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Top 50 Songs on Nintendo Consoles (now with links!)
Editorial by 
July 26, 2009, 23:03:50
This is a list me and my friend made together that represents our consensus on the top 50 songs ever to first appear on a Nintendo console (or maybe arcade for some of them) That means no songs that later appeared in compilations like Sonic songs (otherwise Green Hill Zone would be very high). My niece was working on You Tube countdown videos, but I think she got busy with drama camp or something so they've been put on indefinite hold (I have no video making programs or skills). Anyway on to the list!

50. Double Dragon - Title Theme
49. Yoshi's Story - Yoshi's Story
48. Ninja Gaiden 2- Chaosium Sword
47. Metroid Prime - Credits
46. Mega Man 3 - Title Theme
45. Yoshi's Island - Powerful Infant
44. Pokemon Red/Blue - Opening Theme
43. Super Mario Bros. 2 - 1-1 Theme
42. Kid Icarus - Underworld Theme
41. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past - Darkworld Theme
40. Mario Kart 64 - End Credits
39. Super Mario Land - Birabuto Kingdom
38. Castlevania 2 - Bloody Tears
37. Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - Gerudo Valley
36. Contra - Waterfall
35. Balloon Fight - Balloon Trip
34. Wind Waker - Staff Credits
33. Donkey Kong Country 2 - Stickerbrush Symphony
32. Mega Man 2 - Flash Man
31. Star Fox - Corneria
30. Super Mario Bros. 2 - Character Select
29. F-Zero - Mute City
28. Mega Man - Cut Man
27. Metroid - Brinstar
26. Super Mario 64 - Bobomb Battlefield
25. Tetris - Type A
24. Majora's Mask - Clock Town Day 1
23. Castlevania 2 - Town
22. Punch Out! - Training
21. Wind Waker - Ocean
20. Final Fantasy - Prelude
19. Dr. Mario - Chill
18. The Legend of Zelda: Adventure of Link - Palace
17. Super Metroid - Title Screen
16. Super Mario Bros. 3 - Hammer Bros. Theme
15. Ocarina of Time - Kokiri Forest
14. Super Mario Galaxy - Gusty Garden Galaxy
13. Super Mario Bros. - Main Theme
12. Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past - Princess Zelda's Rescue
11. Mega Man 2 - Title Theme
10. Blaster Master - Stage 1
9. Mario Kart 64 - Rainbow Road
8. Castlevania - Vampire Killer
7. Donkey Kong Country - Aquatic Ambiance
6. Duck Tales - The Moon
5. Super Metroid - Underground Depths
4. Super Mario 64 - Dire Dire Docks
3.The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - Title Theme
2. Mega Man 2 - Dr. Wily Stage 1
1.The Legend of Zelda - Title Theme

Since this was done with a friend I don't agree exactly with the placement of every song and there's some songs I wouldn't personally have and some omissions but such is the nature of collaboration. Still a damned good list and I listen to it as a playlist often. I have all of them on MP3 so if you want any of them, let me know your email and I'll be happy to oblige.

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Posted: 07/26/09, 23:03:50  - Edited by 
 on: 02/16/12, 02:33:25    
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Secret of Mana is an audible beast. It should've been all over that list.

Posted by 
 on: 02/16/12, 01:59:58

The Credits theme for Metroid Prime is very similar to the Menu music.


It's good, but I hadn't played it yet! Anyway, I probably would have only had the one I embedded earlier. Others were good, but you have to really stick out to make my top 50.

Final Fantasy Mystic Quest's Battle music is pretty sweet too. Square knew what they were doing.

Posted by 
 on: 02/16/12, 02:00:23  - Edited by 
 on: 02/16/12, 02:01:25
@Jargon That is very wise actually. You want to experience it as you experience it in game. You want to associate these songs with characters, not a YouTube page .

Posted by 
 on: 02/16/12, 02:07:50
Links have been added!

Posted by 
 on: 02/16/12, 02:33:12

I'm running the gamut!!

50. Classic and awesome.
49. How the hell did this get on here??
48. Takes too long to kick in. Little Knights of Cydonia going on though, weird.
47. I always liked Metroid Prime's menu music better than the in game stuff, really.
46. Best song in the game, for sure. And thats not taking anything away from Mega Man 3 music.
45. Hmm. I didn't know that the newer Starman musics were based on this. Interesting.
44. This is the only Pokemon music I know. Its cool.
43. I love Mario 2. This music is Boss. Not sure what the rest of the list holds, but it better be serious business.

Aborted: I didn't get very far.

Posted by 
 on: 02/16/12, 02:47:32  - Edited by 
 on: 02/16/12, 04:51:57
Jargon said:

I've never played Chrono Trigger...

this must be corrected...and quickly

Posted by 
 on: 02/16/12, 04:33:44  - Edited by 
 on: 02/16/12, 04:35:20
@Jargon Oh as long as you will play it.

@Stephen YES! I'd add in Prime 2's menu music too. They're all so good.

Posted by 
 on: 02/16/12, 05:50:36
Super Mario Bros. should be #1. It's the most memorable tune in all of gaming. Even people that don't play games very much know that tune. Otherwise, good list.

Posted by 
 on: 02/16/12, 15:38:01  - Edited by 
 on: 02/16/12, 15:39:29

But it's me and my friend's list of our favorites. I don't care what people who don't play games think about it, I care what I think about it and I think it's very good, but not #1.

If I was trying to make a list of the most popular video game songs it might well make #1 (and Yoshi's Story wouldn't be on it, haha)

Posted by 
 on: 02/16/12, 21:01:33
@WrathOfSamus777 Most memorable isn't always the best. Besides half of why it is "most memorable" is everyone in the world has played that game.

Posted by 
 on: 02/17/12, 01:08:27
Oh OK, I thought it was a list of what you guys thought were the best tunes. Since your thread title doesn't really say anything about your favorites. Carry on.

And a big reason why people like Super Mario Bros. is the memorable music. How many people think Super Mario Bros. has bad music? Most everyone thinks the music is great.

Posted by 
 on: 02/17/12, 01:36:18
I'm just saying that it's only sort of "generally" the most memorable video game song because it's possibly the most heard one. I'm not saying that the music isn't awesome, but if games like Mega Man 2 or Chrono Trigger had the mass popular appeal that Super Mario Brothers does their music might be consider just as memorable.

It's certainly not my personal most memorable song. I'd probably go with Lufia or something for that.

Whatever the case I still insist that best and most memorable are too different things. There is often a lot of crossover, but they're not synonyms.

Posted by 
 on: 02/17/12, 01:43:14

A distinction without a difference as far as I'm concerned...but let's not open that can of worms!

Posted by 
 on: 02/17/12, 01:49:24
By that logic, the Wii Sports theme should be the most memorable since probably even more people have played Wii Sports than Super Mario Bros.

Posted by 
 on: 02/17/12, 02:06:41
No love for Fountain of Dreams?

I am dissapoint

Posted by 
 on: 02/17/12, 03:54:08

The links are much appreciated, just sitting here listening to fine video game music!

Posted by 
 on: 02/17/12, 17:19:24
I listened to the rest of these last night. Not a bad list. I would've filled it with a lot more Mega Man, but I understand. Variety is cool.

I WILL tell you that F-Zero is the only theme I cut off before it ended. I don't even think I made it halfway.
Even if I didn't know that was F-Zero, I would've stopped it.

That game and I really don't see eye to eye (or ear?), apparently..

Posted by 
 on: 02/17/12, 22:38:42
@WrathOfSamus777 No, because my logic is that the Super Mario Bros. theme song is the most memorable (which I'm defining as I dunno, the most recognized / beloved / etc.?) because it's BOTH a really good song (and catchy) AND in one of the most popular games of all-time.

But that doesn't automatically make it the best song.

Posted by 
 on: 02/18/12, 01:09:57  - Edited by 
 on: 02/18/12, 01:10:32
I never said it automatically makes it the best song. But you can make a very, very strong case for it. Stronger probably than any other tune in gaming, which was my point in the first place which has seemed to go right over your head.

Posted by 
 on: 02/18/12, 01:25:57
I see no EarthBound music. I ought to punch you right in the snoz.

Posted by 
 on: 02/18/12, 01:39:01
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