List of Super Mario World (television series) songs
The following is a list of the various songs featured in the Super Mario World animated series. In all, there are fourteen songs, one for each episode plus the theme song. Each song corresponds to the theme of the episode. For example, in "The Yoshi Shuffle", the theme for the episode is football, so the song that corresponds to that episode is about fighting to the finish. Unlike the predecessors, which featured covers of licensed music, no songs on the Super Mario World cartoon were changed or removed due to copyright restrictions, since they were all written (and some parodied) exclusively for the show. All songs were composed by Michael Tavera and Monroe Michaels.
This is the opening theme to the animated series. The lyrics and melody of the theme song were written by Mark Mothersbaugh. An instrumental version is used as the credits theme to the show. However, early German broadcasts used the intro with the German translation of The Mario Rap from The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! instead.
Kootie Pie Rap
In the episode "The Wheel Thing", while Mario, Luigi, Yoshi and the Cave People try to stop Bowser and Kooky von Koopa from rampaging through Dome City in the Mega Mechanasaur, the 50's style song Motor City is played. (Note: This is the only song from the Super Mario World TV series to have its instrumental used to dub over cover songs in re-airings of The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!; all others are from The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3.)
The instrumental was played in place of the first instance of "Surfin' Bird" in "The Bird! The Bird!", "Chains" in "Stars in Their Eyes", "Hot Hot Hot" in "Too Hot to Handle", "I Got You (I Feel Good)" in "Bad Rap", "Rock Around the Clock" in "Elvin Lives", and "Kung Fu Fighting" in "Karate Koopa".
At the Circus
In "Send in the Clown", while Mario is looking for an item to aid his friends, who have been captured by Bowser and Big Mouth Koopa, he rushes through Neon Castle. While he is being chased by dozens of enemies, At the Circus plays in the background; it is a parody of "This Is It", the theme song of The Bugs Bunny Show.
In "Ghosts 'R' Us", Yoshi, while searching the haunted house for the captured Mario, Luigi, Princess Toadstool and Oogtar, is chased by a gang of ghosts consisting of a Big Ghost and several Ghosts while the song Wizard plays. This is a parody of Thriller.
Rockin' With the Sleigh Bells
While rushing through Neon Castle searching for Oogtar in "The Night Before Cave Christmas", Mario and Yoshi evade dozens of enemies, all the while Rockin' With The Sleigh Bells plays in the background. It is based on the Brenda Lee song "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree."
Time to Run
In "King Scoopa Koopa", after the Cave People, who have been mutated into Chickadactyls, attack them, Mario and Princess Toadstool try to escape them using the Star Path, all the while Time to Run is sung.
Time to Get Wild
In "Born to Ride", Mario, Luigi, Princess Toadstool and Yoshi, after narrowly escaping a gang called the Dino Riders, find themselves caught-up in a motorcycle race against the gang while Time to Get Wild plays. It is based on the Steppenwolf song "Born to Be Wild."
Listen to the Grapevine
In "Party Line", while the Cave People are distracted by their new phones, Mario is forced to defend Dome City from the evil dinosaur, while Listen to the Grapevine plays. It is based on the Marvin Gaye song "I Heard It Through the Grapevine."
Tail of the Dinosaur
Rockin' the High School
In the episode "A Little Learning", after Hip and Hop Koopa's volcano project in the science fair for school goes out of control, the lava flow from it threatens to destroy Dome City with Rockin' the High School playing. It is based on the Ramones song "Rock 'n' Roll High School."
Looking for You
In "Mama Luigi", as Mario and Luigi try to illuminate Neon Castle's dark basement, the recently hatched Yoshi wonders away into the bowels of the castle, with a frantic Mario and Luigi chasing after him as Looking for You plays.