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A song (the genre of the song can be rock and roll, heavy metal, pop, country, alternative rock, etc.) has intervals of music that sound like they came from a music box. These music box intervals may sound light-hearted, nostalgic, or calming compared to the rest of the song. Sometimes it can serve as a creepy contrast to the actual song, or it may actually go well with the general theme/sound of the song.

Compare Ominous Music Box Tune

Tropes used in Music Box Intervals include:

Anime & Manga

  • Gravitation's "Sleepless Beauty".
  • Naruto: Sadness And Sorrow, Grief And Sorrow, Man Of The World, Loneliness, etc.
  • The Shuffle anime has the song "Kabe no Mukou", which is quite creepy.
  • Lilium, the opening song used in the Elfen Lied anime.
  • Bleach: Soundscape To Ardor (Morning Remembrance)
  • A music-box theme plays periodically in Cowboy Bebop, and the box itself is shown in one episode to belong to a certain character. It has a tune designed to invoke nostalgia.



  • The British group Muse tends to have introductions like this.
  • The song "Blue" by The Birthday Massacre.
  • "Nemo" by Nightwish.
  • "A little pain" by Olivia inspi' Reira (Trapnest).
  • "Saeglopur" by Sigur Ros.
  • "Bizarre Love Triangle" by New Order.
  • "No Don't Shoot" by Foxy Shazam.
  • Frank Mills - "Music Box Dancer."
  • The Alan Parsons Project: "Eye In The Sky", "Don't Answer Me"
  • Emerson, Lake & Palmer, "Bitches' Crystal".
  • Coin Operated Boy
  • A few Evanescence songs. Most notably, "My Immortal" and "Bring Me To Life".
  • "Flyswatter" by Eels.
  • "Golem II: The Bionic Vapour Boy" by Mr/Bungle (complete by winding up and down).
  • "Kuso Breakin No Breakin Lilly" by Maximum the Hormone opens with this.
  • Frosti by Bjork--actually much of Vespertine.
  • The song "Music Box" by Thrice opens and closes with a music box playing.
  • "Kid A" by Radiohead.
  • "Every day", by Buddy Holly.
  • The Protomen song "Father of Death" from Act II.
  • The beginning of "Gz and Hustlas" by Snoop Dogg.

Video Games

  • A lot of Kingdom Hearts songs: Kairi's theme, Namine's theme, Roxas's theme, Dearly Beloved, Hikari, etc.
  • This song from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. The ocarina songs in Majora's Mask (Song of healing, Stone Tower Temple theme, Elegy of Emptiness, etc. ) and The Ocarina of Time (Zelda's lullaby, Song of time, etc.); no doubt there's more songs in the Zelda video games that fit this trope.
    • The Song of Storms is technically played on a music box when you first hear it, but the device lacks the iconic tinny sound and more resembles a concertina.
  • "Burning Heat! (3 Option Mix)", a remix of a song from Gradius 2 heard in DDRMAX 2: Dance Dance Revolution 7th Mix, drops back to NES-style bleeps for eight seconds.
  • In Nie R, there are several songs with music box arrangements, such as Dispossession and The Shadowlord's Theme.

Western Animation

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