Best Video Game Song Tournament, 1983-1989: Nominations

Last time we focused on the absolute earliest songs in the history of the medium (some might say too early!) This time we get a little more sophisticated and a lot more iconic, covering the remainder of the 80s, roughly encompassing the 8-bit era.

All songs originating from games released between January 1st 1983 and December 31st 1989 are eligible. This should cover the tail end of the 2nd generation (Atari 2600/VCS, Intellivision, ColecoVision, etc), the majority of the 3rd generation (NES, Master System, etc), and many classic home computer games. However, please note that we are NOT taking platform into account; late NES titles will have to wait until next time, while the earliest Mega Drive/Genesis titles can be nominated now.

Full Rules:

  1. If you aren’t sure your song counts, nominate it! There’s bound to be grey area so don’t be afraid to push the boundaries.
  2. The song should originate from a video game. Covers and other alternate versions of pre-existing songs are acceptable if they substantially alter the original work (e.g. BioShock Infinite’s barbershop cover of “God Only Knows”)
  3. If there is a difference between regions of release for a game, all release dates are considered valid. For instance, if a game came out in Japan during one tournament’s time frame and North America during another’s, its songs would be valid in both tournaments. HOWEVER: you can’t nominate a song that’s been nominated during a previous tournament. Games can double-dip, but songs can’t.
  4. Remixes/new versions of previous songs are allowed so long as they are substantively different from the original version. There’s no explicit criteria here, so use your best judgment.

We’re also using a special nomination process! Do NOT nominate in the comments!

Instead, submit your nominations through this handy form: https://forms.gle/eynKnJMj7EACkMon8

You can also see a list of all nominated songs here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/18eQcIgO70I42H5jlgT8BdL_VHvPpdMO0LpdrlPLCMcA/edit?usp=sharing

To cut down on duplicate nominations, please check to see if your song’s been nominated before submitting. You can sort the list by game name if you want, which should make things easier (the form is read-only, so don’t worry about messing anything up!)

Nominations will be open until Friday, October 11th at 10:00 PM Pacific Time