Best Video Game Boss Themes

Boss battles in video games are a test of all the skills you've acquired in the game. And the theme that plays during the battle can add to the atmosphere and make it all the more epic. Here is the top 10 best boss battle themes in video games.
The Top Ten
1 Dark Bowser - Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story

It deserve to be number one, this was the first time Nintendo tried to do a tragic music for the final boss and the result is absolutely perfect!

This is by far the best thing I have ever heard. I like Adventure's End too.

Its called in the final and it is the most epic song ever!

2 Dancing Mad - Final Fantasy VI

The sheer emotional experience that this song provides as a capstone to an all time best game full of emotion and struggle cannot be understated. You can sympathize with both sides of this timeless battle as you either triumph over the tyrant or fall to the insignificant. Best Game Song ever.

Have 4 phases. All of them could be #1!

18 minutes of pure amazement, including great use of the organ, and that Kefka laughter

3 Solaris Phase 2 - Sonic 06

Even with all the issues this game has, this fight was epic as hell! But really, it's the music that makes it good. An orchestral remix of the main theme was a genius idea for the final boss theme. His World is already epic as hell, but this made things so much better. Love this soundtrack!

Sonic 06 had a great soundtrack. Not as good as some games, but this theme is epic, enough said. And why does everyone hate this game? Its like adventure, just modern! The only thing I didn't like is always running into walls... And thank god elise won't be coming back... Unless when generations comes out! D:

The best theme for the best final battle of all saga. Fight with Solaris in the past, present and future with Super Sonic, Super Shadow and Super Silver at the same time is definitively the most epic and dramatic fight.

4 Zero Two - Kirby 64

Gets you so pump. Should be in the top 3 not 6. And for some reason it makes me think about my life. Hmm mysterious.. Any way I prefer this version to the Super smash bros brawl version. This song deserves to be at least 2.

This theme is the best. You can hear this theme for hours. This theme should be number 1.

Zero's theme is beautiful, but dark. Also, C.R.O.W.N.E.D. from Kirby's Return to Dream Land should be on this list.

5 Final Bowser - Super Mario Galaxy 2

This song is so... Amazing! It sums up your whole adventure and ends it by fighting a giant dragon turtle flying through space and knocking meteors into his face! If that's not awesome, then who are you

This is the most amazing final boss theme in any mario game, screw that, any NINTENDO game ever.

I can't believe that an awesome theme would be completly wasted on a boss as easy as Bowser.

6 Hopes and Dreams - Undertale

The Song and coordination really gives the player the aspect of hope, and to not give up.

Best Undertale boss theme AND best boss theme ever!

7 The Sun Rises - Okami

This song is fantastic. You're fighting the Emperor of Darkness and then you hear this song, and you know you can do it. It's just awesome.

The amount of emotion and sheer beauty behind this piece is amazing. Instead of being 'epic' with bombastic horns or choirs/chanting, it has more of a empowering theme.

Many of you may have never heard it but I implore you to give it a listen:
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Wouldn't it be amazing if Japan could somehow slot this theme into the 2020 Olympics!

8 Red - Pokemon Gold & Silver

Nothing will ever surpass the feeling of summiting Mt. Silver and hearing the first notes of this tune. The God of Nostalgia, the Master of Pokemon Themes.

Best 8-bit theme ever.

9 Shadow Queen, Phase 3 - Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door

Best paper Mario boss theme ever.

10 Iris - Pokemon Black 2/Pokemon White 2

Pokemon had be the best of everything!
Best villain, greatest hero and villain, greatest boss battle & more...

This music is very good for sounding!

The Contenders
11 Megalovania - Undertale

This should without a doubt be number 1. It's the most epic, amazing theme ever composed. You can immediately tell that there are many bad times ahead when this song plays in the Sans fight.

My favorite theme from Undertale. It's epic, fast-paced, it gets you IN THE ZONE! You can tell right from the start that you're gonna have a bad time.

Absolutely fantastic. Up there in the top 5 of my favourite video game songs ever.

12 Final Xemnas - Kingdom Hearts 2

The epicness of this boss is so awesome! We have 3 phases of the boss and a few fight in the final fight! The OST with disappeared, A fight to the death, The Darkness of the Unknown are just amazing!

I think the second part of the song (armored Xemnas) is better but yeah.

Deserving song for a dark lord.

13 Giant Bowser - New Super Mario Bros. Wii

This is the best music EVER. Just listen to it! It's like there's no hope left but, in the end, you can manage to do it. Hands down the best final boss music ever

The best of the best

Pretty fun fight, to easy in my opinion but the music is amazing

14 Demise of the Ritual - Shadow of the Colossus

This theme fits so perfectly to the final fight. After a cinematic that makes a lot of people cry, you are to the point of no return, you are thrown into the battle, the weather gets stormy. The final colossus is standing in front of you, near a cliff, and the music plays as you have tears coming out of you. You have killed every colossus, you have this weight on your shoulders.. Did it worth it? Well, you ca�"t turn back and you have to do your final fight. The music is all of it.

15 Rawk Hawk Battle - Paper Mario the Thousand Year Door

Get ready to rawk

Throw up your rawkfist! If you're ready, let's drop this! Wrong song?

16 Bowser Battle - Super Mario Galaxy
17 Francis - Super Paper Mario
18 Gwyn, Lord of Cinder - Dark Souls

This song is arguably the most simple, but effective song of all time. It perfectly shows how Gwyn was reduced from an almighty God, to a hollow shell of one (that said, he's still tough, so don't go easy). This theme plays a very melancholic piano piece as the Chosen Undead faces off against a powerful husk of a god. The icing on the cake was its use in the Soul of Cinder's second phase, as that theme encapsulated the series' bittersweet close, as the Soul taps into Gwyn's power as a last ditch effort to stop you.

19 Tor - lji
20 Jubileus - Bayonetta
21 Galacta Knight - Kirby Super Star Ultra
22 Final Bowser - Super Mario Galaxy
23 Alphys Takes Action - Undertale

Really, REALLY underrated song and probably the all-time greatest and most jaw-droppingly epic usage of leitmotif I've ever heard.

Honestly, both the song and fight kind of put Sans' to shame.

24 Lechku & Nechku - Okami
25 A Despair-Filled Farewell - Shadow of the Colossus
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