Composer: Koji Kondo
System: Nintendo Entertainment System
Date: 1988

Originally released as Doki Doki Panic in Japan, this game has always been the black sheep of the Mario series. It was just bizarre, with potion operated doors, masked creatures, and no Bowser in sight. Most Mario songs were slow to mid-tempo tunes, but the Overworld theme was manic, and its cheerful, fast-paced energy excited your expectations. As it turned out, the World of Dreams was no Mushroom Kingdom, but it sure sounded fantastic.