The iconic theme music of Super Mario Bros. (1985) has become the first piece of video game music to be inducted into the United States Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry. The theme, composed by Koji Kondo, has been used and reinterpreted in various Mario games since its debut and is now being recognized as the most recognizable video game theme in history.
The Library of Congress praised the theme for establishing the legendary status of the game and demonstrating the vast musical complexity and creativity possible with the five-channel Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) sound chip. The induction of Kondo’s score highlights its impact on an entire generation of chiptune musicians and its celebrated status as a beloved musical composition over the last 40 years.
Joining 24 other pieces of music in the 2023 inductions, the Super Mario Bros. theme shares the honor with classics such as “Imagine” by John Lennon, “Déjà Vu” by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, “Flashdance… What a Feeling” by Irene Cara, “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” by Eurythmics, and “Like A Virgin” by Madonna.
The famous theme also features in The Super Mario Bros. Movie, Nintendo’s highly anticipated big-screen adaptation of the franchise. The film brings beloved characters and worlds to life, delighting fans with a vivid and detailed on-screen representation.