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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
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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Guitar Hero II is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
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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Patapon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
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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Rock Band 2 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
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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Dance Dance Revolution Mario M... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
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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Elite Beat Agents is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
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 4thMix is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
2000
Dance Dance Revolution 4thMix Plus is a 2000 music video and exergaming video game.
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Dance Dance Revolution 5thMix is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
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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Guitar Hero: Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
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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Dancing Stage MegaMix is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
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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Dance Dance Revolution Party C... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
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) 12 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
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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Rez is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
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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The Idolmaster Live For You! is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
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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Beatmania is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
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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Dance Dance Revolution Disney ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
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) 17 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
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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16 10
Def Jam Rapstar is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
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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Wii Music is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
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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Guitar Hero: Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
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) 21 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
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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DDRMAX Dance Dance Revolution is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
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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Lego Rock Band is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
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 Unplugged is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
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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Band Hero is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
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