Just for fun, I decided to put together a playlist of hero related music. The basic criteria was that it had to have been in some sort of hero/superhero movie, tv show, or the such (so songs like R.E.M.’s Superman did not qualify). I did upload this to iTunes, but (of course), not all my selections were available, so the 60 song list dwindled to 18. Here is the full list (with explanations). As always, I am open to suggestions for other such songs (as well as looking for The Phantom soundtrack to add… I may have to just bite the bullet and buy it from Amazon).
Doctor Who Theme – The version I used is from the new BBC series.
Superman: Main Theme – From the Richard Donner Superman movies.
Bring Me To Life – One of two contributions to the Daredevil soundtrack from Evanescence. Not all that bad of a movie, as superhero movies go, but the Director’s Cut is better.
Jonny Quest – The theme to the classic Hanna Barbera cartoon
The Tick – Not the live action version, but the far superior animated version… SPOON!
Batman Beyond Main Title
In The Light – From the Elektra soundtrack. Good soundtrack, bad movie.
Molossus – From Batman Begins
Robocop – Main title from the movie
Batman - the Main theme from Tim Burton’s cinematic version, composed by Oingo Boingo frontman Danny Elfman
Learn To Crawl – From Spider-Man
Fantastic Four – main title score
The Shadow – Main theme from the Alex Baldwin movie
X2: X-Men United Suite – Available on the CD Comic Strip Heroes
Angel – The opening title theme to the Buffy the Vampire Slayer spin-off
Buffy the Vampire Slayer – Main theme from the TV series
The New Adventures of Superman – Classic cartoon theme
Spider-Man – Like the Superman theme above, this is the classic theme to the classic cartoon
Daredevil Theme (Blind Justice Remix)
The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest – An attempt to update Jonny Quest for the 90s, aging Jonny to teenager, and adding in virtual reality elements.
The Six Million Dollar Man – “Steve Austin, astronaut. A man barely alive. Gentlemen, we can rebuild him”
Everything Burns – From the Fantastic Four soundtrack
In Time – From The Punisher soundtrack, standing out because of how different it sounds from the rest of the album, and its performance during the diner serenade.
The Name’s Bond… James Bond - Representing the British super spy, taken from the Casino Royale soundtrack
Touched – By Vast, from the Angel: Live Fast, Die Never CD
Extreme Ways – From The Bourne Supremacy
Burn – one of the few Cure songs I like, from The Crow soundtrack
Yu-Gi-Oh! Theme – Call it a guilty pleasure, but for a while, I was actually watching this anime show afternoons (it beat watching Springer).
Somebody Help Me - Theme song to Tru Calling, Eliza Dushku’s second heroic role, though no where near as rocky as Faith’s path to heroism.
I Melt With You – Bowling For Soup’s cover for the Sky High soundtrack
Mystery Men Oath – Not really a sound, just a dialogue life from the movie that appears on the soundtrack
Holding Out For a Hero – Jennifer Saunders performs this in Shrek 2 as Shrek races to the rescue.
Sin City End Titles – Fitting music for the Frank Miller inspired movie
Flash - Danny Elfman’s theme to the short-lived TV series.
Save Me – Smallville main theme
The Incredible Hulk – Theme – Actually the closing theme, always played as David Banner is forced to move on
The Avengers – “Mrs. Peel, we’re needed.”
Red Right Hand - Peter Yorn recorded this for the Hellboy movie. I think the better version is the Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds version, found on the X-Files: Songs in the Key of X CD
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai – Another guilty pleasure
The Rocketeer To The Rescue & End Credits
Princes of the Universe – Queen’s theme song for Highlander
Conan The Barbarian – Anvil of Crom – Arnold Schwarzenegger’s star turn as the Robert E. Howard sword and sorcery hero.
All Star - Smashmouth’s song, used for both Mystery Men and Shrek
Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman – Theme from the ABC tv series
Mortal Kombat – A real guilty pleasure of a movie
The Green Hornet – from the 60s tv series
Stargate – From the movie.
The Lone Ranger – Little known fact: The Green Hornet and the Lone Ranger are related.
Darkman - Danny Elfman composed this moody piece for a hero without a face.
The End Is The Beginning Is The End – Smashing Pumpkins contributed this to the Batman and Robin soundtrack, the one with George Clooney
Won’t Back Down – By Fuel, found on the Daredevil soundtrack
Hero – The big summer hit from Spider-Man, sung by Nickelback’s frontman Chad Kroeger
Bother – From Spider-Man, Attributed to Stonesour frontman Corey Taylor on the soundtrack, and the full band on their album.
My Immortal - Evanescence’s second contribution to the Daredevil soundtrack, later becoming a huge hit from their own CD
Broken – From The Punisher, heard playing over Joan’s radio right before Frank Castle beats up her abusive ex-boyfriend.
Slow Chemical – Also from The Punisher soundtrack, though most wrestling fans will know it as Kane’s entrance music.
Breathe No More – Appearing on the Elektra soundtrack by Evanescence. A live version appears on their Anywhere But Home CD
I Stand Alone – From The Scorpion King
Space Ghost – The classic Hanna Barbera theme, before he became a cheese talk show host.
The Raider’s March – The theme to Raiders of the Lost Ark, and nearly every Indiana Jones related project since.