The Main Theme is the song that plays on the title screen. It is in every Animal Crossing series game, however it takes a different form in most of them.
- 1 Doubutsu no Mori, Animal Crossing, and Doubutsu no Mori e+
- 2 Animal Crossing: Wild World and Animal Crossing: City Folk
- 3 Animal Crossing: New Leaf
- 4 Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Doubutsu no Mori, Animal Crossing, and Doubutsu no Mori e+
The game's title screen plays only a part of the theme, as the game resets before the song can finish. It consists solely of piano and a simple drumkit. This song was remixed for Doubutsu no Mori e+, adding a more intricate percussion line with shakers, bongos, and woodblocks. Elements of this song can be heard in the K.K. Slider song "Forest Life".
Listen (Doubutsu no Mori, Animal Crossing)
Listen (Doubutsu no Mori e+)
Animal Crossing: Wild World and Animal Crossing: City Folk
The main themes for Animal Crossing: Wild World and Animal Crossing: City Folk are very similar, with City Folk's theme having different instruments and higher audio quality. The main instruments used are banjo and acoustic guitar, as well accordion, synth voices, and simple percussion (bongos and shakers). This song has covers in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and can be played in Wii Music. It also appears as one of K.K. Slider's secret songs in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
Listen (Wild World)
Listen (City Folk)
Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Animal Crossing: New Leaf's main theme acts a combination of the previous two main themes, using piano and bongos in conjunction with acoustic guitar and accordion. It also includes steel guitar, steel pans, and trumpet. The song has a gentle, easygoing rhythm, with a noticeable divide between its first and second halves.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons
The main theme of Animal Crossing: New Horizons is officially titled "Welcome Horizons", and it has a more tropical style than previous games' main themes. The primary instruments are flugelhorn, ukelele, acoustic guitar, and upright bass, with shakers, bongos, and tambourine as percussion. It also includes accordion, synth voices, and piano. K.K. Slider performs this song upon being invited to the player's island, which can then be played as an aircheck.
An official live performance of the theme by the game's musicians can be viewed here.