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The Greatest Classic Video Game Theme Songs Ever 

Brian Gilmore
Updated April 11, 2020 28.6k votes 4k voters 191.5k views 143 items

List Rules Please add only 8 or 16-bit video games with catchy and classic themes and songs.

A list of classic video game songs. RULE: Everything on this list must be pre-Playstation. This is a list that anyone can add to by clicking "Add Items" at the bottom of the page. I'll get us started. Video game themes used to mean something. You'd have to live with them through an entire level that you'd have to play through at least five times, so they used to write them a lot catchier than they do now.

What are the best classic video game songs? These themes, and top video game songs, at least during the early days, were simple and classic. Add your favorites and vote up the best video games of all time. Vote down the worst. Which classic video game theme songs are your favorite?

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Released: 1985 (Systems Research & Development Co.)

Genres (Video game): Platform game, Action game, Adventure

More Super Mario Bros. 

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Kramer added Released: 1990 (Nintendo)

Genres (Video game): Platform game

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Released: 1991 (Backbone Entertainment)

Genres (Video game): Platform game, Action game, Adventure, Racing video game

More Sonic the Hedgehog 

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Clark Benson added Released: 1980 (Namco)

Genres (Video game): Maze

More Pac-Man 

#73 of 1,336 The 100+ Best Video Games of All Time, Ranked by Fans #3 of 118 The Best Classic Arcade Gameslisted on Nintendo Game Boy Advance Games

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TheRealDunnDeal added Released: 1992 (Midway Games)

Genres (Video game): Action game, Fighting game

More Mortal Kombat 

#33 of 166 The Best Super Nintendo (SNES) Games #27 of 1,336 The 100+ Best Video Games of All Time, Ranked by Fanslisted on All Super Nintendo Games: List of SNES Console Games

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Lon Harris added Released: 1986 (Konami)

Genres (Video game): Platform game, Zombie Film, Action game

More Castlevania 

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Jerry Icban added Released: 1988 (Nintendo)

Genres (Video game): Platform game

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premesh added Released: 1987 (Nintendo Integrated Research & Development)

Genres (Video game): Sports game, Fighting game

More Punch-Out!! 

#115 of 1,336 The 100+ Best Video Games of All Time, Ranked by Fans #92 of 178 The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time #66 of 466 The Most Addictive Video Games of All Time

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James Lee added Released: 1995 (Square)

Genres (Video game): Console role-playing game, Role-playing video game

More Chrono Trigger 

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Released: 1987 (Konami)

Genres (Video game): Shooter game, Shoot 'em up, Action game, Run and gun

More Contra 

#112 of 1,336 The 100+ Best Video Games of All Time, Ranked by Fans #45 of 118 The Best Classic Arcade Games #57 of 178 The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

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James Lee added Released: 1994 (Square)

Genres (Video game): Console role-playing game, Role-playing video game

** This song is over 20 minutes long.

More Final Fantasy VI 

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TJSlipperman added Released: 1989 (Capcom)

Genres (Video game): Platform game, Action game

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