Board Games--With Theme Songs!
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Have you ever been playing a game, and someone started singing, and you've associated the song with that game ever since? Or have you ever had a hilarious inside joke involving a game and a song? Or have you even ever just mentally linked a game with a musical counterpart?

If so, this list needs your stories! The good, the bad, the funny, the corny, the almost-killed-my-buddy-and-me-laughing-but-no-one-else-will-ever-understand!

Please share your own stories of games and their beats (and no, I don't mean when you lose really badly). I'll start the list off with a few.

A YouTube link would also be appreciated for those not familiar with any songs given.

Enjoy!
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1. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:324] [Average Rating:7.19 Unranked]
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One day, in the middle of a family game of Catan, my father started singing,

"We built this city,
We built this city,
We built this city on wheat and ore!"

From that day forward I could never get that song out of my head while playing Catan.
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2. Board Game: Arkham Horror [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:266] [Average Rating:7.29 Unranked]
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My favorite characters. (I think they're in one of the expansions.)
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3. Board Game: For the People [Average Rating:7.72 Overall Rank:757]
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The person who taught me this game is a huge Civil War buff, and he sent me this song one day. Launching a few all-out attacks on Richmond and failing only reinforced this link.
 
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4. Board Game: Chaos in the Old World [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:101]
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5. Board Game: Android [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:1126]
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I always associate androids w/ Kraftwerk...
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6. Board Game: Brass: Lancashire [Average Rating:8.12 Overall Rank:22]
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As much as I love the game of Brass, I'm well aware that industrialization wasn't all that enjoyable for a lot of folks. I'm always reminded of this song when building canals....
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7. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:75]
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I know this is obvious, but I feel it must be said...
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8. Board Game: Warangel [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:4528]
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Warangel became the first game to get stuck to a band in my head, in this case the Beatles' "1" album. I never played that music during my games, but I played it while I was mounting some of the armies on little wooden blocks. And bam; "Penny Lane" and "Paperback Writer" make me want to drop everything I'm doing and take out the Warangel set right now. Whenever my avatar attacks anything, this peals through my brain:

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9. Board Game: The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:111] [Average Rating:7.64 Unranked]
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But after getting the Sailor Moon soundtrack associated with The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game I became a bit more careful. To this day I cannot play the game without hearing strains of soundtrack from the Sailor Moon Sailor Stars season. It's quite hard to quest through the depths of Moria while "Tuxedo Mirage" is going through your head.


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10. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:7.99 Overall Rank:25]
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Not that this stopped me from getting Owl City apparently permanently associated with Agricola. Even when I'm playing with other people, there is always a point in the game when I can hear "Shooting Star" loud and clear in the background. Now, I quite like Owl City, but I'm trying to gauge how much grain to harvest and how much to bake while balancing the triptych of animal scoring.... my head wanting to skyrocket to the moon has left me with something like an average of 19 points in person-to-person games.


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11. Board Game: Mythic Battles [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:3797]
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So I made sure Mythic Battles became associated with Two Steps from Hell. It worked.

Sure, it's a little distracting at work when this comes up on the headphones and I'm suddenly transported to all those hours spent bent over battlefields and card management... but it's actually a nice way to get a brief escape from dealing with refactoring crufty code.


 
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12. Board Game: Duel of Ages II [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:1123]
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Setting up my own ear worm for a game was quite successful, so I'm looking to do it a second time. It should be no surprise that Duel of Ages II is my current favorite game, and I'd love to be able to do this dual feedback thing again where playing a simple track can transport me to a time Far in the Future where people from multiple worlds and multiple times play virtual reality games in holodecks...

Turns out ear-worming is a two-way street.

Current candidate: the Persona 4 soundtrack, which is actually quite varied.

 
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13. Board Game: Survive: Escape from Atlantis! [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:254]
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For whatever reason, when we play this game this song always gets played.

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14. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.89 Overall Rank:36]
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Whenever we're playing a game of Power Grid, and we're powering two cities at the burn phase, we sing:

"I'm burnin', I'm burnin', I'm burnin' for two!"

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15. Board Game: Tigris & Euphrates [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:72]
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I can't believe I'm doing this. I'm so sorry.

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16. Board Game: Nuclear War [Average Rating:6.21 Overall Rank:2501] [Average Rating:6.21 Unranked]
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Back in the day (a looong time ago) we used to play Nuke War after any RPG session (D&D, Boot Hill, etc.).
I don't know who started it, but most times when somebody used propaganda to steal population they would start singing this.

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17. Board Game: BANG! [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:1127]
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How can this not be on the list? I can't play this game without breaking into the classic "I shot the sheriff". And it gets me gunned down every time. You try convincing people you're the deputy between refrains...

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18. Board Game: Monopoly [Average Rating:4.38 Overall Rank:17024]
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I thought of this immediately and have been thinking of posting this here since I heard it last weekend.



The original is on youtube too but isn't as well performed as this version, which is the actually one I saw.
It's by the slam poetry champion Harry Baker and is based on a 1 Direction tune.

(The sounds seems to drop out half way through so I've also added the original here
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19. Board Game: Village [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:123]
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Seems appropriate:

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