Welcome to my first “Top Lists.”
So for my 1st list I have decided to go ahead and just name my top 10 Video Game songs from the SNES.
These songs are not really as the best songs but are for me songs that impacted me enough that whenever I think or hear about the game, the song will play in my head.
I will not be mentioning more than one song per video game franchise as probably the TLoZ:ALTTP and the FFVI Soundtracks would dominate the list entirely.
Also, most of these songs I have not heard in many years, this list is made out almost mainly on memory and some not so long ago listening.
***TL;DR Version of the list at the very bottom for those of you who just want to know 15 awesome video game songs that if you played enough SNES already should know them.***
So here it goes, my Top 10 Video Game Songs from the SNES:
10) Contra 3: The Alien Wars
Song: Stage 1
Everyone who played video games in the 90s played the Contra 3, if they didn’t they should go out to their local vintage video game store and purchase a copy IMMEDIATELY as it is one of the best games from the SNES library (Purchase a SNES if necessary). Nevertheless, although being an over the top awesome difficult game, it has a memorable soundtrack that matches up to the gameplay.
If the game is too hard for you (it was for me), do not worry, dying in the first stage enough times will imprint the song from the 1st stage forever in your mind. Especially those first 2 seconds at the beginning of the song (Oh god will I ever forget those 2 seconds? Yeah… probably not).
9) Super Mario World
Song: Second OverWorld Theme
Now holy shit, this song is just a masterpiece. Everyone knows the classic super Mario theme but in this case, because I do not recall this song in Super Mario World, it will definitely be in this list. It would be higher in the list were it not that the songs I have not mentioned yet I like more. Maybe I’m not doing enough justice to this song by putting in 9th place, but oh, well…
8) Super Castlevania IV
Song: Stage 1
For this pick, it was quite difficult to choose as Super Castlevania IV has such an excellent soundtrack in general. It even compiles the older songs in the last levels which is like having your cake and eating it too as it gives you new awesome songs and gives you the older classics.
Ok, maybe the song was not a hard pick when looking into this game as whenever I think Castlevania I get the theme from the NEW version, or Stage 1 from Super Castlevania. It is one song that will be merged with my childhood so it makes this list. If it were a list for Video Game OSTs, this game would be way higher in my list. But because it’s separate, it will have to live in #8 for now.
7) Lost Vikings
Song: Stage 1
I don’t know what is it with me and Stage 1 themes. I guess I was so young I’d die a lot in games at the beginning and would hear the beginning over and over and over and over and over (you get the point), that they were embedded so brutally in my mind that I will never forget and always enjoy.
Now you might be thinking something like “the Lost Vikings? What the fuck? The game was not even that good” but yes, this game was and still is one of the games I just loved playing growing up. It might be that the rest of the soundtrack was not EXCELLENT, but damn it this song is just too fun to listen to.
6) Megaman X
Song: Storm Eagle
Of course, what would a Top List about Video Game Music be if it did not have a song from the Megaman X Series, especially being from the SNES. This song was extremely hard to choose among all the Maverick bosses as at first I did not want to go with the cliché song, but after an extensive listening to OST, I just had to put it in my list. The runner up would have been Flame Stag from MMX2 or Blast Hornet from MMX3 but Storm Eagle apparently won.
Can’t really emphasize much more on how good the Megaman Soundtracks are so…
5) Super Street Fighter II Turbo
Song: Guile’s Theme
YES! How would this list be complete without a SSFIIT song? It couldn’t that is the point. All songs are great. I like it how all the songs match their respective country of origin. After much thought I decided to go with Guile’s theme, probably by being brainwashed over how FREAKING full of awesome it is. I mean, just listen to it, it will make any situation better. Like they say on the Youtubes (yes, I call it the youtubes, also the internets and the googles, don’t recall where I took the term from, I think it was Henry Rollins), “The Guile Theme Goes With Everything,” which in fact, does. If you don’t believe me check this clip out.
WARNING: This clip contains spoiler from FFVII. If you like RPGs and did not know Aeris dies, where the hell have you been over the past 13 years? (Yep that is what the video spoils)
Song: Mute City
A-HA! Before you read this list you might have thought “If this list has F-Zero it will have Big Bl-“ WRONG! As good as Big Blue from F-Zero is, I do not believe that it lives up to the greatness that is Mute City, at least that is the case for the SNES rendition of Big Blue. For the SNS, I believe that Mute City is the better song and it is my list so woo-hoo, Mute City wins in this round. Better luck next time Big Blue as you are better in the future renditions of the songs.
3) Chrono Trigger
Song: Frog’s Theme
So, arguably one of the best games in the SNES library, of course a Chrono Trigger song was to be put onto this list, especially with my being a whore for the older RPGs. I literally spent a couple of hours listening to the Chrono Trigger soundtrack before choosing the song I was going to put in this list. I ended up choosing Frog’s Theme as you can see. Reason? Simple, it is epic.
I downloaded a 7-minute version of the song downloaded into my ipod. The song is no more than 2 minutes long so it basically loops, but damn, it is such an epic song for walking outside that I don’t even feel that it is that long.
Simple, Epic, Awesome, Frog’s theme for the win.
2) The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
Song: Light World Overworld
I believe that this is one of the most iconic Zelda songs ever. Almost anyone who is a Nintendo fan will recognize this song, if not, they should. The soundtrack for ALTTP might be overlooked due to OoT’s extensive soundtrack (a masterpiece in my opinion nevertheless), but it is still probably one of the best soundtracks in video game history I would want to believe. There is not much really I can say about this song, it is just wonderful. Go listen to this soundtrack, it might be better than Ocarina of Time in some aspects. Disagree with me? Okay, not changing the list anyways
1) Final Fantasy VI (USA: FFIII)
Song: The Decisive Battle
If you are reading this list with already previous knowledge of songs from the SNES library, then you probably saw this coming from the beginning, maybe not on number one but at least on the list. Maybe this song does not deserve being on number one BUT, I grew up on FFVI, am a whore for older RPGs (as previously stated) and FFVI is probably the game with my favorite Original Soundtrack of all times. I do not have anything to add here, it is just one of my all time favorite video game songs.
Earthworm Jim – New Junk City
Donkey Kong Country – Main Theme
Super Metroid – Crateria Surface
TMNT IV: Turtles In Time – Big Apple
Kirby Super Star – Dynablade: Area 1
While looking back at these songs I just can’t help but be motivated to go listen to more SNES music. I am pretty sure that there are other games with splendid music out there. I remember playing other games that I recall enjoying. Mainly because whenever I play games I am not looking for the pretty graphics only, I am looking for the audio-visual feel of the games so audio plays a BIG importance when it comes to judging it.
So this was my first Top List I have made. Feel free to comment your thoughts on it. Any general Suggestions?
10) Contra 3: The Alien Wars – Stage 1
9) Super Mario World –Overworld 2
8) Super Castlevania IV – Stage 1
7) The Lost Vikings – stage 1
6) Megaman X – Storm Eagle
5) Super Street Fighter II Turbo – Guile’s Theme
4) F-Zero – Mute City
3) Chrono Trigger – Frog’s Theme
2) The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past – Light World Overworld
1) Final Fantasy VI – The Decisive Battle
***Audio Previews on the actual list.***
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