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!
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.
@WrathOfSamus777 Well you said it "should be" #1 and then "it's the most memorable song in gaming" so I thought perhaps you meant that "most memorable" = "should be #1". My bad. Anyway all I'm saying that the most memorable (if we're talking about the general public) has a lot to do with the popularity of the game itself. Obviously less popular games have a less chance of having their songs known and loved by millions. Tons of other songs from other games could easily have been as memorable (to the general public) if they were in games that were as popular.
If we're not talking about being memorable to the general public well... on a personal level, it's definitely not my most memorable song. Offhand I'd say the first fortess in Lufia, the bramble area in DKC2, and the first Sigma fortress stage in Mega Man X2 are way more memorable to me. These are parts of games I'd play over and over just to hear the music.
I'm not gonna listen to Chrono Trigger songs! That would make the game less amazing when I finally play it!
I haven't played it because I was waiting for it to come out on VC and it was gonna be my next VC game I bought, but then I got Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest for Christmas, so I want to beat that first. No rush though, everyone seems to think it's timeless.
I'm envisioning robot Jargon discovering the game in an old, post-apocalyptic ruin, 1000 years in the future, jury-rigging a live wire to play it, and then slowly forming his circuits into a smile.