Top Ten Sonic the Hedgehog Stages

The Top Ten
1 City Escape (Sonic Adventure 2)

I loved going to San Francisco, and this level just preserved the place for me.

This level is a classic, and the music makes it better.

2 Green Hill (Sonic 1)

It's Sonic's iconic and beloved stage that has been brought back in Sonic's best games such as generations, mania, and frontiers.

Zombieman99 is completely correct. Green Hill should be #1. I mean, please. Sure, City Escape is a decent level from SONIC ADVENTURE 2. Green Hill from Sonic 1 should be #1, it was the first Sonic level ever created. Come on people, think your decision through.

WHY IS THIS NOT #1?! I mean seriously! This is what started EVERYTHING best toon to hum or whistle to it's the most memorable! If you are a TRUE sonic fan this would be number 1 and would have to at least hear it once a day to keep your sanity

3 Speed Highway (Sonic Adventure)

This stage stays true to Sonic with the awesome amount of speed it offers. The platforming sections are also a lot of fun. Tails has his own version of the stage as well, so that's a plus.

4 Chemical Plant Zone (Sonic the Hedgehog 2)

The amount of speed you get in this zone is amazing. There's a bunch of different paths you can take to clear the zone as well. Really, the only part of the zone that I don't like is the water section towards the end of Act 2, because it's sort of a pace breaker. Everything else is great, though

Chemical Plant zone is one of the highlights of the Genesis era of the Classic Games, with its fast paced platforming to the awesome remake in Generations, Chemical Plant is truly a gem to behold

5 Ice Cap (Sonic 3/Sonic Adventure)

Amazing level, love the snowboarding part and the music is so good

6 Radical Highway (Sonic Adventure 2)
7 Casino Night Zone (Sonic 2)
8 Emerald Coast (Sonic Adventure)

Really should be at least number 3 beautiful stage calming music

9 Rooftop Run (Sonic Unleashed)

It's the best stage in the series honestly, it really is. The music is very catchy and fitting, the look is absolutely beautiful, and the stage itself is exhilarating and it's just more fun than any other stage, especially stupid Green Hill Zone.

Easily the best stage in the series, though Final Rush is a close second.

Such an amazing stage from such an underrated game.

10 Metal Harbor (Sonic Adventure 2)

By far my favorite stage in the game. It give an awesome amount of speed that remains constant throughout most of the stage, so platforming sections don't really break the pace. It can be really frustrating going for the higher handle on the rocket for an A rank, but when you do finally pull it off, it's amazing.

The Contenders
11 Sandopolis (Sonic & Knuckles)
12 Studiopolis Zone (Sonic Mania)

A new levels with lot of references and thought put into it. Not to mention, it's fun.

13 Windy Valley (Sonic Adventure)

As simple of a stage it is, there's a great chance for short cuts with sonic. Fantastic music. You can skip the entire stage with tails, and you can rack up ridiculous time bonuses with Gamma. It has the best remix in the series ('The Air' is a remix of green grove from 3d blast), and is the sole reason I bought sonic and mario at the London Olympics. (It's also the stage that got me to love adventure 1 and is why I play it every week)

14 Crisis City (Sonic 06)

I love this! So hard but amazing

15 Star Light Zone (Sonic the Hedgehog)

Other than Green Hill Zone, the Star Light Zone is probably the most memorable zone in Sonic 1. It has the perfect balance between speed and platforming, and the music is excellent as well. I would say Star Light is definitely the best zone in the first Sonic game, and it's a candidate for the best zone in all the classic Sonic games.

16 Death Egg (Sonic & Knuckles)
17 Rail Canyon (Sonic Heroes)
18 Stardust Speedway (Sonic CD)

What do you get when you combine a futuristic highway with Past, Present, and Good/Bad Future, and lotsa "HUEHUE's", Stardust Speedway from Sonic CD. I really had a blast when playing the IOS remake of Sonic CD… With the Japan/PAL soundtrack, though it took me a few tries to defeat Metal Sonic, but still, son't avoid this one. It's fast, bright, and "HUEHUE" infested!

19 Final Rush (Sonic Adventure 2)

Final Rush is one heck of an epic final stage (well for the Hero Story). A ton of alternate pathways and a ton of speed and one of the most underrated music track in the entire series. I find myself constantly revisiting this stage when I replay Sonic Adventure 2, making it one of my favourite stages in Sonic history.

I love this stage I feel like a B.A grinding on Rails!

20 Sky Sanctuary Zone (Sonic & Knuckles)

Sort of short and hard in sonic and knuckles, but amazing music and great remake in sonic generations

21 Launch Base (Sonic the Hedgehog 3)
22 Hydrocity Zone (Sonic Mania)
23 Egg Carrier (Sonic Adventure)
24 Kingdom Valley (Sonic 06)

The speed section was a really cool looking level section. The best speed section in the game.

A very fun stage, best stage in such a broken game!

25 Wave Ocean (Sonic 06)
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