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!

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

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

You just can't deny it

2 Solaris Phase 2 - Sonic 06

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:

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!

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.

This game was horrible, but its music was probably the best of any Sonic game. - MKBeast

3 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.

4 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.

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

Better than one winged angel just saying - Trikilla3

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

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

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

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

yes please

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!

Best Boss Music EVER!

Asriel theme is good

7 The Sun Rises - Okami

Listen to it. Just LISTEN to it. NOW. Words simply CAN NOT describe this.

And watch the boss battle too, because that's interesting. :P

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

This Song Is The Best Battle In Gaming Universe And Best Theme In The Universe. I Give For That 99.6 Or 100 For This Theme, That's Based Of That Are Champion!

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. - MaxPap

9 Iris - Pokemon Black 2/Pokemon White 2

This music is very good for sounding!

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

10 Final Bowser - Super Mario Galaxy

The Contenders

11 Final Xemnas - Kingdom Hearts 2

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

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!

Deserving song for a dark lord.

Great song. should make top ten. love the game and series

12 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.

Incredible, this theme is a masterpeice

13 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? - RiverClanRocks

14 Giant Bowser - New Super Mario Bros. Wii

The best of the best

it is cool

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

15 Tor - lji

Just listen to it and you'll know why it's here

16 Jubileus - Bayonetta

May Jubileus, The Creator, grace you.


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. - MKBeast

19 Bowser Battle - Super Mario Galaxy
20 The Great Mighty Poo - Conker's Bad Fur Day The Great Mighty Poo is a fictional character appearing in the 2001 video game Conker's Bad Fur Day. He is a giant, opera-singing pile of feces that appears as a boss in the sloprano chapter.

Laugh out loud this song is just really funny. The game's developers clearly had a good sense of humor. Sadly, never played the game but thanks to YouTube I was able to hear this hilarious gem.

Who knew they've decided to choose something sophisticated like opera and use for something so unsophisticated as feces.

I didn't think that many people even knew about this game I love it especally the sunflower that flashes - SexySiren666

The perfect opportunity of gross out humor

- SuperMetro

21 Ultimate Koopa - Super Mario 64

This is better than Bowser from galaxy 2 I don't know how is so low

SO LONG, GAY BOWSER! - HarjasPanesar

22 Megalovania - Undertale

It was at third how did it move so far down it needs to be at the top

It's a beautiful day outside. Birds are singing, flowers are blooming, and days like these kids like you... SHOULD BE BURNING IN HELL!

The birds are singing flowers are blooming and days like these kids like you... SHOULD BE BURNING IN HELL

It's a beautiful day outside. birds are singing, flowers are blooming... on days like these kids like you... SHOULD BE BURNING IN HELL. - Sans - HarjasPanesar

23 Galacta Knight - Kirby Super Star Ultra

Anyone ever considered Scott cawthon's theme from fnaf world? (I really like galacta knights theme tune but not a lot of others do...)


24 Lechku & Nechku - Okami
25 Egg Nega Wisp Phase 2 - Sonic Colours

Blergh, It fits with any final battle that takes place in space, That's for sure.

26 Marx - Kirby Superstar Ultra
27 Masked Dedede - Kirby Super Star Ultra

I personally like his normal theme better, but Masked Dedede is amazeballs too

28 A Despair-Filled Farewell - Shadow of the Colossus
29 Demon Lord Ninetails - Okami
30 Tabuu - Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Arpeggios from Heaven


31 Final Destination - Super Smash Bros.
32 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. - xandermartin98

33 Blizzeta - The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
34 Zanza - Xenoblade Chronicles

That ominous beginning lets you know that this god is not messing around, and then the jazz piano kicks in. Normally it would be considered terrible once that happens, but the way in which it's played is so moving. Then the chorus and electric guitar happen, and then you KNOW you are dealing with a god. Then it turns sad, almost pitiful, even. It serves to tell the tragedy of a man who wanted to be a god, succeeded, but is now consumed by his own power, and is a hypocrite in saying the Hons have no right to be a god, when they have been through much more than Zanza has ever seen. It includes all of the instruments that immediately make something awesome, like electric guitars, violins, and an ominous chorus that ties the whole theme together.

35 Id (Purpose) - Fire Emblem Awakening

I completely agree!

Yes. I love this

36 Chaos Final Form - Sonic Adventure
37 Dark Meta Knight - Kirby and the Amazing Mirror
38 Clockwerk - Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus
39 Rookie And Popple - Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga

This one has been stuck in my head since I first fought Popple. Not that I mind, since it's really catchy. - Garythesnail

40 Baby Bowser (Final Form) - Yoshi's Island

How is this so low? It's awesome!

41 Ganon - The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
42 Counterattack - Shadow of the Colossus
43 Final Boss - Donkey Kong Country 2

Very good final boss theme for an amazing game.

44 Seymour Battle - Final Fantasy X
45 Molgera - The Wind Waker
46 Waka - Okami

Absolutely Waka! Okami fan for life! I purposely let battles in this game go longer due to how incredible the music is! Love it - micks

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

I don't think that that battle even HAS a third phase

Best paper Mario boss theme ever.

Scary and pumped! Perfect for Shadow Queen! Hellz yeah!

48 Pleather for Breakfast - No More Heroes
49 Gangplank Galleon - Donkey Kong Country

Best boss song since childhood. Timeless and recognizable, and never fails to hype me up!

They've managed to get the perfect tune for a pirate theme. Whenever I hear this I think of pirates at sea.

This song starts like a normal pirate theme, then it gets more epic.

50 What I'm Made of - Sonic Heroes
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