Top 10 SNES video game soundtracks

Greg Burke is back with another top ten list looking at the very best SNES soundtracks.


We are back with our first top ten countdown of the year 2019, and we are looking at the very best Super Nintendo video game soundtracks of all-time. Games mentioned include: F-Zero, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Secret of Mana, Actraiser, Final Fantasy VI, Super Metroid, Chrono Trigger, Super Castlevania IV, Earthbound, and Donkey Kong Country. You will have to watch the video to see what took our top spot. Please take a look.

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From The Chatty
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    February 1, 2019 5:00 PM

    Greg Burke posted a new article, Top 10 SNES video game soundtracks

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      February 1, 2019 6:29 PM

      Great list. Every time I thought "I hope they didn't miss..." it was the next one.

      Actraiser surprised me, but it's also a favorite of mine.

      Secret of Mana has some of the greatest feel-good upbeat music ever, though the other tracks are great too.

      Chrono Trigger is one of the few games I can replay every year or two perpetually, and the music is always a highlight.

      Other amazing choices too. Damn the SNES library is great.

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      February 1, 2019 6:48 PM

      Great... but where is the Spotify link to the VGO remixes of these songs, in order?

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      February 1, 2019 9:20 PM

      Solid list!

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      February 1, 2019 9:35 PM

      No Super Mario World? Criminal.

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        February 1, 2019 11:36 PM

        I was kind of surprised by that...but at the same time I didn't really disagree with most of the picks (I never played much of Secret of Mana and never actually had that game (I seem to remember renting it and then later the rental place's copy broke or something...because I don't remember renting it again and I vagely remember wanting to)...I probably would have swapped SMW with DKC (but that's just me). I would have loved to see Yoshi's Island on there. Sim City had amazing music, Super Mario Kart often gets overlooked because of the many games that followed it (but it had amazing music on the system), Star Fox had some solid music, and there are a shit ton of others even if we limit it to only Nintendo published stuff. If you start talking third party games you have stuff like Contra 3, Pocky And Rocky, FF2, Super Ghouls and Ghosts, and a fuck ton of others that for some reason I can't think of right now.

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      February 1, 2019 10:07 PM

      Good list, no argument from me! Man some of those tunes take me back...

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      February 1, 2019 10:27 PM

      Castlevania IV should replace Donkey Kong Country.

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        February 1, 2019 11:51 PM

        Both are in the list. You want the order swapped?

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      February 1, 2019 10:30 PM

      I can take issue with a few exclusions, but single entry that that doesn't deserve to be there. I think DKC2 should be there instead of 1, but that's honestly the worst I got. Really great list!

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        February 1, 2019 10:31 PM

        Ugh... "there's not a single entry". Proofreading is important.

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      February 1, 2019 10:47 PM

      The soundtrack as a whole might not surpass these giants, but early Motoi Sakuraba was a mad genius:

      Fuck everything we're doing 5/4 time on the SNES.

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      February 1, 2019 11:24 PM

      I didn't disagree with that list but at the same time kept thinking of things that should be on there that couldn't be...soundtracks in SNES games were so good that you can always think of games that had amazing music that couldn't go in the list.

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      February 1, 2019 11:36 PM


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      February 2, 2019 3:51 AM

      Solid list right there. The Chrono Trigger soundtrack has always resonated more with me than FFIV, but they are both top notch.

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      February 2, 2019 10:44 AM

      Perfect list. Now we need a top ten for Sega Genesis!

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