Sonic and Music
Everyone's favorite blue hedgehog, Sonic, has been breaking the sound barrier for decades. His games often are regarded as hit-or-miss; some work great while others fail miserably. One thing that always seems to keep fans coming back for more is the music; many regard Sonic games to have some of the best tunes available. I completely agree.. but that doesn't mean there aren't some very silly songs. They're not necessarily bad, but they are corny. There's so many to choose from that it was hard to narrow it down to six; I tried to pick selections that are corny in different ways. Take a listen and see what you think. This is the top six cheesiest Sonic the Hedgehog songs!
6. Sonic Heroes Theme
We'll start off tame with the main theme of the game Sonic Heroes. This music describes various Sonic characters, then constantly sings the lyrics "Sonic Heroes" as Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles bounce around on some exploding things. I guess it could be cheesier, but if I went around with my brothers singing the words "Jeremy Heroes", I bet you'd find it pretty silly. There's a longer version of this beat available, but I thought we'd keep things concise to make up for the extended cheesiness we'll get to later. And even though the song is corny, I actually think the singer has a good voice, and believe the music makes a nice first impression for the game.
5. Sonic Boom
We have another main theme here. Sonic Boom is featured in the aging game, Sonic CD, and also makes an appearance in the more recent (yet also aging) title, Super Smash Brothers Brawl. By the way, do you remember the Disney Hercules movie, with the singing Muses (Zero to Hero)? Sonic Boom is what would happen if those ladies created a melody about our blue hedgehog. It's cheesy, optimistic, and pretty darn catchy. Give it a listen and see if you agree!
4. We Can
Ah, another Sonic Heroes tune. This melody is basically the quintessential friendship song, singing about the wonders of companionship, and the specific strengths of Sonic and friends. If you like uplifting music, you might enjoy it. If not, it'll probably sound like a bunch of hippies group-hugging while singing Kumbaya. Jokes aside, it's a nice and positive song, reminiscent of the innocence of youth. Moving on, we've already been hit with some incredibly campy tunes; can we find some even cornier music? We can!
3. Sonic Underground Theme
If you want an awesomely dramatic and cheesy theme, look no further than the opening to the 90's show Sonic Underground. This show featured Sonic as well as his brother and sister (who only exist in this world) fighting against evil with their.. music. Uh, okay. To make it even weirder, all of the Hedgehogs (even the girl) are voiced by Jaleel White, whom you may remember as Steve Urkel in the sitcom Family Matters. But anyway, the opening tells the sad tale of Sonic's loving mother who abandons her kids because a stranger told her to. Hey, if you gave birth to three children who all spoke in Urkel's voice, maybe you'd do it too. Unfortunately, the other songs featured in the show don't leave as strong an impression as the enjoyable corny opening, and there are better Sonic cartoons to experience.
*Here, "love interest" more accurately translates to "stalker".
** "He reminds me of parsley" and "The sphinx looks so cute.. I have to shave it".
2. My Sweet Passion
Dear readers, I challenge you to sit through the entirety of Amy Rose's theme, My Sweet Passion; this has to be the girliest tune found in any Sonic game. Many people run in fear after the first five seconds, but you'll find the occasional fan who actually enjoys the music. And honestly.. I'm sort of one of them. Hear me out. The song is either incredibly annoying or irritatingly catchy, depending on your perspective. I have warm feelings towards it because whenever it played in the Sonic Adventure games, you knew that Amy Rose, Sonic's love interest*, was about to appear; it gave you warning and allowed you time to run away. Additionally, it has some very interesting lyrics that make me scratch my head whenever I hear them**. Love it or (quite likely) hate it, this is certainly a corny and bizarre theme for a cartoon character.
*Yea, it's weird how the word "me" is spelled "M.E." I've played these games to death, and the only theory I can devise is that ME refers to the Master Emerald, a powerful gem Knuckles guards.
1. Unknown from M.E.
The number one cheesy song is actually the theme of my favorite Sonic character, Knuckles the Echidna. Hailing from the Sonic Adventure games, the music, titled Unknown from M.E.*, offers an, uh, "interesting" look at the red echidna. Pretty much every lyric in this song is tritely boasting of Knuckles's powers and duties; we could probably laugh at every word, but I'll highlight some of my favorite parts: "You can call me Knuckles, unlike Sonic I don't chuckle" and "The new porcupine on the block with the buff chest, Outta the wilderness with the ruggedness". To further perplex us, about every twenty seconds, the song switches between a dude who raps, a saxophone player, and a singer who almost sounds like Michael Jackson. If you enjoy the silliness and rhythm, I can't blame you; I kind of do, too. However, if you can't stand the silliness and rhythm, I really can't blame you.
We made it through! I hope you enjoyed experiencing some of the strangest music from the Sonic series. Whether or not you're a fan of these oddities, keep in mind many Sonic songs are more normal and "cooler"; if none of these tunes caught your interest, consider giving Open Your Heart, Live and Learn, Dreams of an Absolution, or This Machine a try. Alternatively, take a quiz to determine which Sonic character suits you here. And thank you for reading!
One last thing. If you ever need a legal way to torture someone, you can have them listen to two hours of My Sweet Passion as Sonic's face taunts them.