Sonic the Hedgehog has some of the greatest music in video games. I am of course referring to the Genesis games, today Sonic games have really cheesy songs that are in the "so bad, it's good" category. Here I'm listing 10 of the best in no real order. It was pretty hard to cut the list down to 10, so look out for another one of these lists some time in the future. In the mean time, sit back and marvel at what bands like Crush 40 think pass for music.
All Hail Shadow by Magna-Fi ~ Shadow the Hedgehog
Shadow is one dark and edgy guy. He is black with red stripes, and has a gun. Shadow the Hedgehog has a lot of songs that are really bad, but I'm limiting this list to songs that are enjoyably bad, not so bad you want to poke your ears out. This is Shadow's theme song and I imagine 12 year olds would find this to be cool and edgy, but it's pretty bad.
All hail Shadow!
Heroes rise again!
Obliterating everything that's not your friend!
Nothing can stop you now,
No ghost to bring you down!
When there's nothing left to lose, you win!
Escape From the city by Crush 40 ~ Sonic Adventure 2
This is the first song you hear in Sonic Adventure 2 and it's amazing. Because it's right at the beginning of the game, it's more well known and the cheesy vocals and guitar make it pretty memorable. Crush 40 are the masters of cheesy rock.
Must keep on moving ahead,
No time for guessing, follow my plan instead.
Trusting in what you can't see,
Take my lead I'll set you free.
Can You Feel the Sunshine by TJ Davis(<3) and Brian Jacques ~ Sonic R
Sonic R has some of my favorite music in video games. The cheesy synth mixed with TJ Davis' singing make the entire soundtrack incredible. "Can You Feel the Sunshine?" is the music for the first track in the game and one of my favorites. Can you feel the sunshine? I know I can...
When the sun goes down, I feel like I am waiting
For another day, when the clouds go away.
Sonic Underground Intro
An amazing opening to an amazing cartoon. Sonic Underground has Sonic as a royal triplet who has a magic guitar that shoots lasers. Every single episode has a concert in it, so Sonic Underground has the most bad Sonic songs out of anything.
I Long for my children, but I have to wait!
To act too soon could seal their fate!
My Sweet Passion - Fumie Kumatani & Nikki Gregoroff ~ Sonic Adventure
This is the most bizarre song on this list. Amy's theme song is completely incomprehensible. I THINK this is what my favorite lyrics are saying, but I could be wrong.
I do understand the feelings of a Persian Cat
...The thing looked so cute... I had to shave it...
He reminds me of parsley when he's standing the-ere
...Makes me wanna be... his speciality...
Seven Rings in Hand - Steve Conte ~ Sonic and the Secret Rings
A different musical direction for Sonic songs, but an equally bad one. The Wii exclusives don't have as many songs, but Seven Rings in Hand makes up for quantity with quality.
Here's the "Fairy tales in Trance" remix of the song from Sonic and the Black Knight.
Make-believes reborn, Make-believes reborn
Myths in mind re-thought, Myths in mind re-thought
Question all that's known, Question all that's known
Legends blurred and torn
Sonic Boom - Spencer Nilsen ~ Sonic CD
This is the beginning of vocal songs in Sonic the Hedgehog, until Sonic CD there were none, but then "Sonic Boom" happened. (Well technically, "You Can Do Anything" is the first, but that was the Japanese version of "Sonic Boom") This is one of my favorites and it's pretty catchy.
Sonic Boom, Sonic Boom, Sonic Boom
(spinnin' though the world in motion)
Sonic Boom, Sonic Boom, Sonic Booooom...
Super Sonic Racing - TJ Davis(<3) & Richard Jacques ~ Sonic R
This is the main theme of Sonic R and pretty much encapsulates everything wrong and right about Sonic music.
Come on run away, you don't have to stay
We're nearly out of time but you're doing fine
So stay on track and don't look back
Just feel the pace
Come on now RACE!!
Dreams of an Absolution - LB Remix Factory ~ Sonic the Hedgehog
You know what the worst Sonic game ever created needs? AUTOTUNE AND BAD TECHNO.
'Cause every night (every night)
and every night (every night)
and every night (every night)
I will dream (I will dream)
Unknown from ME ~ Sonic Adventure
Before Shadow, Knuckles was the "cool" character in Sonic. To establish that, they created this "song" for Sonic Adventure. While everyone's theme song in Sonic Adventure was pretty darn bad, this one stands out for how ridiculous it is. The rap and singing are bad enough, but the constant reminders that Knuckles is SO COOL are quite brilliant.
"Here I come, rougher than the rest of them
The best of them, tougher than leather
You can call me Knuckles, unlike Sonic I don't chuckle
I'd rather flex my muscles
My heart is nails, it ain't hard to tell"