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Much like Superman and Batman before him, Spider-Man has enjoyed some amazing music over the decades.


The Animated Series:

  • The original 1960s Spider-Man theme was great, and was so awesome it was included in all three movies. It raises anticipation of what you're about to watch, and even heard separately from the cartoon, it gets the blood pumping. And the Ramones made it even more awesome by raising the feel and tone of the original and adding a cool video.
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  • The background music fits the character and stories. Hearing the music brings to mind the visuals, so by listening just to the music the action is there in your mind. It also hits the right endorphins. Cool.

The Movies:

  • Danny Elfman's work in the first two Spider-Man Trilogy installments. The music in Spider-Man 2 as he stops the runaway train... just amazing. Though Christopher Young's music was used in the original instead of Elfman's... Sadly, Elfman's score for the second film was such a case of Executive Meddling (cues from the first film being tracked in, parts of Elfman's score reworked by Young and John Debney) that he said he'd never work with Sam Raimi again (explaining why Christopher Young did the third film - and got his score tampered with as well!). Happily, as with his bustup with Tim Burton after The Nightmare Before Christmas Elfman patched things up with Raimi in time for Oz the Great and Powerful.
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  • The second film had a different feature song depending on the country the film was shown in. Japan got the wonderous voice of Takanori Nishikawa with the song, Web of Night. Good lord, the energy of it is just so high-octane, that a Spider-Man anime NEEDS this song and the lyrics just fit for the character.
  • In a more mainstream example, Chad Kroeger and Josey Scott's "Hero" was everywhere when the first movie came out in 2002. Even the most devout Nickelback haters have been known to admit how awesome it is, and of the songs provided for the three movies in the trilogy this is the most easily-remembered.
  • For Spider-Man 2, the obligatory pop soundtrack single was "Vindicated" by Dashboard Confessional. It didn't become as ubiquitous as "Hero," but is still widely-loved, even by some people who normally dislike "emo" music.
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  • Venom's theme is a brilliant dark parallel to Spider-Man's Leitmotifnote  - while Spidey's theme is heroic, often having a sense of tranquility and tragedy reflecting his Dark and Troubled Past, Venom's theme is dark and villainous, with a sense of anger and detest slowly rising, before culminating in a fit of rage - reflecting Venom's hatred towards Spider-Man after he humiliated Eddie and rejected the symbiote.
  • People Get Up and Drive That Funky Soul, accompanying the memetic scene from Spider-Man 3, is a funky song that makes you want to dance with Spider-Man.
  • The late James Horner's Young Peter from The Amazing Spider-Man, which captured Peter's transformation into Spider-Man with the theme for Spidey and an early hint of the Lizard theme.
  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2:
    • Hans Zimmer gave us the awesomely creepy Electro Suite.
    • "I'm Goblin" is extremely chilling.
    • "Harry's Suite" is beautifully melancholic and perfectly captures the bitterness of Harry's character, complete with an eerie violin that reflects his subtler, more psychotic nuances.

The Video Games:

Other

  • Any list of epic Spidey tunes wouldn't be complete without including "Kakero! Spider-Man" by Yuki Hide, the theme for Spider-Man's Toei series. Classic Japanese theme song brass and strings, combined with great lyrics that really capture the spirit of Spidey's signature creed and how he's willing to put it all on the line for the good of others.

Alternative Title(s): Spider Man Trilogy

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