12 Songs with Marvel References You Should Listen to Right Now

Apr 26  / Friday

No matter what you’re doing this weekend, you probably won’t be able to avoid people talking about the Avengers: Endgame, the new Marvel superhero film. For music lovers and comic book buffs who can’t contain their excitement, we’ve put together a playlist of songs with some of the best Marvel character references.

1. Black Sabbath "Iron Man"

On the contrary! Although this song shares the name of a Marvel Comics character, Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler, who wrote the lyrics for the iconic song, had never even heard of Iron Man in 1970.


2. The Ramones "Spider Man"

For their final album, Adios Amigos, in 1995, the Ramones decided to record a cover of the Spider Man theme song which was originally written for a 1967 Spider Man cartoon. A live version is also featured on The Ramones Greatest Hits Live album.


3. MF DOOM “Kon Queso”

MF DOOM, the London-born rapper who wears a metallic mask similar to the Fantastic Four supervillain Doctor Doom, cleverly references Spider-Man’s love interest and his own love of marijuana, aka Mary Jane.


4. Paul McCartney and Wings "Magneto and Titanium Man"

"Magneto and Titanium Man" was featured as a B-side on the Wings’ single, "Venus and Mars/Rock Show" in 1975. The Marvel references of the song include Magneto, Titanium Man, and Crimson Dynamo. The song, co-written by Paul McCartney, features McCartney singing as well as playing bass, guitar, and piano.


5. The Traits "Nobody Loves The Hulk"

The Traits were an American garage band from New Rochelle, New York. "Nobody Loves the Hulk," released in 1969, was the groups most notable song. The tune tells the origin story of the Hulk and was publisheded and advertised by Marvel in the late 1960s and early 1970s.


6. Public Enemy "Raise the Roof"

"Raise the Roof" was released on Public Enemy’s first studio album. Near the end of the track, there are clear references to Thor as well as Namor, both characters taken straight from Marvel comics.


7. Czarface "Savagely Attack"

Czarface was a rap supergroup formed in 2013 by underground duo 7L and Esoteric, and Wu-tang Clan member Inspectah Deck. Their acclaimed debut album released in February 2013 featured "Savagely Attack," which references many Marvel characters including Killer Bee, Professor X, X-Men, and more.


8. Ego The Living Planet "Monster Magnet"

Dopes to Infinity (1995) was the third album released by New Jersey rock band Monster Magnet. The tune "Ego The Living Planet," is written about a Marvel character of the same name who was first seen in a Thor comic from 1966.


9. Weezer "In The Garage"

"In the Garage" is the eighth track from Weezer’s The Blue Album. The track as well as the others on the album were written out of excitement shortly after the band got their record deal with Geffen in 1993. The first verse in the tune references Nightcrawler who is a Marvel character heavily associated with X-Men. Nightcrawler originally appeared in an X-Men comic in 1975.


10. The Kinks "Catch Me Now I'm Falling"

"Catch Me Know I’m Falling" was written by Ray Davies and was released by The Kinks as the second track on their 1979 album, Low Budget. The song tells the story of Captain America’s downfall as a reference to the United State's rough circumstances at the time. The song was later released as a single in the United States and the Netherlands and has since made appearances on many compilations and live albums.


11. Moe. "Captain America"

"Captain America" is the opening track off of Moe’s fifth studio album, Dither. This was their first major release after parting ways with their previous record label (Sony) and starting their own in 2001. Rolling Stone described the album as "muscular guitar pop with room for rambling." The main section of the song is marked by the words “Captain America said you gotta be like me.” Throughout the piece, there are also some other superhero references like “Clark Kent ran for president.”


12. Ghostface Killah "Slept On Tony"

Ghostface Killah's song "Slept On Tony" begins with an unknown voice saying “Never Underestimate Tony Stark.” The song's lyrics contain many references to the Marvel world including Stark Towers, Iron Man, and more.