Top Ten: Super Mario Songs

It’s-a Mario time! Kyle counts down his top ten favorite tunes from the Mario games.

By Kyle England. Posted 09/12/2012 14:00 4 Comments     ShareThis

You’ve already got the Mario theme music playing in your head right now, don’t you? Koji Kondo started a video game music revolution way back in the 1980s when he first composed the soundtrack of Super Mario Bros., and now the music of Nintendo’s famous plumber has become just as entrenched in the history of gaming as his adventures. The tunes of the Super Mario series are catchy, lighthearted, and just plain fun– but there are times when certain tracks can suddenly come from nowhere and ramp up the excitement to epic proportions. From the familiar echo of the warp pipe to the invincible Starman theme, Mario just wouldn’t be the same without his signature sounds.

Of course, at Nintendojo we feel compelled to sort everything into Top Ten lists, so why not do Mario music too? I have dived deep into the mustachioed heroes greatest games and emerged with what I believe to be a sure list of his platinum tracks. The music can come from any game starring Mario, be it a platformer, a spinoff, or a role-playing adventure. Now, Mario has more memorable music than a Lakitu has Spinies, so there’s bound to be some disagreement as to what tunes come out on top and how they’re ordered, but don’t feel sad if your favorites aren’t here! (Honestly I think that Mario fans tend to be less hotheaded than fans of a certain other Nintendo series we compiled a music list for).

Oh and one more thing– let’s get that one tune out of the way already, because it’s just way too obvious:

Ah, that’s an oldie but goodie, right? Hopefully that whet your appetite for some great Super Mario music because without further ado, here’s my Top Ten Greatest Super Mario Songs! Let’s-a go!

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4 Responses to “Top Ten: Super Mario Songs”

  • 7 points
    Katharine Byrne says...

    Great list, Kyle! I’m a little sad to see that this wasn’t on the list, though! ;) (or the Bowser’s Lava Lair version from Super Mario Galaxy 2!)

    Couldn’t agree more about Wind Garden, though. Easily the best Mario song ever composed. Hearing Super Mario 64‘s Main Theme in Super Mario Galaxy 2 was also one of my favourite moments in the entire game, so I’m very pleased to see that at number three too! :)

    (PS: is it weird that I’m also quite partial to the Mario Paint theme? Probably…)

  • 1244 points
    lukas85 says...

    Hmm, got to say i didnt like your list that much, i tought it will be just super mario (main series) music. But, i have to agree with you on the number one spot. For music lovers that particular track is just mind blowing. Gusty garden is my favourite levwl of the galaxy series, and i think that the music is the main reason why i keep coming back for more. Hands down the greatest mario theme ever.

  • 3 points
    Jaguar8481 says...

    Why would you list other Mario games besides the main Mario titles? Mario Kart and RPG outings shouldn’t be lumped in also. You could seriously have a top ten list from just Galaxy 1 and 2, so this list is very short sighted.

    • 285 points
      Kyle England says...

      I wanted to go for variety here, otherwise it could have just ended up as a Top Ten overworld theme list! I also couldn’t forget about the RPGs which are near and dear to me and have great music that is even better than the main series at some points.

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