Public-domain music in video games

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This is an incomplete list of music in notable video games that was taken from a composition whose copyright has expired.

Nikolay Nekrasov - Korobeiniki

  • Tetris (Nintendo and other publishers; Game Boy and other platforms)
  • Dance Maniax 2nd Mix (Konami) (as "Happy-hopper")
  • Pump It Up NX2 (Andamiro) (as "Pumptris Quattro")
  • Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Nintendo) (as "Tetris Type A")
  • Non-copyright restriction: As the theme song of the Tetris franchise, this song has become so iconic that Tetris Holding LLC successfully registered it in the United States as a sound trademark for computer games.

Ivan Larionov - Kalinka

  • Tetяis (Atari Games, Tengen)
  • Tetris (BPS)
  • Super Tetris 3 (BPS)
  • Tetris Party (Hudson)
  • Pump It Up NX2 (Andamiro) (as "Pumptris Quattro")

Peter Tchaikovsky - Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy

  • Tetris (Nintendo; NES version)
  • Home Alone (THQ; SNES version)

Peter Tchaikovsky - Russian Dance (Trepak)

  • Tetris (Nintendo; Game Boy version)
  • Home Alone (THQ; SNES version)

Hermann Necke - Csikos Post

  • Yoshi's Cookie (Nintendo, BPS)
  • Crash 'n' the Boys: Street Challenge (Technos)
  • Sexy Parodius (Konami) (as "Speed Bath")
  • Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix (Konami) (as "Fishing Frenzy")
  • Pump It Up Premiere 2 (Andamiro)
  • Hamtaro: Ham-Hams Unite! (Nintendo/Pax Softnica)

Ludwig van Beethoven - Ode to Joy

  • Dance Dance Revolution 3rd Mix (Konami) (as "End of the Century")

Frederic Chopin - Revolutionary Etude

  • DDRMAX2: Dance Dance Revolution 7th Mix (Konami) (as "Kakumei")

Ludwig van Beethoven - Für Elise

  • Dance Dance Revolution Extreme (Konami) (as "Speed Over Beethoven")

Ludwig van Beethoven - Piano Sonata No. 14 in C♯ minor "Quasi una fantasia" a.k.a. "Moonlight Sonata"

  • Thexder (Game Arts, Sierra) (used only on the credits screen in Japanese releases; Sierra's releases also use the song on the title screen)

Ludwig van Beethoven - Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor a.k.a. "Sonata Pathétique"

  • Pump It Up series (Andamiro) (as "Beethoven Virus")

Gioachino Rossini - William Tell Overture

  • Thunder Force (Technosoft) (for which system?)
  • In the Groove (Roxor) (as "Tell")

Unknown (pre-1800) - Yankee Doodle/Lucy Locket

  • Comic Bakery (Konami; MSX version)

Melchior Franck (16th century) - Ach Tannenbaum

  • Super Mario Bros. series (ending)

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