'Mega Man X' Soundtrack: Our Favorite Boss Level Songs

One of the best parts of the Mega Man X Legacy Collection is the soundtrack archive that gives access to of every song from every game in the franchise. However, the soundtrack from the first Mega Man X is the crown jewel of video game music. And if you're like me and among the gamers who grew up in the 90s you remember the themes and songs from the various levels in Mega Man X.

To commemorate the release of Mega Man X Legacy Collection, I compiled this list of the best songs from Mega Man X. As a note, this list does not include the first level music or the Sigma stages, just the ones where the Robot Masters are involved.

So without further ado, here's my personal list of the best boss level songs in Mega Man X.

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Some of the best songs in video game history belongs to 'Mega Man X' Capcom

8. Boomer Kuwanger

Boomer Kuwanger's stage song comes in at number eight because it's pretty forgettable. Granted, the use of computer sound effects and the low bass does match the very robotic and mechanical setting of Boomer's level, but it doesn't stand out compared to the rest.

Ask Mega Man X fans how the Boomer Kuwanger song goes and they'll be hard-pressed to recall it.

7. Chill Penguin

Continuing with songs that match the motif of its boss, Chill Penguin's theme begins right away with an avalanche of high-pitched notes that makes you think of falling snow. While this may be the highlight of the song, the rest of music is very chill (no pun intended) and soothing.

6. Armored Armadillo

Armored Armadillo's stage song's pacing is probably the fastest of them all. It's very treble heavy with a lot of snare acting as the bass. Unfortunately this song is very repetitive, even for a video game level.

There is a guitar riff that happens around 40 seconds into the song that's pretty great though.

5. Sting Chameleon

Like the Boomer Kuwanger stage, Sting Chameleon's level song often draws a blank in my mind when trying to recall the music of Mega Man X. But with extended listening time, I've learned to really appreciate the song.

It starts very abruptly, but continues to build towards the chorus. If these songs had words, the section around the 55-second mark would be a favorite of those who frequent karaokes.

4. Launch Octopus

Now we're getting into some of the more memorable songs. Launch Octopus' stage music is a great mix of different sounds. It begins with what sounds like a jazzy standup bass, but quickly transitions into a very rock-heavy tune.

There are multiple lines of music dedicated to guitar solos that build into the higher octaves before dropping down to a bass line. It's a great listen.

3. Storm Eagle

Storm Eagle's stage song sounds like it was ripped out of Top Gun - fitting considering the level takes place on a military base. But besides that, what makes this song so great is how catchy it is. In no time, you'll find yourself humming along while playing.

Carefully chosen, crafted note arrangements make the player feel like they are flying through the air even while X is grounded.

2. Flame Mammoth

Woo boy, the last two songs on the list could have easily been flipped! But coming in at this spot is Flame Mammoth, whose stage song feels huge with tons of bass befitting of a giant like our flame-wielding elephant boss.

Dueling bass and guitar solos are what make this song stand out. Each instrument complements the other but still gives a chance to shine.

1. Spark Mandrill

If you love metal, this is the song for you. Spark Mandrill's stage feels like Capcom put a Guns N' Roses song through a 16-bit synth blender to give fans this amazing track. Not sure any more needs to be said. You can search for covers of this song for insight into how much rock influence there is in this song.

Mega Man X: Legacy Collection is out now for PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. The Mega Man X Legacy Collection Soundtrack is available now on Steam.

What do you think of our list? Who deserves the top spot as best Mega Man X song? Let us know in the comments section below.