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Top Ride: Fire

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Top Ride: Fire
Various arrangements of "Top Ride: Fire".
Debut appearance Kirby Air Ride (2003)
Last appearance Kirby and the Rainbow Curse (2015)
Composer(s) Hirokazu Ando, Jun Ishikawa, Shogo Sakai or Tadashi Ikegami
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"Top Ride: Fire" (capitalized as "Top Ride: FIRE" in the Sound Test) is a theme that plays in the Fire Top Ride course in Kirby Air Ride.


Racing on an explosive course.

"Top Ride: Fire" is a lively and jazzy theme in C Lydian dominant and 4/4. It starts off with a bright dominant fanfare as an intro. The instrumentation consists of brass and electric instruments such as an electric guitar and synthesizers. They gradually build up in the first section twice. The i-iv-v progression of the melody highlights the Lydian aspect (the high subdominant), while the melody peaks at the low leading tone characteristic of Lydian dominant. A brief trombone solo leads into the second section. Here, sequences of slowly rising tetrachords and strong percussion create tension. After three tetrachords full of dissonant tritones and seconds, the fourth one returns to a more stable dominant with a glorious tutti that concludes the second section. The bridge back to the first section is based on the initial motif and played quietly in the low registers with a cymbal crash in between the phrases. The dominant fanfare then repeats as the track loops.

Game appearances[edit]

Kirby Air Ride[edit]

In Kirby Air Ride, this theme plays in the Top Ride Fire course, and is the default theme for it. It can be unlocked in the Sound Test by completing the Checklist objective "Take 1st place 10 times or more!" in the Fire course.

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse[edit]

In Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, "Top Ride: Fire" is the second theme featured in "Top Ride Medley".

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ウエライド:炎
Ue raido: Honō
Top Ride: Flame
French Top Ride: FIRE -
Italian Top Ride: FIRE -
Spanish TOP RIDE: FIRE -