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


Animation:

  • The original 1960s Spider-Man theme was so awesome it was included in all three live-action Spider-Man film series. 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.
  • 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 '90's Spider-Man: The Animated Series rock theme song is also pretty damn awesome and raises nostalgia for 90s fans who remember that show.
  • The theme for Spider-Man: The New Animated Series is awesome, even though, like the show itself, it's a lot shorter than the other animated series.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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:

  • The most iconic theme Spidey has had in his video game career: his theme (and all of its remixes) from the Marvel vs. Capcom series.
  • Easily the strongest saving grace of the Sega CD version of Spider-Man vs. the Kingpin is its soundtrack, with the song "Swingtime" standing out as one especially kickass piece of music.
  • Spider-Man (PS4):
    • The main theme pays homage to the iconic theme composed by Danny Elfman for the Spider-Man Trilogy while having its own identity. However, the best version of this theme, by far, is "Destroying Your Own Creation", the theme for the final boss' second phase. A perfect combination of epic and tragic, fitting for the final confrontation between Peter and Dr. Octopus.
    • The free-roaming music, "City of Hope", is a triumphant, hopeful, sweeping orchestral rearrangement of the main theme that truly makes web-swinging around New York City all the more epic.
    • Black Cat's leitmotif is beautiful, but has a mysterious mournfulness and turmoil to it (along with flashes of Spidey's theme) that contrasts sharply with the apparently shallow behavior she shows throughout the game, and hints at much deeper characterization and feelings for Spidey than the character herself will openly display.
  • Spider-Man: Miles Morales:
    • The game has no less than two songs performed by Jaden Smith.
      • The trailer's soundtrack, "On My Own" by Jaden and Kid Cudi, immediately caught the fans' attention. It also plays after finishing the game's opening mission, "Hold on to Your Web Shooters", allowing Miles to embrace the mantle of Spider-Man and making swinging around the city more cinematic. The exchange at the end between Miles and Peter seals it:
        Peter: New York's only Spider-Man.
        Miles: I'm New York's only Spider-Man... [the subtitles change to address Miles as Spider-Man] I'm New York's only Spider-Man! Please don't screw this up.
      • "I'm Ready" plays during the game's Creative Closing Credits and, unlike "On My Own", is made for the game itself. The lyrics really do a great job of showcasing the future Miles has ahead of him as the Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man.
        They think I'm way too young
        To stand up for the ones I love
        But let me tell you somethin'
    • "Where We Come From" is a very upbeat and cheerful song which captures the hope and triumph at the center of the game's story.
    • John Paesano is back from Spider-Man (PS4) to do the soundtrack for this game, and it is incredible, with much of it mixing orchestra and electronic synths together to create a soundtrack that is true to its predecessor, but with a unique and distinctive identity of its own, much like Miles Morales himself. Standouts include the main theme, "Never Give Up", the energetic "Spider-Training", the intense boss theme against the Prowler, "Trying to Protect You" and the fast paced and climatic final boss theme "Worst Enemies".

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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