Created By: LittleLizard on January 17, 2012 Last Edited By: LittleLizard on November 28, 2015

Iconic Game Song

A song or theme that\\\'s the most iconic of a game

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Some video games are known because they're good. Some because they're awful. Some are not known at all. That doesn't matter here. The Iconic Game Song is the song of any game, the song that any gamer (and even non-gamers) identifies instantly. Quite often this is going to be the main theme though it can be the end boss theme.

This shouldn't be confused with the best song as that, usually is very subjective but the one theme of a game that if you hear it anywhere, it will inmediately remind you of it. Still, quite often the former & latter will be the same.

Once someone who knows/plays/loves a game listens to it, expect it to provoke some sort of reaction, ranging from tears to memories or even a desperately urge to play it.

Similar to Epic Riff which is this but for Real Life artist.

Examples:

Community Feedback Replies: 36
  • January 17, 2012
    animeg3282
    Sounds subjective, but there is a version of the Prelude in every Final Fantasy game
  • January 17, 2012
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    and every Final Fantasy game has that glissando thing at the end.
  • January 17, 2012
    X2X
    I agree with animeg. Given how subjective this sounds, it'd probably work better a YMMV trope.

    Video Games
    • Arguably, "Trouble Man" by Eikichi Yazawa for the Darkstalkers series. Both the four-part OVA and the American cartoon used this song as credits fanfare, which originated as the intro theme for the PlayStation port of Vampire (the game's Japanese equivalent).
  • January 17, 2012
    Shinr
    A lot of Stage 1 themes probably qualify here through bootstrapping.
  • January 18, 2012
    LittleLizard
    It's indeed quite subjective. But im not talking about a gamer's favorite song. Im talking the one that's as famous as the game is. And most will agree on one or two songs for a given game, which IMO is enough to make it a non-YMMV trope.
  • January 18, 2012
    Desertopa
    Well, I haven't played a Mario game since Yoshis Island, but I have no trouble recognizing the Mario song.
  • January 18, 2012
    Koveras
    For Final Fantasy at large, it may be the victory tune that played in FF 7.

  • January 18, 2012
    Lyendith
  • January 18, 2012
    Beed28
  • January 18, 2012
    SonofRojBlake
    Korobeiniki, the Russian folk tune that for millions of people means only one thing: Tetris.
  • January 18, 2012
    reub2000
    Why is this limited to video games? I mean Mission Impossible can be recognized by it's theme, and what would the Daily Show be without Dog On Fire?
  • January 18, 2012
    Duncan
    The Jeopardy theme song is iconic, as well.
  • January 18, 2012
    LittleLizard
    @reub2000 Cause for Movies it's almost always Climatic Music or Title Theme Drop
  • January 18, 2012
    reub2000
    Both of those tropes describe the way music is used. The way I read this trope is that it was audiance reaction that could be applied to any medium with an audio component, whether it be a Video Game, a Film, or a TV Show.
  • January 18, 2012
    LittleLizard
    Yup. Maybe i wanted to keep it for games only because of what i said earlier, but if there are enough examples that arent Title Theme Drop, then the trope will be for general media. As for a title... Isn't that the song from?? Suggestions box open!
  • January 19, 2012
    ScanVisor
  • January 19, 2012
    chicagomel
    What about the Super Mario Brothers theme? A variant is in all the games and it's known to pretty much everyone.
  • January 19, 2012
    ScanVisor
    Also,

  • January 19, 2012
    Dawnwing

    (You had put Super Smash Bros. instead of Super Mario Bros as the example.)
  • January 20, 2012
    ScanVisor
    Also, again:
    • Final Fantasy
      • Final Fantasy I: "Final Fantasy", which became the main theme of the series.
      • Final Fantasy II: Considering the games Scrappy status, hard to identify, but the most popular track seems to be the final dungeon music, "Pandemonium Castle."
      • Final Fantasy III: "Memory of the Wind - Legend of the Eternal Wind"
      • Final Fantasy IV: "Theme of Love" or the main theme (the world map music).
  • November 25, 2015
    henke37
    • Ducktales: While it has a very good cover of the show theme tune, the most famous track is On the moon. The remake recognises how popular the tune is and reworks it into the rest of the songs in the game.
  • November 25, 2015
    DragonQuestZ
    This is too subjective even for ymmv. As it is, it's basically Awesome Music but trying to pass itself off as assuming everyone feels this way.

    This might work in-universe, but Bootstrapped Theme already covers that.
  • November 25, 2015
    DAN004
    ^ this is more about an Awesome Music that represents the game as a whole.

    Although, I'm iffy on the fact that this is media specific for some reason.
  • November 25, 2015
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ Claiming a piece represents the whole game is part of the problem. You can't just declare that one tune does it, as people will disagree, hence ymmv.
  • November 25, 2015
    NateTheGreat
    Between Bootstrapped Theme, Bootstrapped Leitmotif, and Level 1 Music Represents, I think we've got this one covered.
  • November 25, 2015
    oneuglybunny
    Subverted with the opening chip-tune from Namco's Pac Man, as its been co-opted as a closing tune for the French web video site Le Zap De Spi0n.
  • November 25, 2015
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ That's Not A Subversion. Did Namco make us think it was going to be iconic for the game, but "surprise" it was iconic for that web site?
  • November 26, 2015
    oneuglybunny
    It isn't? Namco introduced Pac-Man on Thursday 22 May 1980 as a dedicated arcade console game with its signature chip-tune intro. French website Spi0n adopted the tune for its web video compendiums on Friday 11 April 2008, well after the game had been ported into every device imaginable. I'm not sure if the tune has lapsed into public domain or not, but so far, Spi0n has not received any notice of DMCA infringement. Thus, the tune is "Pac Man" to old grunks, and "Zap de Spion" to young pups.
  • November 26, 2015
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ Subverted Trope means to pull a bait and switch (this trope is about to happen, kidding it's not). That didn't happen here.
  • November 26, 2015
    acrobox
    As worded the trope is totally subjective.

    Bootstrapped Theme: Sometimes, a tune previously a theme of a specific character, setting or otherwise, will become so popular and synonymous with the series itself that it becomes the accepted Theme Tune of the series. At this point, the theme will increasingly become prominent in anything related to the source, and, if there is already a theme for it, that theme may be replaced with the popular one.

    seems to be the non subjective version since its at least acknowledged via reappearing n sequels/spinoffs/promotional materials.
  • November 26, 2015
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ Although this could be a Super Trope if given those same restrictions. As in this could be any tune that was made the iconic one, while Bootstrapped Theme is for when it's unexpected. This could include those that are expected, say how in recent Disney Animated Canon films (around or before the renaissance) whichever song played over the credits was anticipated to be iconic for the film.

    And I just remembered Signature Song, so even being subjective this is redundant.
  • November 26, 2015
    DAN004
    TBH I'd just discard this one, but if you guys think this can go then I don't really have objections...
  • November 27, 2015
    LaptopGuy
    Yeah, Video Games folder under Signature Song.
  • November 27, 2015
    acrobox
    ^ def Signature Song

    ^^ i'd second the discard.
  • November 27, 2015
    NoirGrimoir
    The youtube links for some of those up there are broken.
  • November 28, 2015
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ Yeah that happens. The thing to do on any such page is update them. If there's an official link for any song, that would be the best option.
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