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Music suggestions for your RetroPie menu Music

  • You've read this thread about playing background music in retropie:

    Now the fun part: which music do you put in that music folder? I was browsing khinsider (wink) and found some delightful tunes that now play whenever I boot up my pi. I wanted to share these with you, and I'm interested to know what music you use! I will not provide download links not to infringe copyright, but you should not have to dig too deep to find these. Here we go, in no particular order:

    Casino Night Zone (Sonic 2)
    DK Rap (DK64)
    Windy and co (Conker's Bad Fur Day)
    Rock Solid (Conker's Bad Fur Day)
    Treasure Trove Cove (Banjo-Kazooie)
    Battletoads title theme
    Solstice title theme
    Pictionary NES title theme
    Mushroom Forest (Little Nemo)
    The Moon (Ducktales Remastered/Original)
    Silver Surfer BGM1-2
    Brinstar (Metroid NES)
    Bloody Tears (Castlevania II)
    Master Blaster Level 1
    Fever (Dr. Mario)
    Chill (Dr. Mario)
    Big Apple 3AM (TMNT4 SNES)
    Technodrome (let's kick shell!) (TMNT 4 SNES)
    TMNT NES overworld theme
    The Instinct (Killer Instinct Killer Cuts)
    Rocket Knight Adventures Stage 4
    Corneria (Star Fox SNES)
    Mute City (F-Zero SNES)
    Big Blue (F-Zero SNES)
    Guile Theme (Street Fighter 2 Turbo)
    Ken Theme (Street Fighter 2 Turbo)
    Silver Lining (special arrange version) (Escathos)
    Stickerbrush Symphony (Donkey Kong Country 2)
    Athletic Theme (Yoshi's Island SNES)
    GBA Mario Circuit (Mario Kart 8)
    N64 Royal Raceway (Mario Kart 8)
    SNES Donut Plains (Mario Kart 8)
    N64 Yoshi Valley (Mario Kart 8)
    N64 Rainbow Road (Mario Kart 8)
    Hyrule Circuit (Mario Kart 8)
    Excitebike Arena (Mario Kart 8)
    Your Name Please (Earthbound)
    Sunrise - Onett Theme (Earthbound)
    Buy Something Will Ya (Earthbound)
    Smooth Criminal (Moonwalker GEN)
    Hope Disappointment Counterattack BGM2 (Midnight Resistance GEN)
    One Night in Neo Kobe City (Snatcher sega CD)
    Keep Running (stage 7) (Atomic Runner GEN)
    Title Screen (Gunstar Heroes)
    Tournament Results (Eternal Champions GEN)
    Character Bios (Eternal Champions GEN)
    Kongo Jungle (Smash Bros. N64)
    Melee theme 2 (Smash Bros. Melee)
    Dodonpachi Level 1 theme
    Magical Sound Shower Euro Remix (from outrun 20th anniversary album)
    Passing Breeze Euro Remix (from outrun 20th anniversary album)
    Last Wave Euro Remix (from outrun 20th anniversary album)
    Magical Sound Shower Rhythm Retake (from Outrun album, not 20th anniversary album)
    Comic Bakery Remix (Tomas Danko, from album "Back in Time 2")
    Hydrocity Zone 1&2 (Sonic 3)
    Shovel Knight Title Screen
    Shovel Knight Level 1
    Halo Theme
    Bubble Bobble theme (NES, or arcade if you like screechy sounds)
    Let Mom Sleep (Jet Set Radio)
    Funky Dealer (Jet Set Radio Future)
    Cave Story Title Theme
    Operation 1 (Soldier Blade TG16)
    Stage 5-2 (Air Zonk TG16)
    After Burner (After Burner 2)
    Final Take-off (After Burner 2)
    Space Harrier Theme
    Rooftop, Streets, Subway (MK3)
    Jet Moto 2 Title Theme
    Cypress Run (Jet Moto)
    Title, stage 2 & 5 (Ginga Fukei Densetsu Sapphire, PCE-CD)
    Dezant (Lords of Thunder, I won't decide PCE-CD or Sega CD for you!)
    Select Mover / High score (Gley Lancer)
    Dr Wily's Castle 1 (Mega Man 2)
    Chemical Warfare Facility (Goldeneye 007 64)
    Starfox 64 Opening
    Stage 7 (Gradius V)
    Gradius Remix (DJ Sharpnel, on Gradius Arcade Soundtrack album)
    Hope & Joy Peace & Love (on Gradius Arcade Soundtrack album)
    Thermosphere (Einhander)
    Kirby Smash (foxsky, on soundcloud)
    Road Rash 2 title theme
    NES Classic's menu theme (hehe)

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    Battle Squadron Main Theme
    Battle Squadron In-game Theme
    Sally Select (Dodonpachi Daifukkatsu Black Label)
    Baba Yetu (Civilisation IV)
    Blue Field Theme & Catch'em (Pokemon Pinball)
    Collision Chaos (Sonic CD)
    Death by Glamour (Undertale)
    Disconnected (Pegboard Nerds, not VGM)
    Dream Figure Skating (Mario & Sonic at the Winter Olympics)
    Carnival Stage (Marvel VS Capcom 2)
    Factory Stage (Marvel VS Capcom 2)
    Swamp Stage (Marvel VS Capcom 2)
    Training Stage (Marvel VS Capcom 2)
    River Stage (Marvel VS Capcom 2)
    Fantastic Theater (Tekken Tag Tournament 2 )
    Flight of the Battery (Sonic 3 remix by Benjamin Briggs)
    Gerudo Valley (Smash Bros for Wii U/3DS)
    Go Forth! Great Fox (Ace Attorney)
    Jurassic Dope (Contra Hard Corps)
    NameEntry - 2A03+N106 mix (Kplecraft, from Psyvariar "the mix")
    Volcano Kamishimo X68000 mix (hally , from Psyvariar "the mix")
    Neko atsume original BGM
    Splash Down (Ristar)
    Streamworks (Shantae and the Pirate's Curse)
    Super Smash Bros Melee Theme 8bit (Rebaz (I think...))
    Donkey Kong Country original Title Theme
    Super Back to the Future 2 title theme
    The Void of Space (Verytex)
    Advantageous Development (Raiden IV)
    Let's Go Away (Daytona USA)

  • @felleg Thank you for posting this great list. One of my favorite themes is "Battle Squadron Main Theme" if you'd like to add it to the list :)

    Edit: I forgot to mention this one as well:

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  • @Brigane Wow, cool theme! I never heard it before. I'll add it for sure. :) I will also add some new finds I made when I get home tonight.

    EDIT: added your theme, and a bunch of others ;)

  • @felleg For amiga one of my favourites is intro from turrican II.

  • Blood Money (Amiga)

    Cannon Fodder (Amiga)

    Gianna Sisters (C64)

    Ghost n Goblins (C64)

    Monty on the run (C64)

    Ocean Loader`s 1-5 (c64)

    i could keep on....

  • @DorkVonWaterfall There are some great picks! It's strange, I never played C64 or Amiga growing up (I think they were more popular in Europe than in America). Thanks for sharing these! I always thought the Monty on the Run theme was from I Wanna Be the Guy... Silly me!

  • @felleg This is my favourite one from ZX spectrum, i had this game on my real spectrum and the first time i hear it i said woooowwww...

    ZX spectrum Ghouls and ghost main theme:

    The best music i ever hear on a ZX speactrum.

  • @felleg It's a slightly different approach, but in my older arcade cabinet that ran on XP using the Maximus Arcade font end, we used to run an ambient arcade track that would loop. It was supposed to sound like the background noise you would hear in a real arcade, so it had 80's hits mixed into a long series of arcade sounds and pinball noises. There was another version that had more updated games instead of just early classics. The looping wasn't an issue because it was so long. Someone spent a lot of time making the mix track. I think you can still find these with a google search.

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    <blatent advert> ;-)

    If anyone wants ogg/mp3 recordings from game music you can download recordings from many systems via my modland interface at


    Turrican 1/2/3 for Amiga

    (There is also a basic Kodi addon for listening to tunes from modland also which comes with Kodi)

  • @caver01 Very interesting! I found versions of Arcade Ambiance 1981, 1983, 1992, ... on youtube. I don't know if that's the ones you were referring to. I can imagine this sounding amazing in an arcade cabinet!

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    @felleg said in Music suggestions for your RetroPie menu Music:

    I can imagine this sounding amazing in an arcade cabinet!

    It really is fantastic. I have a setup on my main computer that mixes the various ambience years into a corresponding randomized jukebox playlist depending on time frame. For an extra element of nostalgia, I made the option to select a further variable of background ambience such as bowling alleys, beach boardwalks and outdoor amusement parks, all equalized to fit the intended space complete with appropriate crowd chatter. I find that it puts me so perfectly in the moment, that my scoring is almost always higher. Talking about it here makes me want to explore a similar option for the Pi.

  • @felleg said in Music suggestions for your RetroPie menu Music:

    I found versions of Arcade Ambiance 1981, 1983, 1992, ... on youtube. I don't know if that's the ones you were referring to.

    Yeah, those are quite similar. Actually, back in the day the ones I used had music from the same era as part of the mix, but I have a feeling those are not to be found anymore. The ones you found are good, although they seem a little bit dense with sounds. I remember them being a bit more sparsely loaded, but I could be wrong. Anyway, it makes for a great background soundtrack if you are primarily setup for arcade games like me.

  • @mediamogul said in Music suggestions for your RetroPie menu Music:

    beach boardwalks

    If I could take the ambiance of the Wildwood boardwalk, and play it through the pi. That would be lovely.

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    @lilbud said in Music suggestions for your RetroPie menu Music:

    If I could take the ambiance of the Wildwood boardwalk, and play it through the pi. That would be lovely.

    Wildwood is legendary. I would have loved to visit Dracula's Castle.

  • @mediamogul On the topic of Wildwood, Sam's Pizza or Macks?

    (Everyone else will be wondering what we are talking about)

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    @lilbud said in Music suggestions for your RetroPie menu Music:

    Sam's Pizza or Macks?

    Hah! Like Republicans and Democrats, G.I. Joe and Cobra, or even Captain & Tennille, one couldn't exist without the other. However, I gotta side with Sam's. Cheddar on a pie is as egregious to my senses as "Muskrat Love".

  • @mediamogul Sams with a bucket of Curley Fries. While playing games in Gateway 26.

  • I know this doesn't have much to do with retro gaming music but I still think that Borderlands soundtracks are worth mentioning. I like the ambient feeling.

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