List of Mario references in music

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This article is about references to the Mario games in music. For official music of the Mario franchise, see List of albums.

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


A$AP Ferg[edit]


A$AP Ferg's debut mixtape includes this song, with the line, "And I click like Donkey Kong when I hit this long".

A$AP Mob[edit]

Young Nigga Living[edit]

The instrumental to this track from their debut album incorporates a sound clip of Yoshi dying from Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island.

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.


Super Mario Bros.[edit]

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


Can't Leave Rap Alone[edit]

This song, by underground rapper, Apathy, features the line "I'm like Donkey Kong, I got you niggas dodgin' my barrels".

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]


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.

Jump Out the Window[edit]

Big Sean has a line in the first verse in the song in which he recalls, "Remember when you used to though and hit the Mario Kart / And you always picked the princess."

Blood On The Dance Floor[edit]

It's On Like Donkey Kong[edit]

The song title mentions the name of a Mario character.

Bonzo Dog Band[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.


Rapper Chamillionaire's nick name is Koopa or King Koopa, and occasionally in songs he introduces himself as such.

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.

Childish Gambino[edit]

American Royalty[edit]

Gambino has a line in this song that goes, "balls like Bowser".

Eat Your Vegetables[edit]

The instrumental to this song samples a Donkey Kong Country underwater song.

Children of Seraph[edit]

Rainbow Road[edit]

This song is named after the iconic race track featured in every Mario Kart. It describes the difficulty and frustration of racing through Rainbow Road.

Chris Webby[edit]


This rap song features the line "Donkey Kong in the flesh like the ape loose".

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".


On his performance during The Game Awards 2015, the Canadian artist included remixed versions of The Evil King Bowser and Haunted House BGM from Super Mario World.

Denzel Curry[edit]

Envy Me[edit]

Florida rapper includes the line "I'm shroomed out my mental like Mario Bros." in this song.


6 God[edit]

The instrumental to this song samples the "Haunted Chase" track from Donkey Kong Country 2.


Cha Cha[edit]

This song's instrumental samples the Star Road theme from Super Mario World, and uses the staple coin effects throughout.


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..


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]


One line in the middle of "Rocketeer" is "We're on some next level, Super Mario."

Flatbush Zombies[edit]

The Results Are In[edit]

This song contains a sample of Yoshi saying his name, after the line "No chain on, gold teeth, blowing Yoshi".


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" 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]

J. Cole[edit]

Daddy's Little Girl[edit]

Artist J. Cole says, in the song, "You lost to lookin' for a savior, I ain't Mario".


In this song, he says the lines, "I'm Koopa, I never been the Mario type / No saving hoes."


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.

Jennifer Lopez[edit]

On the Floor[edit]

One of the lines said by rapper Pitbull is "And watch a chick get Donkey Konged".

Kero Kero Bonito[edit]

Sick Beat[edit]

The song's backing track is based around a sample of the "Star Select" jingle from Super Mario 64.

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.


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".


Timing is Everything[edit]

One of the first lines of track 7 on Canadian musician Lights' 2011 album "Siberia" is "In the interim, the princess was in another castle."

Lil Dicky[edit]

Lemme Freak[edit]

The song's instrumental includes a sample of a Koopa Shell being kicked from the original Super Mario Bros.

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.


Super Mario World[edit]

The song's title is the same as the Super Nintendo Entertainment System game Super Mario World.

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."


Spur of the Movement[edit]

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

Major Lazer[edit]

Aerosol Can[edit]

One of the lines on the middle of the song is "Make yourself bigger like mushroom, Mario Kart".


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

Mac Miller[edit]

Blue Slide Park[edit]

This track from rapper Mac Miller's debut album of the same name includes the line: "We just tryna go bananas like it's Donkey Kong".

MF Doom[edit]

Hoe Cakes[edit]

The song includes the following line: "Own his own throne, the boss like King Koopa".

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..


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 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.

Schoolboy Q[edit]

Break the Bank[edit]

The beat to this song is produced by DJ "The Alchemist", who included a sample of Toad screaming from Mario Kart 64, slowed and faded, and played throughout the song.

Snoop Dogg[edit]

The Bidness[edit]

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

Supah Mario[edit]

Supah Mario is the stage name for DeMario Priester, a hip hop music producer who has produced instrumentals to tracks for big name artists including Drake, Young Thug, 2 Chainz, and others.

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."



The gangsta like criminal song makes a reference to Bowser when the rapper says "Motherfucking beast bitch call me King Koopa."

Yung Lean[edit]

Yung Lean is a Swedish rapper whose lyrics frequently focus on video games; his music videos feature video game related graphics and footage, such as including gameplay from Super Smash Bros. Melee. Some of his songs reference Mario, and two songs directly reference Mario in the title: "Yoshi City" and another titled "Princess Daisy".

Mario related references in his songs include the following:

See also[edit]


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