My Top 10: Favourite Super NES Tracks!

My iPod is crammed with retro music, mainly from two consoles; the NES, which I counted down my fav’s for already, and the Super NES.  They were the two consoles I spent the most time on, so the rest of the music on my playlist is a smorgasbord of music from PC, Genesis, Xbox, PS1, and other newer consoles.

That being said, here are my ten favourite Super NES tracks…  again, only one entry per series.  That’s the only rule!


10.  F-Zero – Big Blue

This isn’t even a game I even played as a kid.  I was actually introduced to it by Super Smash Bros. Melee, and that Adventure Mode Big Blue-inspired stage made me want to download F-Zero on the Virtual Console.  I’m glad I did!


9.  Donkey Kong Country – King K. Rool Theme

The rest of the music from DKC was either only slightly memorable or simply just light and fluffy mood music.  With this epic final boss tune, they seemed to set the stage for considerably better music in DKC2.


8.  Super Adventure Island 2 – Hiya-Hiya Island

There are some tunes you hear, and you just know what kind of level it is by the sound of it.  This one captures the chill of the icy Hiya-Hiya Island palace quite nicely.


7.  Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island – Big Boss Theme

The boss fight above is what I picture every time this tune starts.  The boss fights in this game were really fun to begin with, and the way the music builds here is just perfect.


6.  Mega Man X – Sigma Stage 3

It’s not the most complex tune in the game, but I found this little bass ditty to be the best of the bunch.


5.  Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars – Fight Against a Slightly Bigger Boss

Same franchise?  Yes.  Same series?  No.  Sneaky.  This music really had me on edge during the big battles, since it was the first turn-based RPG I ever played…  I honestly felt that I was in way too deep when I played this one, even though it’s considered easy by RPG vets.


4.  Super Metroid – Brinstar Red Soil Swampy Area

This is a tune that does a lot without doing much at all.  Haunting and amazing.


3.  The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past – End Credits

Ending music is supposed to wrap everything up nicely, and put a nice little bow on the gift you’ve just played (barf).  In a game where you actually feel for many of the NPC’s you run into, this music (along with the visuals) still almost brings a damn tear to my eye…  not gonna lie.


2.  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time – Boss Music

Perfect boss music, if I’ve ever heard it.  I can close my eyes when I listen to this, and hear that weird “hit” sound effect.  *huh-whomp!* *huh-whomp!* *huh-whomp!*


1.  Contra III: The Alien Wars – Road Runners (Stage 4)

There’s a whole lot of music in this game that I had to choose from.  Every single stage has music that sets the tone perfectly, and to this day, I don’t think I’ve ever heard such a great soundtrack in a game.

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