The 10 Best Television Superhero Theme Songs

The opening theme of a television show is always one of the most important ingredients that makes a series truly great, and that statement is probably doubly true when it comes to superhero cartoons. The show can have action, adventure, intrigue, and drama. But it's still just not complete without memorable music to lead the viewer into the action.

Whether it's the iconic Batman or Spider-Man themes of yesteryear, or the more modern X-Men or Spider-Man themes, having the right tunes to rev up the audience for battle always makes a superhero show that much more enjoyable.With Phoenix Comicon right around the corner it seemed like the right time to discuss the 10 best television superhero theme songs of all time. 

10. The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes (2010)

Not too many cartoon superhero theme songs can be accurately described as glam metal, but it's a new day for music. Bad City gave birth to the theme music for the 2010 Avengers cartoon, and while it's still obviously a superhero theme — you can clearly hear the words "Avengers, assemble!" in the middle — it still might be the closest thing to a standalone track of any of the songs on this list. It's catchy and it has a got a pretty hardcore breakdown toward the end, and it comes off as just a bit more modern than most other superhero themes. 

9. Static Shock (2004)

Of all the superhero theme songs that made the cut, Static Shock is probably the one that would be easiest to dance to. It's fast-paced and upbeat, and it doesn't even mention the hero's name in it. It's a hip-hop instrumental quite reminiscent of early '90s club rap that makes for an exciting intro to the television show, though it would probably do just as well at a breakdancing competition.  

8. Spider-Man (1994)
Spider-Man may be the most popular superhero on Earth, and while that definitely earned the webslinger some points, the reason why he made this list twice is he really does have two different theme songs that are totally awesome. The original theme has more of a vintage feel to it than the '90s cartoon theme, but the newer version is still a classic in and of itself. While the '60s tune is cartoon-y and old-school, the 1994 cartoon had a totally modern and rocking theme song, complete with shredding guitar solos and faux-futuristic robot voices.  

7. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993)
Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers may have been just some American kids building stories around stock Japanese footage, but the theme song was all original. The original five rangers spawned a brand so far reaching that there are still new shows, and toys, coming out to this day, and that's probably in no small part due to the signature theme song that every kid sang along too - “Go go Power Rangers.” 

6. Speed Racer (1966)

The Speed Racer theme is an absolute classic, and on top of that, it's a pretty fun song. It's got a 1950s rock 'n' roll feel to it that is just this side of proto-punk. Plus, the horn section really adds a kick to the tune. It's such an enduring theme song that even though the cartoon is decades old, children of all ages still know it, and most of their parents do, too.  

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