Total Nerd The Best Music Games of All Time  

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List Rules Vote up the best video games in the music genre.

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

List is made up of many different games, including Guitar Hero World Tour and Rock Band 2.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best music games?" and "What is the greatest music game of all time?"
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Rock Band is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
vitor.castro added Rock Band is a series of music video games developed by Harmonix and MTV Games, and distributed by Electronic Arts for the Nintendo DS, iOS, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PSP, Wii, and Xbox 360 ...more

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Guitar Hero III: Legends of Ro... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
Kikina added 2007 Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock is a music rhythm game, the third main installment in the Guitar Hero series, and the fourth title overall. The game was published by Activision and distributed ...more

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The Beatles: Rock Band is listed (or ranked) 3 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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Guitar Hero is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
Kikina added 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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Guitar Hero World Tour is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
Kikina added 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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Guitar Hero 5 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
Valley Forge added 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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Frequency is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
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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TechnoMotion is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
TechnoMotion 2000 TechnoMotion is a Korean music video game. As in other games that use dance pads, such as Dance Dance Revolution, a player must press panels in response to scrolling arrows on the game's

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DDRMAX2 Dance Dance Revolution is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
2003 DDRMAX2 Dance Dance Revolution is the fifth home version of Dance Dance Revolution to be released in the United States. It was released by Konami on September 23, 2003, for the Sony PlayStation ...more

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Wacky Worlds Creativity Studio is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
1994 Wacky Worlds Creativity Studio is a children's video game for the Sega Genesis, released in 1994. In it, the player has a choice of six different Wacky Worlds in which they can place animated ...more

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Dance Dance Revolution is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
Dance Dance Revolution is a music video game in the Dance Dance Revolution series by Konami for the PlayStation. It was released on March 6, 2001 as the third game in the series for North ...more

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Tails and the Music Maker is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
1994 Tails and the Music Maker is an edutainment game released in North America in September 1994 on the Sega Pico system. It was later published in Europe by Sega in 1995 and in Japan by Imagineer ...more

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Michael Jackson: The Experienc... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
Michael Jackson: The Experience 2010 Michael Jackson: The Experience is a music video game based on Michael Jackson's music and songs. It was licensed by Triumph International, developed by and published by Ubisoft, and was ...more

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Frets on Fire is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
Frets on Fire 2006 Frets on Fire is a free, open-source Finnish music video game created by Unreal Voodoo. Players use the keyboard to play along with markers which appear on screen, with the aim to score points, ...more

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Taiko: Drum Master is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
chibinovachan added 2004 Taiko: Drum Master, also known as Taiko no Tatsujin in Japan is a drumming game made by Namco for the Sony PlayStation 2 and mobile phones based on the popular Japanese arcade game. A drum ...more

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Pop'n Music is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
chibinovachan added Pop'n Music, commonly abbreviated as Pop'n, PM or PNM, is a music video game series in the Bemani series made by the Konami Corporation. The games are known for their bright colors, upbeat ...more

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Major Minor's Majestic March is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
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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Miracle Piano Teaching System is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
1990 The Miracle Piano Teaching System is a MIDI keyboard/teaching tool created in 1990 by The Software Toolworks for the NES and SNES, Apple Macintosh, Amiga, Sega Genesis and PC.

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Amplitude is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
vitor.castro added 2003 Amplitude is a music video game developed by Harmonix for the PlayStation 2. It is the sequel to the previous game, Frequency. The game was released in North America on March 24, 2003 and in ...more

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Space Channel 5: Part 2 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
vitor.castro added 2002 Space Channel 5: Part 2 is the sequel to the rhythm action game Space Channel 5, developed by United Game Artists and published by Sega. It was released on the Dreamcast and the PlayStation 2. ...more

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Samba de Amigo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
vitor.castro added 2000 Samba de Amigo is a rhythm game originally developed by Sonic Team and released in December 1999 by Sega in arcades, 2000 for the Dreamcast video game console, and developed by Gearbox Software ...more

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Rhythm Tengoku is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
vitor.castro added 2006 Rhythm Tengoku is a rhythm game developed by Nintendo SPD and published by Nintendo. It was released on August 3, 2006, and was the last game developed by Nintendo for the Game Boy Advance. An ...more

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eJay is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
eJay eJay is a series of musical arrangement software and games, primarily for Microsoft Windows. The first edition, Dance eJay, was released in 1997, supports eight tracks of audio and, as with its ...more

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The Cheetah Girls: Pop Star Se... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
2007 In The Cheetah Girls: Pop Star Sensations for Nintendo DS, players join Galleria, Chanel, Dorinda and Aqua to win the Ultimate Pop Star Competition.

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Dance Factory is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
2006 Dance Factory is a PlayStation 2 game developed by Broadsword Interactive and published by Codemasters. It has been compared with Dance Dance Revolution, but unlike the Dance Dance Revolution ...more

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Ongaku Tsukūru: Kanadeeru is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
Ongaku Tsukūru: Kanadeeru is a music sequencer software released only in Japan for Super Famicom. Tsukūru is a pun mixing the Japanese word tsukuru, which means "make" or ...more

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Music is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
Music is the common name of a series of music creation programs created by Jester Interactive and published by Codemasters. The programs are tools that allow the user to create music. This can ...more

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Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
vitor.castro added 2005 Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan, sometimes referred to as simply Ouendan, is a rhythm video game developed by iNiS and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo DS handheld game console in 2005, for release ...more

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Rhythm Heaven is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
vitor.castro added 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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Music Construction Set is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
Music Construction Set Music Construction Set is a music composition notation program. It was originally developed in 1984 for the Apple II, and quickly ported to other systems of the era. It was designed and ...more

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Rockin' Pretty is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
2009 Rockin' Pretty, known in Japan as Happy Star Band and in Europe as Diva Girls: Making the Music, is an rhythm game. It was developed and published in Japan by Arc System Works on May 21, 2009, ...more

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The Idolmaster is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
2005 The Idolmaster is a Japanese raising simulation video game developed by Metro and published by Namco Bandai Games. It was released on July 26, 2005 as an arcade game and is the first game in The ...more

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Dyad is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
Dyad 2012 Dyad is a downloadable game for PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Windows, with OS X and Linux versions planned for a later release. It was developed and published by Right Square Bracket Left Square ...more

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The Cheetah Girls: Passport to... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Music Games of All Time
2008 The Cheetah Girls: Passport to Stardom is a travel, fashion, music and dancing game for Nintendo DS, based on the Disney Cheetah Girls movies and featuring the characters Aqua, Chanel and