Superman Songs
September 27, 2012 9:57 PM   Subscribe

Help me fill out my geeky "Superman Music" playlist.

For a few years now, I've been tinkering around with something I call "Metropolis Radio," a playlist of songs with a Superman theme. It started out as a drunken, late night goof at a party with a few of us gathered 'round the computer, laughing and listening to cool songs about Superman. I had such a good time I decided to try to make a playlist.

That original playlist was lost somewhere along the way, and I've been futzing around with making a new one for a while now. I'm turning to the hive mind to give me great new songs to add!

Here's what I have so far:

Theme From Superman by John Williams
Resignation Superman by Big Head Todd and The Monsters
Superman by Five for Fighting
Superman's Song by Crash Test Dummies
No Soy un Superman by Bustamante
Jimmy Olsen's Blues by Spin Doctors
Superman by R.E.M.
Waitin' For A Superman by Flaming Lips
The Man of Metropolis Steals Our Hearts by Sufjan Stevens

As you can see, genre doesn't much matter. "Quality" is subjective. Ideally, I'm kind of hoping to have songs that are either literally about Superman, or use the Superman icon/myth as some kind of metaphor. Ultimately, I just want it to be fun to listen to!
posted by ronofthedead to Media & Arts (27 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
XTC — That's Really Super, Supergirl
posted by Nomyte at 10:08 PM on September 27, 2012

There are two classic disco tracks involving Superman: One, is the glorious Celi Bee and the Buzzy Bunch "Superman," the other, is a Disco/Jazz version of the exact same song by Herbie Mann. The always super cool Johny Guitar Watson is pretty smooth with his track "Superman Lover."
posted by jade east at 10:11 PM on September 27, 2012

I know he's a little young for me, but I love Joe Brooks and Superman.
posted by kbar1 at 10:19 PM on September 27, 2012

perhaps Our Lady Peace - Superman's Dead ?
posted by mce at 10:19 PM on September 27, 2012 [2 favorites]

It's a bird, it's a plane, Lord, he's lost his mind: It's Aaron Tippin, "Honky-Tonk Superman."
posted by MonkeyToes at 10:25 PM on September 27, 2012

Laurie Anderson "O Superman"!
posted by jade east at 10:29 PM on September 27, 2012 [2 favorites]

Sunshine Superman, by Donovan. Actual quote: "Superman or Green Lantern ain't got/ nothing on me
posted by LionIndex at 10:34 PM on September 27, 2012 [3 favorites]

3 doors down - "kryptonite

probably not fun to listen to though. ;x
posted by raihan_ at 10:39 PM on September 27, 2012 [1 favorite]

It's the theme from Scrubs, but still a good song in its own right...

I'm No Superman - Lazlo Bane
posted by Squee at 1:00 AM on September 28, 2012 [2 favorites]

Santogold - My Superman
Anthony Hamilton - Superman
Cinerama - Superman
The Clique - Superman (this is the one R.E.M. covered)
13 & God - Superman on Ice
Von Südenfed - Jbak Lois Lane
Love - The Daily Planet
posted by mookieproof at 1:53 AM on September 28, 2012

Great idea!

How about No one likes Superman any more by I Fight Dragons or Counting On You by Kirby Krackle?
posted by ChristopherS at 1:53 AM on September 28, 2012

Laurie Anderson's O Superman. Minimalist electronic classic!
posted by likeso at 2:53 AM on September 28, 2012

Aw, shoot. Missed jade east's mention by so late, that's a rum and coke.
posted by likeso at 2:54 AM on September 28, 2012

From Korea, Norazo's "Superman": with English subtitles, a shorter version
posted by needled at 5:34 AM on September 28, 2012

Jim Croce's You Don't Mess Around With Jim has the "don't tug on Superman's cape" line in the chorus. Does that count?
posted by Kriesa at 5:49 AM on September 28, 2012

The Sugarhill Gang - Rapper's Delight (~1:20)
posted by dtp at 5:50 AM on September 28, 2012

Israel Kamakawiwo'ole (Brudda Iz)- Maui Hawaiian Sup'pa Man
posted by maryrussell at 6:29 AM on September 28, 2012

Wikipedia has you covered.
posted by JJtheJetPlane at 6:29 AM on September 28, 2012

Do you only want one version of each song? Iron and Wine did a cover of the Flaming Lips' song.
posted by Quonab at 6:45 AM on September 28, 2012

Ani DiFranco's "Superhero nods at the myth but doesn't mention the man:
i used to be a superhero
i would swoop down and save me
from myself
but you are like a phone booth
that i somehow stumbled into
and now look at me
i am just like everybody else
posted by gladly at 7:26 AM on September 28, 2012

Crank That - Soulja Boy)
posted by fuse theorem at 7:37 AM on September 28, 2012

There sure are a lot of these.

Jam On It (1984), by Newcleus, is about a rap battle against Superman.
posted by tracer at 7:53 AM on September 28, 2012

Two Steps from Hell is a bunch of soundtrack-themed instrumentals, that are loosely based off popular movie tropes. One of them is "Super Strength" that is not quite the Superman theme, but certainly derives from that genre.
posted by GJSchaller at 7:54 AM on September 28, 2012

So Long, Superman by Firewater.
posted by cosmicbandito at 8:02 AM on September 28, 2012 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: Thanks for all the suggestions, everyone! I'm only halfway through the answers and I've already added several songs.
posted by ronofthedead at 11:22 AM on September 28, 2012

There's also this list of Superman in song.
posted by MonkeyToes at 11:51 AM on September 28, 2012

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