Best Superhero Movie Soundtracks, Ranked

Superhero movies have some of the best soundtracks in the history of modern cinema. Blending both instrumental movie soundtracks and songs produced by some of the most famous music artists in the industry today, the best superhero movie soundtracks take movies through its epic action sequences and thrilling moments. As with any film of any genre, music is the key to immersing audiences in the story and investing in its characters.

Guardians of the Galaxy is a great example of a superhero movie soundtrack. The music composed by Star Lord’s mother for Peter was the soundtrack for the film itself, despite being a key entry point for her character. When the film was released, its score reached the top of the music charts and sold countless copies, even allowing it to be printed on vinyl. Some soundtracks on our list have even won Grammy Awards for songs and artists’ performances of said songs. From DCU to MCU, here are the best superhero movie soundtracks, ranked.

Suicide Squad 8/8

Warner Bros.

Suicide Squad follows a team of criminals as they try to get time for their respective sentences. To do this, they are commissioned by Amanda Waller to destroy a god-like entity that, as usual, is trying to destroy the world. The soundtrack, titled Suicide Squad: The Album, features songs with top artists such as Skrillex, Wiz Khalifa, Lil Wayne, and others. The most popular song to hit the charts, of course, was Twenty-One PILots’ “Heathens”. This song has stood out since its release on the album and has become a staple in itself.

7/8 Deadpool

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In Ryan Reynolds’ long-awaited hit Deadpool, the titular anti-hero seeks to avenge his mutilated face and save his girlfriend from a fate he may have caused. This movie was the definitive superhero movie at the time of its release and attracted a lot of attention for artist Junkie XL, who created the soundtrack. With hits like Juice Newton’s “Angel of the Morning” and George Michael’s “Careless Whisper”, the soundtrack was the perfect companion to the film’s energy.

6/8 Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings

Walt Disney Studios film

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings not only had epic action sequences, heavily inspired by martial arts movies, but also had an equally great soundtrack to accompany them. The soundtrack included singles from famous artists such as Anderson .Paak, DJ Snake, Saweetie and even a song called “Hot Soup” with lead actor Simu Liu credited. Following the new MCU hero in his search for his deceased father and mother, the album offers modern anthems through the film.

5/8 birds of prey

Warner Bros.

No matter how critics received this film, Birds of Prey was a fun time with Margot Robbie returning as character icon Harley Quinn. Harley forms the gang of girls, Birds of Prey, to defeat the evil mob boss, played by Ewan McGreggor. The soundtrack that accompanied the film certainly put it all together, creating a hymn to female power after the hymn to female power, featuring artists such as Doja Cat, Megan Thee Stallion, Normani and Halsey. One of the most popular hits on the soundtrack was Doja Cat’s “Boss Bitch”, also released on her album.

4/8 Spider-Man: Towards the Spiderverse

Sony Pictures release

The comic-style animated hit Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse follows a young Miles Morales as he tries to juggle his new superpowers. The resounding success brought new characters to the screen and introduced the world to the notion of alternate universes in superhero movies. This soundtrack was a huge hit, with its number one hit being the Post Malone and Swae Lee team, “Sunflower”. Other hits include Blackway and Black Caviar’s “What’s Up Danger”, Lil Wayne’s “Scared of the Dark”, music by Ty Dolla Sign and XXXTENTACION and Duckwrth and Shaboozey’s “Start a Riot”.

3/8 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Marvel Studios / Disney

In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Star-Lord searches for his father and discovers who he really is. The music in this film is almost a character in itself. With hits from the 1980s and earlier, there’s everything from Fleetwood Mac to Glen Campbell to Cat Stevens. These songs are all in the movie and set the tone for the whole story. The Guardians wouldn’t have the same impact without their action scenes sprinkled with classic rock music.

2/8 Black Panther

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Winning two Grammy Awards, one for best rap performance and the other for best soundtrack for Visual Media, the Black Panther soundtrack gained popularity almost instantly. With artist Kendrick Lamar as the creator of the album, it also included many other musical icons such as SZA, Swae Lee, Khalid and The Weeknd. Black Panther was a huge success, as was the album, which created the desired atmosphere by director Ryan Coogler, blending traditional Wakandan sounds with today’s modern music.

1/8 Guardians of the Galaxy

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At number one, just because it seemed to be starting this trend of releasing the music the character listens to, is Guardians of the Galaxy. In the film, Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord, gets a mixtape from his mother. When he dies of cancer, Peter is kidnapped by alien pirates called Ravagers, and the only thing he brings with him is the walkman and the mixtape. It essentially becomes the soundtrack of his life, as well as the entire film. It’s exciting for the audience to be able to hear what the characters are hearing, and it was even more interesting when Awesome Mix Vol 1 was released for purchase. It was the mixtape made by Peter’s mother and the audience was able to create a piece of the fictional film.

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