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Super Mario Galaxy
(2007) Super Mario Galaxy Bowser's battle theme, and the final boss.
A good bit of the soundtrack of Super Mario Galaxy qualifies for this trope; particularly Gusty Garden Galaxy and the credits music.
In the same vein as the Gusty Garden Galaxy, the theme for the Good Egg Galaxy makes one feel like they're just beginning an epic journey.
And in the same vein as that, the Star Festival, which you hear before even going to the Good Egg Galaxy.
And though it's not actual in-game music, this fan-made 8-bit remix of the Gusty Garden theme is too awesome not to be shared. It seriously sounds like something from an NES version of Mario Galaxy.
The Bunnies (a.k.a To the Gateway), which is the music you hear on your first spherical world - it's like a space lullaby. Simply beautiful.
Speedy/Daredevil Comet in orbit - feeling under pressure from that time limit or life bar? Don't worry, this music is guaranteed to make you sweat much, MUCH more.
Toy Time Galaxy. Anyone who has heard the main Mario theme will recognise this instantly. And it's awesome.
Bowser's Galaxy Reactor was good music for the final stage, but Galaxy's remix of Koopa's Road from Mario 64 could have worked just as well.
Buoy Base. Just... amazing.
Melty Molten Galaxy deserves a mention.
Catch the Bunnies, played at the Snow Cap Galaxy.
And Purple Coins. A wonderful track played during Purple Coin missions. Which is a good thing, as some of those missions have an insane difficulty level and would be completely intolerable otherwise.
There's also Space Junk Galaxy. A very peaceful, soothing track that's awesome in quite a different way. It's calming enough to make you want to drift off to a long, peaceful sleep.
Battlerock Galaxy. The most insanely badass music in a Mario game, EVER.
And Peaceful Stars, a more ambient, spacey variation of the same theme.
Under Attack. An incredible remix of the incredible airship theme from Super Mario Brothers 3. Also reused in Super Mario 3D Land.
Kingfin / Bouldergeist. That is just insanely good.
The Comet Observatory. What you don't get from the soundtrack version is that, much like the map screen music in , an Yoshi's Island extra line of instrumentation is added to it for each world that's opened up.
Heavy Metal Mecha-Bowser. Giant robot toy army of DOOM!
The Flying Mario Theme. A soaring theme for soaring Mario.
Rosalina's theme has the feel of a lullaby from beyond the stars.
The End, all of it.
Family, a quiet lullaby that can bring one to tears.
Deep Dark Galaxy. Insanely creepy. Insanely AWESOME.
Ghostly Galaxy. It was even reused in .
Super Mario 3D Land Honeyhive Galaxy. Makes you look like if you were a bee pollinating flowers. The Galaxy 2 version adds a muted trumpet.
Bowser Jr's theme, which was reused for the Boomsday Machine battle in the sequel.
Freezeflame Galaxy. It features two versions of the same music: one for the ice section, the other for the lava section. It was also reused for the sequel's Shiverburn Galaxy level.
Galaxy's remix of Super Mario Bros. 3's Overworld 2. It is also reused in Super Mario 3D Land.
Megaleg's theme. The music does an awesome job of highlighting the immensity of the boss and speeds up and becomes more industrial as you progress.
Super Mario Galaxy 2
Keep in mind that this game had a full orchestra.
Even the title screen theme is fantastic, prepping you up for an adventure.
This beautiful song that plays during the prologue which combines the Star Festival theme with the Gusty Garden Galaxy theme.
The hub music. Just like the Observatory, its theme grows as you collect more Grand Stars.
Some of the map themes also deserve a mention, such as World 3, World S, and World 1.
Both versions of the first level, Sky Station.
Yoshi Star Galaxy, a definite Ear Worm reminiscent of the Yoshi's Island games.
Flip-Swap Galaxy. A simple, tension-filled remix of the SMB Underground Theme that knows its place as background music and lets you focus on the action.
On the other hand, there's the Beat Block Galaxy theme. While it's also a remix of the Underground theme, rather than staying in the background to let you focus on the action, this tune is the action: it appears in levels that change (such as gravity changing) according to the beat of the music. This has the effect of making the tune a massive Ear Worm.
Fluffy Bluff Galaxy, A tune that very likely surpasses Gusty Garden in awesomeness.
Puzzle Plank Galaxy. It seems that Everything's Better With Fiddles.
Hightail Falls Galaxy, which remixes the Athletic theme from .
Super Mario World Cosmic Cove Galaxy. Best Water Level EVER!
Wild Glide Galaxy, a rather beautiful piece.
The Slider music, remixed from Super Mario 64.
The theme to Haunty Halls/Boo Moon Galaxies takes the Haunted House Theme from Super Mario World and makes it even scarier and more awesome at the same time.
Starshine Beach Galaxy, a tropical Ear Worm along the lines of .
Super Mario Sunshine Space Storm Galaxy, an incredibly foreboding tune.
Slipsand Galaxy, a song perfect for the game's Shifting Sand Land.
Throwback Galaxy. Best remix of the Super Mario 64 main theme ever! (Or Big Band Battlefield)
Melty Monster Galaxy "Magnificent", indeed.
Slimy Spring Galaxy's tune is simple, yet mysterious and calming.
Another, more epic remix of Koopa's Road.
And for the Bowser Jr. levels, who needs a remix when you have
this? Both songs pale in comparison to the final level, Bowser's Galaxy Generator!
The music for the Speed Run missions.
Incredibly epic. The final boss theme. This is honestly one of the most incredible songs ever composed in a Mario game, screw it, in a Nintendo game, period.
The credits music. Hell yes.
The song that plays when you reach a star. Even after the most frustrating levels, this song manages to soothe and relax.
The Grand Star Music definitely counts. Especially, if it's right after a tough boss like Gobblegut.
Digga Leg. Period.
" The Baby Luma and the Hat", a truly beautiful remix of Rosalina's theme from the first game.