Gaming’s Greatest Guilty Pleasures: The Songs You’re Embarrassed to Love

Everyone loves a terrible song from their favorite game they just don't always share it publicly on the internet.

We all have our favorite songs from our favorite games that we know is weird, goofy or just plain terrible, but we just can’t help liking it anyways. Here’s a list of some of my absolute favorite guilty pleasures from some of my favorite games. 

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1. Kingdom Hearts: “Simple and Clean”

Coming from a game that features a Disney character/Final Fantasy character mash up, it should be no surprise that the music is equally insane. This song has some of the most amazingly bad lyrics I’ve heard in any song, but I don’t care! The absurdity of it only adds to the charm. 

Biggest offense: 

Don’t get me wrong, I love you,

but does that mean I have to meet your father?

2. Parappa the Rapper: “Chop Chop Master Onion Rap”

The premise of this game was that you are a rapping dog that lives in a magical world where Onions can be karate masters. It’s a game chock-full of absurd music but this is the one that stands out the most to me. I know it’s a horrible song but I can’t help but want to get down when I hear that bell at the beginning of the track. 

Biggest offense: 

Don’t get cocky, it’s gonna get rocky,

We gonna move down to the next ya jockey now

3. Phantasy Star Online: “Burning Rangers” 

This was a hidden disk you could find in Phantasy Star Online for the Gamecube and Dreamcast that changed the music for any level you were currently playing through. Nothing made shooting countless numbers of helpless Rappys more fun than jamming out to this big band/rock song while you were doing it. 

Biggest offense: 

Repeated use of the song’s title in the lyrics, “Burning Rangers!” and the fact that it was 6 minutes of the same thing over and over again.

4. Guitar Hero 3: “Through the Fire and Flames”

Guitar Hero 3 is known for its amazing soundtrack, but there was one particularly large blight on its otherwise great lineup. Featuring cheesy lyrics that seem to be ripped from the pages of a Tolkien wannabe, Dragon Force’s “Through the Fire and Flames” is without a doubt one of the more absurd songs written. But every time I hear those crazy guitar riffs I can’t help but bang my head in celebration of one of Guitar Hero‘s technically brutal songs ever featured in the franchise. 

Biggest offense: 

So now we fly ever free
We’re free before the thunderstorm
On towards the wilderness
Our quest carries on

Far beyond the sundown
Far beyond the moonlight
Deep inside our hearts and all our souls!

5. Metal Gear Solid 3: “Snake Eater”

In a franchise that’s known for its absurdities this song takes the cake. Done in the same format as one of the classic James Bond songs of old, this song earns the top spot on my guilty pleasure list because it’s just impossible to not hear the singer’s sultry voice and belt out the lines, “Snake Eater!” with her. 

Biggest offense: 

Someday you go through the rain
And someday, you feed on a tree frog
This ordeal, the trial to survive
For the day we see new light!

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Rocky Linderman
I’m a freelance camera assistant by trade, but I also love video games. I run a weekly podcast called Video Game Wundercast.