List of Mario references in music
Due to the popularity of the Mario franchise, the games have been referenced numerous times in popular songs.
A$AP Ferg's debut mixtape includes this song, with the line, "And I click like Donkey Kong when I hit this long".
Young Nigga Living
The title of Alestorm's sixth studio album, Curse of the Crystal Coconut, is inspired by the Donkey Kong franchise. One of the album's tracks is a cover of "Pirate Scorn" from the Donkey Kong Country television series. Additionally, the album's poster features several references to the Donkey Kong franchise, such as an eponymous Crystal Coconut from Donkey Kong 64, the skeletal remains of a gorilla wearing a tie, a floating DK Coin, and several Klomps from Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest, as well as generic Donkey Kong motifs such as bananas and barrels, including a TNT Barrel.
I Hate Mario Kart Wii
Super Mario Bros.
A remake of the Super Mario Bros. 3 theme by Taller Para Niños.
Can't Leave Rap Alone
This song, by underground rapper, Apathy, features the line "I'm like Donkey Kong, I got you niggas dodgin' my barrels".
Lark On My Go-Kart
Asther Roth raps, "Mario Kart skills are outrageous," in this song from his second album.
What's Going On? Why?
I'm On Everything
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
It's On Like Donkey Kong
The song title mentions Donkey Kong's name, and the phrase itself is repeated throughout the chorus.
War of Hormone
The song features the coin and power-up sound effects from Super Mario Bros..
Do the Donkey Kong
The song debuted in the 1982 album Pac-Man Fever. The song was later released as a single in May 1982, though it was not as successful as the album nor the "Pac-Man Fever" single release. The song is based the Donkey Kong arcade game and features many of the game's sound effects as well as some of the in-game music.
Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah
Later in the song, the New Super Mario Bros. theme can be heard.
I Like It
During one of the verses, Cardi B sings "'Bout my coins like Mario!"
Rapper Chamillionaire's nick name is Koopa or King Koopa, and occasionally in songs he introduces himself as such.
Game Gonna Cost a Fee
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.
On the song "Boys" by Charli XCX, a modified version of the Super Mario Bros. coin effect sound is looped throughout the track's instrumental.
Gambino has a line in this song that goes, "balls like Bowser".
Eat Your Vegetables
The instrumental to this song samples "Aquatic Ambience," the music for the underwater levels in Donkey Kong Country.
This rap song features the line "Donkey Kong in the flesh like the ape loose".
The song samples the underground and overworld song from Super Mario Bros. and various sound effects from the game, such as the jump, lose a life, jump, or sliding down the flag sound effects. It is never officially released due to the unlicensed use of the music, though it is an underground hit in 1999 and led to a deal by Rawkus Records.
Rainbow in the Dark
Kool A.D.'s verse includes the line, "Like Don King playing Donkey Kong Country at his cousin’s house".
Florida rapper includes the line "I'm shroomed out my mental like Mario Bros." in this song.
Pyro (2019 Leak)
In this track from his collaboration EP with producer Kenny Beats, he says the line "Fire flows like I'm red and white Mario" in reference to Mario's Fire Mario ability from the original Super Mario Bros..
The instrumental to this song samples the "Haunted Chase" track from Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest.
This song's instrumental samples the Star Road theme from Super Mario World, and uses the staple coin effects throughout.
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".
In this song exclusive to the deluxe edition of the album Music To Be Murdered By, Eminem says in the first verse, "Stuck inside of a Mario Kart race duckin' saw blades".
Mario Bros vs Wright Bros.
Youtube channel, Epic Rap Battles of History, created a video rap battle with Mario and Luigi battling the Wright Bros. Princess Peach and Donkey Kong are mentioned once each, with a line stating: "Your princess is in our castle now, yeah she's gone, cause stayed up all night playing Donkey Kong".
One line in the middle of "Rocketeer" is "We're on some next level, Super Mario."
The Results Are In
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
One of the song's features is rapper Kyle, in which he says in his verse, "Sex and Super Smash Bros., hoes want to play".
Towards the end, there is the line "I've got to find the princess, she's in another castle".
Mario & Link
"Mario & Link" uses sound effects from various video games, including Mario games, and directly samples Peach's dialogue from the end of Super Mario 64. It begins with the lines: "Hello there, uh, it's Frank and this song is dedicated to Mario and Link due to their undying perseverance which I'm not sure I should do the same of... Mario's never getting some and Link's never getting some so why should princesses love me?"
"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.
Now I Gotta Wet 'Cha
The first line of the song is "It's on like Donkey Kong."
Daddy's Little Girl
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".
The song "'95 South" (stylized "9 5 . s o u t h") contains the line: "Could put a M right on your head, you Luigi brother now". The line is a play on words referring to placing a million-dollar (M) bounty on someone's life (their head), and him alluding that to the M on Mario's cap.
The song's instrumental has a Super Mario Bros. coin sound effect used throughout.
Ignorance is Bliss
One of the lines said by rapper Pitbull is "And watch a chick get Donkey Konged."
Kenan and Kel
On his sophomore album, JPEGMAFIA raps the following two lines in a verse: "I'm dressin' up like I'm Prince Peach / And if you sendin' in Marios to defend me".
The song's backing track is based around a sample of the "Star Select" jingle from Super Mario 64.
A song by South Korean singer Kim Hyun-joong, his songs often contain various sound effects from the Super Mario series, including Jumping, Coins, and even the 1-Up sound.
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."
Mario sa Amerika
One of the lyrics is "I'm Donkey Kong, fat freak the notes".
Timing is Everything
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."
The song's instrumental includes a sample of a Koopa Shell being kicked from the original Super Mario Bros.
On this song, Lil Wayne states in the the second verse: "Let me see that Donkey Kong".
What It's Like in Japan
"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
In the second verse, Logic says, "That Super Mario flow, I always get the 1-Up".
I Don't Give A Honk
Spur of the Movement
One of the lines on the middle of the song is "Make yourself bigger like mushroom, Mario Kart."
Thank You Mario But Our Princess in Another Castle
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.
The NESkimos is a band that plays metal versions of music from Nintendo games, including Super Mario Bros. 3.
Blue Slide Park
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".
The song includes the following line: "Own his own throne, the boss like King Koopa".
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.
In one line, the song mentions Mario Kart by saying, "We made an art out of Mario Kart, we're smart gents."
Shoot My Shot
In one line, the song mentions Mario and Bowser by saying, "Hotter than Bowser, this ain't super Mario."
Better Than It Ever Could Be
The song contains some notes from the ending theme of Super Mario Bros. 2.
"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 latter 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.
Break the Bank
Ski Mask the Slump God has a song titled "Bowser", featuring deceased rapper XXXTentacion, from the mixtape "Members Only, Vol. 3". The song features various pop culture references, including video games and television cartoons, but features no additional references to Mario outside from the song name.
The song "Nuketown" from the album "STOKELEY" contains the line, "Ate a Mario mushroom quick, uh-huh".
One of the lyrics is "Half dog, half gorilla, bitch Donkey Kong".
Taller Para Niños
Super Mario Bros. 3
A song by the Mexican group, only the last line in the song actually refers to Super Mario Bros. 3. Song was later covered by band, Allison.
Honky Tonk Badonkadonk
The country song makes a reference to Donkey Kong when Trace Adkins says "She's got it goin' on like Donkey Kong."
The song makes a reference to Bowser when the rapper says "Motherfucking beast bitch call me King Koopa."
This song from Waka Flocka Flame's debut album, "Flockaveli" contains the line, "Ran up on his car, had him eating shells like Mario Go-Kart".
Yung Lean is a Swedish rapper whose lyrics frequently reference video games. His music video to Hurt features 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: