Music To My Ears posts chronicle a sampling the great music of a particular series, franchise, etc. Posts tend to be skewed towards videogames, but can cover anything with a great soundtrack behind it (TV shows, anime, movies, etc.). If you have a music track from the series discussed that you like, comment and it may be added to this post!
Now, I’m probably NEVER going to do something as broad as the entire Sonic series in one post. It’d be much too hard to come up with a top ten list – the Sonic series especially is known for good music. Instead, I might do lesser-known subsections like this – only taking a look at a certain portion of the franchise. In this case, portable games from the series.
Sunset Park Act 3 (Triple Trouble)
Out of all the Sonic Game Gear music, this is the only track that’s stuck with me. Other than that, some of the GG music can get a bit annoying… but that’s mainly because of the limitations of the system.
Music Plant (Advance 2)
Sonic Advance 2 for GBA – while it’s a good game, it placed way too much emphasis on simply holding the ‘right’ button. Music Plant is the fourth (I think) zone, and features a nice whimsical theme to go with it. The Advance series as a whole features some pretty solid music.
Holly/Holy Summit (Battle)
Sonic Battle is a fighting game for the GBA with a bit of an offbeat style. This is one of the (funkier) fight BGMs.
Intro/Title Screen (Advance 3)
I can’t really say too many intro theme tracks are awesome enough to put on lists like these, but this is one of those few that are. The title theme that comes in around 0:37 is rather happy-sounding.
Sonic Factory (Advance 3)
This plays in the Sonic Factory in Sonic Advance 3, where you can change characters and zones. Groovy and upbeat.
Extra Boss “Nonaggression” (Advance 3)
The music here is essentially a remix of a track from Sonic Battle (where you battle the Phi robots). Makes sense, as you’re battling a related robot here. This track is better in my opinion. The first eight seconds is awesome, and so is the section starting at 1:01.
A New Day (Rush)
A New Day is the theme song to Sonic Rush, and also the music for the special stage, where it works quite well.
Vela Nova (Rush)
Sonic Rush for the DS broke new ground for the series in the sound department. The music was composed by Hideki Naganuma, who did work for Jet Set Radio. Which, if you played that game, will make loads of sense. Vela Nova plays during one of the last battles of the game.
Wrapped In Black (Rush)
TOO BLACK, TOO STRONG, TOO BLACK, TOO STRONG…
Sonic Rivals for the PSP really wasn’t that good in my opinion. Each stage pitted you against another character in a race to the finish line. If you overtook your opponent, they got faster. If you were behind, they were slower. Luck plays too big a part in beating the game. Most of the music, too, is unremarkable except for the boss theme. I tend to be a fan of anything that combines rock/electronic with classical sounds, so the strings are a nice compliment to the drums and guitar.
Sky Babylon Act 1 (Rush Adventure)
Rush Adventure, in my opinion, has a less awesome soundtrack than Rush overall, but Sky Babylon might actually be the best of both games! This is the main reason I’ve heavily favored this zone in online play.
Bonus track: Mushroom Hill Act 2 (Generations)
Ok, so this might not be valid, since it’s a remix of a song from Sonic 3, but I thought I’d throw it up here anyway. This is the Modern remix of Sonic 3 in the 3DS version of Sonic Generations. The track is infused with the modern Jun Senoue guitar sound that permeates most of the 2000’s Sonic console games, and it works well.