Donkey Konga

Namco's Donkey Konga series are music games, released on the Nintendo GameCube, which use a bongo-impersonating peripheral. They can be considered spin-offs of the voluminous Taiko no Tatsujin series, also by Namco, since both have very similar mechanics and rhythm notation. What is really wonderful about them is that apart from taking input from hitting the tops of the drums, they have a microphone built in to sense clapping!

Aside from Nintendo's Jungle Beat, these are the only games to support the Gamecube bongos. The series would get a huge nod in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, as Donkey Kong's most powerful move requires the player to tap a button to the rhythm.

Track list

Each region's (Japan, North America, and PAL) games have their own track lists, with some overlap. While the NA/PAL versions have some pretty awful stuff, the Japanese versions have some decently fun J-Pop and anime themes. The third Japanese game (unreleased in the West) even has some Famicom music from Namco and Nintendo games—original versions, not covers.

You can reach Youtube clips of some songs by clicking on their title.

Donkey Konga

Title Artist Region Notes
(The Bear in the Forest)
- JP Japanese version of the American folk song The Other Day, I Met a Bear
(I Have Broken My Clarinet)
- JP Japanese version of the French folk song J'ai perdu le do de ma clarinette
(Big Grandfather's Clock)
Henry Clay Work JP Japanese version of American folk song My Grandfather's Clock
(Unexpected Gourd Island)
- JP ひょっこりひょうたん Opening Theme
We are the ONE~僕らはひとつ~
(We are the Ones)
Akira Kushida JP Bakuryuu Sentai Abaranger Ending Theme
(Hamtaro's Trotting Song)
- JP Hamtaro First Opening Theme
(Advance Adventure)
- JP Pokémon First Opening Theme
- JP Kirby of the Stars Second Opening Theme
(The Legendary Starfy)
- JP Stafy Commercial Song
(The Love Song)
- JP Pikmin Commercial Song
(Until the Day We Meet Again)
Yuzu JP Doraemon (1979) Eighth Ending Theme
(The Wind's Lalala)
Mai Kuraki JP Detective Conan Twelfth Opening Theme
(♡ Peach Colored Unrequited Love ♡)
Aya Matsuura JP -
(Paper, Rock, Hop!)
Minimoni JP -
(There is Always Tomorrow)
Kyu Sakamoto, Hachidai Nakamura & Yukio Aoshima JP -
(The Dance Site of Love)
Morning Musume JP Also appears in Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan
Fly high Ayumi Hamasaki JP -
DESIRE ‐情熱‐ Akina Nakamori JP -
COLORS Hikaru Utada JP -
(Door to Tomorrow)
I Wish JP Ride Together Opening Theme
Love Somebody Yuji Oda JP Bayside Shakedown Ending Theme
THE GALAXY EXPRESS 999 - JP Galaxy Express 999 Theme Song
(Mas que Nada)
Jorge Ben JP -
(La Bamba)
Ritchie Valens JP In Donkey Konga 2 in NA and PAL
(Mambo No. 5)
Dámaso Pérez Prado JP -
(Oklahoma Mixer)
- JP A slower and more orchestral version of the American folk song Turkey in the Straw
Piano Sonata No. 11 (Turkish March) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart JP, NA, PAL -
Hungarian Dance No. 5 in G Minor Johannes Brahms JP, NA, PAL -
Super Mario Theme Koji Kondo JP, NA, PAL -
Monkey Rap - JP -
Donkey Konga Theme - JP, NA, PAL -
Diddy's Ditties - NA Medley of Happy Birthday, Itsy Bitsy Spider, and Row, Row, Row Your Boat
Bingo - NA Also appears in the JP version of Donkey Konga 3
Campfire Medley - NA Medley of I've Been Working on the Railroad, She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain, and Yankee Doodle.
Pokémon Theme - NA Series' first opening theme
Kirby: Right Back At Ya - NA -
We Will Rock You Queen NA -
Like Wow Leslie Carter NA -
Wild Thing The Troggs NA, PAL -
I Think I Love You The Partridge Family NA -
Louie Louie Richard Berry NA, PAL -
The Loco-Motion Little Eva NA, PAL Also appears in the JP version of Donkey Konga 3
Shining Star Earth, Wind & Fire NA -
All the Small Things Blink-182 NA, PAL -
Rock This Town Stray Cats NA -
You Can't Hurry Love The Supremes NA, PAL -
Right Here, Right Now Jesus Jones NA -
Dancing in the Street Martha and the Vandellas NA, PAL -
Rock Lobster The B-52's NA -
Stupid Cupid Neil Sedaka NA -
The Impression That I Get The Mighty Mighty Bosstones NA, PAL -
What I Like About You The Romantics NA -
Whip It Devo NA -
Busy Child The Crystal Method NA, PAL -
Para Los Rumberos Tito Puente NA, PAL -
Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing) Louis Prima NA, PAL -
Oye Como Va Tito Puente NA, PAL -
On the Road Again Willie Nelson NA -
DK Rap - NA, PAL -
The Legend of Zelda Theme Koji Kondo NA, PAL -
Alright Supergrass PAL -
Canned Heat Jamiroquai PAL -
Don't Stop Me Now Queen PAL -
Tubthumping Chumbawamba PAL -
99 Red Balloons Nena PAL -
I Want You Back The Jackson 5 PAL -
Cosmic Girl Jamiroquai PAL -
Richard III Supergrass PAL -
Lady Marmalade Labelle PAL -
September Earth, Wind & Fire PAL -
Back For Good Take That PAL -
Donkey Kong Country Theme - PAL -
Rainbow Cruise - PAL -
Super Smash Bros. Melee Opening - PAL -

Donkey Konga 2

Title Artist Region Notes
Donkey-Kong-A-Go-Go!! - JP -
ゼルダの伝説 ラテンフュージョン
(The Legend of Zelda) - Latin Fusion
Koji Kondo JP -
(Super Donkey Kong Theme)
- JP -
(10,000 Feet up the Alps)
- JP To the tune of Yankee Doodle
(Tell Me)
- JP Heidi, Girl of the Alps Opening Theme
(Mazinger Z)
- JP Mazinger Z Opening Theme
(Doraemon's Song)
- JP Doraemon (1979 Series) Opening Theme
(Dancing Pompokolin)
B.B.クイーンズ JP Chibi Maruko-chan First Ending Theme
Realize Nami Tamaki JP Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Fourth Opening Theme
(Viva ★ Rock)
Orange Range JP Naruto Third Ending Theme
WILD CHALLENGER Jindou JP Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo First Opening Theme
(Absolutely! We are Pretty Cure)
Mayumi Gojo JP
Koichi Yamadera JP Incredible Zorori Opening Theme
Rica Matsumoto JP Pokémon: Advanced Generation Second Opening Theme
特捜戦隊デカレンジャー サイキックラバー JP Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger (Series) Opening Theme
(The Seed Song)
ストロベリー・フラワー JP Pikmin 2 (GameCube Game) Commercial Song
(For the Sake of Love)
Aya Ueto JP Aim for the Ace! (Drama) Ending Theme
(Lucky Cha Cha Cha!)
Minimoni JP Minimoni's Town Musicians of Bremen (Drama) Ending Theme
Ai Otsuka JP -
Go Girl ~恋のヴィクトリー~
(Go Girl (Victory of Love))
Morning Musume JP -
(Let's Dance in a Circle)
V6 JP -
Secret Base ~君がくれたもの~
(Secret Base (What You Gave Me))
Zone JP -
(Yeah! Super Holiday)
Aya Matsuura JP -
(Embracing Every Bit of You)
KinKi Kids JP -
Over Drive Judy and Mary JP -
(Monkey Magic)
Godiego JP Monkey (Television Series) Opening Theme
Guantanamera Joseíto Fernández JP -
Trepak Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky JP, NA, PAL The Nutcracker Suite
Habanera Georges Bizet JP, NA, PAL Carmen Suite
Minute Waltz Frédéric Chopin JP, NA Waltz No. 6 in D-flat major, Petit chien
(Glow of a Firefly)
Robert Burns JP AKA Auld Lang Syne
Donkey Konga 2 Theme - NA, PAL -
La Bamba Ritchie Valens NA, PAL In the first Japanese Donkey Konga
Bombastic Shaggy NA, PAL -
No More Drama Mary J Blige NA -
Come Clean Hilary Duff NA -
Born Too Slow The Crystal Method NA -
I Don't Want To Know (If You Don't Want Me) The Donnas NA, PAL -
Unpretty TLC NA -
Hit 'em Up Style (Oops!) Blu Cantrell NA -
It's Been a While Staind NA LOL
Send the Pain Below Chevelle NA -
High Roller The Crystal Method NA -
Pieces Boobastank NA -
Headstrong Trapt NA -
Why Don't We Fall in Love Amerie NA -
Full Moon Brandy Norwood NA -
U Don't Have to Call Usher NA -
Rock the Boat Aaliyah NA -
Predictable Good Charlotte NA, PAL -
The Anthem Good Charlotte NA -
Drive Incubus NA, PAL -
Wish You Were Here Incubus NA -
Trouble Pink NA, PAL -
Road Trip Stereogram NA -
Sidewalks Story of the Year NA, PAL -
Losing My Religion REM NA, PAL -
Shiny Happy People REM NA, PAL -
All Star Smash Mouth NA, PAL -
Contact Roger Sanchez NA, PAL -
Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye Steam NA, PAL -
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
(A Little Night Music)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart PAL Serenade No. 13 in G-Major. Appears in the third Japanese entry.
William Tell Overture Cioachino Rossini PAL William Tell
Green Greens - PAL Super Smash Bros. version
Super Mario Bros. 3 Theme - PAL Super Smash Bros. version
Pokémon Main Theme - PAL Super Smash Bros. version
Mute City Theme - PAL Super Smash Bros. version
Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood Santa Esmeralda PAL -
La Cucaracha - PAL -
Mansize Rooster Supergrass PAL -
Pumping on your Stereo Supergrass PAL -
I'm a Slave 4 U Britney Spears PAL -
Are You Ready For Love? Elton John PAL -
Runaway Train Soul Asylum PAL -
Don't Let Me Get To Me Pink PAL -
Breakfast at Tiffany's Deep Blue Something PAL -
Enjoy the Silence Depeche Mode PAL -
Jungle Boogie Cool & The Gang PAL -
That's the Way (I Like It) KC and the Sunshine Band PAL -

Donkey Konga 3

Japan only.

The break separates the Famicom music. FIXME The Famicom tracks still need artist credits and maybe Youtube links.

Title Artist Notes
(Banana Heaven)
(When Tomorrow Comes…)
- Donkey Kong Country Opening Theme (Japanese Dub)
- Touch First Opening Theme
CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA Hironobu Kageyama Dragon Ball Z First Opening Theme
(I'm Such a Popular Kid)
- Crayon Shin-chan Third Opening Theme
(Aim to Be a Pokémon Master)
Rica Matsumoto Pokémon First Opening Theme
来て来てあたしンち Aya Hirayama Atashin'chi First Ending Theme
(Fire Emblem Theme)
Yuka Tsujiyoko Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade (GBA Game) Commercial Song
(Do-Re-Mi-Fa All Right)
B.B.クイーンズ The First Errand (Series) Theme Song
(What a Nice Hot Spring)
- -
(All-You-Can-Eat Yodel)
- -
(Matsuken Samba II)
- -

Orange Range -
Happy Days Ai Otsuka -
(Baka Survivor)
ウルフルズ Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo (Anime) Second Opening Theme
START Rina Aiuchi Detective Conan (Anime) Fourteenth Opening Theme
(Youth's Rhapsody)
Sambomaster Naruto (Anime) Firth Opening Theme
ignited-イグナイテッド-\\(Ignited (T.M.Revolution)) - Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny (Anime) First Opening Theme
Orange Range A cover of the Gerry Goffin / Carole King song.
Asian Kung-Fu Generation Fullmetal Alchemist (Anime) Fourth Opening Theme
(I Bump You)
ケツメイシ -
GO!!! Flow Naruto (Anime) Fourth Opening Theme
(This is the Street Where We Live)
Puffy AmiYumi Known in America as That's The Way It Is
TOMORROW Mayo Okamoto -
(Face Your Hand Towards the Sun)
- -
BINGO - Also appears in the first NA release
(The Cockroach)
- Also appears in the second PAL release
(William Tell Overture)
Gioachino Rossini William Tell. Also appears in the second PAL release
(A Little Night Music)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Serenade No. 13 in G-Major. Also appears in the second PAL release
(The Entertainer)
Scott Joplin -
(Great Melee Smash Brothers DX Opening)
- Super Smash Bros. Melee (GameCube) Track No. 0: Opening
(This here is Mona Pizza)
- WarioWare: Twisted! (GBA) Mona Pizza's Song
(Jungle Beat Theme)
Mahito Yokota Donkey Kong Jungle Beat (GameCube) Title Theme
(Star Fox's Theme
Yoshie Arakawa & Yoshinori Kawamoto Star Fox: Assault (GameCube) Main Theme
DONKEY'S GROOVE - Donkey Konga 3 (GameCube) Theme Song
(See, the Conqu’ring Hero Comes!)
Judas Maccabaeus -
Famicom music
Title Artist Notes
(Donkey Konga)
- Donkey Konga Theme 8-Bit Edition
Dig Dug - -
(The Tower of Druaga)
- -
SkyKid - -
スーパーマリオブラザーズ 地上BGM
(Super Mario Bros. (Ground Theme))
- -
スーパーマリオブラザーズ 水中BGM
(Super Mario Bros. (Underwater Theme))
- -
(The Legend of Zelda)
- Family Computer Disk System Version
(Balloon Fight)
- -
Dr. Mario
- -
(Super Mario Bros. 3)
- -
星のカービィ 夢の泉の物語
(Kirby's Adventure)
- -
(The Mysterious Murasame Castle)
- -
(Kid Icarus)
- -
(Mario Bros.)
- -
(Donkey Kong)
- -
(Donkey Kong Jr.)
- -
(Clu Clu Land)
- -
(Ice Climber)
- -
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