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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
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.
- Hedwig's Theme.
- The song "I Am Listening" from I Am Legend.
- The theme song of the movie Requiem for a Dream.
- The theme song of the movie Forrest Gump, that plays in the opening.
- Titanic's "My Heart Will Go On".
- Anastasia's "Once upon a december".
- 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.
- 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.
- "Fixing WALL-E" by Thomas Newman.
- "Tears To Shed" from the movie Corpse Bride.
- A majority of the songs in the movie Coraline.
- Mrs. Potts singing Beauty and the Beast in the movie's ballroom scene.