Playlist for Superman

Okay, so we all know that Superman’s return is the much-anticipated highlight of 2017’s Justice League.

We’ve been teased and tantalised with glimpses of the Man of Steel in movie trailers and on popcorn buckets. But – spoiler alert – those of us who’ve read the comics or watched the cartoons know that Supe’s not dead.

His heart is just beating really, really slowly. Duh!

At any rate, we geeks, nerds, and comic book junkies shall unite on November 17 to watch the premier of the year’s umpteenth super hero flick. How will you get in the mood for this action packed super hero thriller?

With an amazing superman playlist, of course!

The following songs, from current hits to oldies-but-goodies, highlight superheroes in general, but especially everyone’s favorite Big Blue Boyscout.

Your Justice League Superman Playlist

1. “Something Just Like This” By the Chainsmokers

“I’ve been reading books of old, the legends and the myths…Spider-Man’s control, and batman with his fists…and superman unrolls a suit before he lifts…”

This may just be every geek’s favorite song right now. I was hitting the treadmill at my local gym when I first caught sight of this music video. In a word, I was shook. That was the day after a pilgrimage to Metropolis, Illinois, Superman’s adoptive hometown. Yeah, I’m a little bit obsessed. So what? Oh, yeah, Batman is in this one, too.

 

2. “Superman” by Taylor Swift

“I watch superman fly away. You’ve got a busy day today. Go save the world, I’ll be around…When you come back down.”

I’m a Swifty at heart – I can’t help it! But that’s beside the point. The point is, when I was a kid, I couldn’t relate to any of the characters in any of the Superman cartoons. They were all old, for crying out loud – a good 25 to 30. Now that I live in that age range, I get it. Supe’s the cream of the Smallville’s crop, and finding his likes in the real world is an act of superhuman strength. That’s the theme of the next song, too.

3. “Waiting for Superman” by Daughtry

“She says, ‘Yeah, he’s still coming, just a little bit late, He got stuck at the laundromat washing his cape.’  She’s just watching the clouds roll by and they spell her name like Lois Lane…
She’s dancing with strangers, falling apart
Waiting for Superman to pick her up
In his arms.”

This song is twofold, at least to me. On the one hand, it pictures a real-life situation in which a girl makes excuses for the failings of the love she clings to. Is he abusive or just unreliable? On the other hand, I can’t help but laugh as I think of Season 2 of Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman! Dean Cain’s Clark Kent was constantly disappearing to ‘return a video,’ or ‘get a latte,’ or ‘go to a dentist appointment.’ Lois was steamed!

4. “Kryptonite” by 3 Doors Down

“If I go crazy, yeah, will you still call me superman?”

This song is a Superman classic. Hmm, could Superman’s theatrical absence by likened to ‘his body lying somewhere in the sands of time’? I think it fits, don’t you?

5. “Save Me” by Remy Zero

“Somebody save me, let your warm hands break right through it. Somebody save me.”

No super playlist would be complete without a nod to Smallville. Who remembers rushing to the television when they heard this theme start to play?

6. “One Call Away” by Charlie Puth

“i’m only one call away. I’ll be there to save the day. Superman got nothing on me. I’m only one call away.”

Interestingly, this song wasn’t the first to make the claim ‘Superman…got nothing on me.’ See number eight on our list for a 1966 Silver Age nod to the Man of Steel.

7. “You Don’t Mess Around With Jim” by Jim Croce

“You Don’t Tug on Superman’s Cape.”

In this oldie but goodie, I learned not to pull on the big guy’s cape, probably before I even knew who he was. Thanks, Dad. The next one is an oldie, too.

8. “Sunshine Superman” by Donovan

“Superman and Green lantern Ain’t got nothing on me.”

1966 – It was right in the middle of DC Comic’s Silver Age. Did you notice how this lyric was later appropriated in a modern hit? Believe it or not, that happens a lot. But that’s a story for a different article.

9. “Superheroes” by the Script

“When You’ve Been fighting for it all your life, you’ve been struggling to make things right. That’s how a superhero learns to fly.”

We had to throw in at least one song for the whole team. The struggle is real when you’re super – the above quote well exemplifies the backstory of nearly every member of the League.

10. “Superman” by American Authors

“I’m on my own, my own hero, i’m not alone…i feel like superman.”

The best things about superhero movies may be the feeling they leave us with – that an ordinary kid from Gotham or from Central City, a farm boy from Kansas, a naive young woman, or… (well, the others didn’t have such a normal life before…oh, well, so much for the metaphor) – can rise to greatness through selfless acts. Inspiring, don’t you think?

Check this out: be your own Superman despite mental illness.

Check out all these songs and more super hits – 18 and counting – on my Spotify playlist, Super Songs. 

Got a super song on your mind that we didn’t mention in our Superman playlist? Let us know!

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