Now that I've covered the chapters and partners of both games, and as I've done a list with the first game, let's now look at the best of the best music tracks of The Thousand-Year Door. And like my first list, I'm only taking one song per chapter. So keep that in mind when reading (or perhaps more appropriately listening to) this list...
Chapter 4: For Pigs the Bell Tolls
Chapter 2: The Great Boggly Tree
I know I'm supposed to include one track per chapter on the list, but without that one rule, I possibly wouldn't have this on here. Sure, it is catchy, but I don't feel it's entirely suitable for a big tree and rather just an intense quest. I still like it, but its situation could've been suited much better. Aside from that, it's also included in the weakest and most boring chapter of any Paper Mario game to date...
Chapter 1: Castle and Dragon
An intense music track that really builds up your trek to the very top of the castle to fight the beast, Hooktail Castle has that feeling to which you're preparing for your first major boss fight in the game (and by that I mean the chapter's main boss). Those dead Dull Bones (and one miniboss; Red Bones included) throughout the castle especially give the castle a more intense feel to it as you make your way to the top to fight the dragon. Not as good as other themes in the game, but still pleasing to the ears.
Chapter 6: 3 Days of Excess
A deeply soothing track that makes me feel as though I'm in a hall or world of beauty, this music track can best be described for me as relaxing. I could also see myself as being in a world that looks like an dreamy illusion of my mind. I could've put it much higher, but it's a shame its a little too short, but searching for a Shine Sprite, an "L" Emblem badge, and the real Garnet Star in the sanctum at least makes up for it. I could listen to it at time in any sanctum I'm in and I'd still feel peacefulness.
This and the Sanctum in Poshley have to be some of the most underrated of the game. It suits how the story starts off at the brothers' home and shows you their usual lives and how they're living like normal citizens of the Mushroom Kingdom on a bright and sunny day. It's a really underrated one since it only plays in the very beginning and right before the credits, but I give it better rep than it already has, and it also gives me that feel of everyday life when I'm going about me usual life.
A suiting boss theme for a battle with a doppelganger Duplighost, Doopliss' main boss theme defines his true character and how haunting he is for one who turns an entire town in pigs. He is too easy of a boss but he's worth it for the music that plays in both of his battles in Chapter 4 - before replacing Vivian as a member of the Shadow Sirens for the rest of the game's story. It does that Halloween feel to it, but I like just cause it's... well, a boss theme nonetheless.
Chapter 5: The Key of Pirates
Cortez be like the skeletal Flying Dutchman of Mario characters if you gave him a spanish accent (since he says "amigo" rather than matey for a pirate), and two extra arms with swords and a hook in all four of them. His boss theme suits him especially and makes him sound like one pirate you do not want to mess with, nor steal his treasure. The fight with him is fun and his theme just adds to the excitement and satisfaction you get once you take him out. (Sort of)
Chapter 3: Of Glitz and Glory
I know most of you would've considered Rawk Hawk's boss theme a better and more appropriate entry for this list, but for me personally, I find it to be overrated and one that overshadows most other boss themes in The Thousand-Year Door. Macho Grubba's on the other hand however is more intense and blood-pumping for a boss battle since the situation it plays in fits him best. Like Doopliss though, he is a bit too easy of a boss (since I can superguard all of his attacks easily), but in the end, the fight's worth it for the super intense music that plays in its scenario.
Chapter 7: Mario Shoots the Moon
While I don't listen to this again and again like other themes both in this game and other installments, it's one of those games that makes me feel wondrous of any place that has snow. Seeing how traveling through an ice cold village of snow is best suited with this music, it also makes me feel like going to land of snow - as much as that awesome canon shooting moment to the moon makes me want to go to the Moon itself up in space to build a fortress (ever since I was around 10 when I played this for the first time).
Chapter 8: The Thousand-Year Door
I wouldn't exactly call it the best boss theme of the Paper Mario series, nor of the entire franchise of Mario in recent times, but all three of The Shadow Queen's boss themes are every bit as epic as they are intense. They perfectly capture the Queen's feeling to destroy those who attempt to stop her (like Mario and his partners), and this is especially catchy for one of the show's greatest final boss battles. It makes itself clear telling you not to mess with her, but on the flipside, to also take her down by means of saving the world.
It was very, VERY hard for me to choose just which track should be the best of the game, but I had to go with this one since the ending and its credits always leave me satisfied with completing the game after defeating the Shadow Queen. It suits its recapping of every major thing Mario did on his most recent adventure, and felt like something magical. It's also a reminder of all my old days of had with when I was around ten years old. It's a warm and fuzzy feeling that'll stick with you forever every time you listen to this theme, and is something to remember for a long time.
Do you agree with my list? What do you think is Thousand-Year Door's best music track?
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