Awesome Music: My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
Let's be honest with ourselves: Every song in the series, BGM or otherwise, fits this category
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- We can't go without first mentioning "Giggle At The Ghostie", the song that established the running gag of Pinkie Pie busting into song without anyone else joining in, and she couldn't care less.
- The Winter Wrap-Up song, although it's also a notorious Ear Worm... and a bit of a "Funny Aneurysm" Moment, too, given how harsh the winter of 2010-2011 was.
- "Art of the Dress" from the episode "Suited For Success". See Shout-Out.
- Sweetie Belle's gospel rendition of the lullaby in "Stare Master".
- The Cutie Mark Crusaders' song in "Show Stoppers". The lyrics are pure Narm Charm, but the instrumentation is just epic rocking.
- Fun Fact: Lauren Faust rejected Daniel Ingram's original recording of the CMC theme song because she wanted it to sound worse.
- The Japanese version takes out the So Bad, It's Good factor that the original was meant to have, but it manages to sound epic in its own way.
- So Many Wonders
- Episode 26's theme song, "At the Gala", truly takes the cake. It's a song of triumph, not only for the Mane Cast, who have waited all year for this day, but also for the fans who stuck with all 26 episodes and found each of them awesome. Rainbow Dash's rock segment is arguably the crowner of the entire song, too. It's also based off the song "Ever After" from Into The Woods, and they match up so well too.
- Find A Pet, where Fluttershy and Rainbow Dash sing when trying to pick a pet for Rainbow Dash in "May the Best Pet Win!" (the first song of the season!) is a perfect blend of awesome, cute, and funny.
- Being able to work in not just a few recognizable measures but a large bulk of "Ride of the Valkyries" is pretty impressive as well.
- Episode 9 "Sweet and Elite" brings us the second song of the season "Becoming Popular (The Pony Everypony Should Know)" and it's beautiful, though that's to be expected when you have a wonderful singing voice like Rarity's.
- Even more so, it's a great song as a standalone piece outside of the episode - it is the defining song for Rarity's modus operandi throughout the series.
- Although it's only a good half minute long, the holiday carol sung in episode 13's "Hearth's Warming Eve" can be considered this and one of the Heartwarming Moments, if not even a Moment Of Awesome, for the episode.
- Episode 15 "The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000" brings us "The World Famous Flim Flam Brothers". A Shout-Out to "Ya Got Trouble" from The Music Man, much like a song from another cartoon series. Sure, they're trying to run out the Apple Family, but the Vaudeville-esque song is just too damn catchy that you can't help but sing with them. Just ask Rainbow Dash and the rest of Ponyville.
- "Hearts and Hooves Day" has the CMC singing the incredibly catchy "The Perfect Stallion," which can only make fans wonder, "Why doesn't Sweetie Belle have her cutie mark yet?"
- The featured singers in this song were Sweetie Belle and Apple Bloom. What makes this impressive is that both parts are sung by the same actress - an 11 year old girl.note
- The episode A Friend In Deed finally gives us the long-leaked song Smile, Smile, Smile. It DARES you not to do the same. Because it primarily sums up everything that is great about Pinkie Pie's character.
- The Latin-American version is simply BEAUTIFUL, even if there's no choir.
- The Japanese version also manages to generate a high quality dub that can be considered to be on par with the original.
- Twilight finally sings a solo (MORE THAN ONCE!) in the second season finale, and it is glorious.
- Her "B.B.B.F.F" song is both beautiful and heartwrenching, especially if the person listening has any siblings that they've grown apart from. And that's just the first rendition; try to contain your feels when she sings its reprise.
- Special mention has to go the harmony on the very last "forever" in the first song. Bonus points for Daniel Ingram confirming that Twilight's glissando deliberately matches the first few notes in the theme song.
- The song she sings during the wedding reception, "Love is in Bloom", should be played at all wedding receptions! An extended version of the song was soon released on Hasbro's website.
- WE FINALLY HAVE ANOTHER VILLAIN SONG! "This Day Aria," which is (sort of) a Cadence duet with herself is nothing short of epic and brings to mind another song from another movie...
- Props especially go to the voice actress, Britt McKillip, who manages to use the same voice, but vary it enough that who is who can be identified just by the vocals.
- The Reprise, sung by Kathleen Barr (Chrysalis' voice in her true form) just adds to the awesomeness of the whole damn song. Chilling, but awesome.
- An Aria is a piece for one voice backed by an orchestra. Originally, though, it was simply a very emotive piece, not necessarily with vocals. It lives up to both meanings very much so.
- B.B.B.F.F., officially named by the writer of the song himself◊.
- From "The Crystal Empire - Part 1", there are two songs. The first is "The Failure Song". It gives us a sincere and heartfelt song with impressive visuals that demonstrate an upgrade to the show's animation quality. As well as that, we have a few funny moments, as well as hearing Spike sing for the first time.
- From "One Bad Apple", we have a villain sucks song about the bully Babs Seed. It's probably the most upbeat song of its category with a seriously ear worm-y chorus and visual shout outs to Josie and the Pussycats and "Let's All Go to the Lobby" to top it off.
- And now, composer Daniel Ingram has released a collaborative rock remix of the song.
- Within about a week, at least 21 remixes of the song could be found. It is just that catchy.
- From "Apple Family Reunion" comes the beautiful song "Raise This Barn". Not only is it better than most country songs today and especially the first time we've heard Applejack really sing since "The Best Night Ever",note but it's also captures the true spirit of the Apple Family down to the capital A. Not a bad song to raise barns and/or set everything right to.
- "Magical Mystery Cure" features SIX (seven if you count the Triumphant Reprise)
- As soon as the episode starts, we're greeted by "Morning in Ponyville".
- "What My Cutie Mark Is Telling Me", which gives us the mane six (minus Twilight) failing horribly at their "destinies".
- "I've Got to Find a Way" a tragic, yet beautiful song depicting how messed up everything is with the Mane 6's destinies switched.
- "A True, True Friend", which helps exemplify what the Mane 6's friendship is all about. Words fail to describe how spine-chillingly epic and uplifting the song is, especially as it shows each of Twilight's friends rediscovering their true selves; it even replaces the title theme for the end credits.
- "Celestia's Ballad", which features for the first time Celestia singing. And it's beautiful. Throw in the sheer nostalgia and emotional impact this song employs and you'll be shedding liquid pride for hours.
- And finally, Behold, Princess Twilight Sparkle.
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My Little Pony: Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks
- "Flight to the Finish" gives us the season's first song, "Hearts as Strong as Horses", and it is glorious. From the visuals to the lyrics about determination and never giving up, this song is worthy of Olympic Glory. And not to mention its Triumphant Reprise, which underscores Scootaloo's finest hour.
- "Bats!" has the episode's title song, and it's simply divine! Taking inspiration from The Nightmare Before Christmas, and the song "Savages" from Pocahontas, it displays Applejack and Fluttershy's reasoning towards how the vampire fruit bats are vermin and how the vampire fruit bats are just like every other pony respectively. Not only do its visuals show off how contrary both sides are to the story, but its grand finale amplifies how grand it really is to listen to.
- The streak continues with "Generosity" from Rarity Takes Manehattan.
- Before the season even premiered, they gave us another one with "Apples To The Core" from the episode "Pinkie Apple Pie".
- While the song seems to lose something without the audience clapping, the episode version of the song is still quite fun.
- "Three's a Crowd" gives the utterly hysterical and visually amazing showstopper of a Patter Song "A Little Glass of Water". Not only does it showcase Discord's, and thus John DeLancie's singing skills for the first time on the show ("Let's Go and Meet the Bronies" doesn't count), and not only is it the adorable love child of "Friend Like Me" and "The King of Broadway", but so much happens in so little time, you'll be hard-pressed to make any sense of it at all. (But then, "what fun is there in making sense?")
- Oh boy...We don't know where to start with "Pinkie Pride". With seven new songs in this episode, many of them performed by a man who makes his living parodying every style of music under the sun, it'll be tough to pick a truly stand out moment.
- Filli Vanilli gives us "Music in the Treetops", a short burst of Fluttershy (and Andrea Libman) in full on Disney Princess mode.
- "Twilight's Kingdom" gives us two: "You'll Play Your Part", sung by Celestia, Luna, and Cadence to lift Twilight's spirits, and "Let the Rainbow Remind You", an anthem on how together anything is possible. The former song is Luna's first time singing, courtesy of Kazumi Evans, the same singer as Rarity, and Cadance (Britt McKillip)'s first singing role since the second season finale.
- Adagio Dazzle and the Dazzlings have two great songs revealed.
- The Rainbooms' songs are also great.
- The song featuring both competing bands, "Welcome to the Show", which, at the end, contains a solo by Sunset Shimmer! This is also a meta moment of awesome for Rebecca Shoichet, who performs a duet with herself as Sunset and Twilight, characters with two distinct voices.
- The end credits song, "Shine Like Rainbows".
- Even Twilight's "Bad Counter Spell", despite the intentional Stylistic Suck in the instrumental parts, has Daniel Ingram's Signature Style in the vocals.
- "Music to My Ears" from the tie-in shorts is Daniel Ingram's first attempt at dubstep, and it rocks as hard as anything by seasoned pros in the genre. In fact, its vast dynamic range may make it 20% TOO awesome; remixes tend to give it a more normalized volume level.
- The BGM that plays during Applejack's corruption in the Grove of Truth is a masterpiece of Danny Elfman-style creepiness.
- The music that plays all through Applejack's restoration, from around :38 to 1:00, especially when it shows her memory of running alongside Rainbow Dash. In fact, all the music during the restoration of the elements kind of makes you wish there was a trope page for Crowning Music of Heartwarming.
- Enjoy the BGM to the finale of The Return of Harmony, in all its Star Wars-y goodness.
- The BGM that plays from 17:00 to 18:00 in "Lesson Zero", when the entire town of Ponyville is fighting over Smarty Pants, is incredible. It's creepy, discordant, and surprisingly grandiose...befitting the climax of the episode and the height of Twilight's craziness.
- While only background music, the melodies in "The Mysterious Mare Do Well" can be quickly identified as Suspiciously Similar Songs to Danny Elfman's Batman theme and Jerry Goldsmith's The Shadow theme.
- Throughout Episode 10 "Secret Of My Excess", we can hear the unmistakable strains of The Sorcerer's Apprentice.
- The BGM for Granny Smith's story (beware, spoilers!) is just great, and quite deserving for one of the most pleasant surprises of the episode. In particular, the zap apple theme when fully orchestrated is reminiscent of James Horner's score for The Land Before Time.
- The music cues when Rainbow Dash is finally bored enough to try reading from "Read It and Weep" borrow heavily from The NeverEnding Story when Bastian is about to open the book for the first time.
- Something very similar to "The Lonely Man" (aka the "David Banner hitch-hiking" theme) from the 70s The Incredible Hulk TV show appears in Putting Your Hoof Down when Fluttershy realizes she's lost control, and slowly walks back to her cottage, to isolate herself from other ponies while she tries to fight the monster within.
- The BGM that plays during Twilight's securing of Ponyville in "It's About Time" is pretty catchy and fun.
- "Dragon Quest" has some awesome metal in the dragon's crater.
- The training montage from "Hurricane Fluttershy" was pretty awesome. (You're the best! Around! Nopony is gonna keep you down!)
- The background music during the "hoovicure" scene during "Ponyville Confidential" Is a particularly subtle example. It's quiet and tense ambient music that you wouldn't otherwise notice. What makes it awesome is that it takes a scene that should be lighthearted and funny, and turns it oddly dark. It conflicts with each pony's musical cues, evoking the idea that everypony knows the gossip is wrong, but is ignoring those feelings.
- "Love Conquers All", the background music when Shining Armor and Cadence defeat the changelings with The Power of Love. It is exactly as awesome as it needs to be.
- The Crystal Empire arc contains some truly amazing BGM. One that stands out as equal parts Crowning Music of Awesome and Hell Is That Noise is King Sombra's Return. It sounds like it could be the start of an epic RPG boss theme, and the droning beat just screams Oh, Crap.
- The background music when Luna makes her full appearance in "Sleepless in Ponyville". It's so alluring yet carries an air of mystery and fits Luna perfectly.
- Further from "Sleepless" the BG music cues when Rainbow Dash is telling Scootaloo about being scared, and at the scene at the waterfalls, borrows from "No One Is Alone" from the Sondheim musical Into the Woods (a very appropriate song here).
- The music when the Timberwolves attack in "Spike at your Service". It sounds very evocative of a normal RPG Battle theme.
- Counting the Triumphant Reprise, "Magical Mystery Cure" had a grand total of seven songs. Special points go to the Ear Worm "What My Cutie Mark is Telling Me", the soft and depressing "I've Got to Find A Way", and the Awesome Moment of Crowning with the coronation anthem "Behold Princess Twilight Sparkle."
- One of the ways the music in this episode is used so well is that Plot A - the swapped cutie marks - is set up, dramatized, and resolved through three separate songs with just a handful of spoken scenes. Compared to musical attempts that most television shows try to do (even in Friendship Is Magic, such as "The Success/Failure Song" from "The Crystal Empire") where it reiterates plot points just made, this episode used the songs very economically for plot development instead of just exposition. That's partially why both Daniel Ingram and M.A. Larson are credited with lyrics for this - they needed to work hand in hand to make this happen.
- "A True True Friend", the highlight of the episode, would not sound as musically awesome if it wasn't so tightly connected to the cutie mark-switching plot and the order which with they have to be resolved - there's almost no other way for that song to build up from a quiet duet between Twilight and Fluttershy, have an amazing bridge sung by Rarity, and end on a Crowd Song with Pinkie's return, if the cutie marks were swapped in any other fashion.
- The music from the chorus is previewed when Twilight realizes what needs to be done to help her friends, and reprised when she figures out how to finish the original spell, which transitions to a dramatic musical climax as the Elements are activated.
- Not to mention the gloriousness that is Nicole Oliver's singing voice.
My Little Pony: Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks
- Loved Luna's theme in "Sleepless in Ponyville"? Well, "For Whom the Sweetie Belle Toils" gives us two new versions of the song and they are just as beautiful as the original.
- In "Testing Testing 1 2 3", the backing music during the segment showing what the rest of the town was doing during the second Twilight/Rainbow flying sequence is wonderfully evocative, capturing the spirit of "It takes a village..." aid that the town provides to Rainbow. The same music appears at the end of "Equestria Games", when Spike is giving his closing thoughts.
- In "Twilight's Kingdom - Part 2", we get not only the music heard during Twilight's battle with Tirek, but also the music heard during the Rainbow Power sequence, which is an epic rearrangement of the original My Little Pony jingle.
- Prior to Sunset's solo in "Welcome to the Show", we get a major Autobots, Rock Out! moment when the Dazzlings summons projections of their Siren forms, leading to the battle between them and the Rainbooms.
- Alright, this is half-fan music, but this cover of "Jingle Bells" featuring Maddy Peters, the voice of Scootaloo, is pretty awesome.
- The official Italian dub trades the 30-second opening for a full fledged anime-style music video.
- Jumping at the chance of outdoing the Italians at their own game of putting an Alternative Foreign Theme Song and an anime-style music video on everything, Japan's first opening theme for the series, "Mirai START", is very catchy.
- The ending theme, "Kataomoi no Karaage (Amakuchi Hime)", is also cute and catchy.
- The second opening theme,"Magical Dai Dai Daibouken" follows up with its own catchy melody. It even Title Drops the Japanese title "Tomadachi wa Mahou"!
- Suzu's "Step By Step", the second ending theme, gives a more solemn feel to the Japanese dub, but it is "fabulous just the way it is".
- The third opening theme, "Yumemiru! Shinjiru! Mirai Kanaete!", manages to be more cooler than the previous ones with better graphics and an even more awesome, yet still catchy, song.
- The fourth opening theme "Lucky Girl" by Silent Siren is even more catchy and upbeat.
- The English Theme Tune Extended, which is included as a sing-along on the DVD The Friendship Express.
- Equestria Girls.
- Ever wanted to hear Twilight do a short rap number? Give Twilightlicious a listen!
- Some of The Hub's Season 3 commercials have an extremely catchy snippet from the Network Music Ensemble song "Giddy Up" in the background.
- This production of the Cafeteria Song by a group of Cosplayers called Scarlet Project. The cool part? At 2 minutes and 37 seconds into the video, a ton of audience members (and even event staff) jump up on stage and start joining in.