'Magneto and Titanium Man'
Paul McCartney & Wings
In a head-scratching move most Macca fans don't exactly remember, Paul McCartney wrote a Wings song about Marvel villains from across the superhero universe. From "X-Men" (Magneto) to "Iron Man" (Titanium Man and Crimson Dynamo), McCartney and his band have the comic world covered in this evil 1975 B-Side to "Venus and Mars/Rock Show." Wait, what?
If there is one thing Queen has never been short of, it's flash. Released in 1980, this legendary Queen track was created as the theme song for the "Flash Gordon" movie. Keyboardist Brian May plays little more than one note on his synth throughout the entirety of the song, propelling the track forward with Flash-like speed and energy. Queen also composed and performed all the music featured on the film's soundtrack.
Recorded for the 1997 "Batman & Robin" film soundtrack, this R. Kelly track reached the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, with lyrics about the city of justice, love and peace. The song revered the fictional city made famous by the DC comic, paying tribute to Bruce Wayne's crime-ridden home in lyrics like "I'm lookin' over the skyline of the city / How loud quiet nights in the mist of crime / How next door to happiness lives sorrow / And signals of solution in the sky."
'Superman (It's Not Easy)'
Five For Fighting
More about the vulnerable side of a hero than defeating Lex Luthor, Five For Fighting's hit single "Superman" struck a chord with listeners in 2000, with lyrics like, "I'm only a man / In a funny red sheet." John Ondrasik, the mastermind behind Five For Fighting, carries bittersweet sincerity with a delicate falsetto and an even more fragile piano melody, illustrating that even superheroes can be human.
Marvel's Ghost Rider was a favorite of the band Suicide, who took its name from Ghost Rider comic book "Satan Suicide." The early punk band played tribute to the motorcycling anti-hero on "Ghost Rider," the opening track of its debut 1977 self-titled album.