patch 9 November 2009 (Update):
    • Adjusted some of the core audio sounds that are used in various songs.
  • patch 13 October 2009 (Update):
    • Prevented music looping in some circumstances (such as the end of cutscenes).
  • patch 7 October 2009 (Update):
    • The music system now randomly selects a song when entering an area from a list of similarly themed groups.
  • patch 10 August 2009 (Update):
    • Several music tracks have been recategorised.
  • patch 28 July 2009 (Update):
    • Changed a few unlock hints to more closely match their quest names.
    • Standardised the holiday unlock information in the music unlock hints.
  • patch 12 May 2009 (Update):
    • A few music tracks have changed categories.
    • Updated a hint to unlock a track.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ Most original pieces of music in a videogame (including expansions). Guinness World Records. (Archived from the original on 12 June 2020.)