Awesome Music / Pokémon

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Main series

     Pokémon Title Theme 

    Red/Blue/Yellow 
  • The wonderfully calm Pallet Town, where it all began.
  • Route 24 and 25, first heard in the game's opening and then again in said routes (between Cerulean City and Bill's House), just has that perfect adventure sound to it.
  • Vermilion City, best described as "departures, arrivals and goodbyes" in musical form. Taken Up to Eleven in Gold and Silver.
  • The S.S. Anne music. And since you hear it only once in the game, you will miss it.
  • The Bike Theme from the original R/B/Y games. It's so unbelievably catchy...
  • Route 11, the seaside boardwalk famous for tying Lavender Town, Vermilion City and Fuchsia City together. It's also famous for the awesomely carefree feel embodied by its BGM.
  • Lavender Town. Which is awesome in a scary way.
  • The Pokémon Tower music, simultaneously saddening and damned creepy.
  • Celadon City and the original Game Corner. So catchy and wonderful. Kind of jarring when you think about Team Rocket's presence there.
  • Team Rocket's Hideout. The true theme of Team Rocket?
  • The one, the only, the original Surfing tune.
  • Silph Co., which is, in a few words, creepy, chaotic, and totally awesome.
  • For the old school, the original Cinnabar Island theme. Kinda makes you feel like you're walking on a low-bit beach, huh?
  • The one, the only, the original Victory Road. Short song, but packs an unbelievable amount of awesome into the time you spend with it.
  • The League Champion Theme. After conquering the Elite Four, your Pokemon are exhausted after four long and difficult fights, but one final challenge lies ahead. Your rival awaits for the ultimate battle, and this theme underscores both the tension of the moment that all of your training has led up to, and your Pokemon's determination to push through the pain and score one last victory.
  • The Ending Credits Theme. Even better, up until Diamond and Pearl, the ending credits themes always ended with a short callback to this original.
  • Even a song as basic as the Printer error theme in Yellow is surprisingly cute and catchy.

    Gold/Silver/Crystal 
  • THE. TIN. TOWER. Almost impossible not to like this.
  • Route 26 and 27. Beat all Johto's Gyms, go back home to New Bark, Surf to your right for a few seconds, and fasten your damn seat belt, because you're in Kanto now, bitch.
  • Kanto's wild battle theme makes encountering Rattata seem like a legendary has arrived.
  • The Kanto Gym Leader theme. Dear Lord, as awesome as the HG/SS version of this song is, the GSC version's first few seconds tells you just two things: you're going against the original gym leaders, and SHIT. JUST. GOT. REAL.

    Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald 
Themes that debuted in FireRed and LeafGreen are in those games' folder.

The SNES-like audio for the GBA did wonders for the music of Pokémon, and the whole soundtrack doesn't disappoint. Plus, you can experience those glorious trumpets!
  • Route 101 is yet another great first-route tune.
  • The Pokémon Center theme, though it's not quite as good as the original, is still good in its own way.
  • Friendly Shop, the Poké Mart theme. So awesome, it's appeared in every game since Emerald.
  • The Rival Battle Theme. For the first time that the player's rival is friendly, this theme is both upbeat and epic at the same time!
  • The Cycling theme is so unbelievably happy and fast paced.
  • Verdanturf Town. One of the most beautiful tracks in R/S/E, which is saying a lot.
  • Route 113 from R/S/E, an utterly amazing track reminiscent of "Snowman" from MOTHER.
  • The music that plays while in Meteor Falls (and the Cave of Origin) is just awesome to listen to.
  • Route 111. Almost made the endless sandstorm damage in battle worth it.
  • One kickass Surf theme coming right up. Made the massive amounts of surfing required in the game quite tolerable for some people.
  • The Abandoned Ship had some great music. Sad, considering the place was never really plot-important.
  • Route 119. Can't take your bike through the tall grass, which people also happen to be hiding in. Not to mention that it's usually raining - and don't bother with an umbrella, lest you get struck by lightning. You're earning your way through this route.
  • Route 120, one of the most epic route themes in the series.
  • The Mt.Pyre/Shoal Cave/New Mauville theme. A tune which provides just the right mix of ambience and adventure to suit its locations, and is criminally underestimated when people talk about the best music of the series.
  • The Sealed Chamber. A tranquil song that evokes the mystery and echoes the power of the Legendary Golems of long ago.

    FireRed/LeafGreen 

    Diamond/Pearl/Platinum 
  • Route 201 just gets stuck in budding Pokémon Trainers' heads.
  • The encounter themes are usually sped through after three seconds or so (barring Cynthia) but if you listen to them they're often extremely good. For example, the Fisherman/Sailor theme.
  • Canalave City. Nice, relaxing, and it's basically a slowed-up version of the credits music from Pokémon Gold/Silver/Crystal!
  • Cavern In The Lake. This plays in the areas you find the Lake Trio. It's a slower version of their battle theme and serves as great buildup.
  • The Lake Trio's battle theme is amazing, having a great mix of a frantic melody, constant background bass, and loud drums making the song sound both tense and grand.
  • Challenging Cynthia. Given how she's got possibly the best temperament out of all the Champions (Steven Stone in Ruby/Sapphire a close second), the sheer difficulty in fighting her (with mostly exhausted Pokémon, mind you) and the what-do-I-do-what-do-I-do-what-do-I-do-what-do-I-do?! feel of the music makes for one epic Championship battle.
  • Do Diamond and Pearl have the best ending themes? Ehh, well, judge for yourself.

    HeartGold/SoulSilver 
  • Cianwood City and Ecruteak City have different but beautiful variations on the Game Boy Color original (originally the same track).
  • Dragon's Den. The remake is even better than the original.
  • Ho-Oh and Lugia's arrival themes perfectly capture the awe and wonder of summoning and encountering the two most powerful of Johto's living myths.
  • The Battles with Lance and Red. An incredible remix that took the most epic song in the entire series and some how made even MORE EPIC. A song that is simply outstanding.
  • HG/SS has an incredible remix of the original wild Pokémon theme in Kanto. Encountering wild Pidgey will never be the same again...
  • The Kanto Trainer Battle Theme. HeartGold and SoulSilver's version combines the G/S/C mix with the FR/LG one.
  • Lavender Town, which starts out creepy, then segues into a calm, peaceful remix. As a Youtube comment said, "This is the antidote for Lavender Town Syndrome."
  • The music that plays in Cerulean City. Let's face it; this is awesome.
  • Despite the original Route 24 and 25 music not appearing in Gold or Silver, the DS remakes have their own version, and it's something else.

     Black/White 
  • The "Carnival Pokémon" Musical is an awesome remix of the original Pokémon Center Theme.
  • Alder's Theme may sound out of place in a Pokémon game, but is still very catchy and enjoyable, and it fits his character well.

    Black 2/White 2 
  • Team Plasma, Again which in the beginning of the game even temporarily replaces the normal overworld music. The beat in the beginning makes it perfectly clear: Team Plasma means business.
  • Black 2 and White 2 have given the Gyms their own variations of the traditional Gym theme (save for Cheren's Gym in Aspertia City, which gets the standard theme carried over from the original Black and White), and that manages to make running through each Gym battling its Trainers and Leader all the more exciting. Here's Virbank Gym's take on the theme. DOGARS!
  • Team Plasma's aggressive and relentless battle theme. It really shows how much Team Plasma has diverged.
  • Castelia Gym's Theme is quite ambient for a Gym theme, but it does the original justice.
  • Nimbasa Gym's Theme is pretty awesome as well, carrying a fashion-show theme to fit its supermodel Gym Leader, especially when Elesa herself makes her ridiculously awesome entrance - at which point, the traditional Gym tune kicks in, only with part of the same soundfont heard in "Dancer In The Street"note  thrown in as a Shout-Out for good measure.
  • Driftveil Gym's theme has a distinct "underground" sound to it and fits the setting quite well.
  • Pokémon World Tournament. Entering this place fills you with a sense of welcoming and preparation.
  • Pokémon World Tournament features lots of older characters, and remixes a bunch of themes for that!
    • The Kanto Gym Leader battle theme. A bit calmer than in FireRed/LeafGreen/HG/SS, given you're fighting these people, Giovanni included, in a much friendlier environment. It can still get one's blood pumping.
    • Vs. Blue. Intense is one way to describe it, being more aggressive than in FireRed/LeafGreen.
    • The Johto Gym Leader battle theme. Kind of calm compared to HG/SS, but it illustrates you're only fighting them in a friendly environment.
    • Welcome back, Red (and Lance). More serious and triumphant when you're tying your hardest to overcome living legends.
    • Hoenn Gym Leader Battle. Serene and sweet, despite being more intense in RSE and their remakes. Perfect since you're not being tested and you're more fighting for fun and glory.
    • Hoenn Champion Battle. Two powerful trainers in Steven Stone and Wallace. It's more intense compared to RSE and makes a fine precursor to OmegaRuby/AlphaSapphire's version.
    • Sinnoh Gym Leader Battle. Surprisingly faster-paced, and heart-pounding compared to DPPt.
    • Sinnoh Champion Battle. Welcome back, Cynthia! And your theme has become just that more aggressive as you try fighting the player on equal footing.
    • The Tournament Final Round theme sounds like something out of Super Smash Bros.. It illustrates jut how far you've come in the tournament, and this is your moment to shine! This does get overridden by the Champion Themes.
  • The theme of Mistralton Gym manages to sound both triumphant and whimsical, befitting the setup of the Gym as well as Gym Leader Skyla herself.
  • Lentimas Town, with a very Latin feel to it.
  • Both themes for Reversal Mountain, from Black 2 and White 2 are quite enthralling in their own ways.
  • The theme of Opelucid Gym. The fact that you get to ride a mechanical dragon to the top of the other dragon where Drayden awaits, battling Trainers along the way, makes this particular piece of music all the more awesome.
  • Not only are the Shadow Triad promoted from being The Unfought, but they also have a pretty great encounter theme.

     X/Y 
  • The music that plays during the Character Customization screen is well worth playing through the entire game to hear again. Sycamore's Lab uses the same melody, and is almost as good.
  • While you're likely to only hear about 7 seconds of it because the path is so short, the Route 1 music is a great way to start your journey.
  • The Rival Encounter Theme, which plays whenever your friends show up. It's just so ridiculously upbeat, you can't help but smile. It definitely helps sell the friendship that forms between the five of you.
  • Rival Battle Theme is all of the above, except fiercer and more competitive.
  • Trainer Battle Theme. Starts out a bit friendly, but gets that "fierce" feeling within the middle of the song.
  • This piece of adorable music will give you the strangest urge to skip around merrily on Route 2.
  • Encounter! Youngster and Encounter! Lass all fit the relatively easy mood for the first few Trainers in the beginning of the game.
  • The Santalune City theme really gets you pumped up for your first gym battle.
  • When you face the new Gym Leaders in their awesome, unorthodox gyms, their theme is appropriately awe-inspiring. Heck, even the electronic instruments turn the volume Up to Eleven.
  • Encounter! Poké Fan does suit the cheerfulness of the Poké Fans.
  • The Gate music, which you would probably hear for about five seconds as you're passing by, is spectacularly tranquil and almost seems perfect to accompany a session of Pokémon-Amie.
  • Sina and Dexio, a friendly and cheerful theme for Sycamore’s friendly and cheerful assistants.
  • Professor Sycamore's theme, which has a very French vibe.
  • Super Training and Secret Super Training. Both tracks wouldn't sound out of place in medieval fantasy JRPGs.

    Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire 
  • The glorious trumpets have returned for The Title Screen, which will fill you with a surge of epicness, sense of adventure and nostalgia. Even the players who haven't played the original games will tear up just a bit before the end.
  • The Wild Pokémon Battle theme gets an energetic remix.
  • The Oldale / Lavaridge town theme has gotten even more soothing and heartwarming now.
  • The Trainer Battle theme gets updated with some string instruments.
  • The Rival Encounter themes, which reflects their friendliness and closeness towards the player character.
  • The Rival Battle theme gets an awesome remix brimming with energy.
  • Wally gets a very upbeat version of his theme that is played at Mauville City and in Victory Road, the tune sounding sweet and innocent to match the kind but shy boy Wally starts out as.
  • The best villainous trainer victory theme so far can be heard here.
  • The Gym Leader Battle theme is MUCH better than the original version.
  • Slateport City manages to sound even better than the original; the beautiful bell-chimes are dang-near entrancing to listen to.
  • Those who played Red and Blue years ago might shed a few tears when visiting the Oceanic Museum.
  • To fit with the expanded presence and characterization of the villains, a couple of new encounter themes were added, which set the mood for a confrontation perfectly. The admins have this, while the leaders get a calmer remix of their battle theme.
  • Lisia's theme is absolutely upbeat and energetic. Quite a fitting song for Hoenn's biggest Contest star.
  • The encounter theme for Delinquents and Street Thugs is just plain epic.
  • The Bicycle Theme will accompany you through your journeys whether you're on an Acro Bike or a Mach Bike, in the middle of a forest or a desert, rain or shine.
  • Route 113, like before, is a beautiful melody that plays as you stroll through the ash covered grass, but this time, it's accompanied by the lovely, down-to-earth strums of an acoustic guitar.
  • Behold Mt. Chimney and its funky rhythm guitar!
  • The desert is no slouch either, and is now even groovier.
  • It may not be what most would call bombastic or epic, but the Surfing theme is beautiful, equal parts "exploring" and "relaxing" with an aquatic-techno sound to it.
  • Listen to the new Crossing the Sea theme! Already lauded as one of the best songs in RSE, this version dials up the serene awesomeness to a whole new level.
  • Abandoned Ship gets two wonderful remixes, the first for the Abandoned Ship’s remake counterpart “Sea Mauville”, and the second playing for the Southern Island.
  • Another truly beautiful and relaxing theme is Soaring Illusions, which plays while Soaring at night; perfect for flying through a starlit sky on the back of a legendary Pokémon. Soaring Dreams, the daytime theme, is rather appropriate, too; really gives you the feeling of adventuring in the skies.
  • The Lilycove City theme is back and as beautiful as ever.
  • The Dive theme is incredibly relaxing and really makes you want to just stay underwater forever.
  • Encounter! Diver is likewise relaxing and almost ethereal; it's probably one of the series' best encounter themes.
  • Archie and Maxie's Battle theme initially sounds like a straight update of the original song with its menacing piano and trumpet, before suddenly dropping the bass and shifting into an intense song with multiple trumpets and electric guitar.
  • The Heavy Rain and Drought themes make their triumphant return, sounding just as creepy as ever. To quote a couple Youtube commenters:
    On "Drought": In the original Ruby I thought everything just got really bright and that Hoenn was only a bit hotter than normal. Now the fucking sky is on fire.
    On "Heavy Rainfall": Sounds like a DBZ stare down theme where the villain wastes 15 minutes of screen time just monologuing. I love it!
  • The remix of Groudon's, Kyogre's, and Rayquaza's battle theme certainly doesn't disappoint. Then there's the remix Primal Groudon and Kyogre get, which actually samples the theme from the original Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald.
  • Coexistence, the song that plays during the scene after Groudon/Kyogre is defeated/captured, where Team Magma and Team Aqua decide to overcome their differences and coexist peacefully. An excellent new addition to the remakes.
  • The Regi Trio's battle theme gets another intense remix that also samples the original theme in the beginning.
  • Victory Road has never sounded this epic, and you feel like a badass facing a seemingly insurmountable task, but being the badass you are, you just plough through relentlessly.
  • Wally finally gets his own Battle theme when you face him at the end of Victory Road, and it sounds like it came straight out of Guilty Gear, BlazBlue or Ys. The best part is that the theme actually flows right into the battle!
  • Ever Grande City is just beautiful. You feel like you're about to finish your journey soon, which is sad, but you're also thinking about all the possibilities lying in front of you, once you accomplish your goals.
  • Elite Four Battle sounds just as good, if not better, than the original.
  • All of the amazing battle remixes get rounded out with the Champion Battle Theme, sounding even more frantic than before.
  • The music that plays in the post-credits scene is a beautiful remix of the rival encounter theme that really captures the bond between the player character and the rival.
  • Those who played Emerald may find that the Sky Pillar music gives them an odd sense of deja vu. And then it hits you - it's a remix of the same track that's played when Rayquaza comes down to quell Groudon and Kyogre's fight.
  • The many variations of The Heirs to Eternity (Zinnia's Theme), including her Battle theme and The Lament of Falling Stars, which plays when she tells how she would look up to the sky to stop her tears from falling.
  • The Delta Episode's climax offers a fantastic update of Deoxys' theme.
  • The Emerald Frontier Brain theme returns in all its glory, now used as the theme of the four Battle Chatelaines.
  • Hoenn Medley, the ending song which plays after your induction into the Hall of Fame. It's a beautiful combination of many familiar songs of the routes and cities you visited during your journey, and it also shows YOUR pokémon and key battles where you used them.

     Sun/Moon 
  • Welcome to the Alola Region takes the inspirational sound of previous introduction themes and adds in a Hawaiian sound that makes for one of the best intro themes in the series so far.
  • Lillie's Theme is a beautiful piece that is as soothing as it is haunting and mysterious, much like the girl herself and her companion. It undergoes a lively remix to showcase her Character Development, and will be guaranteed to bring a smile to listeners' faces. However, for those who miss her after she departs from Alola, the theme will instead bring a tinge of melancholy and nostalgia.
  • Hau's battle theme is as cheerful and energetic as the boy who aims to be stronger than Kahuna Hala. Its liveliness just screams "Pokemon battles can be fun, y'know!" and really captures Hau's overall attitude during his Pokemon journey.
  • The Pokémon Center theme takes the original melody and adds nice tropical sounds to it.
  • The Trainer Battle theme is an energetic theme with the tune at the beginning pulled straight out of Jurassic Park.
  • Hau'oli City's day theme is a happy tune with banjo/ukulele sounds to it, while the night theme is a smooth jazz piano version.
  • The salon theme is a smooth R&B number that makes you want to go back to the salon just to hear it, regardless of whether you're getting your hair done or not.
  • Team Skull's encounter theme, an insanely catchy hip-hop theme, complete with minor vocals! It gets two equally awesome battle remixes: one for the battles against regular grunts, and one for Plumeria. Guzma has his own battle and encounter theme, catchier and much more threatening than his Grunt's. One can hear a hint of Kanto's trainer music in those themes.
  • Ten Carat Hill's theme is a mysterious sounding tune with piano sounds to it which gives the feeling of going on an adventure in the lush Alola region.
  • The Totem Pokemon theme, an intimidating remix of the Wild Pokemon theme that does a good job of emphasizing the formidable nature of the foe you're facing.
  • The Kahunas' battle theme starts with badass and intimidating drums, before transitioning into a much happier theme signifying that they may be the strongest Trainers in the island, but they're only here to test your strength in a friendly match, and you have the power to beat them.
  • Gladion's battle theme is an amazing and catchy bass piece that pulls inspiration from the Unova and Sinnoh music styles and perfectly fits Gladion himself, with his encounter theme being a calmer and softer version, but equally awesome and catchy.
  • The Battle Royal Dome theme is very reminiscent of "Gonna Fly Now" from Rocky.
  • The Dome's battle theme is an energetic theme that perfectly captures the atmosphere of a 4-player deathmatch arena.
  • The Ultra Beasts' battle theme, an intense and otherworldly electronic theme that fits these unknown, otherworldly threats perfectly.
  • Malie City's theme has a very Japanese feel, fitting for a city founded and influenced by people from Johto. Its night theme almost sounds like something out of Ōkami.
  • Nanu has a very chilled out smooth jazz theme that is not only awesome, but perfectly reflects his laid-back personality. It is worth noting that he is the only Island Kahuna that has his own unique theme, while Hala, Olivia, and Hapu share a theme.
  • The battle music for the Aether Foundation went 180 to their peaceful theme, replacing violins and soft beats in favor of suspenseful piano and heavy beats. Giving you a heads up that you're not in Paradise anymore...
  • The music that plays while Lusamine lets the Ultra Beasts loose upon Alola sounds like a perfect alien invasion theme.
  • The battle theme for Aether President Lusamine. It is both a beautiful and menacing piece, which perfectly describes the opponent's ambitions behind their pleasant exterior. Then there is their initial encounter theme which brings to mind a soft lullaby, yet still sounds slightly off. Finally, the remix used for the rematch adds disturbing electronic warbles and hums along with a synthesized One-Woman Wail that completely removes any pretense of calm, when Lusamine completely reveals her psychotic personality by fusing with the Ultra Beast Nihilego and becoming the Motherbeast.
  • Poni Wilds, and the other Poni areas. Like Kalos Route 18 before it, an elegant track that gives off happy vibes and wouldn't be out of place in the closing credits of a movie about love. Or as wedding music.
  • The theme to the Vast Poni Canyon starts solemn, then grows into a upbeat and overall very heroic theme to serenade you whilst you go through what some consider the hardest dungeon in the main storyline. Bonus points for having serious Route 10 vibes.
  • The battle theme for Solgaleo and Lunala. It starts out with what sounds like a quiet, fast paced, heartbeat, before erupting in an intense techno beat that perfectly captures the mood that while they are otherworldly, benign beings, they are still powerful Legendary Pokémon.
  • Lonely Lillie, the music that plays during Lillie's farewell to Nebby.
  • The Victory Road theme of the game is a resounding triumphant piece, which fits the change of this game's Victory Road from a sprawling maze to a linear last stretch towards the League.
  • The Elite Four's battle theme, a fast-paced and badass theme that shows how they're not pulling any punches anymore. It suits the Difficulty Spike of this Gen's Elite Four compared to their Gen VI counterparts.
  • The Champion's theme (major spoilers). It starts off awesomely with the first few bars of the series' main theme, then transitions into a badass and triumphant theme that perfectly exemplifies how this time, YOU are the Champion; the tables have turned and you're the one who must defend your title from different challengers! Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon give us an amazing remix of Hau's Battle Theme for the Champion Battle with him.
  • The theme of the Tapu Ruins has a very mysterious but calming feel, to the point that it could pass for a track from the first Metroid Prime.
  • The Tapu battle theme, upbeat, powerful and also very catching, fitting for the Guardians of Alola.
  • This remix of Red's battle theme is somewhat more laid-back than its predecessors, somewhat emphasizing the more hospitable environment Alola provides while mixing the intense nostalgia of the original two generations.
  • Someday... is soft and low-key, yet every bit as poignant as the moments in the story when it's used.
  • And there's the end credits. Upbeat yet heartachingly nostalgic, it makes you realize you never really wanted it all to end.
  • This song accompanies the "The End" screen. The sound of waves breaking on the shore is incredibly soothing. Even better, it's a remix of the song that plays inside your house, one of the first songs you heard when you started the game. Makes you want to just sit on the final screen for a minute or sixty...

     Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon 
  • The return of Team Rocket comes with this remix of the original Rocket Battle theme; it's incredible nostalgia for those who grew up with Red and Blue.
  • Giovanni now has his own battle theme; it begins with the opening notes of the Team Rainbow Rocket theme, but it quickly transitions into an original piece that's every bit as intense and dramatic as one would expect for a rematch twenty years in the making.
  • All of the villainous team members got their themes remixed, and they aren't half bad.
    • Ghetsis has returned, and with him, his theme. Remixed with less DENNIS and creepier than ever.
    • Maxie/Archie get grand, techno-ish remixes of their themes.
    • Cyrus gets a bombastic remix of his theme from Diamond/Pearl, which hasn't been heard from in a long, long time.
    • Lysandre gets a grand, more menacing version of his original theme, showing he means even more business than before.
  • Necrozma gets his own theme for this game, an organ-blasting, drum-heavy song that is equal parts awesome and menacing.
  • The Ultra Recon Squad's battle theme, an alien, techno song that is perfect for the otherworldly trainers that are the Ultra Recon Squad.
  • Ultra Megalopolis. It's easy to tell something has gone terribly wrong here. It also serves as foreshadowing to Necrozma's true nature.
  • The song which plays during the final battle against Ultra Necrozma is pure undiluted awesome, being a glorious combination of Necrozma's theme, the Cover Legend's theme, and Ultra Megalopolis. The chillingly beautiful intro has an almost religious feel to it, before quickly transitioning into a battle theme worthy of the Pokémon which surpasses Arceus itself in raw power. The sheer power of the song really makes you realize how much has been leading up to this fight, and how much is on the line; it's a fitting song to mark the End of an Era as the franchise prepares to make the transition to consoles.
  • Each of the original Ultra Beasts gets a theme for their respective Ultra Spaces, along with one more for the other Ultra Spaces.
    • Nihilego has the unsettling Ultra Deep Sea, the original Ultra Space theme from Sun/Moon.
    • Buzzwole has Ultra Jungle, a bombastic Donkey Kong-like song. Never before has a song represented a buff flexing mosquito so well before.
    • Pheromosa has Ultra Desert, an eerily calm, ethereal piece.
    • Xurkitree has Ultra Plant, an energetic, techno-ish theme with various mechanical-sounding noises.
    • Celesteela brings us Ultra Crater, a bombastic and somewhat quirky theme.
    • On the other hand, Kartana has Ultra Forest, a gorgeous, Japanese-sounding theme that perfectly embodies the origami samurai.
    • Guzzlord boasts Ultra Ruin, which is a qualifier for most disturbing theme in the series, what with the constant interruptions, static, and creepy ambience. And it gets worse: It's a warped, backwards version the Hau'oli city theme, which in itself has several horrifying implications...
    • The theme for the Ultra Space Wilds is a strange, eerily tranquil piece. Reverse it and speed it up, and it's a remix of the Alola Region theme...

Spinoffs
     Pokémon Stadium 
Stadium 1 (North America/Europe)

Stadium 2 (North America/Europe)

    Pokémon Battle Revolution 
  • This part of Colosseum Master Sashay's theme sounds extremely similar to part of the Cipher admin battle theme from Pokémon Colosseum. Justified, as the developer studio Genius Sonority worked on both games.
  • Stargazer Colosseum. Who would have thought horns and an odd undulating electronic bassline combines so well into something that fits a futuristic space-themed stadium?

     Pokémon Mystery Dungeon 
Red and Blue Rescue Team

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Explorers of Time/Darkness/Sky

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  • Two games into a subseries, and we're already starting to have recurring themes... not that that's a bad thing when the Boss Theme is so awesome.
  • Time Gear (Remix) (a.k.a. "Fogbound Lake"), the game's first iteration of the Time Gear theme. The calm beginning slowly rising to the determined ending... awesome.
  • The Outlaw/thieves battle music from Time and Darkness was truly awesome; if it plays because you just stole from Shopkeeper Kecleon, it's truly panic-inducing.
  • Mt. Horn, a rousing march that's perfect for mountain-climbing.
  • Steam Cave and Upper Steam Cave have a slow, heavy beat to match the cave's stifling heat.
  • Time Gear, an ethereal, mystical tune to accompany the mystical artifacts that stabilize all of time.
  • Time Restored is a beautiful tune for a beautiful sight.
  • Northern Desert has a swinging sound that is perfect for the sandy locale it goes with. Dig that flute!
  • Quicksand Cave boasts strings, brass, and an almost tribal drumbeat to fit well with the shifting sands.
  • Crystal Cave. Slow and gentle, with beautiful crystalline chimes.
  • The Darkness. Welcome to the Bad Future.
  • Chasm Cave, which is perfect for the environment of the Bad Future.
  • Dark Hill, a track for one of the dark future's dungeons, and very heavy on the (MIDI) brass.
  • The tear-inducing In the Hands of Fate, a solemn music-box tune (and, if you pay close attention, Primal Dialga's battle theme has bits of this in it).
  • Sealed Ruin. Trekking through the Bad Future, seeking a way out, not knowing who or what may lay ahead of you...
  • Dusk Forest. To some it might be a bit tacky, but to others, it's just awesome. Plus, Deep Dusk Forest.
  • Treeshroud Forest. Slow, mystical, and a little creepy - in other words, perfect for a cautious trek through a shadowed forest.
  • Brine Cave, a slightly bouncy song, with sounds like popping bubbles and glittering waters.
  • The Hidden Land, a slow, flute-dominated tune, soothing yet eerie, as you begin your trek towards the final battles.
  • Hidden Highland, slow and serious as you approach the Temporal Tower, knowing what lies ahead...
  • "Battle against Dusknoir", the battle theme used for Dusknoir and Darkrai. Take a listen and get pumped and creeped out at the same time. Ooooh~!
  • Temporal Tower, the final level of the main story. And Temporal Spire, the end part of the level.
  • Through the Sea of Time, most famously played for Grovyle's Heroic Sacrifice against Dusknoir just before Temporal Tower. The tune's slow wistful and energetic use of flute and brass puts energy to a desperate scene, as if saying "don't go, please!" to Grovyle when you need him most.
  • Dialga's Fight to the Finish!, the final boss of both the main story and the fifth special episode. In the latter, it actually begins to play well before the battle actually begins, serving to make the prior scene even more epic. It even reappears for Super Mystery Dungeon! For maximum awesome, there's this absolutely stunning remix.
  • Don't Ever Forget... Grab the tissues.
    • If you're not done crying, there's "Have to Get Home", which follows soon afterwards. Short and simple, but nevertheless beautiful.
    • Memories Returned plays over your partner's montage of memories of your adventures together, just before the end credits. Someone wrote lyrics.
    • And then the ending theme kicks in to remind you that you just did something great. It acknowledges that some difficult sacrifices were made that are still hard to accept, but man, you saved the world! What's not worth it about that?

Gates to Infinity
  • The opening theme provides a nice sense of the feat of "triumphing against adversaries in mysterious labyrinths".
  • Ragged Mountain is just a wonderful first dungeon theme.
  • This game's version of the boss battle music.
  • Despair, the game's obligatory tune used for sad and tragic moments. The light and super light arrangements convey sorrow in a pure, simple fashion. The aptly named heavy arrangement, however, is of a totally different tone from the previous versions, and is used to set the mood for what's easily one of the darkest moments in the entire series, if not the darkest, and is very befitting of its name.
  • Theme of Hope. Beautiful.
  • Hazy Pass (Highlands) is driving, tense, and an overall amazing piece.
  • The whole first half of the game builds towards going to the Great Glacier, and when you finally arrive, the music doesn't disappoint.
  • Withered Savannah is a catchy song with some wonderful vocal effects.
  • Holehills: A dungeon theme that's fitting for the situation of going against the odds to rescue a dear friend.
  • Kyurem Approaching! When you hear this, you know something bad is about to happen.
  • The final visit to the Glacier Palace has a total of three tracks to it, since it's such a giant level. The Eastern Spire starts it off on a mysterious note, then the Western Spire switches it to a suspenseful and ominous note. But then the Great Spire comes along, and the result is unbelievable. Ladies and gentlemen, the pinnacle of final level music.
  • Kyurem's battle theme, a heavy, pounding, frightening tone to accompany the battle against the mighty beast who seeks to preserve the fate he has foreseen, no matter who he has to kill to do so.
  • The final boss themes are both amazing, as one might expect from the rest of the soundtrack's quality. While the first theme has a dark and desperate tone to it, the second theme really gives you the feeling that you can and will save the world, no matter what.
  • The ending themes are incredible as always, A Home To Remember being the first in a sequence of tearjerking songs that convey a profound mixture of joy and sorrow.
  • One of the most rockin' Bonus Boss soundtracks ever, Bounty Board Challenge.
  • Illusory Holehills has a different composition together with the original Holehills' main melody, the main part of which somehow manages to make bagpipes sound epic.

Super Mystery Dungeon
  • The main theme is about as bombastically orchestral as you can get.
  • Lush Forest is one of the best songs in the game, and the perfect way to kick off your adventure.
  • This epic remix of the boss theme which re-orchestrates it and adds real instruments to make the boss fights feel even more grandiose. And then there's the Rock version.
  • The Partner's theme is sweet, beautiful, and an little sad at the same time. Also, an equally amazing, but more heartbreaking, music box remix.
  • Gentle Slope Cave turns out to have a really engaging and dynamic soundtrack.
  • Fire Island Volcano is absurdly epic, opening with a low-key didgeridoo before abruptly kicking into high-gear with strings and bagpipes.
  • The third boss theme, "Fiery Showdown with Entei", is even more awesome, perfectly carrying the mood of an intense showdown with the deity-tier Legendaries it plays for.
  • Reverse Mountain is an epic song for a point in the story where things are getting intense, and its presence in the final few floors of Destiny Tower is fitting for a time when your journey is finally coming to an end.
  • Submerged Cave's theme is mystical and crystalline, a perfect fit for the dungeon itself.
  • Road to Primeval Forest is a haunting and ethereal melody perfect for an endgame crawl through The Lost Woods.
  • "Make It!", the soundtrack's accompaniment to a climactic cutscene.
  • The two final dungeon themes, Tree of Life: Roots and Tree of Life: Trunk are both epic, with the former's church bells and catchy instrumentation that is bound to get rooted in your head, as well as the latter's more warped sounding instrumentation, which makes it sound more like the Tree of Life is being killed right in front of your eyes.
  • Both of the final boss themes are amazing, much like Gates to Infinity. The first theme really gives off the feeling of fighting an incredibly mysterious but dangerous foe, while the second theme just screams the fact that everyone's counting on you to save the world. It even has part of the Partner's theme mixed for good measure!
  • Sahra Town and Noe Town have wildly different but extremely pleasant themes that really sum up the character of each town. The latter even seems to have hints of the Time Gear theme from Explorers.
  • Some of the best themes from the previous games got remixes here: Sand Dune of Spirits is a remix of Great Canyon from Rescue Team, and Amp Plains from Explorers was remixed as Electric Wasteland.

    Pokémon Ranger 
Original

Shadows of Almia

Guardian Signs

    Pokémon Colosseum 
  • The friendly battle theme. To quote the comments section, "never before has a one-sided battle against two extremely common Pokémon been so epic." To wit, the song (and its associated Trainer, Rider Willie) was so popular that it (and Rider Willie) returned in all its (and his) splendor for XD.
  • The normal battle theme. Quirky yet energetic, matching perfectly with the bizarrely named trainers of Orre.

    Pokémon XD 
  • The Phenac City takeover music, officially named "Cipher Command." At first you just think, "Hmm, the music is a little different." It's certainly not worse than the original, but something about it just doesn't feel right... and then the theme suddenly gets progressively more sinister until it comes to a positively demonic crescendo... and then it loops back and goes back to the pretty, serene theme that it was at first. This theme plays when, unknown to the player, Cipher has taken over the city with its members disguised as the various characters who are normally in the city.
  • "Citadark Isle", a heavy, bombastic theme that perfectly fits The Very Definitely Final Dungeon of the game.
  • You probably used the Master Ball instantly on Shadow Lugia... but if you did, you missed out on his awesome battle theme.
  • The final battle theme is even better than the previous game's.

    Pokémon Snap 

    Pokémon Trading Card Game 
First game

Second game

    Other spin-offs 

    Related 
  • This track note  was composed by Junichi Masuda of Game Freak (who is a part of the music group MTM and helps compose music for a lot of the handheld Pokémon games) at the request of Shokotan (Shoko Nakagawa) of the television show Pokémon Sunday. It was apparently played in a live performance by MTM on September 4th, 2011. As of now, it does not seem to be a "Generation 6" Pokémon game music track; it was likely just composed in the style of such game music. Nevertheless, it sounds awesome, perhaps fitting for a wild Pokémon or Trainer battle theme. There's also a terrific "triumphant" remix of this theme.
  • In commemoration of the release of Pokémon Black and White, The Presidents of the United States of America (the band) performed "Can't Stop (Catchin' 'Em All)", an awesome List Song about all... er, most of the Generation 5 Pokémon (essentially the closest thing that exists to an "Unova Pokérap").

Anime
    Image Songs 

    Openings 

    Endings 

    Pokemon Live! 
For those who aren't aware, there was a very short lived Pokemon Musical! And they did broadway versions of some of the songs from the anime while adding a few of their own. And it was awesome!
  • My Best Friends a three part harmony between Ash, Misty, and Brock. For those who love the original anime, this is an awesome version of the song!
  • The Time Has Come. Remember the sad song about Pikachu leaving forever? Yeah, they remade it... and it is sung by Ash himself. And his voice is ACTUALLY GOOD!
  • Everything Changes. Instead of it being about Pokemon like in the original show, this version is a duet between Professor Oak and Delia about how Ash is growing up. So, it really hits home for any parents out there.
  • The fact that "Everything Changes" gets an EVIL REPRISE sung by GIOVANNI HIMSELF!
  • Giovanni has HIS VERY OWN VILLAIN SONG! He is voiced by Darren Dunstan, who later voiced Maximillion Pegasus from Yu-Gi-Oh! You can really hear hints of Pegasus when he sings.
  • For those who didn't like the somewhat strange vocals in the original version of Misty's Song, they changed it to a power ballad.
  • The song I Got A Secret, a duet between Ash's mother about her previous relations with Giovanni and Misty's secret feelings for Ash. It's especially good when Ash joins in about wanting to be the best man he can be.
  • Double Trouble may not be as cool as its original counterpart... until ya find out that James was played by a younger version of Tony Award Nominee Andrew Rennells!
  • This version of Two Perfect Girls is what the original version should have been!
  • Team Rocket gets a song about how they fail at their job... and then to precede to get on board with the idea that they are the Best At Being the Worst. If ya like the idea of Team Rocket doing a Tango, then there ya go.
  • Take the final confrontation between Ash and Giovanni... have them in a fist fight... during a kickin' finale song!
  • Let's just say that The Whole Soundtrack is awesome. The Stage Director has even uploaded the Instrumentals to all the songs. So now even you can sing them!

     Series BGM 

     Movies 
  • For starters, all of the title themes. They give you a taste of the epicness that is to come from the movie you are about to watch.
  • The remix of the original title theme from Pokémon: The First Movie. GAH.
  • Japanese Mewtwo carries a terrifying organ motif that lets that the audience know that it means business. One can get a sense of how powerful Mewtwo is just by the music alone.
  • "Three on Three" from Mewtwo Strikes Back which includes a horrifyingly awesome Curb-Stomp Battle Dark Reprise of the Kanto battle theme.
  • Tears of Life from the first movie. Perhaps the most well-done instrumental piece in Pokémon history. That music was only in the dub version of the movie, and apparently it actually made the original Japanese developers of the film tear up. You know you've made dub music history if that happens!
  • That Which Has Life from the Japanese first movie. The sadness of the Pokémon killing each other, the epicness of Mewtwo vs. Mew, and the drama of Ash climbing into the stadium while Pikachu is being beaten by its clone is demonstrated perfectly. Even fans of the dub soundtrack admit that they wish that this wasn't cut out.
  • "Brother My Brother", another great dub-song-change/Tear Jerker. Some people think it's unfitting since it plays during a fight to the death, but one has to actually listen to the lyrics. It's not a song about brotherly love, it's a song about how there should be brotherly love instead of what's actually happening: a war in which brothers kill each other. In that light, it is very fitting for the moment, particularly when it comes to Pikachu's train of thought. From the Japanese version, there's Kaze to Issho ni, sung by well known enka singer Sachiko Kobayashi. It's one of the loveliest theme songs ever.
  • Chiisaki Mono. Made even more awesome when you factor in that Asuca Hayashi was 14 years old at the time the song was released. They even adapted it into English as Make a Wish, including transitioning in and out of the original seamlessly. Wow. We seriously need more bilingual songs like that.
  • "We Will Meet Again" is the ultimate tribute to the friendship of Lucario and Sir Aaron from Movie 8.
  • "Together We'll Make A Promise" from Temple of the Sea, a bittersweet song that perfectly suits a film which shows how hard saying goodbye is.
  • This Is A Beautiful World from Giratina and the Sky Warrior gives a beautiful uplifting message of the simple beauty in the world that many miss.
  • The Japanese version of the Volcanion movie comes with an updated version of XY&Z, with an extra brass section making it even more epic. The English Dub gives us the series' counterpart 'Stand Tall' as a full remixed song, and it is awesome!

     Pokemon Origins 
  • Pokémon Origins doesn't have a large soundtrack, but it possesses a number of great remixes from the past gen along with a few new pieces to coincide with Mega Evolution.
  • Their take on the classic title screen, for starters. It is a breath of fresh air that does the original justice. That is, unless oyu aren't too fond of dubstep.
  • Welcome to the world of Pokemon. It's just as welcoming as the original game, and the appearance of Professor Oak drove many an old school fan to nostalgic tears.
  • Lavender Town got a tranquil and serene piano remix. Just mind the creepiness that still pervades to tune.
  • The Wild Pokemon Battle. For the nostalgic, this remix really sells it and drives the epicness home and makes one want to go and battle wild pokemon.
  • The trainer battle theme remixes the original anime version and makes it more badass. It's more serious, and it keeps people on their toes more while battling difficult opponents.
  • The Gym Leader Battle theme. Much more serene compared to game's version at first before going into a more triumphant tune. Bonus points for playing during the battle against Brock and in the montage where Red defeats Koga, Sabrina, and Blaine.
  • Gym Leader Last Pokemon. Better known as "Charmander vs. Onix", it plays in the Moment of Awesome where Charmander, who has barely any health left, is the last thing standing between Red and defeat. Listening to this after watching the battle itself can cause one to suddenly relive the Moment of Awesome.
  • Giovanni's Theme. You know something bad is going on when this theme plays. The second part is more sinister since Giovanni is getting ready to hand you your ass.
  • Rival Encounter. Not quite as smug sounding as the games, per se, but a lot more subdued and serene. As the song progresses, however, it starts to sound like Gary Motherf**king Oak's just grinning and getting ready to wreck your team.
  • Champion Battle. The final battle against Gary has never sounded so epic since the original games.
  • Mewtwo Battle. A more heart-pounding remix of the Wild Pokemon battle. It starts off ominous as the battle against Mewtwo draws near, and keeps up the intensity going from there.
  • Mega Charizard X Theme. Also known as the Mega Evolution theme, it is perfect for when your most powerful pokemon gets his Heroic Second Wind and uses his Super Mode for the first time against a previously invincible opponent, proving they're Not So Invincible After All.
  • Gionvanni Final Battle. Not only does it play right when Giovanni begins his Heel–Face Turn, but it also does an incredible job of showcasing the epic conflict between Red's Charizard and Giovanni's Rhydon.

     Pokémon Mystery Dungeon specials 
  • The opening for the first anime special is short but sweet.
  • The opening for the second anime special is pretty epic, and about five times as long as that of the first.

     Miscellaneous 
  • In honor of Pokémon X and Y, Pogo produced the song "Catchatronic". It was also made in commemoration of the 2013 return of the "Gotta catch 'em all!" slogan to U.S. advertising for the Pokémon franchise. The song uses numerous audio samplings from various episodes of the Pokémon anime, notably the "Gotta catch 'em all!" voice clip(s) from NOT the first dub theme song, but actually the freaking ORIGINAL POKERAP (compare the 'Gotta Catch 'Em All!' from the remix to the said Pokerap). The mix sounds simply phenomenal. GOTTA CATCH 'EM ALL- POK-E-MON!
  • The "Ash pulling an awesome win" music from the first season.
  • "What Kind of Pokémon are You?" is the type of song that never loses its relevance, no matter how much the franchise expands.

Other
     Official remixes 

    Fan remixes 
  • "The Medley of Pokémon" by Hapi. It's absolutely breathtaking. Can be found on YouTube in three parts: 1 2 3. It absolutely FLOORS you. This video has the download link for the full version.
  • A fantastic remix of the RSE Champion battle theme was made by TheGimpsta.
  • This orchestral remix of the Sealed Chamber does wonders with the melody.
  • This remix of the Abandoned Ship is beautiful.
  • There's also this beautifully flowing remix of Sootopolis City's theme.
  • Mewtwo's theme from Stadium still sounds quite good in new soundfonts.
  • "Battle! VS Ho-Oh", modified with the Black 2/White 2 soundfont by Chaotic Marin, offers a very intriguing and unique take on the original track that exudes tension, as if a weary yet defiant Trainer was locked in fierce combat with an embittered phoenix.
    • This version of Ho-oh from salvation by faith records is EPIC.
    • Unova League theme. It's bit ominous but it makes feel the place more... grand, more ultimate.
  • Drought and Drizzle remixes. Try sleeping well after hearing that.
  • B2W2 remix of Hoenn Pokémon theme. Everyone aboard S.S. Hoenn!
  • A show-stopping cover of Make A Wish/Chisaki Mono cover by Cocolu.
  • The entirety of Pokemon Reorchestrated (arranged by Braxton "Skotein" Burks), which which is exactly what it sounds like. Listen for yourself here. "Viridian Forest" and Through Time and Space" are some of the better ones.
  • Blazaking's Celestial Towers of Heaven, a remix of the Celestial Tower theme from the Unova games.
  • Blue vs. Red takes the first two champion themes and blends them together seamlessly (with a little bit the Dark Cave theme). It's just as epic as it sounds.
  • GlitchxCity has a lot of remixed music, much of which belongs on this page. For instance: Giratina's theme + L'Impeto Oscuro=this.
  • How about this mix of the RSE and ORAS versions of "Crossing the Sea"? It takes what made both unique and combines them into one epic package!
  • Tay Zonday of Chocolate Rain fame has done his own cover of the Pokémon Theme, and he nailed the song.
  • How about a metal cover of RSE Vs. Gym Leader?
  • NateWantsToBattle, who makes any awesome covers and original songs and parody songs, joined forces with Markiplier and Yungtown to cover 2BA Master. Yes, it's as awesome as it sounds. Amusingly, the song was updated slightly to include Fairy, Steel, and Dark in the segment where the types are all named, but it left out Poison, just as was done in the original song:
    But first U gotta know about the different types:
    Grass, Fire, Ground, Steel, Electric,
    Water, Rock, Flying, Ice, Normal, Bug,
    Ghost, Fighting, Dragon, Dark, and Fairy-
    Don't forget about Psychic!
  • Dear sweet Arceus, the Mark de Groot English cover of XY & Z somehow manages to be better than the original! This is in part because it keeps several of the elements of the Japanese original in the form of Woolseyisms, such as the ikuzo/ikuzed pun becoming "Let'Z Go" and references to Pokemon abilities and moves in the lyrics including "Our hearts are burning hotter than Flame Charge", "Our steadfast hearts," and "Breaking the mold will let our passion discharge", as well as the translation de Groot is using emphasizing the relationship between Ash and his Greninja more so than the original lyrics.
  • This "Cumbia" remix of the Lavender Town theme (Cumbia is a genre of music that's fairly popular throughout Latin America). Though opinions on Cumbias can be... polarizing, to say the least, what's remarkable is that it takes the poster child for infamously creepy things in the series and makes it not scary at all. Good luck taking Lavender Town creepypastas seriously ever again.

    Fan Games/ROM Hacks 

    Original Fanmade Songs 

Alternative Title(s): Pokemon Anime

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