My week long celebration of the SNES’s 20th needs more than just three short posts, so I am going to supplement that with a pair of quick, but well considered, Top 20 lists.
This first one is a list of my 20 favorite pieces of music from SNES games. I have limited it to no more than 2 from any one game and no more than 3 from any one series to keep me from filling it with just Zelda and Chrono Trigger tracks. I am sure there are plenty of songs that I’m forgetting, and you can yell at me about them in the comments section, but here are the ones I didn’t forget:
20: Stickerbrush Symphony – Donkey Kong Country 2. I may not like the game that much, but the music is tits.
19: Dedede’s Theme – Kirby Super Star. I had to have Kirby on here, and Green Greens is too easy
18: Fillmore – ActRaiser. I haven’t played the game enough, but it sounds great.
17: Dark World – Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. Why did I put this so low? Because I forgot it until just before I was finished.
16: Brinstar (red soil) – Super Metriod. Too goddamn great. Perfectly moody.
15: Big Blue – F-Zero. Listen to it, I don’t need to add anything.
14: Storm Eagle – Mega Man X. Mega Man always had great music, the SNES changed nothing about that.
13: Red Wings – Final Fantasy 2. Take that Imperial March.
12: Leave Time for Love – Secret of Mana. Secret of Mana is obligatory. I like this one.
11: Memories of Green – Chrono Trigger. You could replace this with any other song on the Chrono Trigger Soundtrack, save one.
10: Buy Something Will Ya! – Earthbound. Earthbound’s music is as idiosyncratic as the rest of the game.
9: Title Theme – Super Mario World. I love it all, let’s just start with this one.
8: Lower Norfair – Super Metriod. Even if the game wasn’t nearly perfect, this would make it worth playing.
7: Celes – Final Fantasy 3. I recognize their cheesiness, but I love the opera scene and Celes suicide a lot.
6: Simon’s Theme – Super Castlevania 4. There is no more perfect fit of game and music.
5: Spark Mandrill – Mega Man X. Best 16-bit butt rock? I think so.
4: Boy Meets Girl – Earthbound. Simply perfect.
3: Hyrule Field – Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.
2: Clash on the Big Bridge – Final Fantasy 5.
1: Frog’s Theme – Chrono Trigger.
Yeah, that’s it. This list already turned into much more work than I expected. Tomorrow I should have something more substantial.