Best Superman theme song
Put on your bat-suits and rejoice, for today (July 23) is National Batman Day! As part of the Caped Crusader’s 75th anniversary, DC Comics is celebrating with comic giveaways and movie showings around the country. The festivities continue tomorrow when comic-book fans from all over descend on San Diego to partake in the annual and highly popular Comic-Con.
In honor of these comic festivities, we're celebrating the best in superhero-inspired music, from Eminem's self-indulgent "Superman" to Queen's energized "Flash" theme song. There are quite a few songs for Batman and the Man of Steel, plus a little something for each of DC and Marvel's winged, masked and caped crusaders.
Prince, "Batdance" (1989)
"Get the funk up!" For the "Batman" soundtrack, Prince not only crafted the track "Batdance, " which featured voice tracks straight from the 1989 film, but the Purple One turned himself into a half Batman, half Joker pop star for the nearly seven-minute video. Dedication to DC Comics? We think so, with the Vicki Vale breakdown sealing the deal.
Black Sabbath, "Iron Man" (1970)
Black Sabbath's most well-known song may be about a time-traveling, destruction-seeking man turned to steel rather than the Marvel character, but that didn't stop the filmmakers behind the first of the "Iron Man" films from tossing the 1970 heavy metal jam into the movie's credits. Their approval is enough for us.
With Chris Evans fresh off the silver screen, where he reprised his role as Captain America in the new "Avengers" flick, moe.'s 1999 "L" release gives a nod to the Marvel super soldier, warning that anyone not like Captain America is "gonna wind up dead last / at the end of your rope."
Manowar, "Thor (The Powerhead)" (1984)
In this testosterone-dripping tune, iconic American heavy metal act Manowar pledge their allegiance to the almighty "Thor, " complete with ear-shattering yelps and a guitar solo that never ends. Note the group harmonies that trace vocalist Eric Adams' chanting chorus of "Thor the Mighty / Thor the Brave / Crush the infidels in your way / By your hammer let none be saved."
The Traits, "Nobody Loves the Hulk" (1969)
The rights to this oddly upbeat rock track about the green behemoth's sorrows are not only owned by Marvel, but "Nobody Loves The Hulk" was also advertised in early '70s issues of Hulk comics. The Traits' dynamic single not only recounts the unfortunate tale of Bruce Banner's Jekyll and Hyde-like transformation into the Hulk, it sympathizes with it.
Snoop Dogg, "Batman & Robin" (2002)
"A cold day in Gotham, in the Batcave chillin', " raps Snoop on his 2002 "Paid tha Cost to Be da Boss" album, celebrating the famous superhero duo. Lady of Rage and RBX are featured in the chorus, singing "Deep in Gotham, fighting crime / No one can save the day like Batman."