edit: finally got around to compiling the best posts in this thread into a youtube playlist! Check it here.
If "synthwave" (or..."Outrun"? ) can be considered a music genre, I propose that "Space Harrier" counts too, and I'd like to find as many tunes in this genre as I can. Core element(s): upbeat songs at a tempo of about 160-170bpm with manic quasi-disco basslines pumping alternating-octave 8th notes.
Sega weren't the only ones to do this, though, as I'm slowly discovering:
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