Top 10 Super Nintendo Soundtracks

July 31, 2011

Top 10

Alright everyone, the most requested “Top 10” list is finally here.  To many, the Super Nintendo is considered one of, if not, the best console ever made.  Time to find out if your games made my list.


– Donkey Kong Country

Rareware’s flagship franchise for the SNES, Donkey Kong Country is widely considered as one of the greatest platformers ever made…and with good reason.  If you never played DKC before, you’re really missing out on a classic.  However, I’m not here to talk about how awesome the game was and still is.  I’m here to mention how it’s one of the most memorable soundtracks for the SNES.  Every song in this game perfectly fit each moment of the game that truly immersed the player further.  Just listen in to the song attached below (which many fans will notice immediately)!


– Killer Instinct

Rareware’s first fighter that was competing with Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter at the time.  Killer Instinct was revolutionary thanks to it’s incredible visuals, fast-paced gameplay and bumping soundtrack.  From the main menu and character select music alone, you know you were in for an awesome game.  Then you hear Orchid’s theme for the first time while you’re fighting and couldn’t help but feel you were kicking-ass to the music.


– X-Men Mutant Apocalypse

X-Men Mutant Apocalypse was one of the coolest X-Men games ever created…it was also one of the hardest.  The opening levels required you to complete a stage with each of the five characters before you could actually get treated to a password to continue from.  If you lost all your lives prior to that, it was back to restarting every character’s stage again.  There were no checkpoints to any of the stages either.  Well, luckily the game was still fun and the soundtrack was awesome to it.  The main menu music gets you pumped for what lies ahead and starting with Wolverine’s stage and his stage music is a great way to kick off the game.  I will always remember starting this game and hearing the alarm sirens along with Wolverine breaking out of a window in the Sentinel Facility and the music (attached below) playing along to it.


– Mega Man X

Mega Man, another staple character in the 90s that used to have awesome games.  Mega Man X was one of my favorite games on the SNES (my favorite Mega Man game ever made as well) and the soundtrack was among the Blue Bomber’s best.  The opening stage alone had an energy-driven song that really grips you into the game.  A true classic.


Demon’s Crest

Now here’s a title that many people may have missed.  If you remember Ghosts N’ Goblins, you may recognize the main character in Demon’s Crest as Firebrand, a main enemy in Ghosts N’ Goblins.  This game starts with Firebrand in a Colosseum, unaware of what’s to come until a Zombie Dragon appears…the game literally starts off with a challenging boss fight!  The soundtrack was orchestrated with a very dark, ominous feel to it, but really nailed the atmosphere of the game.  Demon’s Crest was a truly underrated game that should be played by any gamer out there.


– F-Zero 

Remember the first time you played F-Zero and saw it’s revolutionary “Mode 7” graphics?  Who doesn’t!  F-Zero was an excellent launch title for the SNES and a great new IP for Nintendo.  The soundtrack was the real kicker though.  Mute City and Big Blue became iconic songs in the video game universe…and still remain that way almost two decades later.


– Super Mario World

Super Mario World is considered the greatest Mario game of all-time and with plenty of reasons.  Excellent level design, lengthy gameplay, colorful visuals and of course, a classic soundtrack.  Every song in Super Mario World will stick with you for life once you play through the game one time!  It had a variety of tracks from cheerful to dark toned and were crafted brilliantly.


– The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

Another iconic franchise with truly memorable elements, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past was a masterpiece of an adventure for the SNES.  Addictive gameplay, great story, clever level designs and an outstanding soundtrack mark this as one of the SNES’s finest.  Upon entering the “Darkworld,” the music made you feel like you were on a mission to take out Ganon and restore Hyrule.


– Super Metroid

Super Metroid was the Metroid to really establish truly classic music for the franchise.  Sure the original had a great theme, but there wasn’t much music to the original NES installment.  Super Metroid had one of the darkest and intense soundtracks for an SNES game and was also the first time we heard the “Ridley” theme that became a staple track for the Metroid franchise.


– TMNT IV: Turtles in Time

Not to be confused with the TMNT: Turtles in Time Re-Shelled, the SNES version is considered by many fans as the best TMNT ever made.  Turtles in Time had a truly excellent soundtrack.  Sure, Hyperstone Heist (SEGA Genesis) and Turtles in Time (Super Nintendo) had practically the same soundtrack, but they were excellent on both platforms despite sounding slightly different.


Now once again, these were my most memorable soundtracks from the games I played through during the SNES era.  Be sure to comment your thoughts on this list and feel free to voice your opinion on what other games you loved the soundtrack(s) for during the SNES era!

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5 Comments on “Top 10 Super Nintendo Soundtracks”

  1. James Says:

    So many great soundtracks…Donkey Kong Country (and its sequel)’s soundtrack were so good, it really makes me miss RareWare’s glory days when I hear them.

    I would have asked about Square Enix’s lineup but it really is impossible to fit SNES’ best music in a top 10!


    • Glacier928 Says:

      Rareware’s glory days ended once they were bought out by Microsoft unfortunately. Nintendo should’ve really held on to them but I’d say Retro Studios is Nintendo’s new Rareware.

      These “Top 10” lists are actually more difficult to compile than I thought, but they’re a ton of fun to piece together. The Square Enix soundtrack lineup may very well be it’s own “Top 10” category in the near future so stay tuned for that!


  2. David Says:

    Hmmm… I can’t believe FFVI-FFIII is not on that list…

    Dancing Mad? Terra’s Theme? Dont they ring any bells?


    • Glacier928 Says:

      To be honest, I’ve never been much of a Final Fantasy fan so I never really played them. While I know many people claim that the Final Fantasy titles have classic soundtracks, the games I selected were the ones that were most memorable for me during that time.


  3. Mikaeru Says:

    ARG ! If you have this kind of appreciation for SNES games, and also an appreciation of SNES type soundtracks, you owe it to yourself to play FF6 (3 in USA) …

    Here …um…

    *gets down on hands and knees*

    Please, please, please playFF6, what is widely considered the crowning achievement of SNES titles and soundtracks ! There is no better game, there is no better sound track.

    I only checked your list to make sure you ranked the correct game at the top, and found it unlisted ! My work is not done until you know what you are missing, Glacier928.

    Terra’s theme is so good, I often play the opening of that game and let the Mechs walk the whole way, and honestly, the recording nearly brings me to tears. No other SNES title offers me this kind of instant emotive response.



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