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 need to unlock most tracks during game-play by going to a particular place, completing a quest, or performing some action (such as reading a particular book). As of 4 March 2013, there are 932 music tracks available via music player. As RuneScape ages, many more music tracks may be distributed.

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.

Currently, the player does not receive a message when he/she unlocks every music track (though one does appear every time an individual track is unlocked.)

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

Unlocking all song tracks is a requirement for the untrimmed version of the Completionist cape.


 [hide] *1 Genres


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:

Genre Description Examples of music
Eastern Seamusic Eastern Sea music is unlocked and will play randomly in pirate areas such as docks and seaside villages, notablyBrimhaven and Port Sarim. Aye Car Rum BaBlistering BarnaclesCabin FeverDavy Jones's Locker, and Dragontooth Island
Morytaniamusic This music refers to the several tracks unlocked in theMorytania province Body PartsChamberDance of the UndeadDead QuietDeadlands,Deep Down, and Distant Land
Zanarismusic These play in Zanaris only All's Fairy in Love and WarCrystal CaveFaerie, and We are the Fairies
Kharidian Desert music Desert Music plays at Al Kharid and the Kharidian Desert Al KharidArabianArabian2,Arabian3AztecBack to Life, andBandit Camp
North-easternKandarinmusic These songs play in Seers' Village CamelotLastingTheme
SouthernKandarinmusic These songs play in Yanille Magic DanceMelodrama,Soundscape
CentralKandarinmusic These songs play in East Ardougne Ballad of EnchantmentBaroque,Knightly
North westernKandarinmusic These songs play in Tree Gnome Stronghold EmotionGnome King, and Gnome Village
NorthernMisthalinmusic These songs generally play anywhere in Varrock AdventureExpanseForeverGarden,MedievalSpiritThe Trade Parade
SouthernMisthalinmusic These songs generally play anywhere in Lumbridge Autumn VoyageBook of Spells,Dream (music track)The Duke, andFlute Salad
Asgarniamusic These play in Falador ArrivalBackgroundCompetition,EmperorFanfareMiles Away
Taverleymusic These play in Taverley Taverley AdventureTaverley AmbienceTaverley Dreams
Asgarniamusic These play in Burthorpe Burthorpe Danger, and Burthorpe Dilemma
Fremennik Provincemusic These play in Fremennik areas like RellekkaFremennik islands, and barbarian settlements like Gunnarsgrunn (Barbarian Village) and the Barbarian Outpost BarbarianismBorderland,GunnarsgrunnLegionNorse Code,Volcanic VikingsThe Desolate Isle
Wildernessmusic They play anywhere in the wilderness Close QuartersCrystal Sword,DangerousDarkDead Can Dance,Deep WildyDoorways
Karamjamusic These play in Karamja Jungle IslandJungly1Jungly2,Jungly3Roots and FlutesTribal
Tzhaarmusic These play in TzHaar city Tzhaar City ITzhaar City II, andTzhaar City III
Tirannwnmusic Played anywhere in Isafdar BreezeCrystal CastleElven Seed,EverywhereFar AwayForestLost SoulWaste Defaced
Feldip Hillsmusic These play at JiggigGu'tanoth and Oo'glog Bish Bash BoshBone Dance,Chompy HuntGaolGrumpy,Romper Chomper
Troll Countrymusic These play in Trollheim ContestIsland of the Trolls,KingdomMarzipan, and Tremble
Daemonheimmusic These songs play in Daemonheim. Daemonheim EntranceDaemonheim Fremenniks
Castle Warsmusic These songs play in Castle Wars Castle WarsCastle Warz
Dominion Tower music These songs play in Dominion Tower Dominion Lobby IDominion Lobby II, and Dominion Lobby III
Clan Citadelmusic These songs play in Clan Citadels Citadel ICitadel IICitadel IIICitadel IVCitadel VCitadel Theme


Main article: Musician
[2]Players listening to a musician

Musicians are NPCs found throughout RuneScape 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 Pointsregeneration 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 RuneScape 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 PlayerEdit==

Main article: Music Player

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.

The Music Player 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 Playist can fit a total of twelve tracks. Fans of the game's music have pushed continuously for Jagex to allow space for more tracks, or the ability to build multiple playlists, but such updates have not yet been made.

The search option was released August 19, 2010. This is where you search for a song.

Music track listEditEdit

Main article: Music/track list

Tutorial musicEditEdit

As of October 24 2012, all F2P players will have the following 57 tracks unlocked upon starting the game or during the events:

  1. The Adventurer
  2. The Art of Hocus-Pocus
  3. Artistry
  4. Bittersweet Bunny
  5. Black Zabeth
  6. Bounty Hunter Level 1
  7. Bounty Hunter Level 2
  8. Bounty Hunter Level 3
  9. Christmas Caverns
  10. Corporal Punishment
  11. The Dance of the Snow Queen
  12. Destiny
  13. Diango's Little Helpers
  14. Easter Jig
  15. An Easter United
  16. Evil Bob's Island
  17. Frogland
  18. Funny Bunnies
  19. Ghost of Christmas Presents
  20. Grimly Fiendish
  21. Ground Scape
  22. Halloween Party
  23. Hare-brained Machines
  24. Harmony
  25. Head to Head
  26. High Spirits
  27. Homescape
  28. In the Clink
  29. Itsy Bitsy...
  30. Jungle Bells
  31. Jungle Island XMAS
  32. Lament of the Snow Queen
  33. Land of Snow
  34. Lazy Wabbit
  35. The Mentor
  36. Newbie Melody
  37. Pheasant Peasant
  38. Pinball Wizard
  39. Poison Dreams
  40. The Quiz Master
  41. Scape Hunter
  42. Scape Main
  43. Scape Original
  44. Scape Santa
  45. Scape Scared
  46. Scape Summon
  47. Scape Theme
  48. School's Out
  49. Sea Shanty XMAS
  50. Seasonal Sports
  51. Silent Knight
  52. Smorgasbord
  53. Snack Attack
  54. Spring Song
  55. Time Out
  56. Tournament!
  57. Trick or Treat?


Tracks that are considered difficult to unlockEditEdit

Renamed tracksEditEdit

  • On 4 June 2007, Jagex renamed Gnome to Goblin Village and Gnome Theme to Dwarf Theme.
  • At a later date, Jagex also renamed Wolf Mountain to Wild Isle.
  • The song "Final Destination" was called "Angels & Demons" until changed by Jagex. The song is still called "Angels & Demons" on the Game Guide.

Deleted tracksEditEdit

  • Scape Summon - The main tune during the Summoning Update on 15 January 2008 was deleted from music log with an Update on 5 February 2008, although it continued to play on the Summoning loading and login screen. It was a bug which Jagex reports on their site:
    • "Audio > Subcategory:" Added By: mod_clark on 5 February 2008. "The ScapeSummon track has done a runna! We are aware of this and will hunt it down and secure it with big 'stop running away chains' - in the meantime it is an issue that we are aware of and there is no need to report it.'".
    • See also: Update:Music system temporarily off - 9 February 2008.
    • Scape Summon back on list with the Catapult Construction update on 13 February 2008.
  • Spiritual has been deleted, because it sounds too much like Taverley Dreams.

Required skill levelsEditEdit

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

Skill Level Quest or location Music track name
[3] Agility 77 Ritual of the Mahjarrat Return of Lucien
[4] Attack 78 The Void Stares Back In SecurityPrecarious VoidMystery RevealedGive it your Pest ShotThe Void Stares BackWho Are We To Judge?
[5] Constitution 76 The Firemaker's Curse The Firemakers' ThemeCharred Remains
[6] Construction 70 The Void Stares Back In SecurityPrecarious VoidMystery RevealedGive it your Pest ShotThe Void Stares BackWho Are We To Judge?
[7] Cooking 70** Recipe for Disaster Chef Surprize
[8] Crafting 70 The Void Stares Back In SecurityPrecarious VoidMystery RevealedGive it your Pest ShotThe Void Stares BackWho Are We To Judge?
[9] Defence 80 The Brink of Extinction
[10] Dungeoneering 113 Daemonheim(Kal'Ger the Warmonger) Kal'Ger the Warmonger
[11] Farming 65* While Guthix Sleeps Dangerous LogicBlack of KnightThe Evil WithinThe Sound of GuthixTemple Desecrated
[12] Firemaking 74 The Firemaker's Curse The Firemakers' ThemeCharred Remains
[13] Fishing 70 Deadliest Catch Deadliest CatchThree of a Kind
[14] Fletching 70 Within the LightThe Branches of Darkmeyer Elven SeedDarkmeyerArboretumUpir Likhyi
[15] Herblore 65* While Guthix Sleeps Dangerous LogicBlack of KnightThe Evil WithinThe Sound of GuthixTemple Desecrated
[16] Hunter 67 Deadliest Catch Deadliest CatchThree of a Kind
[17] Magic 80 The Void Stares Back In SecurityPrecarious VoidMystery RevealedGive it your Pest ShotThe Void Stares BackWho Are We To Judge?
[18] Mining 76 Ritual of the Mahjarrat Return of Lucien
[19] Prayer 70 Nomad's Requiem Battle of SoulsDesolate Ruins
[20] Ranged 75 Within the Light Elven Seed
[21] Runecrafting 61* The Prisoner of Glouphrie Cage Against the MachineReunion
[22] Slayer 78* The wishlist after Fur 'n' Seek Exhibit 'A'
[23] Smithing 80 The Brink of Extinction
[24] Strength 78 The Void Stares Back In SecurityPrecarious VoidMystery RevealedGive it your Pest ShotThe Void Stares BackWho Are We To Judge?
[25] Summoning 65 A Clockwork Syringe The Factory Floor
[26] Thieving 75 Flash Powder Factory Flash Factory
[27] Woodcutting 76 The Branches of Darkmeyer DarkmeyerArboretumUpir Likhyi
[28] Combat level 160 Kuradal's Dungeon Final Destination
[29] Quest points 270 While Guthix Sleeps Dangerous LogicBlack of KnightThe Evil WithinThe Sound of GuthixTemple Desecrated
[30] Tasks 350 Can be unlocked anywhere The Task at Hand

*All levels marked with an asterisk are boostable. All other levels are NOT boostable.

Temporary boostsEditEdit

Temporary skill boosts may be used to unlock some music tracks. See articles for corresponding quests or locations to see if temporary boosts can be used.

Real-world allusionsEditEdit

There are a number of music tracks that can be connected to the real world, both through the name and/or the music itself. Not all of these can be confirmed to be intentional though. These include (alphabetically):

  • A New Menace - The two Star Wars movies 'A New Hope' and 'The Phantom Menace' combined.
  • All's Fairy in Love and War - The saying 'All is fair in love and war'
  • Aye Car Rum Ba - A Spanish expression of disbelief, "ay caramba!". Also a popular phrase commonly used by Bart Simpson.
  • Beetle Juice - The 1988 movie with the same name, possibly also referring to the Blue Star Betelgeuse, which has the same pronunciation.
  • Black Zabeth - The British rock band Black Sabbath
  • Cage Against the Machine - The American rock band Rage Against the Machine
  • The Cellar Dwellers - The band with the same name, or the 1988 movie 'Cellar Dweller'
  • Cool for Ali Cats - The song 'Cool For Cats' by Squeeze. The use of 'Ali' is a reference to the fact the almost every one in Pollnivneach is called Ali, but also alludes to the idea of an 'Alley Cat'.
  • Copris Lunaris - A type of Scarab beetle (Horned dung beetle)
  • Corridors of Power - The book by C. P. Snow
  • Dance of Death - The song by Iron Maiden with the same name
  • Davy Jones's Locker - Pirate slang for the bottom of the sea (which is where the song is unlocked)
  • Dead Can Dance - The Australian band with the same name
  • Deadliest Catch (music track) - The TV show of the same name about Alaskan crab fisherman
  • Dillo-gence is Key - The saying 'Diligence is the key'
  • Dogs of War - Reference to the 1980 film of the same name, might also be a reference to a Pink Floyd song with the same name.
  • Dream Theatre - British spelling of the band 'Dream Theater'
  • Eruption - A song by the band 'Van Halen'
  • Faithless - The band with the same name
  • Fangs For the Memory - The song 'Thnks fr th Mmrs' by Fall Out Boy
  • The Far Side - The one-panel comic created by Gary Larson
  • Fe Fi Fo Fum - Part of the line the giant says during the fairytale about Jack and the Beanstalk
  • Fear and Loathing - The book "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" by Hunter S. Thompson
  • Fight or Flight - The Fight or Flight hormone is Adrenalin.
  • Find My Way - The song by P.O.D. with the same name
  • Floating Free - Possible a reference to the Iron Maiden song 'Running Free'
  • Flute Salad - The dessert, fruit salad
  • Grimly Fiendish - The song by The Damned
  • Ham and Seek - The game 'Hide and Seek'
  • Have an Ice Day - A reference to the greeting 'Have a nice day'. It could also reference to the song (also called Have a Nice Day) by Bon Jovi.
  • Hell's Bells - An old expression of anger, a song was also released with the same name, "Hells Bells" by AC/DC
  • Jester Minute - The saying 'Just a minute'. Also the name of a long-running panel game on BBC Radio 4.
  • Jungle Bells - The Christmas song 'Jingle Bells'. The song sounds like it too
  • La Mort - A French word meaning 'the Death' (which is why it is unlocked at the Death Altar)
  • Life's a Beach! - The identical saying in real life
  • Little Cave of Horrors - The film and musical 'Little Shop of Horrors'
  • Long Way Home - The 1997 movie 'The Long Way Home'
  • Lore and Order - The television series 'Law and Order'
  • Love Bites - A song by Def Leppard
  • Maiasaura - A dinosaur that lived about 74 million years ago of the same name
  • Major Miner - The antonyms 'major' and 'minor'
  • Meddling Kids - Could be a reference to the popular endings of the TV show Scooby Doo.
  • Neverland - The homeworld of Peter Pan, written by James M. Barrie
  • Night of the Vampyre - The movie(s) 'Night of the Living Dead'
  • Norse Code - The communication method Morse code. Actually spells out 'Runescape' in Morse code.
  • Ogre the Top - The saying 'over the top', said when something is too complex.
  • Out of the Deep - The song 'Out from the Deep' by Enigma
  • On the Wing - Although commonly mistaken to be a reference to Owl City's song "On The Wing", if you are on the wing, it means you are flying.
  • Overture - An instrumental composition, such as the famous William Tell Overture.
  • Penguin Possible - The song sounds like a modified version of the Mission Impossible theme.
  • Pinball Wizard - A reference to a highly skilled Pinball Player, a song was also released with the same name, "Pinball Wizard" by The Who. The song also sounds like the song played during the 'pinball' sequence on Sesame Street
  • Pirates of Penance - The Gilbert and Sullivan musical 'Pirates of Penzance'
  • Poles Apart - A song by Pink Floyd of the same name
  • Rising Damp - The popular sitcom with the same name
  • Roc and Roll - The expression 'Rock and Roll(!)'
  • Roll the Bones - The song by Rush with the same name
  • Romancing the Crone - The 1984 film 'Romancing the Stone'
  • The Route of All Evil - The biblical expression '(love of money is) the root of all evil.'
  • The Route of the Problem - The expression 'the root of the problem'
  • Scarabaeoidea - A superfamily of beetles
  • School's Out - The song by Alice Cooper with the same name
  • Sigmund's Showdown - The song sounds similar to Team Rocket Headquarters theme from Pokémon
  • Silent Knight - A popular Christian Christmas carol 'Silent Night'.
  • Smorgasbord - From the Scandinavian word "Smörgåsbord", Swedish: Smörgås means sandwich and bord means table. which is an assortment of foods on a long table where guests can pick their own food. It is mostly served during Christmas.
  • Slice of Silent Movie - During old silent movies, a hero would have to fight a villain while a female is tied to a railway. When this is unlocked, the player has to fight Sigmund in order to free Zanik, tied to train tracks.
  • The Sound of Guthix - The Broadway musical 'The Sound of Music' or Doctor Who episode 'The Sound of Drums', where the intro sounds similar to the background drumming.
  • Storm Brew - The saying 'A Storm Brewing'
  • Tomb Raider - The famous video game and movie with the same name
  • Too Many Cooks... - The saying 'Too many cooks spoil the broth'
  • Trinity - The Christian doctrine of the Trinity
  • Under the Sand - The 2000 movie 'Sous le sable', which is translated to 'Under the sand'
  • Where Eagles Lair - 'Where Eagles Dare', the 1968 movie and song by Iron Maiden
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