The 6 Best Comic Book Movie Soundtracks
Because what's a superhero movie without some sweet tunes?
6. Daredevil (2003)
While many of us remember the movie (because no matter how hard we've tried, it's seared into our brains forever), not a lot of people remember how epic the music was. The entire movie was essentially just played over a 2003 rock mix tape. Which, really, is all movies were from 1999-2005. Just movies with a constant background soundtrack playing through it.
Which is why I like the Daredevil soundtrack. It's just 2003 rock nostalgia for me.
Here are some of the bands on "Daredevil: The Album" (Yes, that's what it's actually called.): Fuel, Seether, Drowning Pool, Saliva, Nickelback, Chevelle, 12 Stones, and not one, but two songs by newcomers Evanescence.
And here is an actual scene from the movie to refresh your memory:
(Nice pan to Matt's eye's during the "on the flip side I can't believe I couldn't see" lyric.)
Just watching that again makes me appreciate Charlie Cox's Daredevil so much more...
5. Batman (1989)
Prince did the entire soundtrack. Need I say more?
"Arms of Orion"? "Partyman"? "Batdance"???
"Get the funk up!"
4. Wonder Woman (2017)
This is one of the few soundtracks I actually enjoy for the original score.
Case in point: THIS SONG. If this song doesn't get you pumped for anything life has to throw at you, THEN ARE YOU EVEN ALIVE?
(Wait for it....wait for it....)
[0:50] is when the fun starts.
3. Deadpool (2016)
First of all, the songs they used were comedic genius, and the titles of the actual score tracks are hilarious as well.
Some original score songs have titles such as "Liam Neeson Nightmares", "This Place Looks Sanitary", and "A Face I Would Sit On"
Mix that in with some DMX, George Michael, Salt-N-Pepa, and Juice Newton and you've got yourself a winner.
2. Guardians of the Galaxy's "Awesome Mix Vol. 1" (2014)
This is the soundtrack all soundtracks since 2014 wish they were (I'm looking at you, Suicide Squad).
It fixed Blue Swede's "Hooked on a Feeling" for me. Now I will never again associate that song with the creepy CGI baby from Ally McBeal.
It made the Jackson 5 adorable for the first time since the 70's. It re-ignited the flame I had for the Runaways' "Cherry Bomb". And it made "Oooooh Child" a cool song, instead of something you sing ironically when it came on the radio.
1. Watchmen (2009)
I consider this soundtrack to be the father of the Guardians of the Galaxy's "Awesome Mix Vol. 1". If you loved Awesome Mix Vol. 1, you'll really appreciate the Watchmen soundtrack.
It made me find my love for 60's and 70's music again. "The Times They Are a Changin'", "The Sound of Silence", "Me and Bobby McGee", "All Along the Watchtower", and even some "Ride of the Valkyries" are thrown in there.
Add the hardest version of "Desolation Row" you've ever heard as a cherry on top and you have Chynna's favorite comic book soundtrack.
I also love this soundtrack because 2005-2009 was when comic book movies started to realize that they didn't have to have a constant soundtrack running in the background of the entire movie and that there were actual ways to successfully incorporate music into the movie without just copy and pasting it over an action scene.
You know that slow-mo intro scene from Deadpool in my #3 spot? How there was a song incorporated in a slow-mo scene that was telling a story and incorporating credits? I've seen many comic book movies do this type of scene before and since, but none did it better than Watchmen, in my opinion. Not only did they introduced actors with the credits but they also introduced characters and gave a brief history of the Watchmen, with no words at all. Just some Bob Dylan and a lot of blood.
(NSFW. The movie is rated "R" for a reason.)
What are some of your favorite comic book soundtracks to jam out to?