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It's called "Rock Man" in Japan for a reason, guys
Before we begin, we need an appropriate intro fanfare. Choose your game!
Individual Original Series Intros
Individual X Series Intros
Stage Intro Compilations
Mega Man 1 through 9, Mega Man and Bass, Mega Man V, Wily Wars, and Powered Up, all in one video!
Mega Man X1 through X8, and Rockman X3, all in one video!
Mega Man 1-8, &Bass, 9-10, V, Wily Wars, Challenger from the Future, Powered Up, Strategy, PC, PC 3, X-X3, Rockman X3 special, X4-X8.
And now, for the music you've all been waiting for!
Mega Man 2 The intro starts it off quite nicely, and will probably be the one most people recognize as the 'Mega Man Theme' (aside from MM 3's intro or Wily Stage 1 below).
Megalomania's remixes of Quick Man, Flash Man, and Wood Man are pretty amazing. Also Breis' remix of Metal Man.
One of the best Mega Man songs, and the one most likely to be recognized, is Wily's Castle Stage 1/2, from . It's so good and so fondly remembered that people have turned it Mega Man 2 into an actual song called "Omoide wa Okkusenman" with different versions, like in violin form and accapella.
Crash Man was oddly uplifting for an explosives expert. Here's the Complete Works version.
Boss Battle ( Complete Works version) was another memorable theme.
Stage Select, especially the tropical-themed Complete Works variant.
Don't try to deny imagining the laser sounds when you listen to Quick Man's stage.
Metal Man's stage music is so good it actually causes his weapon to be the most powerful one in the game.
Flash Man's stage, Bubble Man's stage... Really, almost the entire soundtrack could be listed here.
Air Man's stage. Even better if you can beat him.
The Ending theme.
Mega Man 3 Mega Man 4
Mega Man 5
The Complete works set is pretty good, but U- GE Ns remixes of Charge Man and the Wily Stages take the cake.
Napalm Man's theme ( NES cut, Game Boy cut, Complete Works version).
Gravity Man's theme ( NES mix, Complete Works remix).
Crystal Man's theme ( NES version, Game Boy version, Complete Works version).
Star Man's theme ( NES version, Complete Works remix). Very well suited for an outer space level.
Stone Man ( Complete Works version).
Proto Man's stage theme ( NES version, Complete Works remix).
Wily's stage theme ( NES version, Complete Works remix), composed by Yoko Shimomura.
The main boss theme ( NES cut, Game Boy cut)
Of all the arranged music made or recycled for the Complete Works series, this one is the only original composition. And it is GOOD.
The "Get A Weapon" music, very awesome even though it's a rather simple bass jingle.
Then there's the Wily stage music.
The Final Boss theme features some kick-ass echoes.
The Ending theme.
Mega Man 6
Mega Man 7
Mega Man 8
Duo's theme, sounding like a mixture of a victory fanfare and a Mecha battle.
Intro Stage. It's tranquil and melodic, befitting of the backdrop.
Grenade Man. Who knew that gospel went hand-in-hand with a psychotic, trigger-happy Blood Knight?
Astro Man. Considering that the entire stage is one big acid trip, it works.
The title theme was riveting, to say the least.
The track that plays during the fight between Mega Man and Bass in the intro. Should have been used for a boss battle or something...
The Cut Man and Wood Man remixes for the Bonus Boss battles with them in the Saturn versions.
Wily Stage 1. It just kicks ass. Too bad the stage and boss are jerks.
From the ending, we have Reminiscene, Proto Man's theme, and the credits reel, all in rapid sucession.
Electric Communication is the name of the kickass title theme in the Japanese version.
The American intro theme fits the intro like a glove.
Handsome Guy, er, Aqua Man's stage.
Mega Man 9
brings brand new 8-bit beats to a not-so-8-bit world:
Mega Man 9 The Dr. Wily levels collectively have some of the best Wily music in the series:
Flash in the Dark, from the first stage. (Some have even referred to it as the modern-day successor to "Wily's Castle 1/2"!)
We're the Robots, from the second stage.
Strange World, from the third stage.
Castle of Evil, from the fourth and final stage. The music keeps looping itself perfectly and it sounds appropriately "chaotic", just like you expect when you're near the end.
Wily Machine, the final boss music.
Overdrive Scramble, the music for the Special Stage hosting Fake Man.
Maze of Death, the music for the Endless Stage.
Mega Man 10
The AST for Against the Pressure. The E-Tank set is probably the best set of remixes for the other soundtracks though, here's Nitro Man and Solar Man.
The music from the trailer, which ended up being Nitro Man's stage theme.
King of Blades, Blade Man's stage theme. It might not seem all that great to some people, as it feels like an 8-bit theme based upon a much higher-resolution soundtrack, but arrangements seem to fix this problem nicely.
Solar Inferno, Solar Man's stage theme.
Abandoned Memory, from the first Wily stage.
Against The Pressure, from the second Wily stage.
No Turning Back, from the third Wily stage.
The Wily Machine battle theme.
, the final Wily stage.
Deep In Space And the credits, of course.
The theme songs for the Special Stages, Heart Of Enker, Get The Punk Out, and Farewell To Ballade. Twice as awesome if you know where they're from.
Proto Man's shop is a non-stage example of good Mega Man music.
The Boss Battle music.
The Image Soundtrack also has some gems, such as Close to the End, a remix of Starway to Darkness and the Wily Machine theme.
The Stage Select theme for Mega Man 10 is by far one of the best yet for this series.
The shop remix of Bass' leitmotif.
Wily Capsule, considered to be the sequel to Mega Man 9's Wily Machine theme.
Strike Man, playing ball.
Pump Man, strangely relaxing.
Mega Man & Bass
Mega Man I-V
Mega Man: The Power Fighters/The Power Battle
The Slash Man remix from Mega Man 2: The Power Fighters is pretty darn catchy.
Midboss Battle from The Power Battle, which was reused for the Yellow Devil in the sequel and as a replacement track for Wily's stage in the original Mega Man.
Bass Theme from the credits to Power Fighters is probably the best rendition of his theme yet.
Mega Man Soccer
Proving even the less popular games in the series don't slouch on the music is Wood Man's Theme.
Mega Man: Battle & Chase
Mega Man X
Mega Man X2
Mega Man X3
Mega Man X4 Mega Man X5
X vs. Zero. Good music by itself, more so because it fits the circumstances.
Zero Stage 1 and Zero Stage 2 ("Stage 2" seriously sounds as if Sigma wants to hold a rave party or something from series.)
Video Game/Touhou Breis' remix of X vs. Zero. Absolutely Epic.
Most of the Character Select screen themes are also pretty awesome, revving you up for the battle ahead. Just take a listen to the X5 Select
The unused Duff McWhalen/Tidal Whale music ( ingame version).
Dynamo's Theme. For such a minor character, he had one rockin' tune.
Grizzly Slash/Crescent Grizzly.
Squid Adler/Volt Kraken.
Izzy Glow/Shining Firefly. That guitar is amazing.
The Skiver/Spiral Pegasus.
Axle The Red/Spike Rosered.
Dark Dizzy/Dark Necrobat.
The remix of Dr. Light's X1 theme... Even sadder than the SNES one...
This is the original version which the one above replaced; this depressing beauty was eventually used for the X Collection Credits.
The unused track, entitled "Armageddon", for when the space colony crashed. It sounds like a rock ballad, but there's a sense of the Earth being wiped clean...
For the Last Time, a final battle theme with a fitting name, as X5 was originally meant to be the X series' Grand Finale.
Its remix is worth mentioning.
The boss theme.
Both intro stages sound great, but X's stands out in particular. Nothing better for getting you pumped up for an action-packed sci-fi platformer.
Zero's Theme, as opposed to his previous themes, suddenly gets an air of mystery and "more challenges I shall inevitably face" atmosphere around it. This music declares that Zero is officially The Stoic.
Mega Man X6
Mega Man X7
Mega Man X8
Mega Man X: Command Mission
Zero's theme from the first was so awesome that they remixed it and Mega Man X brought it back for the opening stage of , every bit as great (possibly even better) than ever.
Mega Man Zero Remastered version here.
"Crash III", an intense sounding theme for minibosses in the third game. You can find the original here and its TELOS remix likewise.
Some of the best remixes for the Zero series can be found on the Mythos soundtrack. Their remixes of Departure, Enemy Hall, and Straight Ahead are highlights, but pretty much all of them are awesome.
Falling Down, the final boss music for Zero 4, and Zero's last fight in the entire series. They had to send him off in a big way, and by God did they do it!
"Departure" from Zero 2. The original is here, while a better quality remix is here. It appeared as the music for Zero's stage in , and that mix can be found Onimusha Blade Warriors here.
The music for X's final appearance is appropriate for the occasion, and strangely reminiscent of the theme from for some reason.
Kingdom Hearts The ever-uplifting Esperanto, or the eye-watering version of it sung by Ciel herself, named Freesia. There's also the Area Zero version, Holy Land.
Awakening Will and its EX track version, called Clover.
Omega's Zero form. Cannonball is some awesome Mega Man Zero 3 music.
Resistance Anthem. Basically, it's one hell of a Rousing Speech, turned into a song, and sung in the hammiest way possible.
"Break Out" is an alright listen, so someone thought what the heck and remixed it.
The boss themes that need more love:
Straight Ahead (Ragnarok Control Room (Kraft's Stage)).
Another iconic theme for this series that needs to be mentioned is X, The Legend, as well as its other version, The End of Legend used only in Zero 1 when you defeat Copy X. Combine it with Copy X's broken apart body and the scene borders on terrifying.
Promise- next new world, the end theme to Zero 4, is both bittersweet and hopeful.
And with the release of the Zero Colection, Inticreates saw fit to release the Mythos Remastering, giving new life to some of the series' best tracks. Have fun.
Combustion, the face-meltingly awesome theme of Elpizo.
The awesomely sinister Curse of Weil.
The ending theme of Zero 3, Everlasting Red, or the vocal version by Zero's seiyuu, Everlasting. What makes the vocal version even better is the final lines (in lovely Gratuitous English that doesn't sound bad at all): "Welcome the new world, no need to fight....goodbye, yesterday, with all of my heart..."
No match for the previous entry, but Deep Blue (Tech Kraken Stage) from Zero 4 and its Physis album remaster is diving made rockin' epic.
Snake Eyes, the final stage theme for ZX. A fitting climax.
Soul Ablaze from Advent.
Anything from the Sound Create Unit at Inti Creates (called III) is made of win. Cases in point, and these merely several examples:
Green Grass Gradation, ( Gigamix version here) best "green level" song EVER.
Then, there's Cannon Ball. One of the single most epic battles in Mega Man history, given one of the single best themes in the series. And then? Mega Man ZX makes it BETTER. Hard Revenge, baby!
The theme of Prometheus and Pandora, Trap Factory. They remixed it twice. Trap Phantasm, and the glorious Gigamix, Trap Fanatics.
They also gave Brilliant Show Window the same treatment. Shooter Trance mix, and of course, the awesome Gigamix. It was good enough on its own.
They also like vocalizing certain tunes. Be One, the theme of Ashe, is one such example. Also, Gigamix.
Rockman a. This one is mostly 8-Bit style.
And the last song in the Gigamix is a gloriously awesome medley of every boss theme in the game, sans Trap Factory/Phantasm/Fanatics. Battle Giga Mixture.
Determined Eyes AKA Double MegaMerge
Dive into Depth
Dance Macabre - Second Act
In The Wind
Path to the Truth
Rush Trash Squash
The theme of ZXA, A Wind Continuing Towards the Future
The sad sounding track for Area O, also known as "Black Burn". And its OC Remix.
The theme of Area X/the Guardian airship, Sky High - Grand Nuage and its remastered version.
Asayake, the song from this MMZX promotional video.
Area M and N's music, Doomsday Device.
Master Albert's chilling theme, The Chosen One.
Battle Network Series
Rockman.EXE/ has plenty of awesome music to offer. For example, Mega Man Battle Network ALL of the main themes!
The main theme gets a new rendition in the We are Rock-men! 2 album here.
The GBA and DS versions of the various Virus battle themes.
Network Transmission may have too many to count, but some of the ones that stand out are:
The only song to get a true and proper remix on the Operate Shooting Star soundtrack, a remix of the original theme song.
This series is known for its Big Damn Heroes moments... so what sort of a page would this be if it didn't feature the corresponding themes?
Star Force Series
Mega Man Star Force's main theme - which is even given lyrics in the third game, as well as remixed for the final boss battle.
ALL of the boss battle songs, but especially the final boss theme for the second game.
Ride On is just as notable as any theme in the series.
The Wave Road theme from 2 gave off this "you can do anything" feeling. Neither of the other Wave Road themes in the series even came close to matching it.
Sky Wave was pretty uplifting.
And the We are Rock-men 2! version is positively soaring.
Melody of Loftiness/Isolation (Solo's Theme)
Rivals Unite (aptly-named for the awesome Rivals Team Up between Geo and Solo in 3)
Ace's Theme, "Go, Satella Police!" ( Real World ver., Wave Road ver.)
Not strictly a Star Force song, but used in the advertising for SF 3, Stellar, by Kick Chop Busters (KCB).
Sometimes, when you enter an area as Mega Man in Star Force 3, the music changes to something sinister in order to alarm you about a lurking Omega Boss, aka superpowered Bosses from the other games of the series, regardless of where you are in the story. This particular music also overrides the normal battle theme, so you won't forget about the danger lurking somewhere on the Wave Road. This means that you could encounter someone crazy like Wolf Forest right at the beginning of the game. Way stronger than usual. The music in question is here.
The theme that plays in the Noise Wave areas in Star Force 3. It starts off sinisterly enough (seeing as you're in the nest of corruption, basically) then escalates into an intense pounding theme that slowly drops back down to sinister again.
Street Fighter X Mega Man
While it is hotly debated whether is a "real" Mega Man game, it's agreed unanimously that the music, composed and remixed by A_Rival, has the same awesomeness as the rest of the games, and captures the feel of both series. Hell, it even mixes some original Street Fighter X Mega Man Mega Man tunes with the themes.
Street Fighter Title Screen, a mix of the and Street Fighter II main themes.
Mega Man 2 Stage Select, a mix of the Super Street Fighter II character select and stage select.
Mega Man 3 Game Start, a mix of the iconic Mega Man stage intro theme and the VS. Screen music from Street Fighter II.
Ryu's Theme, mixed with a bit of Flash Man.
Blanka's Theme, in 8-bit goodness. It is unknown currently as to what it's been mixed with, if anything.
Chun-Li's Theme, which takes a few cues from its version.
Street Fighter Alpha Dhalsim's Theme, which has the riff from Snake Man's intro.
Rose's Theme. It has a bit of Top Man thrown in.
Rolento's Theme, which sounds more like the original version from mixed with Heat Man's stage.
Final Fight Urien's Theme, almost an entirely different arrangement of all three of his 3rd Strike theme, Crazy Chili Dog.
Crimson Viper's Theme, a mixture of both the original and Ultimate versions.
Marvel VS Capcom 3 Boss Theme, an 8-bit arrangement of Volcanic Rim from .
Street Fighter IV Get A Weapon, a mixture of the character select and the weapon get theme from Street Fighter Alpha
Mega Man 4 DESCEND TRANSFER, the Shadaloo Map theme, based off the Wily Map theme from .
Mega Man 2 Balrog's Theme.
Vega's Theme, arranged to sound like the infamous Wily Stage 1.
Shadaloo Stage 3, an arrangement of Crumbling Laboratory AKA Seth's Theme from Super mixed with Wily Stage 3 or 4 from Street Fighter IV .
Mega Man 2 which is an inspired mix of his original theme, the SF4 remix, and Gemini Man's stage.
Sagat's theme M. Bison's Theme, which is surprisingly not mixed with a theme from any of the Mega Man games, instead opting for Spencer's Theme from Ultimate , which in itself is an arrangement of the Marvel VS Capcom 3 Stage 1 Theme.
Bionic Commando , mixed with Wily Stage 2 from Akuma's Theme .
Mega Man 3 Continue, an 8-bit arrangement of the Continue music from .
Street Fighter II Yang's theme, while not used, is mixed in with Quick Man's theme.
Goes With Everything. It really does. Ending / Staff Roll, a remix of the original Credits Theme from Street Fighter II and the Ending Theme.
Mega Man 2
Mega Man 9: Rock Medley. If only the arranged soundtrack had been like this!
Mega Man 9 If you're going to talk about epic remixes, you have to mention The Megas.
One of the best tracks, if not the best, on the album ("Get Equipped") is their take on Air Man's theme, "The Annihilation of Monsteropolis":
Do you know what it's like to be built this way / With only the power to push others away?
The best part of that song was Wily's ultimatum partway through.
Up in the sky / ten miles high / A man stands above the city he will destroy.
Built from airplane parts / his propeller spins as he thinks to himself / "I will destroy these people."
(And I will fly high above Monsteropolis / and I will rain terror down on the general populace.)
"For If I can't walk among them / then I will walk this world alone."
There will be a fire in the sky /
And your doom will rain down!
Built from pieces of SR-71s! / and planes that crashed in World War II! / There will be a tombstone with the Planet Earth
engraved on it!!
"Walk Away From Light" (Snakeman's Theme) is turned into an amazing Villain Recruitment Song.
Man on Fire (Heat Man) [You are the hero! / I am the fire! / This is the meltdown! / Of your desire! / Your fight for justice turns to ashes / Meeegaaa Maaan!], Metal Dance (Metal Man) [You want to fight and try to be the one to bring me down / But I know that there's no chaaaance! / And I know, as soon as you step foot inside that door / You'll fall victim to my metal daaaance!], The Quick and The Blue (Quick Man) [Quick on the draw / in this town, I am the law! / Is what they say true? / Does death wear blue? / Can he faaaalll?]...actually, they are all unbelievably awesome.
From their 4track CD based off of . Their Elec Man song, 'Evolution of Circuitry', can be found on their Mega Man 1 Facebook.
Making Wily into a sympathetic, though not blameless, figure is no mean feat, and yet " Look What You've Done" manages it.
And who is this you send? One of them? While you cower, far from harm.
He'll just disappoint you. Now it's done / We're divided / Call him home / This one's misguided. I see his hands, covered in my children's blood. And his eyes do not waver. Call me wrong? / The future needs us / Your answer's death? / You end us, bleed us And how quick you had him dispatch his brothers. You call this murderer a savior.
From Team Nekocan:
"Cataclysmic Clash", by Nintendo Metal band Game Over, based on the level theme of Top Man from Mega Man 3. Words cannot describe it. Just go listen, it's a free download with lyrics provided.
The Mega Man 2 Rap by The Adventures of Duane & BrandO.
Look up in the sky
It's a bird, it's a plane
and I'm bringin' the pain
Mega Man II Game Boy/ Rockman World 2 isn't a very popular game in the franchise. But this remix of the Airman stage is amazing.
There's also Magnet Man's theme from the same game, which also has been redone.
To hear what the game's soundtrack would be like without the gratingly high-pitched instrumentation used in the actual game, go here.
Random, aka Mega Ran, is a rapper who does (among other things) rap remixes of Mega Man tunes. They can be pretty hit or miss, but one of them is certified Awesome: Splash Woman. (The MP3 is available here.)
Thought I was in love before
But I love you more, so baby, come aboard And go away with me, so I can make you see What you mean to me, and baby, we can be free... Under the sea Just you and me
And guess what? He collaborated in a song with none other than The Megas.
Chiptuned Rockman - turning Mega Man tracks into 8-bit dance mixes.
A few from Brental Floss:
Hyadain2525 from Japan gives us some...interesting Alternate Character Interpretation of the Mega Man 2 Robot Masters. Some of them are really well made with some neat Easter Egg sound effects incorporated in the songs. All of them (except Crash Man being the first one made) have a little throwback refrain to the song of the robot master that is effective against them. Also they're all love songs:
Awesome Mega Man OC Remixes include:
From Newgrounds, there's Zero-Resurrected. His portfolio pretty much covers the entire franchise. He tends to put interesting spins on many of his themes. For a sampler:
Also from Newgrounds is ZombiePossessor. His mixes tend to be guitar-heavy, but great nonetheless.
E-Tank's remixes, taking awesomeness Up to Eleven:
The Video Games Live Mega Man Medley combines the intro from Mega Man 2, the intro from Mega Man 3 and the Wily Castle 1/2 music from 2 with a video montage of the history of Mega Man into a video of epic proportions.
Project X, an all-rock tribute to Mega Man 2 and Mega Man 3. Yes, it's just as awesome as it sounds.
This metalized remix of Tornado Man's theme from is appropriately awesome. The guitarist has also done MM 9 X5's X vs. Zero theme and a superb rendition of Dr. Cossack's level themes.
Mega Beardo's rocked out version of the Mega Man 2 soundtrack, which even has a two-minute remix of the "Wily Castle" jingle.
We may already have mentioned Breis a couple of times, but here's a full playlist of all his Mega Man (X) remixes. Every single one of them is incredibly awesome.
This remix of Sungod/Sunstar's theme. Fast and awesome, and (probably) better than the original.
What do you get when you cross the Blue Bomber with the Blue Blur? Pure Awesomeness.
RushJet1's " Mega Man 3 Remade" album. Not only does it remix the entire soundtrack in VCR 6 format (except for the All Stage Clear and Staff Roll themes, unfortunately), but he also added additional rearrangements for certain situations (such as the Doc Robot stages and the Boss Rush medley). He even did one of the Wily stage themes from Rockman World 3, and there's also a Musical Nod to the castle boss theme from the first Mega Man game! RushJet1 also uploaded the soundtrack on Bandcamp.
, which is basically Rockman Holic "what if more Mega Man tracks had Japanese lyrics?"
is also worth mentioning.
We are ROCK-MEN! 2 You know awesomeness ensues when original tracks sound like it should belong to a Mega Man game:
From Rockman Holic, we've got "Reloaded".
From We Are ROCK-MEN! 2, we've got not one, not two, but four original tracks:
An artist called Vurez had been remixing game tunes. His arrangements sound like they belong to the culture each robot master come from:
Mega Man 6 TheLegendOfRenegade/MixerProductions, a user on youtube who makes Sega Genesis remixes of each music.
Smooth McGroove recreates Spark Mandrill, Mega Man 2 Wily Stage, and Mega Man 3 Wily Stage using only his voice.
From OverClocked ReMix, we have the 5-disc remix album , chock full of awesomeness and love for the Mega Man X: Maverick Rising X-series.
While not really for a game, the fan music Metalmouth Vulture, its remastered version, and an 8-bit remix for it are all extremely awesome for a stage of a non-existent Maverick.
Even Chiko's Hatedom won't deny he picks great music for his hacks. Crystal Man's stage from Rockman 5: Dood in Wily's Last, for instance. The original Tabibito by Satomi Takasugi.
Wily Stage 3 for is good according to some fans.
Mega Man Unlimited So far, the soundtrack for has lived up to the standard of the original games. Mega Man X Corrupted Opening Stage X, Opening Stage Zero, Underwater Caves, Gloomy Light Swamp, Weapon Factory and Power Plant.
In there are a few good examples: Mega Man Rocks! Anchor Man, whose level is ship-based, and Hit Man, whose level is city skyline based along with Police Man who has a stage which appears to be half death trap half robot-police training center.
And not to be left out - - Mega Man 72 Buzz Man is a good example.
Also the Doujin game of - Rockmen R: Dr. Wily's Counterattack: Dr. Wily's Counterattack Demo - Intro Stage and although you may have to look for a Lets Play version Laserman's level, Weasleman's level, and Wily 3 are very Rockman/Mega Man PSX feeling.
And Mega Man PC: The CRORQ Chronicles, which is a remake of the crappy Mega Man PC 1 and 3 games, has Dynamite Man and Sonic Man. Or, rather, was going to feature them.
has Mega Man Maximum Bell Man which really feels like it fits into Rockman/Mega Man 4, and Opening Theme which hearkens back to 2.
is renowned as one of the most advanced and difficult Rockman No Constancy Mega Man 2 ROM hacks. It's particularly praised for its music, which is all remixes of other games, not all from Mega Man games:
Not to be left out is the amazing .
Rockman 4 Minus Infinity
Let's face it... it would probably be easier to name all the songs that
qualify. Pretty fitting where the main character and many of his most prominent associates are named for music.