Everyone knows that superheroes have plunged and made their way off the page of the comics and conquered the cinema and television screens of the world. They also, however, made a two-fisted assault on the music. Cool nerdy rappers, cool nerdy punk rockers, J-pop icons, and doomy metalheads swung with Spider-Man and crashed with Hulk. Look, true believers! A list of the best songs that have ever been surpassed, from invincible to even more invincible than that.
Joe Satriani, “Surfing with the alien”
California guitarist Joe Satriani taught everyone from Steve Vai to Kirk Hammett of Metallica before harnessing the cosmic power for his hit second album of 1987, Surfing with the alien. Satriani had supposedly never heard of the superhero when he named the album; he just liked the surf and the space. But a Relativity Records official made him aware and they got permission to show Jack Kirby’s sparkling creation capturing a stellar wave on the album cover. The title track features Satriani’s full array of wah-wah whammy and key fire, while the production of ’80s shiny chrome and stiff New Age drums heralds a future giant Galactus of kerosene and crackle.
Roy Clark Method, “Sector 2814”
The Macon, GA group has recorded numerous superhero songs, including “Bizarro Me” (about Superman’s villain) and “Big Red Cheese” (about DC’s Captain Marvel). This success of 2004 is however their masterpiece. With a dismal ringing, singer Jay Jones tells the sad story of Hal Jordan, whose green magic ring asks him difficult questions.
“Hal, what have you done with your life?”
The people around you keep dying.
Use your willpower to right the wrongs
And don’t make us wait too long.
Green Lantern’s ring speaks to him in the comics, which would actually be scary, if you think about it. And the Roy Clark method clearly did. (For the second biggest song about the sad inner life of a green superhero, check out The Traits’ “Nobody likes the Hulk. â)
Chelsea Wolfe, “Diane”
DC Comics released a soundtrack to accompany their Dark Nights 2021 event comic. Although the record is labeled as âdeath metal,â the highlight is this track, which is not death metal at all. It’s still pretty awesome. Wolfe’s doomed Gothic ode to Diana Prince transforms the usual ambitious Amazon into a figure of twilight dread. The drums advance as Wolfe moans “Flowers of light / Behind my eyes / Evil in the night / To keep me high / Powers I’m so tired.” You can pretty much feel these bracelets pulling her down and the weight of the tiara. But you don’t want to get in the way of a screaming Wonder Woman like that.
Ghostface Killah, “I slept on Tony”
Wu-Tang’s Ghostface Killah aka Dennis Coles named his solo debut in 1996 after Iron Man. He doubled the love with this 2008 song about how nobody likes Tony Stark enough.
“Extraordinary, hiding my dueling identities
Anthony Stark, call me Ton ‘, the best pedigree
Multi-billionaire, military entrepreneur
Crush my opponents, with the force of a compactor.
Playboy Tony’s hip-hop appeal with money, girls, quick wit, and superpowers is pretty clear. Cole’s song, with its horn samples like Repulsor Blasts, appeared in the 2008 Iron Man movie. This movie was so successful that even Ghostface would have to admit that no one sleeps on Tony anymore.
Namie Amuro, “Wonder Woman”
There are so many songs called “Wonder Woman.” There are Kacey musgraves the melancholy admission of country folk that she “does not know how to make you like”. And there is Lion babe less wise and sly threat, “You don’t want to see what happens when I’m provokedâ¦ Watch me spin, see me swing my golden rope.”
As wonderful as they are, I think Namie Amuro’s 2011 J-pop girl-power tailoring maybe even more wonderful. With a nudge from rapper Ai and rocker Anna Tsuchiya, the song takes hip-hop, electropop, and anthemic guitars and ties them all in a big, coarse gold thread for the gigantic “I’ll be your Wonder Woman. ! ” Chorus. This hook will lodge in your brain like the truth.
All natural, “MC Avenger”
Why settle for one superhero per song when we can fit them all? On All Natural’s âMC Avenger,â the hook âswinging through your town like your Spider-Man neighborhoodâ is lifted by DJ Tony B. Nimble of the Wu-Tang Clan, while rapper Cap D deploys his powers of nerd tongue from Wonder Twins to Submariners. âI appear in a Flash to stop a man / I have more flow than Aquaman,â he boasts, and adds âI thunder like Thor and Thundaar!â All Natural never hit it big, but this song from their 1998 debut No additives, no preservatives shows why older Chicagoans still talk about it with a lot of love.
Shonen Knife, “Buttercup (I’m a Supergirl)”
The Ramones’ Spider-Man Theme falls short of the Japanese trio Shonen Knife’s contribution to the punk cartoon tradition. The trio created this combat rebound anthem for the Rhino Power Puff 2000 Girl Tribute compilation, and a superhero has rarely been serenaded with such a simpatico whoosh. You would pretty much think Shonen Knife was the Power Puff Girls in their secret identities, or maybe vice versa. I dare you not to rush to slam this monster when you listen to Shonen Puff Knife Girls:
“Overcome the crisis
i will save people
You know i’m a supergirl
Yes i’m a punk girl
i never say die
Nobody can stop me
Because I love to fight!
Sadevillain, “Gazzillion Grand”
What if Doom was fluid?
This is the question asked and answered by the British producer Seanh on some eps mash-ups from 2016-17 which slide Sade’s grooves over MF Doom raps and overlay MF Doom’s beats under Sade’s sighs. “Gazillion Grand” loops the supernatural smoky hook of “Flow” by Sade (“Ooh baby mm / when you hold me”) under a sample from Fantastic Four in which the evil Doctor Doom kidnaps Sue Storm, aka The Invisible Girl. “I took away the hearts of the Fantastic Four!” ” he is boasting.
Next is the twisted but relaxing verse from rapper MF Doom of “Gazzillion Ear”: “Bad guy here, make them tremble with fear / And won’t stop until he becomes a billionaire.” The villain and the heroine sway and sway in a perfectly languid supervillain love story dance. Team crossovers are rarely so sensually perfect.
LaVern Baker, “Batman to the Rescue”
Adam West Batman was mostly remembered, as the superhero fandom has become a more serious matter. It’s easy to forget that during its three years of existence in the late 1960s, the show was a massive cultural phenomenon. Which meant that many musicians tried to seize the air of the time and the money which accompanied it.
Many artists have covered the indelible Neal Hefti “nah-nah-nah theme “, the avant-garde jazz organist Sun Ra to rockers Businesses. LaVern Baker’s effort knocks out anyone with a big “Biff!” Bam! Sock! Wow! ââ Batman to the Rescue, âfrom 1966, combines elements of the Hefti theme with Baker’s 1956 hitâ Jim Dandy. âThe super trendy funky baseline will make your bat butt dance, but itâs is the song of Baker – a marvel of swine-calling propulsive power – who truly chases these villains to their lair.
Suicide, “Ghost Rider”
The pioneering Suicide synthesizer was inspired by the fiery skull-headed Marvel superhero for this thrilling vampire from their early days. Singer Alan Vega looks like a drunk Lou Reed as he stutters lyrics over Ghost Rider’s blue suit and a motorbike before venturing into darker territory. “Hey, baby, baby, baby he’s screaming the truth / America is killing its youth.”
Ghost Rider isn’t a top-notch Marvel hero, but nonetheless, it’s arguably the most influential song on this list. It was covered Where sampled by tons of musicians, and it paved the way for the New Wave and generations of cool electronic pop-art experimenters. Ghost Rider may be a skull, but he lives.
Donovan, “Sunshine Superman”
Donovan’s 1966 summer anthem retains its psychedelic overeating about 55 years later. Producer Mickie Most’s production sparkles and shines and John Paul Jones’ electric bass weaves its way through fields of daylight.
And then there’s Donovan’s grown child “mmm-hmm-hmm-hmm-hmm” as he declares, with a convincing cheer, that “Superman or Green Lantern has nothing on me.” Then he proves it with the next line of absurd understanding, “I can act like a turtle and dive for your pearls in the sea.” Has there ever been a single of such sublime silliness? Superheroes fight for the law with force. Donovan grooves for good sensations with this guitar power, do you like?
Open Mike Eagle, “Very Much Money” (Ice King Dream)
“My friends are superheroes / None of us have a lot of money though,” sings Open Mike Eagle on 2014’s “Very Much Money” Black comedy. Then he lists the often disappointing super abilities of all his friends; they “fly, run fast, read Portuguese”, write, make jokes, fly in space and also “wear the same underwear as billionaires”.
The softly ambient production is melancholy (âNone of it matteringâ) but it is not only melancholy. Mike doesn’t name Superman, Batman, or Thor from the comics or movies, instead he reinvents superheroism as a day, in part by appreciating the non-cosmic abilities of the people you care about. His superpower makes you laugh and hope.
I would probably include the one from Shakespear’s Sister’s “cat womanâIf I had one more niche. Or maybe Prince’s “Batdance“? And what about the impressive electric company Spider-Man Theme? No list can link superheroes. Their power (and their songs!) Cannot be contained! As all supervillains know, it’s fun to try.