Sonic the Hedgehog‘s 20th anniversary has arrived, and many gamers are taking the occasion to look back at how the titular icon has changed over the years – and what made him so great. He started off as Sega’s competitor for Mario – inciting the first video gaming war. He was involved in some classic games back in the day, but with the fall of Sega as a console-making company, Sonic went through a very dark time period, and is only now starting to come out of it.
However, whether it was an up or a down, one thing can always be said about Sonic games: They have great music. To that end, we counted down our top 10 favorite Sonic The Hedgehog tracks.
Whether the result of signing good bands, working with legendary pop stars, or just being really good at what they do, Sega’s music has always been top-notch, especially with the Sonic franchise.
Remember, music is subjective, so you’ll probably disagree with something on this list. Feel free to voice your opinions in the comments below.
Honorable Mention: Chemical Plant Zone (Sonic 2)
As always, it was hard to narrow down the list to ten. This one just barely makes the list because of its catchy tune and unique sound.
#10.) Sonic Boom (Sonic CD)
Every Sonic fan knows this song (especially anyone who attended the Sonic Boom party at E3 2011). In addition to being the theme song for one of the few good games on the Sega CD, it’s a cool song – low-key and still exciting at the same time.
#9.) Live and Learn (Sonic Adventure 2)
Live and Learn is one of the two songs that sort of define the “Dreamcast Era” for Sonic. It’s a bit more aggressive than older Sonic songs, but it’s still fast-paced – which is what Sonic is all about.
#8.) Flying Battery Zone (Sonic & Knuckles)
This song doesn’t get as much love from Sonic fans, but it should. It’s incredibly energetic, which fits the setting – as you’re running through a large plane-like structure, trying very hard not to fall off.
#7.) Open Your Heart (Sonic Adventure)
“Open Your Heart” is the other defining song of the “Dreamcast Era.” It’s very similar to “Live and Learn,” and comes down to a matter of preference – regarding which one is “better.”
#6.) Scrap Brain Zone (Sonic 1)
This song fits the setting of the zone perfectly. You’re blasting your way through Robotnik’s fortress, the final area just up ahead, and this alien and slightly foreboding tune bolsters the action.