Peace and love, gamers and players. I’m currently working on an article about Sonic the Hedgehog and it had me thinking about the music of Sonic games. So I decided to do a quick post with some examples of my favorite songs from the Sonic series.
The first song I picked is a light hearted track that actually is to the contrary of most music from Sonic games. A lot of songs from Sonic titles are energetic and meant to get you pumped but the music for the fifth zone in the first Sonic game on the Genesis, Star Light Zone, is a calm jazzy number with a great melody. The Sega Genesis has a bad reputation when it comes to sound as many claim that most of the music and sound effects were grating to the ears. However, the Sonic series constantly debuffs this claim and this song is a great example of that. This is a great soothing track that evokes the nighttime setting of the level as well as a peaceful session of gazing at the stars in the midnight sky. A great track worthy of your iPod playlist.
One of my favorite Sonic tracks and one that I rarely hear about. From the Genesis version of Sonic 3D Blast, the music for the first Act of the Diamond Dust Zone is an invigorating piece. It starts off strong with downward sequence of notes that immediately kicks into a proud melody that gets you raring and ready to go. However, the melody soon changes into more of a pensive melody as if after your heroic moment in the sun, you are now reflecting on what just transpired. There’s bright notes in the melody that evokes snowflakes falling, which helps tie it to its snowy level home but it’s definitely a track that’s beyond that. It’s no wonder why this song is my ringtone!
To be honest, this song is here solely because I find it incredibly cheesy and stupid. AND I LOVE IT! Each character in the Sonic Adventure series got their own theme music and with Dr. Eggman being a playable character in the second game, he was no exception. It’s a rocking track with a pretty sick bass line under all the guitars but there’s nothing like the line in the chorus that’s repeated over and over: “I am the Eggman”. Imagine singing this song around the house, just saying “I am the Eggman” over and over. Beyond that, this is a pretty good hard rock track with some mechanical sounds thrown in for a more industrial sound, which of course suits the technologically proficient evil scientist. Give it a listen but remember, I am the Eggman.
Another track often left by the wayside, this track was so good it was used for two stages! This is again another track that is unlike most songs used in Sonic games. This is a ominous track meant to evoke mystery and wonder. It’s best used in the Lava Reef second act as the previously lava filled zone has cooled off and you are now in a cavernous mine filled with sparkling crystals and almost extraterrestrial like gadgets. The intro of the song has a Theremin like pulsating melody that echoes throughout the songs until the beat kicks in which gives a feeling of discovery rather than get the song going. A great track that’s out of the ordinary for Sonic and one that deserves more attention.
I always hear how awesome “Live and Learn” by Crush 40 is from the Sonic Adventure 2 soundtrack and my response is that it’s just because you heard it first. Sonic Adventure 2 was more widely distributed before Sonic Adventure 1 was and more people played that game first before the first game and heard “Live and Learn” first. I had a Dreamcast and therefore heard this song before “Live and Learn” and while it’s a great song, “OPEN YOUR HEART” IS SO MUCH BETTER! The crushing guitar intro, the wailing vocals, the sick guitar solo, the double bass drums, and that awesome outro! I used to go into the sound test in the game and play this song over and over because it KICKED FUCKING ASS! Give it a listen and enjoy the cheesy goodness by banging your head until it falls off!
There’s five songs for you to listen to. Now, to be clear, this is not my top five Sonic songs or anything like that. I just picked five random songs from the Sonic franchise that I enjoy. So what are songs from the Sonic franchise that you enjoy? Let me know in the comment section below. Maybe you’ll remind me of a good one that may have slipped my mind!