Animal Crossing Town Tune maker: how to change Tunes and list of Town Tunes to use in New Horizons explained

The Town Tune is a special little song you can create in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

It will play certain moments throughout New Horizons, which means you’ll hear it a lot. This also means it has to be something you like!

You’ll create your own Town Tune using Town Tune Maker, which allows you to arrange a variety of musical notes. However, if you want to listen to and change the city tune, you need to unlock it first.

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How to Unlock Town Tune Maker in Animal Crossing: New Horizons Explained

Town Tune in New Horizons is a short tune that will play when you talk to a villager, enter a building, and when the time changes.

At first, Town Tune will be a preset song, but like almost everything in New Horizons, you have the ability to customize this tune however you want.

However, if you want to hear, let alone change, the tune of the city, you must first upgrade the residential services from a small green tent to a proud town hall.

You must upgrade residential services to unlock Town Tune.

How to use the Town Tune creator in Animal Crossing: New Horizons explained

Once you’ve upgraded residential services in New Horizons, you’ll be able to change the town tune whenever you want by talking to Isabelle and selecting the “Change Island Tune” option.

Doing this will bring up the frog’s music note board, which is where you create your new Town Tune.

Here you can alter each of the 16 musical notes that make up your Town Tune. Each musical tone is represented by a frog face, which you can easily modify with the left analog stick.

Every note you can use to create your Town Tune.

You can press Y at any time to hear your new Town Tune, and when you’re happy with it, press + to return to Isabelle, who will then sing your tune.

Don’t worry if you haven’t unlocked the Town Tune creator yet – there are a variety of online Town Tune creators that you can use, such as the one created by NookNet, that you can use to improve your musical talents.

Musical notes in Animal Crossing: New Horizons explained

There are four different types of notes you can use when creating your Town Tune in New Horizons, which you can find below:

Musical notes Effect
Frog Dash Maintains the previous note
gray frog Rest note (A beat of silence)
Letter A to G Equivalent to the musical note
Frog with question mark Play a random note or fun noise.

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List of the best Town Tunes ideas for Animal Crossing: New Horizons

There are many options when it comes to Town Tune in New Horizons; You can create something completely original, just use random notes or recreate a section of one of your favorite songs.

Below you’ll find a couple of ideas to help you get creative with your Town Tune!

Here is my interpretation of the opening of A Cruel Angel’s Thesis, the theme song for Neon Genesis Evangelion.

The thesis of a cruel angel

If you’re a fan of the ocarina music from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time or The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, then YouTube’s Super Milltendo has you covered:

Super Milltendo has also created a video containing the Town Tune versions of the Mario theme, the original Lavender Town theme from Pokémon Red, Blue and Yellow, the Tetris theme, and the Mii Channel theme, among many others:

YouTube’s Raygun Bunny has also figured out how to recreate Toss A Coin To Your Witcher. (Yes, we’re still on that train.)

Nerd attack! from Youtube has created two videos, each containing 30 Town Tunes that you can use. The first includes the Game of Thrones theme, the Jurassic Park theme, and Epona’s Song, among many others.

Meanwhile, the second video will show how to recreate the Doctor Who opening theme, ‘Do you want to build a snowman?’ from Frozen and the theme from Super Smash Bros Melee, to name a few:

I hope they help you get some ideas on what your Town Tune could be!

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