Save it with music: Superhero references to songs

Music can be used to express any thought, theme, message or emotion that you can possibly imagine. For some reason, most people like to sing about love, which is good, I guess. But then there are musicians who decide to write about superheroes instead, which I personally can really appreciate.

I appreciate it so much that I decided to outline the most common trolls of superhero-themed songs (as opposed to superhero-themed songs, which we’ll discuss first). This is not an exhaustive list, but a brief introduction to the subject based on my personal observations.

Like many superhero-related things, this is pretty much the same: most of the artists and heroes they like to sing about are white men. I never did a review of every superhero-related song I recorded (although I did seek the advice of my fellow Reuters writers, some of whom made it to this post), so I’m not sure if it’s because of my musical taste or if it’s a general trend. . Anyway, on this whirlwind tour of superhero music references let’s turn on our headphones and press the play button!

Theme

While modern cartoons seem to avoid theme songs, older shows inevitably require a quick, punchy music to excite the audience. Many of these instruments (Justice League Unlimited Still the Gold Standard, and I’ll fight it with you), but others have songs about the greatness of the character you’re going to witness, including Spectacular Spider-Man And You are mine.

Movies occasionally get a good superhero theme there, such as Queen’s “Flash” (from Flash Gordon) And Vanilla Ice’s “Ninja Rap” (from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle II), Which is by no means the worst song I’ve ever heard.

Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man” is a bizarre example: it’s not about superheroes at all, but it has been closely associated with him since 2008. Iron man Use the song on the last credit.

I’m not super

Lots of songs called Drop Superhero to compare someone else (either the singer or the song they are singing) to that hero. From “Superman” in Five for Fighting to Lazlo Ben’s “Superman,” aka The, many songs refer to Superman only to highlight the singer’s own un-super qualities. Scrub Original music.

This is done to emphasize the generality or humanity of the singer: they have no superiority, but they are doing their best and they Really Like you, so give them a chance, huh?

I’m super, too!

Although many of the superhero references in the song are self-deprecating, some are more positive, where the singer claims to be as strong (or at least feel) as a superhero.

Crystal Harris’s “Supergirl”, Stephanie’s “Superg! RL” and Demi Lovato’s “Fire Starter” all fall into this category: they all declare to the singer that they are a superhero and therefore have the confidence and strength to get what they want. Jim Cross’s “You Don’t Mess Around With Jim” is a bizarre example of what it’s like to face a title character, a violent riot, being pulled over by Superman’s cape, and stripped of the Lone Ranger’s mask.

The irresistible BTS “Anpanman” is both a “I’m too super” song and an “I am not super” song. They admit that they may not be Superman, but at least they may be Unpanman, the Japanese superhero popular with children.

Fancy / parody song

In the 1960s, Batman was a superhero, so he made surprisingly large appearances in other media. Actors from Batman TV shows are even recorded singles, though they absolutely shouldn’t. Here Bert “Robin” Ward sings a song – and I use both verbs and nouns very loosely – called “Boy Wonder I Love You.” I won’t play it though. Seriously. Stick to “Jingle Bells, Batman Smells”.

Snoop Dogg paid homage to an original song from the ’60s series, “Batman and Robin”, which took audio samples from the show. The Queen fell ill, claiming that Superman and other pop culture icons did not match the pleasure of cycling in “bicycle races”. And Weird Al blessed us with “Ode to a Superhero”, which sheds light on 2002. Spiders are human To the tune of Billy Joel’s “Piano Man”.

And of course, Solza Boy has the immortal “Crank That”, which not only includes a Superman reference but also inspires a dance frenzy that requires dancers to pose like Superman flying in the air at regular intervals.

Musical fan fiction

This is a relatively rare category, from which I can tell. This is when a song is sung from the point of view of an actual comic book character, or at least they act as if they exist. Wings’ “Magneto and Titanium Man” is a bouncy little number about Tytler’s villains for some reason, along with Crimson Dynamo and Paul McCartney.

The Spin Doctors jokingly plotted to kill Superman (?) In ‘Jimmy Olsen’s Blues’ (?) With a “pocket full of kryptonite”, which is fair enough, how many times has Superman flirted with Jimmy in the comics. Jim’s Big Igor’s “The Ballad of Barry Allen” is an amazingly sad song where Flash laments how his abilities make it difficult to stay long enough to bond with others.


Our journey into the world of superhero song reference is over now, but you can listen to all these love songs anytime. You can share your likes on social media, if you remember!

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