List of Mario references in music

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Due to the popularity of the Mario series, his games and characters have been referenced in songs.

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References[edit]

Alex Day[edit]

I Hate Mario Kart Wii[edit]

From Alex Day's 117% Complete single, Alex Day describes his hatred for Mario Kart Wii, and explains in the lyrics what happens as the race he is in progresses. The song can be listened to here.

Allison[edit]

Super Mario Bros.[edit]

A remake of the "Super Mario Bros 3" song by Taller Para Niños.

Bad Meets Evil[edit]

I'm On Everything[edit]

The song, by hip hop duo, Bad Meets Evil (composed of Eminem and Royce da 5'9"), references Mario in the line "Me and visions on 'shrooms, call us the Mario Brothers".

Big Sean[edit]

Ashley[edit]

On the song featuring singer Miguel, Big Sean in the second says the following lines: "It's been weird since I went out west and did an album with no I.D and ain't came back since". This was followed by Mario grunting from Super Mario 64.

Blood On The Dance Floor[edit]

Let's Get it on Like Donkey Kong[edit]

The song title mentions the name of a Mario character.

Bonzo Dog Band[edit]

Keynsham[edit]

The single hit, Keynsham, sounds a lot like the Powerful Infant theme from Yoshi's Island. The song can be heard here here.

Caps & Jones[edit]

Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah[edit]

Later in the song, the theme for New Super Mario Bros. can be heard.

Chamillionaire[edit]

Game Gonna Cost a Fee[edit]

In Chamillionaire's "Game Gonna Cost a Fee" it is mentioned that "I ride with bananas and shells like Mario and Luigi", "bananas" and "shells" referring (respectively) to banana clips and shotgun shells.

Das Racist[edit]

Rainbow in the Dark[edit]

Kool A.D.'s verse includes the line, "Like Don King playing Donkey Kong Country at his cousin’s house".

Eminem[edit]

Despicable (Freestyle)[edit]

In "Despicable" (Freestyle) rap by Eminem (which was originally a song by Drake), Eminem mentions the lines "the game I just about conquered it like Donkey Kong".

Rap God[edit]

In the official music video, a scene displays a TV screen playing the original Super Mario Bros..

ERB[edit]

Epic Rap Battles of History[edit]

A rap battle with Mario and Luigi as the main rappers, and the Wright Bros. Princess Peach and Donkey Kong are mentioned once each, with a line going Your princess is in our castle now, yeah she's gone, cause stayed up all night playing Donkey Kong.

Far East Movement[edit]

Rocketeer[edit]

One line in the middle of "Rocketeer" is "Go on the next level, Super Mario."

Freezepop[edit]

I Am Not Your Gameboy[edit]

The song is told from a Game Boy's point of view asking the listener not to insert games such as Tetris, Donkey Kong, Super Mario and other Game Boy games.

He Is Legend[edit]

The Seduction[edit]

Towards the end, there is the line "I've got to find the princess, she's in another castle".

Horse the Band[edit]

Birdo[edit]

"Birdo" is loosely based off the Nintendo Character Birdo. The song uses electronic 8-bit sounds with electric guitar. It is in Horse the Band's 3rd album The Mechanical Hand. The song is mostly about the vocalists distaste for eggs and traumatic childhood.

Ice Cube[edit]

Now I Gotta Wet 'Cha[edit]

The first line of the song is "It's on like Donkey Kong."[1]

Jellyfish[edit]

Ignorance is Bliss[edit]

Main article: Ignorance is Bliss

From the album White Knuckle Scorin', the song is narrated by Bowser, speaking to Princess Toadstool.

Kim Hyun-Joong[edit]

Lucky Guy[edit]

A song by South Korean singer Kim Hyun Joong, his songs often contain various sound effects from Super Mario series, including Jumping, Coins, and even 1-Up sound.

KJ-52[edit]

Video Games[edit]

KJ-52's Christian-themed rap song contains various game references and sound effects. KJ-52 raps about how "I was down to one life and I didn't have another / but now I'm super like the Mario Brothers."

Leaders of the New School[edit]

Syntax Era[edit]

One of the lyrics is "I'm Donkey Kong, fat freak the notes".

Lights[edit]

Timing is Everything[edit]

One of the first lines of this song on Lights' album "Siberia" is "In the interim, the princess was in another castle."

Lil Wayne[edit]

No Worries[edit]

On this smash hit, in the second verse: "Let me see that Donkey Kong".

Logan Whitehurst & The Junior Science Club[edit]

What It's Like in Japan[edit]

"What It's Like in Japan" featured on the album "Very Tiny Songs", describes Japan (from where Mario was created) in a manner clearly modeled after a typical Super Mario Bros. level, featuring sound effects from the game and having its last line (That's what it's like when you go to Japan). The end is sung to the tune of Super Mario Bros.'s Game Over theme.

The Lonely Island[edit]

I Don't Give A Honk[edit]

Andy claims "We all know we're born with one hundred honks", to which Jorm adds, "But people throw them away like they were Donkey Konks."

Ludacris[edit]

Spur of the Movement[edit]

One of the lines is "We play Mario Brothers, we eat the 'shroom and get power."[1]

NESkimos[edit]

NESkimos is a band that plays metal versions of music from Nintendo games, including Super Mario Bros. 3.

Patent Pending[edit]

Hey Mario[edit]

From the 2013 album "Brighter", the songs talks about why Mario should stop rescuing Princess Peach. Games and sub-series like Mario Kart, Dr. Mario and Super Mario Galaxy are mentioned as well. The coin sound effect is also used in some lines.

Resonant Sun[edit]

Video Game[edit]

The song describes Super Mario Bros..

Roxette[edit]

Almost Unreal[edit]

"Almost Unreal" was featured in the Super Mario Bros. film as the first song in the credits. There are two versions of the music video, one with references to the film and one without. The former includes images from the film and several minor references, including one of the king's Mushrooms and and several warnings of de-evolution. The video ends with the main character being De-Evolved into a lizard, which crawls out of his clothes. The scene of the lizard is cut out of the later version of the video, along with the De-Evolution warning. In both videos the main character plays a video game, progressing through levels as the video continues.

Snoop Dogg[edit]

The Bidness[edit]

One of the lyrics is "Half dog, half gorilla, bitch Donkey Kong".[1]

Taller Para Niños[edit]

Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

A song by the Mexican group, only the last line in the song actually refers to Super Mario Bros. 3.

The Mountain Goats & Kaki King[edit]

Thank You Mario But Our Princess in Another Castle[edit]

The song is sung from the perspective of Toad after being rescued by Mario. Inspired by the infamous line that is the song's title, Toad sings about the horrible time he had while being kidnapped.

Trace Adkins[edit]

Honky Tonk Badonkadonk[edit]

The country song makes a reference to Donkey Kong when Trace Adkins says "She's got it goin' on like Donkey Kong."

Tyga[edit]

Hijack[edit]

The gangsta like criminal song makes a reference to Bowser (Mario) when the rapper says "Motherf**kin' beast bitch call me King Koopa."


See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c The Mushroom Kingdom - Mario in Rap