[With The Avengers big news at the box offise, list-meister Brent Chittenden took a look through his CD collection. -AC]
In case you missed it, The Avengers made a ton of money over the weekend. Over $200 MILLION in three days.
Superheroes are big at the box office which has given me a great opportunity to combine my love of comics (feel free to read my column over at www.comicbookdaily.com) and my love of music into the top ten list of superhero songs.
Some of them aren’t necessarily about the hero in question, some were featured on soundtracks but all of these songs have a vague superhero connection of some sort. What I wanted to create was the superhero playlist that you can listen to before heading to the theater to watch The Avengers for the third or fourth time. Enjoy the top ten superhero songs of all time!
10) Five For Fighting – “Superman”
This came out around the same time Smallville started gaining some steam and in terms of Clark Kent, the song really goes well with a teenager who will eventually be the greatest of all DC superheroes.
9) Joe Satriani – “Surfing With The Alien”
Joe Satriani’s guitar classic titled for the Silver Surfer. Not a big Silver Surfer Fan myself but this should be included on every comic book music list.
8) Soundgarden – “Live To Rise”
A late entry but I really, really dig this new Soundgarden song from The Avengers soundtrack. Given time, it might actually rise up the ranks on my list. But because it’s fairly new, here it shall stay. For now.
7) Paul McCartney and Wings – “Magneto and Titanium Man”
It’s a Beatle singing about Marvel villains! Sure the characters are portrayed a little different then they are in the comics but as i said before it’s a BEATLE SINGING ABOUT MARVEL COMIC BOOK CHARACTERS!!!
6) Rollins Band – “Ghost Rider”
A cover of Suicide’s song from the Rollins Band about the fire headed Marvel hero, interestingly enough, the song appears on the soundtrack to another comic book turned movie, The Crow. Suicide’s version is good but I love the Rollins Band version.
5) Partners in Kryme – “Turtle Power”
You can’t help but give the Turtles a shout out and this song is a lot better the Vanilla Ice’s “Ninja Rap” from TMNT Part 2.
4) Velvet Revolver – “Set Me Free”
This comes from the first Hulk film directed by Ang Lee… a film that is… okay… but it featured our very first listen to Velvet Revolver and the song itself does really fit the character of the Hulk well.
3) Black Sabbath – “Iron Man”
Not exactly about Marvel’s Iron Man but it just feels right especially if we’re talking the first Iron Man suit which is clunky and embodies the phrase “heavy metal”.
2) Prince – “Batdance”
From Prince’s soundtrack to the 1989 Batman, Batdance is an interesting take on music for Batman. Who would have thought Prince and Batman would fit together so well.
1) The Ramones – Spider-Man theme song
The Ramones take on the classic Spider-Man theme just feels like peanut butter and chocolate meeting. The song is a perfect fit and hey, Spidey protects New York, The Ramones are from New York. Peanut butter and chocolate my friends.
And there is a ton more out there. The Cure’s “Dredd Song”, Rancid’s “Sidekick”, Elton John’s “Dan Dare”. [Wot? No Crash Test Dummies? -AC]
What did we miss that you feel should have been on the list? List them below because this is always a list we can revisit. This summer alone there’s GI Joe; Retaliation, The Amazing Spider-Man and The Dark Knight Rises.