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Top Ride: Sand

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Top Ride: Sand
Various arrangements of "Top Ride: Sand".
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: Sand" (capitalized as "Top Ride: SAND" in the Sound Test) is a theme that plays in the Sand Top Ride course in Kirby Air Ride.


A race over the sand.

"Top Ride: Sand" is a Middle Eastern-styled piece in double harmonic C-sharp minor with characteristic instrumentation. It begins with an intro made up of a descending and rising passage which sets the tone of the piece, and a percussive solo. The melody is quite simply a double harmonic minor scale whith ornaments at the more exotic harmonies, followed by a descent with mordents at every note. The melody returns up and stays there for the next section. This second part has a more peculiar and pronounced rhythmical structure. The percussion then halts as an extended variation of the melody repeats, first in a solo and then a tutti. The final section has a lesser melodic range but more unique syncopations. A dominant chord comes in suddenly, and the track then loops.

Game appearances[edit]

Kirby Air Ride[edit]

The theme plays in Sand, and is the default theme for it. It can be unlocked in the Sound Test by completing the Checklist objective "Take 1st place without using Boost!" in the Sand course.

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse[edit]

"Top Ride: Sand" is the first theme in the "Top Ride Medley" in Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, which was arranged by either Shogo Sakai or Megumi Ohara.

Other appearances[edit]

The track is available on the Japan-only albums The Very Best of Kirby: 52 Hit Tracks.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ウエライド:砂
Ue raido: suna
Top Ride: Sand
French Top Ride: SAND -
Italian Top Ride: SAND -
Spanish TOP RIDE: SAND -