Best Superman songs
Superman is the first great superhero, the grandaddy of them all, so it’s therefore somewhat fitting that he’s found himself sung about in more pop tunes per capita than any other comic book character. (Batman, his rival for the hearts and minds of DC readers for the past 75 years, isn’t the sort of guy whose look and aura is conducive to anything that might be labeled a “ditty.”) His bright primary colors and his cheery, upright, best-parts-of-Americana Norman Rockwell image are ideal for obvious melodies and dulcet tones, so how could he not find himself pressed onto vinyl?
Anyway, here’s a ranked list of songs about the Man of Steel. It’s by no means comprehensive, as there have been a metric ton that have alluded to the big guy over the years. To generate this list I’ve relied on two loose factors: how crucial Superman is to the song, and how deeply the song penetrated popular culture. It can be strong in one and weak in the other, or strong in both, which will factor into the ranking — plus any other intangibles that might come into the mix. (I’m making this up as I go along is what I’m trying to say.) I’ve thus come up with a top five, one that I think is fair and accurate. Or not. Whatever.
Without further ado.
5. From some other planet, I get this funky high on a yellow sun…
Matchbox 20, “Real World”
Our first entry illustrates a song that’s tilted heavily to the big-time hit edge of the spectrum, while only slightly touching on the Last Son of Krypton. But if you were driving a car in 1998 and for a few years thereafter, you couldn’t keep the rock anthems of Matchbox 20 from blasting out of your stereo speakers. Their album Yourself or Someone Like You had a number of smashes on it, and no matter whether you liked their sound or not, none could deny their omnipresence.