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.
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 at the end of all of the episodes. However, early German broadcasts used the intro with the German Plumber Rap from The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! instead.
Kootie Pie Rap
Motor City, Here We Come
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, Here We Come 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".
The Greatest Show in the World
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, The Greatest Show in the World plays in the background; it is a parody of "This Is It", the theme song of The Bugs Bunny Show.
There's a Wizard, Here Tonight
In "Ghosts 'R' Us", Yoshi, while searching Wizenheimer's Haunted House for the captured Mario, Luigi, Princess Toadstool and Oogtar, is chased by a gang of ghosts consisting of a Big Boo and several Boos while the song There's a Wizard, Here Tonight plays. This is a cover and 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 sung to the tune of the song "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree".
Keep on Running
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 Keep On Running 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 hit 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 T-Rex, while Listen to the Grapevine plays. The song's title and chorus are based on that of the 60s song "I Heard It Through the Grapevine".
Ready to Go
Fight to the Finish
In "The Yoshi Shuffle", while playing a football game against Bully, Cheatsy and Big Mouth Koopa, Mario and Yoshi struggle to attain victory while the song Fight to the Finish is sung in the background.
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. To make matters worse, a giant Piranha Plant has begun to go on a rampage to the beat of Rockin' the High School, a parody of Rock 'n' Roll High School. (The title of this song is misquoted because of the elementary school scene.)
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.