Top Ten Mario Games With the Best Soundtrack

Ah yes. Mario. More specifically, mario soundtracks, among the greatest collections of soundtracks in video game history. Literally each game has at least a few excellent songs that just deserve a medal because of how awesome they are. Wait, there isn't already a list like this? Well there is a list of the greatest mario soundtracks but, not mario games with the best soundtrack. Eh, that's just good. That way I can do this list. So which mario games have the best soundtracks? Check this list for that info. With that being said, here's the list.

The Top Ten

1 Super Mario Galaxy

Yeah this one surely deserves the top spot. Super Mario Galaxy to many people (including me) has among the best soundtracks in not only the mario franchise alone, but among the best soundtracks in any video game whatsoever. You might have seen a lot of people who talk about how good the soundtrack of this game is and you might get annoyed by it. However, they say so because it is so. It has among the greatest soundtrack in video game history. You see, each soundtrack is completely fleshed out and perfected with perfection and every tune is so memorable. The more amazing thing is the wide variety of soundtracks. There's the adventurous Gusty Garden Galaxy and Purple Coin Theme, hot Dusty Dune Galaxy, the epic soundtracks of Buoy Base Galaxy, Final Battle With Bowser, the calm and beautiful Space Junk Galaxy, the isolated Freezeflame Galaxy (Ice), (let's not forget the awesome lava version of Freezeflame as well), the creepy Deep Dark Galaxy and Ghostly Galaxy, some very awesome boss ...more - darthvadern

Definitely agree. The music that is played when Bowser lifts Peach's castle and the music played during the Bowser Fight and the music that is played when you bring a Grand Star to the Comet Observatory is spectacular

No galaxy music is crap, it always sounds too climatic WHEN IT'S A MARIO GAME! IT'S NOT SUPPOSES TO BE SERIOUS - myusernameisthis

Definitely. Its just an amazing game. - MarioBros11

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2 Super Mario Odyssey

This music is AMAZING!

It's time to jump up in the air jump up don't be scared! So good

It's a cool soundtrack - MarioBros11

Not much music used, but when it does get used its fantastic

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3 Super Mario 64

This sound track brings back my childhood - Spongehouse

This one has a good soundtrack - myusernameisthis

In Super Mario 3D World, in the levels with Plessie, it directly takes the music from the slide - MarioBros11

4 Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story

Yeah so I may not have played this game yet. That doesn't stop me from listening to its soundtrack. And to be honest it has among the best in terms of soundtrack. I just randomly went on youtube to listen to at least a few songs that people consider to be the best of this game. They didn't disappoint either at all. There's In The Finale which is one of the best final boss themes in the mario series tied with "The Ultimate Show", "Adventure's End" and "Final Boss Phase 2 (from New Super Mario Bros. Wii)". It's not the best of the gang but it's definitely one of the best songs in the series nevertheless. There's some other awesome tunes as well such as Dimble Woods, Deep Castle, Tutorial Time and many more awesome soundtracks. - darthvadern

The absolute best. The best in my opinion are The Grand Finale (In the Final), Deep Castle, and Bowser's Castle. The Remade versions are really good as well. They gave the Dark Star and Dark Fawful their own battle themes.

5 Super Mario Galaxy 2

The sequel to Super Mario Galaxy doesn't have as good soundtrack, but it still has excellent soundtrack in my opinion. Since I got this game before the prequel I find this game to have a bit more memorable soundtrack and stuff. It's a very good thing that a lot of soundtracks from the first game are brought back here, such as Buoy Base Galaxy, Gusty Garden Galaxy, Purple Coin Theme, etc., along with new awesome songs such as Megahammer Battle, Bowser Jr.'s Fearsome Fleet, Yoshi Star Galaxy, etc. I love the mix of old awesome songs alongside new songs which may not be as good as the prequel's but still. Super Mario Galaxy 2 still deserves to be on the list. - darthvadern

Good Soundtrack, Best Game. - DStar

Soundtrack still sucks in this - myusernameisthis

Koji Kondo at his best! - EvanTheNerd

6 Super Paper Mario

Oh yeah! Super Paper Mario is the best mario game of all time. Facts! Just kidding. However I have never met a mario fan saying that the soundtrack for the game isn't good. Eh, that's obvious. After all, the game has some of my all-time favourite tunes in a mario game so there's that. I really love how the RPG's stay away from the main platformer series in terms of music as it's nothing like them. For most mario platformers, all the soundtracks kinda at least feel somewhat similar to each other despite different games (the only exception would be Super Mario Sunshine). The RPG's soundtracks have a completely different type of theme and sound so much more unique and sometimes even better. While Super Mario Galaxy has overall better soundtracks, this isn't far behind at all. It's just slightly worse in terms of music. I love how in the beggining there's mostly happy songs and as you progress through the game it gets darker and darker. River Twygz Bed and World of Nothing are the finest ...more - darthvadern

My favourite song in this game is the sound of turtles crying in pain from being stepped on!

7 Super Mario Bros. 3

Great music, one of the songs is remixed in Galaxy in the Sweet Sweet Galaxy, and is probably my favorite music from that game. - MarioBros11

I love listening to the soundtracks of the different worlds in this game - Spongehouse

8 Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

It's literally the same music as in MK8 - MarioBros11

PHENONIMAL soundtrack,HONORABLE courses, and most importantly,AMAZING graphics. BEST Mario Kart game to ever exist"-pinkcutie999

9 Mario Party: Island Tour

That's right. I'm going to have spin-off's on this list as well. Especially Mario Party: Island Tour. I'm not going to get too obsessive as I have a strong obsession with this game due to nostalgia, oh wait, the soundtrack IS nostalgia. Yeah. So there was back in 2014 when I was in Lithuania, and got incredibly sick. However what made that vacation so memorable and nostalgic anyway was thanks to this game. It kinda is the main reason why I love this game so much. Actually, I loved it before as well. Anyway, the soundtrack has definitely left me tons of nostalgia from that Lithuania trip and it shows. Whenever I play this game nowadays I start to miss that vacation so much. Yeah it's kinda strange considering the time I was sick back then was horrible otherwise. Oh well you see what nostalgia can do to a person's feelings there anyway. Some of the soundtracks that caused me to get so nostalgic for that event were for example: Battle With Bowser, Bowser's Rage, Battle With Dry Bowser, ...more - darthvadern

The Game sucks and the music sucks.

10 Mario Power Tennis

The Contenders

11 Mario and Luigi: Dream Team Bros.

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team is definitely my favourite Mario & Luigi game so far (haven't played PiT or BIS). The amount of originality, colours, characters and quality makes this one of my favourite mario games of all time. Wait I forgot to mention something. The music. This game has hands down the best soundtrack in the Mario & Luigi series. How would you describe it? Well I'd say it's nostalgic, memorable, catchy and spine-chilling. Yeah you heard me. Spine-chilling. My favourite songs, Break at Pi'illo Castle, Dreamy Castle Rendezvous, Adventures End, Sacred Somnon Woods, Size Up Your Enemy and Dreamy Somnon Labyrinth are all either one of those. And these are only a few awesome songs found in the game. There's also Shopping in Wakeport, Victory in the Dream World, Sunny Driftwood Shore, Glorious Pajamaja Dreams, Dream's Forbidden Depths, Mysteries of the Cave and The Law on Mount Pajamaja. I mean this is obviously a top five contender. - darthvadern

12 Super Mario Sunshine

Not a very good soundtrack in my opinion, but it's a good game. - MarioBros11

Y so Low? Delfino Plaza has the best mario track EVER (in my opinion)

The soundtrack to this game is a complete masterpiece. definitely desearves to be higher - Spongehouse

13 Super Mario 3D World

Yeah. Even though I think Super Mario 3D Land has loads of good soundtracks as well this one is superior to that game in every way. More characters, better story, better levels, more colourful, and better music of course. Yeah you can't play this game on the car but eh. The music is our focus this time and it's surely awesome. It has a bit of a jazzy feel like most Wii U games (and Switch games for that matter). The saxophone is a frequently used instrument here along with the trumpet. Some songs have a more chaotic heavy metal feel though. That's the case with my favourite song from the game, which is Simmering Lava Lake, and it's so good and memorable it's one of my favourite songs of all time. The rest is pretty solid too, such as Hisstocrat Battle, Chainlink Charge, Fort Fire Bros., World 6, Hands-On Hall, Mount Must Dash, etc. Simply this game has some awesome soundtracks. - darthvadern

The Jazz music in the game is so cute and catchy. Us here at Nintendo our really proud of our work on this! - Nintendo

Has some decent songs - Randomator

Part of the reason is because it steals directly from M64 - MarioBros11

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14 Super Mario World

It's funny to think that all of those songs are almost the same except they're played to fit the level location - myusernameisthis

Has a very good soundtrack but not the best - Spongehouse

Nah - MarioBros11

Best one - Not_A_Weeaboo

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15 Mario Kart 64

Choco Mountain is the best!

Mariokart Wii steals from it - MarioBros11

16 Mario Kart Wii

Come on? Where's the love?

Pick literally any track, musical or in game, in this game and I guarantee you won't be able to get it out of your head. Highlights: Maple treeway, DK summit, coconut mall, rainbow road

My first Mariokart - MarioBros11

17 Mario Party 9

Mario Party 9 was after all the first mario game I ever got. Oh well I'll try to not be obsessive like I were with Mario Party: Island Tour. But, to be honest I think most of us can agree that this game holds a lot of good themes and soundtracks and stuff. It's a big improvment on Mario Party 8 in every sense as it sounds so much more real and happy and memorable. Themes like Be Careful, Freshen Up!, Toad Road, Blooper Beach and Pandemonium all prove this. And these are only a few awesome themes. I especially love the boss battle themes, specifically, Chain Chomp and Blooper (both phases). I love how the themes here all have a nice touch that feels happy yet exciting. - darthvadern

18 Mario Kart 7

My favourite Mario Kart game. Both in terms of music and overall gameplay. But we're just going to talk about the music here and it surely makes the game deserve to be in the top ten. Unlike the rest of the franchise, Mario Kart 7's tunes have a very charming feel that makes you feel nostalgic even the first time you play the game because they are like meant to sound nostalgic and don't just get nostalgic because you had it during your childhood (looking at you Mario Kart Wii, you're a nostalgic game with nostalgic soundtrack but it's only because I grew up with you). Even as soon as you start the game, the title theme and main menu theme are already mind-blowingly charming and nostalgic. And every course in the very first cup, the mushroom cup have a nostalgic theme in the courses. Yeah. That's impressive. - darthvadern

Wiggler has best soundtrack - lemur

19 Mario Party 8
20 Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door

All around amazing soundtrack and many many unforgettable moments made even better by the quirky and fun, but also surprisingly dark and creepy when fitting soundtrack

This should be much higher. The songs are so memorable. - EvanWellens

21 Mario Golf

I really love the music from Mario Golf. It is cool and relaxing.

22 Super Mario Bros 2

This had a very underrated soundtrack in my opinion. - myusernameisthis

Soundtrack is better than game - MarioBros11

23 Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars

This game totally has the soundtrack of any SNES game, if not the best video soundtrack in the world along with Superstar Saga!

24 Super Mario Maker

Uh...more like a Super Mario Bros/Super Mario Bros 3/Super Mario World/New Super Mario Bros U soundtrack - MarioBros11

25 Super Mario Bros.

It has a classic soundtrack in my opinion like the underground theme, underwater theme, and the ever so famous overworld theme which has become a staple in Mario and video game music in general. - Tyoshi

The game that started it all - MarioBros11

26 Super Mario All Stars
27 Dr. Mario

Great soundtrack, terrible gameplay. - MarioBros11

28 New Super Mario Bros Wii

Yes - MarioBros11

29 Mario Kart Double Dash
30 Super Mario Land

The first level soundtrack and muda kingdom sounds great!

31 Super Mario 3D Land
32 Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time

There's not a single bad song in this game.

Every song in this game is meh at worst and amazing at best.

33 Paper Mario
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