Total Nerd The Best Music Games of All Time  

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This is a list of the best music video games of all time for any console or system, including cover art pictures when available. These highly rated music video games are ordered by popularity, so only the greatest music video games are at the top of the list. Spanning the entire history of the genre, these music video games are considered the best in the genre. This list includes all challenging music video games that have ever hit the shelves, so it doesn't necessarily have all the more obscure or new music video games.

The list you're viewing is made up of games like Guitar Hero World Tour and Rock Band 2.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best music video games?" and "What is the greatest music video game game of all time?" After you are finished, head over and vote up the best classic video games of all time.

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Gitaroo Man is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
Gitaroo Man 2002 Gitaroo Man is a rhythm video game developed by iNiS and published by Koei for PlayStation 2. The game features visual production by Mitsuru Nakamura and an original soundtrack by Japanese band ...more

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Elite Beat Agents is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
Elite Beat Agents 2006 Elite Beat Agents is a music video game developed by iNiS and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo DS handheld game console. It was first released in North America, and has since been released ...more

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Dance Dance Revolution Mario M... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
Dance Dance Revolution Mario Mix 2005 Dance Dance Revolution Mario Mix, known as Dance Dance Revolution with Mario in Japan and Dancing Stage Mario Mix in Europe, is a 2005 music video game developed by Konami and published by ...more

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Def Jam Rapstar is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
Def Jam Rapstar 2010 Def Jam Rapstar is a rapping game developed by 4mm Games. The game was released on October 5, 2010 in the United States of America, and released on November 26, 2010 in Europe. An official ...more

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Patapon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
Patapon 2007 Patapon is a video game published for the PlayStation Portable handheld game console combining gameplay features of a rhythm game and a god game. The title is created from two Japanese ...more

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Wii Music is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
Wii Music 2008 Wii Music is a free form music game developed and published by Nintendo for the Wii video game console. The game was released in Japan and North America in October 2008, and in Europe and ...more

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Dance Dance Revolution 5thMix is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
Dance Dance Revolution 5thMix 2001 Dance Dance Revolution 5thMix, sometimes abbreviated as 5thMix, is the 5th game in the Dance Dance Revolution series of music video games. It was released to the arcades by Konami on March 27, ...more

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Dancing Stage MegaMix is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
Dancing Stage MegaMix Dancing Stage MegaMiX is the fifth home release in the Dancing Stage series, a European version of the Dance Dance Revolution series of music video games. MegaMix was the first Dancing Stage ...more

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Band Hero is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
Band Hero 2009 Band Hero is a spinoff video game as part of the Guitar Hero series of music rhythm games, released by Activision on November 3, 2009, for the PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii and ...more

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Guitar Hero II is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
Guitar Hero II 2006 Guitar Hero II is a music rhythm game developed by Harmonix, published by Activision and distributed by RedOctane. It is the second installment in the Guitar Hero series and is the sequel to ...more

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Dance Dance Revolution Disney ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
Dance Dance Revolution Disney Dancing Museum 2001 Dance Dance Revolution Disney Dancing Museum is a Music video game released for the Nintendo 64 on November 30, 2000 in Japan only. It was sold as part of a bundle pack that featured the game as ...more

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The Beatles: Rock Band is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
The Beatles: Rock Band 2009 The Beatles: Rock Band is a 2009 music video game developed by Harmonix, published by MTV Games, and distributed by Electronic Arts. It is the third major console release in the Rock Band music ...more

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Dance Dance Revolution 4thMix is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
Dance Dance Revolution 4thMix 2000 Dance Dance Revolution 4thMix Plus is a 2000 music video and exergaming video game.

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Lego Rock Band is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
Lego Rock Band 2009 Lego Rock Band is a music video game, part of the Rock Band series developed by Harmonix, that incorporates elements from Lego video games developed by Traveller's Tales. The game is published ...more

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Rock Band 2 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
Rock Band 2 2008 Rock Band 2 is a 2008 music video game developed by Harmonix. It is the sequel to Rock Band and is the second title in the series. The game allows up to four players to simulate the performance ...more

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Guitar Hero: Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
Guitar Hero: Van Halen 2009 Guitar Hero: Van Halen is the third and final band-specific music rhythm game in the Guitar Hero series. As with the previous games Guitar Hero: Aerosmith and Guitar Hero: Metallica, the game ...more

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Dance Dance Revolution Party C... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
Dance Dance Revolution Party Collection 2003 Dance Dance Revolution Party Collection is a music video game that is part of the Dance Dance Revolution and Bemani series. It is developed and produced by Konami and was released in Japan only ...more

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Donkey Konga is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
Donkey Konga 2003 Donkey Konga is a GameCube rhythm video game starring the ape Donkey Kong, developed by Namco and published by Nintendo. Instead of the standard GameCube controllers, the game is intended to be ...more

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Guitar Hero: Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
Guitar Hero: Aerosmith 2008 Guitar Hero: Aerosmith is a music rhythm game developed by Neversoft, published by Activision and distributed by RedOctane. It was released on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles, with ...more

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Guitar Hero: Metallica is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
Guitar Hero: Metallica 2009 Guitar Hero: Metallica is a music rhythm game developed by Neversoft, published by Activision and distributed by RedOctane. The game was released in North America on the PlayStation 3, Wii, and ...more

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Beatmania is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
Beatmania 1997 Beatmania is a rhythm video game developed and distributed by Japanese game developer Konami and first released in December 1997. It contributed largely to the boom of music games in 1998, and ...more

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The Idolmaster Live For You! is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
The Idolmaster Live For You! 2008 The Idolmaster Live For You! is a Japanese live simulation video game in The Idolmaster series developed and published by Namco Bandai Games. It was released on February 28, 2008 for the Xbox ...more

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Guitar Hero 5 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
Guitar Hero 5 2009 Guitar Hero 5 is a music rhythm game and the fifth main entry in the Guitar Hero series. The game was developed by Neversoft and published by Activision, and released internationally in ...more

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Beaterator is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
Beaterator 2009 Beaterator is a music mixer released in September 2009 by Rockstar Games for the PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 3, and iOS released in December 2009. Beaterator was developed by Rockstar ...more

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Rez is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
Rez 2001 Rez is a rail shooter music video game released by Sega in Japan in 2001 for the Dreamcast and PlayStation 2, with a European Dreamcast release and United States PlayStation 2 release in 2002. ...more

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Guitar Hero is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
Guitar Hero 2005 Guitar Hero is a music rhythm game developed by Harmonix and published by RedOctane for the PlayStation 2 video game console. It is the first entry in the Guitar Hero series. Guitar Hero was ...more

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Rock Band Unplugged is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
Rock Band Unplugged 2009 Rock Band Unplugged is an expansion of the Rock Band series of music video games released for the PlayStation Portable. The game is developed by Backbone Entertainment in conjunction with ...more

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American Idol is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
American Idol 2003 American Idol is a music video game. It is based on the Fox Network show American Idol developed by former name of Rockstar Leeds, Mobius Entertainment and published by Codemasters.

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Major Minor's Majestic March is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
Major Minor's Majestic March 2008 Major Minor's Majestic March is a music video game for the Wii. It was created by Parappa the Rapper designer Masaya Matsuura and artist Rodney Greenblat. Major Minor’s Majestic March uses the ...more

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Dance Dance Revolution SuperNo... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
Dance Dance Revolution SuperNova 2006 Dance Dance Revolution SuperNova, released in Europe as Dancing Stage SuperNova, is an arcade game in the Dance Dance Revolution series of music video games. It was produced by Konami and ...more

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Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock 2010 Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock is a music rhythm game and the sixth main entry in the Guitar Hero series for the PlayStation 3, Wii, and Xbox 360 consoles. The game was released September 24, ...more

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SingStar Legends is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time

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Dance Dance Revolution Ultrami... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
Dance Dance Revolution Ultramix 4 2006 Dance Dance Revolution ULTRAMIX 4 is the twelfth home version of Dance Dance Revolution released in the United States. It was released by Konami on November 14, 2006, for the Microsoft Xbox ...more

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DDRMAX Dance Dance Revolution is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
DDRMAX Dance Dance Revolution 2002 DDRMAX Dance Dance Revolution is the fourth home version of Dance Dance Revolution to be released in the United States, the first of which to be released on the PlayStation 2 console. It was ...more

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High School Musical: Sing it! is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
High School Musical: Sing it! 2007 High School Musical: Sing It! is a video game for the Wii and PlayStation 2, based on the popular 2006 television movie High School Musical and its 2007 sequel High School Musical 2. The ...more

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Dance Dance Revolution Ultrami... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
Dance Dance Revolution Ultramix 2 2004 Dance Dance Revolution Ultramix 2, or simply Ultramix 2, is a music video game released on November 18, 2004 by Konami in North America for the Microsoft Xbox.

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Rhythm Heaven is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
Rhythm Heaven 2009 Rhythm Heaven, known as Rhythm Paradise in Europe and Rhythm Tengoku Gold in Japan, is a rhythm video game developed by Nintendo SPD for the Nintendo DS. It is the second game in Nintendo's ...more

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Dance Dance Revolution Ultrami... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
Dance Dance Revolution Ultramix 2003 Dance Dance Revolution Ultramix, also known as DDR Ultramix, is the sixth home version of Dance Dance Revolution to be released in the United States, and the first DDR game to be released on the ...more

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SingStar is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
SingStar 2007 SingStar is a competitive karaoke game for the PlayStation 3, and is a follow-up to the PlayStation 2 SingStar series. SingStar is developed by SCE London Studio and published by Sony Computer ...more

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Frequency is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
Frequency 2001 Frequency is a music video game developed by Harmonix and published by SCEA. It is the first major release from Harmonix. It was released in November 2001. A sequel titled Amplitude was released ...more

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Guitar Hero World Tour is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
Guitar Hero World Tour 2008 Guitar Hero World Tour is a music rhythm game developed by Neversoft, published by Activision and distributed by RedOctane. It is the fourth main entry in the Guitar Hero series. The game was ...more

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Bust a Groove is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
Bust a Groove 1998 Bust a Groove is a hybrid music/fighting game for the Sony PlayStation released in 1998. The game was published by the Japanese video game developer Enix in Japan and brought to the U.S. by ...more

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DigiDrummer is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
DigiDrummer 2008 DigiDrummer is a music video game developed and published by Magnick Software for the iPhone OS. It was developed by Nicholas Rudolfsky and Magnus Larsson.

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Beatmania IIDX 9th Style is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
Beatmania IIDX 9th Style 2005 Beatmania IIDX 9th Style is the ninth game in the beatmania IIDX series of music video games. It was released in arcades by Konami in 2003. The game features over 50 new songs, some of which can ...more

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Total Distortion is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
Total Distortion 1995 Total Distortion is a 1995 full motion video adventure game for Mac and Windows, developed by Pop Rocket. It was critically acclaimed for being innovative and creative. Originally slated for Q4 ...more

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Pump It Up NX2 is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
Pump It Up NX2 2008 Pump it Up Next Xenesis is the 20th arcade game release in the Pump It Up series. It was released worldwide on January 21, 2008 after being made available in Mexico and Korea a couple months ...more

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Pump It Up NX is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
Pump It Up NX 2006 Pump It Up New Xenesis is the 19th arcade game release in the Pump It Up series. It was released worldwide on December 15, 2006. NX introduced many new elements to the Pump series, such as a ...more

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DJ Hero is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
DJ Hero 2009 DJ Hero is a music video game, developed by FreeStyleGames and published by Activision as a rhythm game spin-off of the Guitar Hero franchise. It was released on October 27, 2009 in North ...more

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BIT.TRIP BEAT is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
BIT.TRIP BEAT Bit.Trip Beat, marketed as BIT.TRIP BEAT, is an arcade-style music video game developed by Gaijin Games and published by Aksys Games for the Wii's WiiWare download service. It was released in ...more

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Beatmania IIDX 12: Happy Sky is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
Beatmania IIDX 12: Happy Sky 2006 Beatmania IIDX 12: Happy Sky is the 12th game in the beatmania IIDX series of music video games. It was released in arcades by Konami on July 13, 2005. The game features over 45 new songs, some ...more