By just about any measuring stick, we’re living in a golden age for super hero movies. Before this decade is over, comic book fans will see a wider array of Marvel and DC characters on the big screen than anyone could ever have imagined. And if you don’t think that’s true, please consider that “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Ant-Man” movies are really happening in the next two years.
But there’s one area in which super hero movies have been pretty consistent over the past 25 years or so, and that’s music. Though not every comic book flick produces a pop hit, many of them have, and a few have even made it all the way to the top of the charts. Older songs which tie in thematically have also found new life through the same movies.
With that in mind, we put together a top 10 list of songs from super hero movies that made an impact on the radio and in the public consciousness. To keep it somewhat subjective, we ranked them according to the highest position they reached on the Billboard Hot 100 (or its equivalent for older songs) in the year they were originally released.
One thing you’ll notice is that there’s no correlation between movie quality and song quality. You’re seemingly just as likely to strike gold on the soundtrack of a flop as a blockbuster, and indeed, one of the songs in our top 10 comes from one of the most reviled super hero movies of all time.
Oh, and while both Marvel and DC heroes are represented, Batman is the king of this list. He’d probably not be pleased with that, working in the shadows and all, but that’s the way it goes.
Click through and check out what we turned up.