Awesome Music: Sonic the Hedgehog
It's no secret. Compared to the Super Nintendo, the Genesis wasn't exactly a killer in the sound department. It was fueled in part by what soundtracks really caught your ear, but for a real classic, you didn't have to look any farther than the Sega mascot.
Everyone's favorite hedgehog speedster
has had quite a number of notable themes
over the years which cements that, although the ride has been rocky with plenty of ups and downs, one everyone can
agree on is that the music is awesome
. We'd put "pretty much every piece of music from all the games" here instead of an actual article, but you probably want to hear them for yourself.
And you can now get a lot of this music on iTunes!
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Sonic the Hedgehog 1, 2, 3&K (Genesis/Mega Drive)
Sonic the Hedgehog
Sonic the Hedgehog 2
- There may be many themes people and fans associate with the Blue Blur, but the Green Hill Zone is the definitive Sonic tune. Like Mario and the very first beats of the Mushroom Kingdom, the melody of Green Hill would make sure Sonic's music stuck around just as long as his rival's.
- The music for Marble Zone has an appropriately sinister edge for a set of lava-based levels.
- Spring Yard Zone features an easy-going track that may be somewhat at odds with the chaos of the series' first zone to feature pinball bumpers as obstacles, but it's definitely a winner.
- The bass-heavy Labyrinth Zone stage music takes a lot of the sting out of the series' first water levels.
- The Star Light Zone is something of a Breather Level between the frustrations of the water-based Labyrinth Zone and the difficulty spike in the Scrap Brain Zone, and its stage music is appropriately laid back, as well as being well matched to the level's "city by night" theme.
- The Scrap Brain Zone theme (especially the first part) is one of the best tracks ever written to give the impression of "prepare for insane difficulty". Notably it, along with Star Light Zone, was reused as the music on the option screens for Sonic Advance. Furthermore, Scrap Brain Zone's theme, along with Green Hill Zone's music, were both included in Super Smash Bros. Brawl's awesome soundtrack.
- The classic Robotnik boss theme. You can practically hear the sky clouding over the Green Hill Zone when this music kicks in for the first time.
- Final Zone. The tune is more epic than the battle is.
- The invincibility music is probably the catchiest 10 second loop ever.
Sonic 3 & Knuckles
- The Sonic 2 Final Boss Theme. Quite possibly the most epic final boss battle in the series. (Though Sonic & Knuckles' certainly gives it a run for its money.)
- The Death Egg Zone Theme is, for a 16-bit era track, an eerie, haunting piece of genius, with an undercurrent of madness. You normally only hear a couple seconds of it as you run to the right and face Silver Sonic, but if you stand there and wait for a little while you'll start getting thoroughly creeped out. Bonus points for the top melody sounding like some sort of deranged lullaby.
- No variant on the boss music is complete without a reference to the real boss theme. Where the original game had its own unique flavor and Sonic 3 would later aim for straight-up intensity, this is too iconic to go unmentioned.
- Hidden Palace Zone's Beta music (a variation on the Special Stage from Sonic the Hedgehog) is really good. Listen for yourself.
- The enhanced version for the iOS port. It's a shame that this song was never used in the iOS port in favor of Mystic Cave Zone 2-Player.
- The Super Sonic theme in itself is almost enough incentive to get all the Chaos Emeralds. Worth noting is that this is the only Genesis game where Super Sonic gets his own theme as opposed to just borrowing the invinciblity theme from the game in question.
- More or less every stage music deserves mention here:
- With Emerald Hill, the game's soundtrack hits the ground running, the lively, upbeat music setting the stage for the fast-pace fun ahead. It also contains a Musical Nod to the Green Hill Zone theme from the previous game.
- The strident Chemical Plant theme is ideal for the bright factory theme of the level.
- Aquatic Ruin is energetic yet dramatic, befitting a level revolving around underwater ruins.
- The jazzy Casino Night music really adds to the "vintage Las Vegas" feeling of the stage.
- The "harmonica"-led music in Hill Top has a pastoral, almost bucolic atmosphere.
- Mystic Cave starts with a bass-heavy introductory figure before leading into a tune that strikes the right blend of mystery and tension.
- The heavily polluted Oil Ocean zone is well matched with a weighty yet eerie track.
- Metropolis may have a simple melody, but it is incredibly catchy and infectious.
- Sky Chase is appropriately light and ethereal for a level in which Sonic (or Tails if you're playing as him) rides on the wings of a biplane.
- The martial music for Wing Fortress practically screams, "The final confrontation is coming up - go get 'em, Sonic!"
- Similarly, the 2-player stage tracks hold their own against their 1-player counterparts in the awesomeness department:
- Special Stage leads from a short fanfare to a relentlessly urgent track for the often chaotic journeys around the half-pipe stages.
- The Two Player Results tune is a fairly happy and epic way to finish a 2 player stage.
- The Ending Theme must be mentioned as a more than fitting a celebration for beating the game. All the more awesome that it's actually an arrangement of a song Masato Nakamura, the composer for Sonic 1 and 2, did as part of Dreams Come True.
- The Sonic & Knuckles Opening Screen Theme.
- Its Fanfare-like reprise in the very end of the Ending Credits is a thing of beauty.
- Angel Island Zone, the tropical-sounding Act 1 and particularly, the more serious-sounding Act 2.
- Hydrocity Zone is a level with a lot of water. However, its Act 2 music largely makes up for it.
- Marble Garden Zone's slick beat with very well-accompanying melody and melancholic climax makes the zone so much more memorable.
- Combining Michael Jackson's "Thriller" with Marble Garden Zone Act 1 gives awesome results.
- Carnival Night Zone. Just the sound of that synthesized refrain as the deep bass and beats jam... so cool.
- The well-known, well-loved, oft-remixed Ice Cap Zone Act 1 theme. It was heavily based on Hard Times by the Jetzons (a song that was unreleased until it hit the iTunes store in 2008), because Michael Jackson's keyboardist used to work with them. For comparison, Hard Times with Ice Cap instrumentation.
- Act 2 is just as awesome.
- The groovy-sounding Launch Base Zone.
- The legendary Mushroom Hill Zone. Both Act 1 and Act 2.
- The music from Flying Battery Zone, in which Sonic infiltrates one of Eggman's ships and channels the best James Bond he can.
- Sandopolis Zone.
- Freaking Lava Reef Zone, including the second act (which shares its theme with Hidden Palace Zone) AND its epic remixes.
- Sky Sanctuary Zone really inspires a "Yeah, we're gonna go save the world!" feeling."
- The Act 1 boss music in Sonic & Knuckles also deserves a mention.
- Death Egg Zone.
- The Doomsday Zone. This one set the standard for all future Super Sonic battles.
- The final boss theme first shows up in Sonic 3, and it marks the first – and one of the only – times that Super Sonic is NOT invinciblenote . A grab attack from Big Arms will outright knock you clean out of your super form. This is the first time in this game that Robotnik's REALLY a true threat, and this music really knocks it home.
- There's the Sonic Pocket Adventure version of it.
- The Sonic 3 Ending Credits.
- And the beta version of it that was Dummied Out, which plays like the other Sonic credit tunes in the Mega Drive series.
- The Act 2 boss theme! DADADA DADADA DADADA daaa daaa!
- Azure Lake, Balloon Park, Chrome Gadget, Desert Palace, and Endless Mine. From Sonic 3's two-player competition mode, which gamers largely ignored in favor of the the one-player mode.
- The Special Stage Theme. This is the version heard ingame, where it gets fast and unbelievably awesome. That surreal blend of chirpy and mysterious at high speed is glorious.
- The three bonus stages all have appropriately kickass tunes to accompany them. The "slot machine" stage takes a catchy bass riff and slaps an equally catchy melody on top of it. The "glowing spheres" stage has an otherworldly air to it befitting the bizarre world of magnetic globes that allow the player to outrun an Advancing Wall of Doom from below. And the "gumball machine" stage is backed by an energetic track that gives a real sense of fun to dispensing a long line of powerups and rings.
- Michael Jackson was the influence for almost the entire soundtrack of Sonic 3 (but very little to none of S&K). Ice Cap was influenced by "Who is it?" (or "Smooth Criminal"), and Carnival Night has riffs from "Jam" in it. Perhaps the most noticeable, the beats of the BGM in in the Marble Garden zones (Act 1) were heavily influenced by "Remember the Time".
- The chord progression in Sonic 3's end credits showed up again two years later in Jackson's "Stranger In Moscow". Mashups exist. Here's one that ISN'T blocked in North America.
- Ice Cap Zone was actually an instrumental version of "Hard Times", an unreleased song by a group called the Jetzons, whose keyboardist, Brad Buxer, later became Jackson's musical director and frequently collaborated with him.
- Remixing "Hard Times" with Ice Cap Zone gives awesome results.
- The catchy-sounding Knuckles' theme only makes a brief appearance in Sonic & Knuckles.
- No Way! serenades you when you try to lock anything other than Sonic 2 or Sonic 3 onto Sonic & Knuckles. However, it sure doesn't sound like you actually made a mistake.note
- Minor Boss. "OH, COME ON!"
- The level complete theme, which would be reused and rearranged numerous times in future games, probably the most of the level clear themes.
- The PC version of Sonic 3 (and Knuckles) on Sonic and Knuckles Collection had a few levels with tracks that were separate from their Genesis counterparts, some of them widely considered to be even better than them:
Sonic the Hedgehog CD
- Where to begin? First, the music shared between both soundtracks: the 'Past' music.
North American Soundtrack
- You Can Do Anything, Little Planet, and Cosmic Eternity. The first 30 seconds could also qualify as a Tear Jerker.
- The Boss theme, an upbeat theme that starts with a younger man and an older man laughing as if they're making fun of Robotnik for his continual defeats, getting your heart pumping as you "work that sucker to death!"
- Palmtree Panic: the upbeat Present, the heavily-distorted Bad Future and Good Future. The Present seems good for a day at the beach, while the Good Future is fitting for an outright beach party.
- Collision Chaos: the Ear Wormy Present and Good Future.
- Tidal Tempest: the ever-so-ambient Present.
- Quartz Quadrant: the catchy Present, the chaotic Bad Future, and especially the Good Future.
- Wacky Workbench: the chaotic, fast-paced techno Present and the bright, mechanical Good Future.
- Stardust Speedway: the funky Present, the darker Bad Future, and the much brighter, calmer, and peaceful-sounding Good Future. Note that the Bad Future music plays during the Metal Sonic race even in the Good Future.
- Metallic Madness: The urgent Present, fitting for the final level, the you-screwed-up-big-time Bad Future complete with with sinister-sounding instead of jolly versions of the laughing men from the boss track and a robotic voice in the background saying stuff resembling anti-Sonic propaganda from Robotnik (e.g. "You can't do anything, so don't even try it," "Don't do what Sonic does," and finally, "Sonic, dead or alive, is mine"), and the a-winner-is-you Good Future that takes the instruments from the intro of the urgent present music and uses them for an upbeat background instrument.
- Special Stage. Enough said.
- Final Fever, when it's finally time to drive the man himself from the Little Planet once and for all.
- Sonic Boom, and the ending version.
- This version of the Ending Arrange of Sonic Boom, from the Sonic BOOM Limited Collector's Edition soundtrack, has an extended outro that just works.
- The Crush 40 vs. Cash Cash remix from the Sonic CD 20th anniversary soundtrack simply surpasses the original.
- Palmtree Panic: the tropical Present, the darker Bad Future, and the calm and mysterious-sounding Good Future.
- Collision Chaos: the atmospheric Present, the Bad Future, and the incredibly mellow Good Future.
- Tidal Tempest: the haunting Bad Future, the funky Good Future.
- Quartz Quadrant: the upbeat and catchy Present, the somewhat heavier Bad Future, the angelic Good Future.
- Wacky Workbench: Starting of course at the awesomely funky Present music, you then have the Bad Future, and, as with the JP/EU version, the bright (yet still mechanical) Good Future.
- Stardust Speedway. Stardust Speedway. Present, Bad Future, and especially the Good Future. Note that during the race with Metal Sonic, the Bad Future music plays even in the Good Future.
- Metallic Madness: the suitably metallic-sounding Present, Bad Future, and the Good Future, which is upbeat yet still mechanical as with the Good Future music for Wacky Workbench in both soundtracks.
- The Boss and Game Over themes, despite being Nightmare Fuel (or for some, because they're such) certainly qualify.
- And of course, the Special Stage music.
Sonic Adventure series
Sonic Adventure 2
- "Open Your Heart" in the original Sonic Adventure
- Also from Sonic Adventure comes the Casinopolis level. While it may not be anything special, the NiGHTS pinball area music is quite a joy to listen to.
- It Doesn't Matter.
- And the second part of Perfect Chaos also qualifies. It actually changes the mood of the battle from power-up awesomeness to a dramatic climax.
- Awesome non-vocal tracks include Azure Blue World, Windy and Ripply, and Pleasure Castle.
- The Casinopolis "Main Lobby" music. Is there anything equally as good as this when it comes to casino music?
- Mechanical Resonance.
- While we're at it, the metal version of Resonance with Crank the Heat Up! which is just epic.
- The aforementioned "Twinkle Park" (Twinkle Cart) and "Windy Valley" (The Air), remixed from 3D Blast.
- Twinkle Circuit.
- Mystic Ruins' theme. Surprisingly ear-wormy, considering it's meant to sound vaguely tribal.
- Lost World's theme: Tricky Maze.
- "Calm After the Storm" , a relaxing, upbeat number that ostensibly serves as the music for the Egg Carrier after it crashes into the ocean, but for whatever reason, doesn't get used for this purpose. It's only used once in the game, during a cutscene of E-102 Gamma boarding the ditched carrier.
- "Mt. Red: A Symbol of Thrill":
- Running through the Speed Highway from the first Adventure.
- At Dawn is one of the most beautiful songs you'll ever hear in a Sonic game.
- Snowy Mountain from Ice Cap (not to be confused with Sonic 3 of course).
- Good ol' Sky Deck.
- Tikal's theme.
- Crazy Robo, E-101 Beta MkII's theme.
- The epic and at times, depressing E-102's theme is beautiful. Combined with the fact that an equally as awesome remix plays during the death of E-102, realizing that he is the last of the series...
- Widely considered one of the best boss themes in the series: "Militant Missionary", the theme for the Egg Viper and Egg Walker. "GET A LOAD OF THIS!"
- Fishing. Even if you hated Big's story mode, there's no denying how awesome this theme is.
- Tails's Theme.
- Want some Lazy Days
- Sweet Passion.
- Choose Your Buddy, the perfect tune for a character selection screen.
- Be Cool, Be Wild, And Be Groovy remixed for Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing DS. The original version is pretty good, too.
- Goodbye Chao, from both Sonic Adventure and Sonic Adventure 2. To hear this sad song, go to the Chao Garden, pick up a Chao, step on the Chao Transporter and select Good-bye. Who would send away a Chao after hearing this?
- Live And Learn, one of the best rock songs in gaming history. Say what you like about the Sonic games, but you cannot deny the sheer awesome of this song. (click here for the remastered version released in 2008).
- Johnny Gioelli, the vocalist for Crush 40, confessed this was his favorite song at the Sonic Boom 2011 concert.
- Hunnid P's works are pretty good. The fact that most of his raps (no matter how cheesy they might be) mesh perfectly with the jazz hip-hop fusion that is Knuckles only serve to bolster the musical diversity of the Adventure series. For starters, Kick The Rock!, A Ghost's Pumpkin Soup, Dive Into The Mellow, Deeper, Space Trip Steps, and of course, Knuckles' theme Unknown from M.E..
- Also from Sonic Adventure 2, Throw It (All) Away, Supporting Me, It Doesn't Matter, and E.G.G.M.A.N. are just SOME of the awesome songs in this game.
- Escape From the City.
- Rhythm And Balance.
- Soarin' Over The Space.
- While not being all powerful, manly or exciting like most music here in this page, Chao Garden on Sonic Adventure 2 is the most relaxing (and cutest) piece of music around. It's awesome in its own way.
- For True Story.
- The Biolizard has "Supporting Me" in Sonic Adventure 2. Compared to everything else on the soundtrack, the Soundtrack Dissonance only heightens both awesomeness and creepiness factor. Even if you do want to strangle the lizard with your bare hands because it's already cost you 20 or so lives.
- Mr. Unsmiley (Sky Rail), Vengeance Is Mine (Radical Highway), On The Edge (Eternal Engine), I'm A Spy (Security Hall).
- Dry Lagoon ("Bright Sound").
- Mission Street. Upbeat and dreamy.
- Unstable World (Theme of Crazy Gadget). Incredibly metal, and part of the instrumentation invokes and calls back the Death Egg Zone's theme from Sonic 3 and Knuckles.
- That's The Way I Like It (Metal Harbor) and Rumbling Highway.
- Tails's Theme, while it isn't as great as the first adventure's theme, is still awesome enough for a spot here.
- Shut Up Faker.
- Way To The Base, very stylish and makes you feel like a total badass.
- Event: Sonic vs. Shadow, the theme that plays in the cutscene before the final battle with Sonic/Shadow on the ARK.
- The final boss theme What I'm Made Of... is pretty darn great, whether one likes the game itself or not. Jun Senoue even considers it his favorite work for Crush 40 on his Web site.
- In The Best of Crush 40 Super Sonic Songs album, there are a few minor changes made to this song such as added distortion on the bass and the echo on the vocals at the end being removed. Check it out.
- The Title Theme Tune rocks, too. (Listen to it here.)
- The team select screen music is probably one of the funkiest video game menu themes ever conceived. The actual main menu music is a short loop, but even so is also quite the foot tapper.
- Sonic Heroes is the only 3D Sonic game where one gets the Chaos Emeralds via a minigame rather than through the story. And you get to do it to really cool background music.
- Besides the Emerald Challenge, there's also the music for the Bonus Challenge special stage, which is probably even better.
- Here's BINGO Highway's music (unlike some of the other 3D games, it didn't give names to the stage tracks).
- Other great tracks from the game include Team Chaotix, Team Dark's Industrial Rock theme This Machine, We Can, Follow Me, and even the Main Theme.
- Also Grand Metropolis' theme and Seaside Hill theme.
- Mystic Mansion. Without it, this page would be a heaping pile of failure.
- Hang Castle, or at least the default, non-inverted version of the theme.
- Egg Fleet. And compared to most of the other tracks in the OST, which were happy and rocking, Final Fortress is no slouch either, with its definite intensity, cementing it as the final stage indeed.
- Ocean Palace. sounds very energetic and cheerful while managing to sound very EPIC at the same time. It has one of the most well-composed, eargasmic climaxes ever composed with an electric guitar in any videogame.
- Rail Canyon and Bullet Station.
- Egg Emperor's theme has to be the most rock-heavy song to ever grace a Final Boss in Sonic history. Hot diggity damn!
- One of the more esoteric songs of the game, Lost Jungle.
- Metal Madness.
- Casino Park. Instant Awesome Just Add Broken Piano.
- Power Plant's theme is suitably epic for, well, a power plant.
- Frog Forest has such a relaxing fast paced feel to it.
- Somebody remixed several of the songs here for the DS version of Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing. And boy is it AWESOME. Exhibit A: Final Fortress and Seaside Hill.
Sonic the Hedgehog (2006)
- Aquatic Base ~Level 1~, an ambient IDM song.
- White Acropolis ~Snowy Peak~, Mariko Namba doing techno.
- The Flame
- Tornado, a progressive d'nb song.
- End Of The World, one of the most beautiful tracks in the game.
- Mephiles and Mephiles Phase 2 by Hideaki Kobayashi, both of which are reminiscent of his PSO works.
- His World. Sure, the game it's from divides the fanbase, but the song itself? Awesome in a can.
- Solaris' first boss theme, and his second boss theme
- The results screen music.
- Silver's theme from '06, Dreams of an Absolution and the remix from none other then Jun Senoue is considered to have the best lyrics of any Sonic song. It's pretty strange that one of the most unloved characters in the series gets the most Awesome Music in the game.
- Both Wave Ocean tracks, The Water's Edge and The Inlet are pretty damn cool.
- Flame Core.
- Some Eggman love: The Egg Cerberus music was pretty epic and made even more epic with the Egg Wyvern.
- Or how about this eerie tune played during Eggman's plan? Sure it isn't exactly subtle as it builds, but it's still pretty sweet.
- Kingdom Valley. Especially the Water part.
- Sonic's ending theme was originally the ending song for Sonicthe Hedgehog 2 for the Mega Drive; it was called "Sweet Sweet Sweet" and was performed by the Japanese band Dreams Come True. For Sonic06, they actually did a remix of this song for Sonic's ending, and they did it with Akon! The Japanese version is "SWEET SWEET SWEET -06 AKON MIX-" and the English version is "Sweet Dreams". Pretty smooth tune, even if the English lyrics can be disturbing when one thinks about Sonic's, uh, kiss.
- Even more disturbing when you remember that this song originally appeared in Sonic 2, and was implied to refer to Sonic and Tails.
- Though it should be added that, while both versions can be listened to in-game (which one depends on your region; S'06 did not allow you to switch languages despite both being in the game), neither one was included on either the official soundtrack or the Vocal Traxx album, probably due to reasons.
- How 'bout some event music? Mephiles' Whisper is supremely creepy, yet epic at the end as well. You Are My Companion (though not totally fitting for Silver's Ending) is a nice piece to set a tone of "I WILL get through the next character's story."
- Crush 40's All Hail Shadow Remix from the game. It's one of their better covers of another band's song which actually manages to be better than even the original from Magna-fi. Just listen here which technically the Crush 40 remix first appeared in this game rather than Shadow the Hedgehog.
- This song right here, which plays at the end of Shadow's story. It was actually part of the track "Showdown with Mephiles", for whatever reason.
- Dusty Desert is a must-listen.
- Radical Train, The Abandoned Mine and The Chase.
- Unleashed has a rather impressive soundtrack. For starters, there's the Super Mario Galaxy-inspired World Map music.
- Endless Possibilities, and the obligatory Final Boss remix.
- Let's run through (no pun intended) the day stages:
- The Night stages are classics as well. For example, Dragon Road (Night).
- Even hub music is often catchy! That's saying something.
- Case in point, Empire City (Night). Such a relaxing tune...
- You want relaxing? Chun-Nan (Night). Woodwinds and piano come together to give you the ultimate ambiance.
- Also, Holoska (Day); simply beautiful. Holoska (Night) is also quite lovely.
- Shamar (Day), which mixes a vaguely Middle Eastern melody with flamenco guitar and some big band swing horn.
- Empire City (Day) ain't too shabby either. Feels just like walking across a street performer with a harmonica and some backup, don't it?
- Opening - Sonic's Assault on Eggman's Base.
- The Egg Dragoon music, easily the game's most awesome boss theme.
- Tornado Defense Act 2 Sonic CD, anyone?
- Nighttime Boss Theme. Keep in fact that you're battling a Titan-sized phoenix, an eel the size of a Big Mother, or a shaman that's only barely taller than a Deep Nightmare, yet stronger than the Mid-bosses.
Sonic the Hedgehog 4
- We would say damn near everything, but that doesn't seem to do this soundtrack justice. Where to begin? How about with the orchestrated rendition of the main theme.
- There's the opening theme Reach for the Stars sung by Cash Cash.
- The main world map theme.
- Tropical Resort – A suitably catchy first level, with map music to match.
- Sweet Mountain – A jazz-filled map theme, an Ear Worm Act 1, and a unique spin with Act 2.
- Starlight Carnival – One of the best map themes, and then this. What more is there to say?
- Planet Wisp – Some lovely map music, and then sheer bliss with an unforgettable piano and a wicked bassline. Especially how the various act mixes start out relatively laid back and then get more and more industrial and beat-driven as the stage goes on and the technological parts of the stage become more prevalent.
- Aquarium Park – The Wutai-styled map music, a fast-paced, yet relaxing Act 1, and a piano-heavy Act 3.
- Asteroid Coaster – Some eerily badass map music, and while Act 3 carries a lot of energy, Act 1 alone is absolute rock, pun not intended.
- The final level, Terminal Velocity. Perfect for fast-paced endgame action. The second act, while only half a minute long, adds an extra layer.
- Three words: Orchestrated drowning music.
- There are no words to adequately describe the final boss music. Just listen. Also note that the first phase may very possibly be the only final boss music ever to feature taiko drumming.
- Even the Result music is fantastic. Consider it an epic reward for making it through a stage.
- And that was just a short rendition of the Title Screen music. That song gives you the thrill that you're about to embark on a grand adventure!
- The special stage theme from the DS version.
- The boss music for both Tropical Resort and Planet Wisp (Vs. Rotatatron/Refreshinator), as well as for Starlight Carnival and Asteroid Coaster (Vs. Orcan/Skullian).
- Game Land 3, a remix of Starlight Carnival Act 1's music using the Game Gear's chiptune sounds. It definitely sounds like something straight out of that era, and it's beautiful. Not that the other Game Land songs aren't great as well.
Nintendo 3DS Version
- To start with, the Hub World Music. ALL of it, especially the way the music transitions based on what stage/rival/boss you're near. For best results, try spindashing or boosting back and forth through the hub world at least once. It'll blow your mind
- Green Hill Zone was awesome when it was first composed, and its Classic and Modern versions are just as awesome.
- Ladies and gentlemen, Chemical Plant Modern Remix, which just screams "Time to kick some ass!"
- The Classic Version also counts, making already very funky music *GASP* even catchier by adding much more drumming with nice electronic-sounding riffs and thumps. You can't go wrong with that.
- The Modern Remix of Sky Sanctuary Zone.
- No matter if you're on the Japanese or US side, Stardust Speedway's themes are pure awesome. JP's Remix makes for a very funky party song, while US-version is more racing-induced and has very melancholy-sounding ambiance to it.
- How about the Death Egg Robot boss fight, which has three stages of increasingly frantic awesomeness? First stage is all brass, the second phase adds more rock, and the final phase adds a psychotic drumbeat.
- Cash Cash's Classic Remix of "Run Through the Speed Highway" from Sonic Adventure turns a frenetic rock number into what can best be described as the most kickass techno song to grace the ears. It could be played at a club and nobody would probably question it. Warning: It will make you dance.
- City Escape's remixes are two very different takes on the original track:
- Shadow's Boss Fight Theme. Shadow's fight actually switches between multiple pieces of awesome music. If Sonic and Shadow are neutral in the boss fight, "For True Story" plays. If you're winning the boss fight, "Live and Learn" will play. If Shadow's winning, "All Hail Shadow" plays instead.
- The Open Your Heart - Perfect Chaos Boss Remix is actually face-meltingly good.
- The Perfect Chaos Revival music returns in an orchestral remastering of the original, and man is it epic!
- Classic Remix of Crisis City is made of awesome.
- It is impossible NOT to be cheered up by the Classic Remix of Rooftop Run.
- In truth, both the Classic and Modern versions of Planet Wisp ended up just things of sheer beauty.
- Silver's Boss Battle Theme, which is the theme used in Sonic '06 whenever you fight him, Shadow, or Sonic in the three storylines. Now it's given a darker, more badass, revamp to fit the stage.
- Egg Dragoon, now given an even more badass revamp courtesy of Richard Jacques.
- Time Eater may not be the best final boss battle, but the music that plays during it definitely makes up for it. The "Classic" version oozes of electronic goodness.
- The ending medley is a whirlwind multi-stop tour of Sonic's musical history.
- The game's remix of Emerald Beach is Made of Win.
- Some surprises, including the use of a remix of Heroes main menu theme for Generations options music.
- The Casino Night Zone DLC Remix.
- The Remix of Door into Summer that plays in the collection room. Knuckles Chaotix fans rejoiced.
- The Mission Music, a beautiful remix of the Sonic 3D Blast Saturn Title Theme.
- Balloon Park from the two player mode of Sonic the Hedgehog 3 gets remixed twice for the mission mode: First, with the Quick Race song from Sonic Heroes, second, a more straightforward adaptation.
- The Skill Shop Theme has probably the most unlikely of songs to remix for it, but it fits.
Sonic Lost World
- The main theme, "Wonder World", is GLORIOUS.
- The Final Boss theme. That fricking violin/guitar riff is made of pure awesomeness.
- Sea Bottom Segue, which is the calming and so very beautiful theme to Tropical Coast Act 3/Lava Mountain Act 2.
- The crowning jewel of Sonic Lost World's soundtrack, the insanely catchy Desert Ruins Act 2.
- Desert Ruins Act 1 seems to be styled like a more extravagantly produced '60s surf rock number—think the popular version Dick Dale's "Misirlou", something to pump you up, with catchy, vaguely Egyptian-sounding guitar and horn riffs.
- This variant of the Deadly Six's leitmotif is insanely catchy and awesome, and it could potentially be one of the very few video game boss themes to use a banjo throughout.
- Sky Road 1's music seems to encapsulate the spirit of Lost World... You're on a journey through a strange, exotic, and beautiful land.
- Silent Forest Zone 2 is perhaps the very first time a tango has appeared in a Sonic game and demonstrates that Sonic can handle ANY musical genre with mastery.
- Dragon Dance, from Sky Road Zone 2, is a perfect song to serve as a prelude to your first fight against Zavok.
Side Games & Spin-Offs
Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine (Genesis/Mega Drive)
Sonic the Hedgehog 1/2 (Game Gear & Master System)
Sonic the Hedgehog
Sonic the Hedgehog 2
- Bridge Zone and Labyrinth Zone. There has been an effort to convert some of the songs into the Genesis version, so here's the same songs in that style (note that the latter uses the Sonic 3 drums).
- The Scrap Brain & Sky Base music is great too.
- How about the Act 2 Sky Base? Sure it loops after only about 15 seconds, but so did quite a few tunes in the Mario Universe.
- It also helps that the soundtrack was composed by none other than Yuzo Koshiro, who did the impossible with the Genesis sound card by crafting the most epic video game soundtracks, EVER!
- Jungle Zone is a nice song. It has a real Disney vibe to it.
- The ending theme is one the most upbeat and happy ending tracks in the series.
- The Green Hills (yes, that's hills with an S) Zone tune from the Sega Master System version of Sonic 2. It's "Sonic ~ You Can Do Anything" from the Japan/Europe version of Sonic CD! Even better is that Sonic CD was made – or at least came out – way after the Master System version of Sonic 2, so for Sonic CD they took a tune from a (probably) lesser-known Sonic game and turned it into a song. THAT is awesome.
- The fast-paced Master System boss theme is also very good.
- Underground Zone from the Game Gear/Master System version (from the first stage of the game, at that) is a great track that really exemplifies the speed of the series.
- Scrambled Egg Zone
- Aqua Lake.
- Bad Ending. *sniff*
- Short, but oh so sweet, the Title Screen. If anything it sounds better than the same tune used in Sonic & Tails (a.k.a Sonic Chaos), which came out over a year later.
- The Invincibility theme is one of the best in the series.
Sonic Triple Trouble
- The Boss Theme tends to be overlooked but it's quite catchy!
- Lava Powerhouse. Holy shit. Oh and the very catchy Toxic Caves, which is a great piece of music to start the first level with.
- The options music often gets a bad rep, but it's still a great song.
- That has largely to do (nowadays at least) with emulator issues that cause some of the synths in that tune to sound screwy. It sounds much better in the original Genesis cart (if you like that kind of music).
- Red Volcano Zone has a catchy tune with a sweet hip-hop rhythm that was pulled off pretty nicely despite the limits of the Game Gear/Master System sound chip.
- Green Hill Zone deserves mention as well. It's probably the most beautifully composed opening zone song to appear on the Game Gear.
Sonic 3D Blast
Saturn & PC
Sonic the Fighters
Sonic Advance series
Shadow the Hedgehog
- Say what you want about Shadow, but it also had great music. I Am... All of Me, Never Turn Back, Chosen One, and Waking Up.
- All Hail Shadow.
- The player can only hear it once in the game, but the music that plays when Shadow becomes Super Shadow is nothing short of godly. It begins as a remix of "I Am...All of Me", but then switches to something even more familiar... It turns into a remix of "Live and Learn".
- "E.G.G.M.A.N." received a pretty sweet remix.
- The Doom is ridiculously awesome, as are Lost Impact and Cosmic Fall.
- Westopolis is the very first level, and it definitely gives the vibe of wanting to run away very quickly. Considering the surroundings it succeeds very well.
- And Lethal Highway also wins in terms of wanting to make you do the opposite and chase something down.
- Rounding out the list with Digital Circuit, Central City, GUN Fortress, Black Bull... in fact, just go look up all the stage themes or something. Chances are unimaginably slim that you'll find one that isn't awesome, let alone a bad one.
- Sky Troops! Air Fleet! Space Gadget! The Ark! Lava Shelter! Circus Park.
- It's easy to miss this one. Prison Island is great, though the music doesn't quite match the level.
- Death Ruins and Mad Matrix.
- Almost Dead by none other than Powerman5000!
- Also the lost tracks: Broken by Sins Of A Divine Mother was to be used, but since they couldn't find one of the members to get permission, two of the others formed A2 and did Chosen One. Magna-Fi also had another song Who I Am.
- Not to mention m-flo's remix of Tripod Baby to promote the game.
- The Black Doom battle theme.
Sonic Rush series
Sonic Rush Adventure
- The soundtrack was composed by Hideki Naganuma of Jet Set Radio fame. Standouts include "Back 2 Back", "Get Edgy", "What U Need", and "Wrapped in Black". And yes, for those who haven't played it, that's the actual in-game music from a DS game.
- Jeh Jeh Rocket, Metal Scratchin', and A New Day are awesome, too.
- Vela-Nova. Played during the Duel Boss between Sonic and Blaze.
- The OST version.
- Ethno Circus, which plays in Mirage Desert.
- Aw, heck, since we've covered all the other boss themes, throw in "Bomber Barbara" as well.
- Right There, Ride On. Ska Cha Cha (Sonic Ver.). Theme of Sonic. Metamorphosis.
- Blaze's version of Get Edgy.
- A "Digital Remakin'" version of Ethno Circus exists, but was sadly not featured in the OST.
- Even the short jingles are catchy; just try Groove Rush #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, or #7.
While Hideki Naganuma didn't return, the composers do a good job of imitating his style while giving it their own spin.
Sonic Riders series
Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity
Sonic Free Riders
- This game's main theme, "Free".
- I'm Still a Believer.
- Final Factory.
- "Shake It Baby", a rare fusion of country and funk. Often mistaken for a work of Hideki Naganuma, one of the most well-regarded video game composers ("Shake It Baby" is actually composed by newcomer Koji Sakurai).
Sonic Rivals series
Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood
- One of the better aspects of these games is that the music was pretty okay.
- Rise of Lyric features sweeping orchestral pieces that, while perhaps not catchy in that traditional Sonic sense, are quite beautiful and atmospheric.
- Meanwhile, Shattered Crystal had more typical Sonic-y tunes.
Sonic Before/After the Sequel
Sonic Before the Sequel
is a playlist of the soundtrack to Sonic Before The Sequel
Sonic After the Sequel
- The two themes for Arcane Altitude, Stratospheric Synergy and When the End is in Sight, are both really catchy techno themes that fit the Death Egg invasion and Gravity Screw quite well.
- World's Largest Unicycle, the boss theme of Titanic Tower, is some pretty good dubstep.
- All three themes for Cloudy Crowd are really good, too. The first act theme is an orchestrated remix of Believe in Myself. The second act theme, Over Worlds, is more orchestrated music, but this has more of an adventurous feel to it. The third act and boss theme, Breathtaking Vision, is a remix of Sky Sanctuary done by OverClocked ReMix.
- How good is the soundtrack? Jun Senoue himself voiced his approval of it.
- Designer Chris Senn was able to release concept music for the scrapped Sonic X-Treme game for the Sega Saturn. One theme, Space Queens, was posted on Youtube, and the poster had asked Senn to do an extended version of it. This was the result.
- Sonic Crackers Options Song 1/Attraction Stage, the beta version of Electoria, Techno Tower's theme from Knuckles Chaotix. Has the "Walkin'" lobby theme mixed into the track and it sounds great.
- Sonic Team has featured a fantastic set of composers throughout the years. Let's throw a few names in, shall we?
- Jun Senoue (Crush 40 guitarist; one of the main composers from Sonic 3 onward).
- Tomoya Ohtani (Sound director for '06 and Unleashed).
- Kenichi Tokoi (Sound director for Colors).
- Fumie Kumatani.
- Richard Jacques.
- Howard Drossin.
- Mariko Nanba.
- Yutaka Minobe.
- Hunnid P. If it's Knuckles, he did it.
- Hideaki Kobayashi.
- Julien K ("This Machine", "Waking Up").
- Bentley Jones (a.k.a Lee Brotherton) is coming out nicely, what with his soothing tunes and remixes.
- My Chemical Romance in the City Escape trailer for Generations. Yet more proof MCR are One of Us. Not to mention Kele in the original trailer.
- Masato Nakamura, the man who gave us the original Green Hill Zone and started a franchise trend for Music of Awesome. Sonic the Hedgehog would not be the same if it weren't for his original compositions for the start of this series.
- Just how much of Michael Jackson's work on Sonic the Hedgehog 3 made it into the final product is debated, but his influence is all over the soundtrack for the game.
- Cash Cash should at least be mentioned for their theme for Colors, as well as their work remixing stuff for Generations. Their auto-tuney power-pop sound fits in the series quite nicely.
- Vernian Process has done orchestral covers of all the level tracks from the first three Sonic games as well as a handful from Sonic CD. It goes without saying they're Ear Worms.
- Zebrahead provided two versions of "His World".
- Robotnik's theme from Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog.
- The SATAM theme
- Look-a-like, the theme of the Sonic OVA, which actually made it onto the True Colors album!
- There's also Sonic X's Japanese opening, Sonic Drive.
- The 4Kids dub's opening isn't half bad either; try Gotta Go Fast.
- The Japanese ending is sad enough without lyrics or context. When you remember what events "Hikaru Michi" underscored, it becomes an automatic Tear Jerker.
- The Italian opening: the lyrics are nothing special, but the dance-ish music is pretty catchy.
- Sonic Underground's theme.
- While admittedly goofy (they did "I'm Too Sexy", after all), the music video for the Right Said Fred song "Wonderman" contains various references to Sonic the Hedgehog. The song itself was used in advertisements for Sonic the Hedgehog 3.
- Sonic Live In Sydney was a pretty corny show, but of all the songs in it, "Sonic, Thank You For Being You" probably stands out the most.
- An honorary part of this page, Sonic Youth by Crush 40 sounds like it could have been the main theme of Generations. Its lyrics contain nods to much of the most famous Sonic songs, making it an awesome tribute to the soundtrack of the series. Some fans have even considered it an unofficial theme to Generations.
- The Sonic REMIX! Album contains remixes of gems from the JPN/PAL version of the Sonic CD soundtrack.
(Love you) She never really shows how much it means to her. (Sonic!)
(Love you) She will be yours, and that's forever, rain or shine. (Sonic!)
(Love you) There isn't anything she wouldn't do for you (Sonic!)
(Love you) Long as you tell her - Sonic please, say you love her.
- How awesome is Sonic music in general? Awesome enough to have one of the most popular internet radio stations on the entire web.
- Before any piece of the Sonic Colors soundtrack was heard besides trailer music, props to whoever made this concept music which perfectly captures the tone of the game!
- The Super Smash Bros. Brawl remix of Sonic 3 & Knuckles' Angel Island Zone composed by Jun Senoue is pretty awesome.
- This Asteroid Coaster level mockup song.
- Sonic Boom 2011. Half an hour of live Crush 40 audio bliss.
- Including a special guest appearance by Alex Makhlouf and a never-before-heard arrangement of Sonic Boom.
- "Golden Rings", a Sonic Generations tribute.
- This fan-created video for Sonic's 20th anniversary. The song choice just couldn't have been better.
- Youtube remixer DJ MAX-E (aka MaxieDaMan) has been going around creating remixes of classic Sonic tunes, and they sound amazing. Behold, Combat Night Zone, Eggman Empire Zone, and finally, Atomic Waste Zone. You can find more in the related videos.
- Falk, KgZ, Andy Tunstall, and Funk Fiction, creators of Sonic Before The Sequel's soundtrack, which can be listened on SonicBTS' YouTube channel.
- Sonic: After the Sequel's released soundtrack could possibly even one-up Before The Sequel's soundtrack, which can also be listened on SonicBTS' YouTube channel. Joining the sound team in ATS is DJ MAX-E, Mr Lange, and Li Xiao'an.
- Special mention goes to Lost Levels Zone Acts 1 and 2, Perilous Paradise Act 2, Fortress Flow's boss and Titanic Tower's boss.
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