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A thread about music favorited from the SNES. For me, I tend to favor the bouncier, energetic melody-driven songs, especially if they also have a slower tone that manages to give it a sort of elegant grace to it. My favorites include:


Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest - Hot Head Bop:



Final Fantasy V - Clash on the Big Bridge (Battle vs Gilgamesh):



Spanky's Quest - Underwater:



Spider-Man & X-Men: Arcade's Revenge - Gambit:



Super Castlevania IV - The Forest of Monsters:




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-The Donkey Kong Country trilogy (Or anything else that Grant Kirkhope, Robin Beanland, David Wise, and Evelyn Novakovic did for the system.)

-Tales of Phantasia

-Star Ocean

-Super Mario World 2

-The Magical Quest Starring Mickey Mouse

-Tiny Toon Adventures: Buster Busts Loose

-Super Castlevania IV

-Super Turrican 1 & 2

-Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars

-Demon's Crest

-Kirby Super Star (KSS Ultra felt off, and more ways than one.)

-Nosferatu (I wish Koji Igarashi would consider remaking this.)

-Mega Man X-X3

-Actraiser 1 & 2

-Soul Blazer, Illusion of Gaia, and Terranigma

-R-Type 3 & Super R-Type

-Star Fox

-Treasure of the Rudras


-Gradius III

-Contra III: The Alien Wars


-Spawn: The Video Game


Yes, that is a lot.

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In terms of quality sound, I'd put Actraiser right up there:



One of the tunes that I think is really impacting though is this one from Tetris Attack (literally made me cry):



Also, because you totally wouldn't expect to hear something this kickass on SNES:



And there's all the big-hitters that everyone loves, like Star Fox, F-Zero, Donkey Kong Country, Super Metroid, A Link to the Past, etc.

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My top 3 SNES soundtracks as a musical experience would be:

1. Super Castlevania IV

2. Axelay (a shocker, I know)

3. Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest

the top 2 are by the same composer: Taro Kudo, the only soundtracks he did for the SNES. Oh what could have been...


As for individual songs that haven't been mentioned, here's a few:

The title screen/intro for Stargate is a real banger, even though the rest of the game is a bit crap.



Lemmings 2 has a few good tunes and my favorite is for the Space Tribe


And finally, the whole soundtrack for Waterworld is truly a hidden gem, but that's understandable because the game itself is garbage. This soundscape deserved a better game. Just listen to Map or Diving.


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