Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Video Game Songs That Get Stuck in Your Head
November 23, 2010 | Follow comments
10. “Rolling Star”—Katamari Forever
You may have never heard of this song if you’ve never played Katamari, but I highly recommend that you look it up because, despite the fact that it will probably get stuck in your head too, it will make you laugh. The lyrics are just ridiculous, and the tune itself is terribly catchy. I challenge you to look this one up on YouTube and take a listen.
9. “Green Hill Zone”—Sonic the Hedgehog
This is the first of a few songs on this list that have been derived from older 8-bit or 16-bit games, and there is a reason for this: these songs have a very distinct sound because of their bleeps and bloops that make it very easy for the tunes to become ingrained in your head. This song is a classic for any Sonic fan, and the patterns within the music just make it so catchy that you’ll end up thinking about it hours after you’ve played a good, nostalgic round of Sonic.
8. “Chocobo Theme”—Final Fantasy Series
No matter what variation gets put on this song, whether it’s swing or techno, this tune is always catchy. The older version of this song might be the one that gets stuck in your head the most, but either way, the image of that cute, yellow bird will be soon to follow, running around in your head—that’s not such a bad thing though, is it?
7. “Star Fox Theme”—Star Fox 64
This was one pretty epic opening to a Nintendo 64 game. Every time I think of this series, this song comes to mind first, despite some of the other good songs that accompany the actual levels of the game. The song’s catchiness still lives on through the Super Smash Bros. series, but at least this is yet another great song to have stuck in your head.
Again, this song started off as an 8-bit song, and that is probably half of the reason for its catchiness. It’s a simple tune with a couple of recurring themes that make it easy to implant itself in your mind while you’re trying to think of what to make for lunch. The orchestrated version in Super Smash Bros. Melee may have watered down how catchy it is and boasted its epic side, but it has made the song popular again—all the more reason for it to get stuck in your head.
5. “Windmill Song”—The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
What could be better than walking into a windmill, watching this strange guy with his wind-up box of an instrument, and listening to one of the most random waltz style songs in a Zelda game? It’s a priceless scene that is just so amusing in itself that it brings you back to listen again and again. Not only is it comical, but it is one of the most repetitive songs on this list that is bound to stick itself in your head for a very long time.
4. “Tetris Theme”—Tetris
Once again, perhaps for its repetitiveness and 8-bit style of sound, this song is highly catchy. Not only is the game a classic, but the song has become a part of pop-culture for the nerds. Anyone ever tell you that it’s good to listen to the song you have stuck in your head in hopes that it won’t be after it’s done playing? Well, some people have gone as far as to play this song out on the field in marching bands. It’s nothing short of awesome, and it’s definitely one way to cast the song from your head.
3. “In the Navy” (Captain Jack)— Dance Dance Revolution Max 2
If you’ve ever played a DDR game, you’ll know that most of the songs on these games are pretty ridiculousness in terms of lyrics and rhythm. This song not only does that, but it is one of the most hilarious music videos to watch in the game, and it will have you singing the main chorus of this tune for at least an hour after you’ve played it out of its sheer absurdity.
2. “Mario Theme”—Super Mario Bros.
If you’re a gamer and you’ve never had this song stuck in your head at least once in your life, there may be something wrong with you. Probably the most renowned tunes in gaming, this song has been performed by a copula groups and even live orchestras. No matter what version you happen to listen to, it’s difficult to keep yourself from humming this one to yourself.
1. “Pokémon Battle Theme”—Pokemon Red/Blue
Well, arranged, and complex for a GameBoy song, when I played Pokémon too much as a kid, this song managed to get stuck in my head when I was trying to sleep. And I don’t just mean stuck—I mean I could hear it as if it were still playing on my GameBoy. Never have I had another song curse me like this song did. And that is why, my dear gaming community, this one takes the top.
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