Call me Superman song
Superman looks pretty darn good for being around since 1938. And in his 75 years of saving Metropolis, he’s inspired plenty of songs, certainly more than any of the thousands of other costumed heroes that have appeared since Action Comics #1. From Eminem to Barbra Streisand, artists just can’t help but reference Clark Kent’s alter ego in their quest to create songs more powerful than a locomotive. In celebration of both Man of Steel and this year’s annual Comic-Con convention (which ended yesterday), we’ve assembled our list of the best pop songs that reference Superman.
10. 3 Doors Down – “Kryptonite”
If I go crazy, will you still call me Superman?
It’s normal to boast about a hero’s might, but this straightforward rock track is about revealing flaws. Still, if 3 Doors Down had referenced Green Lantern and his bizarre weakness to the color yellow instead of Superman and Kryptonite, chances are they wouldn’t have had a hit. Blame Superman for the song’s superhuman might on the radio.
9. Spin Doctors – “Jimmy Olsen’s Blues”
Lois Lane, you don’t need no Superman/Come on downtown and stay with me tonight/I got a pocket full of Kryptonite
Poor Jimmy Olsen. Forever known, if for anything at all, for being Superman’s pal. The Spin Doctors’ quirky 1991 single manages to take a surprisingly wily approach with a song that asks: What if the downcast redhead had a crush on Lois Lane and a dastardly plan to kill off Superman to get her? Sinisterly clever fun.
8. Eric Clapton – “Superman Inside”
Look in the mirror, even with a broken heart I’m fine/Living is so sweet now with Superman inside.
Slowhand’s trademark blues-powered guitar licks plus the accompanying message that you’re strong enough to get through anything. What’s not to like?
7. Brian McKnight – “Superhero”
Kal-El, son ofJor-El/All my secrets, you can never tell.
I must salute McKnight for his herculean effort of combining Superman trivia with pseudo-romantic lingo. By the third verse, he manages to squeeze in a line about how he can’t see through lead as he tells his lady about how he needs her to make it through “this lonely, daily planet.” Plus, the title track from his 2001 album has a nice grooving bassline to carry the lyrics forward.
6. Jim Croce – “You Don’t Mess Around with Jim”
You don’t tug on Superman’s cape/You don’t spit into the wind/You don’t pull the mask off that old Lone Ranger.