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Music interface

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 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 26 June 2014 there are 995 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.

There is also an emote for unlocking 1000 songs. However, there are not enough songs available to unlock this emote.

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.


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Reason: RS3 reconfigured several of these areas completely.

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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 Sea music Eastern Sea music is unlocked and will play randomly in pirate areas such as docks and seaside villages, notably Brimhaven and Port Sarim. Aye Car Rum Ba, Blistering Barnacles, Cabin Fever, Dragontooth Island, Fanfare2, High Seas, Jolly-RLandlubber, Mudskipper Melody, Sea Shanty, Sea Shanty2
Morytania music This music refers to the several tracks unlocked in the Morytania province Body Parts, Chamber, Dance of the Undead, Dead Quiet, Deadlands, Deep Down, Distant Land, Morytania, Night of the Vampyre, Phasmatys, The Terrible Caverns, The Terrible Tower, The Terrible Tunnels, and Waterlogged
Zanaris music These play in Zanaris only All's Fairy in Love and War, Crystal Cave, Faerie, and We are the Fairies
Kharidian Desert music Desert Music plays at the Kharidian Desert Back to Life, Bandit Camp and Desert Heat
North-eastern Kandarin music These songs play in Seers' Village Camelot, Lasting, Theme
Southern Kandarin music These songs play in Yanille Magic Dance, Melodrama, Neverland
Central Kandarin music These songs play in East Ardougne Ballad of Enchantment, Baroque, Knightly
North western Kandarin music These songs play in Tree Gnome Stronghold Gnome King, Gnome Village, and Tree Spirits
Northern Misthalin music These songs generally play anywhere in Varrock Adventure, Expanse, Forever, Garden, Medieval, Spirit, The Trade Parade
Southern Misthalin music These songs generally play anywhere in Lumbridge Autumn Voyage, Book of Spells, Dream (music track), The Duke, and Flute Salad
Asgarnia music These play in Falador Arrival, AttentionBackground, Competition, Emperor, Fanfare, Horizon, Long Way HomeMiles Away, Tomorrow, Wander
Taverley music These play in Taverley Taverley Adventure, Taverley Ambience, Taverley Dreams
Burthorpe music These play in Burthorpe Burthorpe Danger, and Burthorpe Dilemma
Fremennik Province music These play in Fremennik areas like Rellekka, Fremennik islands, and barbarian settlements like Gunnarsgrunn (Barbarian Village) and the Barbarian Outpost Borderland, Legion, Norse Code, Volcanic Vikings, The Desolate Isle
Wilderness music They play anywhere in the wilderness Army of Darkness, Bounty Hunter Level 1, Bounty Hunter Level 2, Bounty Hunter Level 3, Close Quarters, Crystal Sword, Dangerous, Dark, Dead Can Dance, Deep Wildy, Doorways, EruptionFaithless, Forbidden, Inspiration, Scape Sad, Troubled, Undercurrent, Wild Isle, Wild Side, Wilderness, Wilderness2, Wilderness3, Wildwood, Witching
Karamja music These play in Karamja Ambient JungleJungle CommunityJungle Island, Jungly1, Jungly2, Jungly3, Roots and Flutes, Spooky JungleTribal, Tribal Background, and Tribal2
Tzhaar music These play in TzHaar city Tzhaar City I, Tzhaar City II, and Tzhaar City III
Tirannwn music Played anywhere in Isafdar Breeze, Crystal Castle, Elven Seed, Everywhere, Far Away, Forest, Lost Soul, Waste Defaced
Feldip Hills music These play at Jiggig, Gu'tanoth, Oo'glog and west of Mort'ton. Bish Bash Bosh, Chompy Hunt, Gaol, Grumpy, Romper Chomper
Troll Country music These play in Trollheim Contest, Frostbite, Kingdom, Marzipan, and Tremble
Daemonheim music These songs play in Daemonheim. Daemonheim Entrance, Daemonheim Fremenniks
Castle Wars music These songs play in Castle Wars Castle Wars, Castle Warz
Dominion Tower music These songs play in Dominion Tower Dominion Lobby I, Dominion Lobby II, and Dominion Lobby III
Clan Citadel music These songs play in Clan Citadels Citadel I, Citadel II, Citadel III, Citadel IV, Citadel V, Citadel Theme
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Main article: Musician
A Player Listening to Music

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 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 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 Playlist 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.

A search option was released August 19, 2010.

Music track listEdit

Main article: Music/track list

Tutorial musicEdit

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?


  • Many tracks can be unlocked just standing very near the area where it is unlocked, so it is not necessary to have all requirements.
  • Some music tracks can, for some reason, be unlocked without visiting the area or even getting close to it, such as Dragontooth Island (music track), Legion, and Narnode's Theme. These are unlockable for free-to-play players even though they had never been members before.
  • Born to Do This was used for the opening music track, when a Holiday event is going on. Scape Scared for Hallowe'en, and Scape Santa is used for Christmas. Other Scapes may be used for new skills, such as Scape Summon for the release of Summoning, or Scape Hunter for the release of Hunter. Scape Theme (the previous log in screen theme) is now available in the track list. Now, with the release of RuneScape 3, the opening track is now Scape Boldplayed by a symphony orchestra.
  • The track Zanik's Theme is heard during a cut-scene in Death to the Dorgeshuun, but is not unlocked until Land of the Goblins.
  • Until July 4 2006, the default music track in the Barbarian Village was Dark, but it has been changed to "Barbarianism". The Dark track was moved to the Bone Yard (located east of the Graveyard of Shadows in level 17 Wilderness).
  • Armadyl Alliance is unlocked before the gap to Armadyl's area in God Wars Dungeon, so 70 Ranged is not needed.
  • While waiting for a clan war to begin, a slower version of "Clan Wars" plays.
  • If you are standing near a crop circle outside the Impetuous Impulses minigame, the track "Impetuous" will play but no name will appear on the top of the Music Player (although, the version of "Impetuous" played at the crop circles is slightly different - it is quieter with less of a bass tune).
  • The music is composed as JAGA tracks using in-house software by Jagex.
  • Some time before, all tracks used to play according to a very specific area the player was in. Nowadays, tracks play according to the general theme of the area, which means places that previously only had one track accompanying it may now play more tracks.
  • Lament of Meiyerditch and Night of the Vampyre can both be unlocked on the east side of Meiyerditch and North of the meeting point without even starting Priest in Peril now, since an update that allowed players to enter Morytania without starting the quest.

Tracks that are considered difficult to unlockEdit

Renamed tracksEdit

Deleted tracksEdit

Required skill levelsEdit

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

Skill Level Quest or location Music track name
Agility-icon Agility 77 Ritual of the Mahjarrat Return of Lucien
Attack-icon Attack 78 The Void Stares Back In Security, Precarious Void, Mystery Revealed, Give it Your Pest Shot, The Void Stares Back, Who Are We To Judge?
Constitution-icon Constitution 76 The Firemaker's Curse The Firemakers' Theme, Charred Remains
Construction-icon Construction 70 The Void Stares Back In Security, Precarious Void, Mystery Revealed, Give it Your Pest Shot, The Void Stares Back, Who Are We To Judge?
Cooking-icon Cooking 70** Recipe for Disaster Chef Surprize
Crafting-icon Crafting 70 The Void Stares Back In Security, Precarious Void, Mystery Revealed, Give it Your Pest Shot, The Void Stares Back, Who Are We To Judge?
Defence-icon Defence 80 The Brink of Extinction
Dungeoneering-icon Dungeoneering 113 Daemonheim (Kal'Ger the Warmonger) Kal'Ger the Warmonger
Farming-icon Farming 65* While Guthix Sleeps Dangerous Logic, Black of Knight, The Evil Within, The Sound of Guthix, Temple Desecrated
Firemaking-icon Firemaking 74 The Firemaker's Curse The Firemakers' Theme, Charred Remains
Fishing-icon Fishing 70 Deadliest Catch Deadliest Catch, Three of a Kind
Fletching-icon Fletching 70 Within the Light, The Branches of Darkmeyer Elven Seed, Darkmeyer, Arboretum, Upir Likhyi
Herblore-icon Herblore 65* While Guthix Sleeps Dangerous Logic, Black of Knight, The Evil Within, The Sound of Guthix, Temple Desecrated
Hunter-icon Hunter 67 Deadliest Catch Deadliest Catch, Three of a Kind
Magic-icon Magic 80 The Void Stares Back In Security, Precarious Void, Mystery Revealed, Give it Your Pest Shot, The Void Stares Back, Who Are We To Judge?
Mining-icon Mining 76 Ritual of the Mahjarrat Return of Lucien
Prayer-icon Prayer 70 Nomad's Requiem Battle of Souls, Desolate Ruins
Ranged-icon Ranged 75 Within the Light Elven Seed
Runecrafting-icon Runecrafting 61* The Prisoner of Glouphrie Cage Against the Machine, Reunion
Slayer-icon Slayer 78* The wishlist after Fur 'n' Seek Exhibit 'A'
Smithing-icon Smithing 80 The Brink of Extinction
Strength-icon Strength 78 The Void Stares Back In Security, Precarious Void, Mystery Revealed, Give it Your Pest Shot, The Void Stares Back, Who Are We To Judge?
Summoning-icon Summoning 65 A Clockwork Syringe The Factory Floor
Thieving-icon Thieving 75 Flash Powder Factory Flash Factory
Woodcutting-icon Woodcutting 76 The Branches of Darkmeyer Darkmeyer, Arboretum, Upir Likhyi
CombatSwords Combat level 110 Kuradal's Dungeon Final Destination
Quest Quest points 270 While Guthix Sleeps Dangerous Logic, Black of Knight, The Evil Within, The Sound of Guthix, Temple Desecrated
Task icon 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 boostsEdit

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 allusionsEdit

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'
  • 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'.
  • Hell's Bells - An old expression of anger, a song was also released with the same name, "Hells Bells" by AC/DC
  • Invaders Must Die I, Invaders Must Die II and Invaders Must Die III - The song 'Invaders must die' by The Prodigy.
  • 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


  • In the music 'Norse Code' (playing while in Jatizso), the high pitch flute plays the Morse code letters for 'RuneScape'. With short notes being dits, and long notes being dahs: dit-dah-dit R, dit-dit-dah U, dah-dit N, dit E, dit-dit-dit S, dah-dit-dah-dit C, dit-dah A, dit-dah-dah-dit P, dit E.
  • The following sounds may be heard on the FunOrb game Armies of Gielinor: Legion (Lobby), Principality (Misthalin Map), TzHaar! (Desert Map), Poles Apart (Snow Map) , Dead Quiet (Swamp Map) and Attack 1-6 (In Battle). Campaign mode also includes Brain Battle, Faithless, Fight or Flight, Kingdom, "Life's a Beach!" Soul Wars, Strength of Saradomin, The Other Side, The Shadow, The Sound of Guthix, The Terrible Tower, Zamorak Zoo
  • Life's a Beach! can be heard on the Mos'Le Harmless arena on the FunOrb game, Arcanists.
  • Occasionally The Horn of Chill, normally unlocked at Ghorrock during The Temple at Senntisten quest will play when encountering Evil Elder trees.
  • When unlocking the 500th track, players get the message "You've unlocked 500 music tracks and can use a new emote!".
  • "Beneath the house" is the only music piece without the proper name (house) capitalized.
  • More than 100 of the existing and new tracks have been recorded with a live symphony orchestra with the release of RuneScape 3.

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