NES Games with the Best Soundtracks

The Nintendo Entertainment System was a revolutionary machine, but people seem to ignore it today. It was so advanced for its time. It had good games, bad games, and a lot of hard games. With those games came great 8-bit soundtracks. These are the best of the best.

The Top Ten

1 Mega Man 2

Good List! This should be higher though. (In my opinion. ) Mega Man 3 should be on here too.

It can't any higher lol I'm kidding I know you wrote it before it was number 1 - SunGoku

The music is so catchy!

Opening title theme also the Dr. Wiley's castle so good!


2 Castlevania

The prologue is the most inviting nes song ever (if you know what I mean). All through the game the music never ceases to amaze me, considering the limits of the 8-bit music. Just listen to wicked child.

I just can't figure out, why they never re-release Wicked child in any newer Castlevania games... It's one of the best track on NES period!

Oh, Castlevania... Definitely one of the hardest games for the nes. The stage one track is simply one of the most memorable nes songs of all time. That song alone practically gives this soundtrack the nuber 3 spot.

Oh god this game is INSANE hard. But very fun and has very catchy music

3 Castlevania 3: Dracula's Curse

The best by far. Nearly all of these tracks were redone in future Castlevania games.

Only #4? Move it up another 3 spots. This is legendary to say the vary least. I mean the games above by all means have wonderful soundtracks, but in my book, this one takes the cake. - LarryLarrington

Try playing this and not humming the music.

The very best by far!

4 Super Mario Bros.

You knew this would be on the list. I mean, who doesn't know the Mario theme?! Yeah, nobody. This could possibly be the most famous video game song of all time. Need I say more?

Very catchy toon. I love it!


5 Battletoads

Battletoads is said to be the hardest game on the nes, or even the hardest game of all time. But that doesn't stop it from being really fun to play, and the soundtrack just makes the game. It's perfect for an action game like this, and each song is unique and just great fun to listen to. When I listen to the soundtrack, I feel like I'm actually playing the game.

I agree. I have noticed some people don't like the game due to how insanely difficult it is, but despite that I can't stop playing it due to its awesome soundtrack. - LarryLarrington

This game is awesome. Great Graphics. Great Music. Great Frustration.

6 Batman

Batman was yet another very hard game for the nes. Like Battletoads, it was still fun to play and had a great soundtrack. I don't have to say much about this one. It just feels like classic Batman.

7 Legend of Zelda

This soundtrack is adventurous. It's pure Zelda music, and nothing more. The reason that this is here on the list is that the soundtrack really is not that broad. People really only know the two songs: The theme and the dungeon theme. But nonetheless, it's an awesome soundtrack.

8 Super Mario Bros. 3

This is said to be the greatest Mario game of all time and the greatest nes game of all time. The soundtrack is one of the most well-known in all of retro gaming. It was all so upbeat and extremely catchy. And even the castle themes actually sound like castle themes. And the airship song is simply epic.

One of those soundtracks that simply makes me smile and lets me know I'm playing a good game. The athletic theme is my personal favorite. Mega Man 2 comes a deadly close 2nd though.

9 Simon's Quest

Decent game but amazing music

Terrible game. What's this dude talking' about? Haha. Awful game, but really good music.

I disagree. It's pretty decent to say the very least. Obviously the other two blow this game, but terrible is too strong of a word. - LarryLarrington

I'd say, for a bad sequel to a popular franchise, it still has pretty good music.

10 Contra

Contra set the standard for 2D shooters. This game was as hard as it was satisfying, and the soundtrack is the reason why. Like Battletoads and Batman, it pretty much defined the game. It's pure nes action at its finest.

The Contenders

11 Journey to Silius
12 Ninja Gaiden

This was such a hard game. But it was always worth playing. Most of these nes game soundtracks all have something in common: An action-packed soundtrack that matches the game perfectly. But this specific soundtrack stood out from the others for being so cinematic.

13 Rod Land

As a later NES game, it's not surprising that this arcade conversion pushes the NES's sound capabilities, creating beautiful echoes and warbly effects that add an appropriate sense of wonder to a fairy-themed game. - BiggerJ

14 Super Mario Bros. 2

All three nes Mario games on the same list! It seems like Mario is always spitting out greatness. This was probably the hardest Mario game on the nes. This soundtrack would be a lot higher if it wasn't for the horrible game ending.

15 Mega Man 3

The only game with a soundtrack that competes with Mega Man 2. I don't know which I like better. Top 2 for Mega Man.

Maybe the best soundtrack of the series, which is saying a lot.


16 Ultimate Stuntman

The game may not be very good, but the music knows what the story is - a by-the-numbers over-the-top 80's action movie plot, sci-fi or not - and has a lot of fun with it. The first level's theme sounds like the soundtrack constantly playing inside Strong Bad's head. - BiggerJ

17 DuckTales DuckTales is an American animated television series produced by Walt Disney Television Animation. It premiered on September 18, 1987 and ended on November 28, 1990 with a total of four seasons and 100 episodes.

The intro song is so badass. I generally waste an hour listening to it. They got it so right.
My childhood television. Those were the days.

18 Silver Surfer

Terrible game, but awesome soundtrack!

As weird as it sounds, I think it should be higher. - LarryLarrington

19 Metroid

This soundtrack was just so spacey! And that was what Metroid was all about. It had sort of an eerie feeling to it, which later metroid games also had. Every nes fan ever knows the Brinstar theme.

20 Bubble Bobble

Its such a happy game

21 Double Dragon

Totally underrated. The second level song may be the best NES song ever...

22 Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos

This game had an epic sundtrack, probably my favorite as a kid along with Mega Man 3.

23 Blaster Master

Another classic Sunsoft soundtrack. The music is fantastic.

24 Legacy of the Wizard

If you haven't heard it, I HIGHLY recommend you check it out

25 Double Dragon II: The Revenge
26 Kirby's Adventure
27 Punch Out!!
28 Ghosts 'N Goblins
29 Mega Man 5
30 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
31 Cave Story
32 Alien 3

This soundtrack is amazing

33 Gremlins 2: The New Batch

Such a great track, original in many ways
the game? who cares.

34 Lifeforce

Lifeforce is awesome, awesome gameplay and soundtrack. WAY BETTER THAN CONTRA AND SUPER C.

35 Earthbound Zero
36 Double Dragon III: The Sacred Stones
37 Yo Noid!
38 Kid Icarus
39 Mega Man

Are you ridiculous? This soundtrack is way more epic than mega man 2. This should be #1

40 Dr. Mario
41 Legend of Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
42 Clu Clu Land
43 Excitebike
44 Gun.Smoke
45 Ice Climber
46 Mega Man 4
47 Mega Man 6
48 Mega Man 7
49 Eliminator Boat Duel
50 Adventures of Lolo
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