Our 10 Best Pop Songs in DC Movies list looks at the best rock songs in DC movies. If you read our 10 Best Pop Songs In Marvel Movies list, then you know what we’re discussing for this list. This time around we will talk about the music in DC movies. DC Movies aren’t just about the characters and the battle scenes. It’s about the music too. Music ties everything together. Climatic moments wouldn’t have the same impact without the right music to go along with them. Movies usually have soundtracks that come out with them.
The songs on the soundtracks can have just as big an impact on the audience as the films themselves. The music helps get the audience pumped for the films. The soundtracks feature classic hits as well as original songs. They may not all be written for the movies they appear in, but the songs help move the plots along in the movies. Music in movies can enhance a scene as well as show emotion of the characters. The music ties everything together in the films.
# 10 – You Don’t Own Me – Suicide Squad
The first song on our list of the 10 Best Pop Songs In DC Movies is “You Don’t Own Me” for the Suicide Squad Soundtrack. Leslie Gore’s classic jam was used in the movie to represent Harley Quinn’s (Margot Robbie) character. The song has a feminist vibe that works with her character in Suicide Squad. The song is about feminism and not letting someone treat you like you’re a possession. The song appears in the trailer for her character as well as in the movie. People think the song is a contradiction because Harley Quinn is viewed as a sex object.
Her boyfriend (Joker played by Jared Leto), the prison guards, and Amanda (Viola Davis) treat her like they own her. Harley Quinn owns herself. She was supposed to viewed as eye candy for men, but she proved she wasn’t like that so the song is appropriate for the movie. She is shown in a prison cell when the song starts playing. She breaks free and she proves she’s not a victim. Leslie Gore’s version of the song is featured in the movie, but Grace ft. Eazy’s version appears on the soundtrack. You couldn’t go wrong listening to either version of the track.
# 9 – I Hate Myself For Loving You – Birds of Prey
The next song on our list of the 10 Best Rock Songs In DC Movies is “I Hate Myself For Loving You” for the Birds of Prey Soundtrack. Joan Jett and the Blackhearts recorded the track. The song is played while Harley’s (Margot Robbie) thinking about breaking up with the Joker. She had a toxic relationship with him and that works for the song. The movie opens up with this rock jam to express how Harley Quinn feels about her relationship with the Joker ending. She hated how she couldn’t get over the Joker so the song expresses those feelings beautifully.
The hard rock beat sets the tone for the rest of the movie. The movie has a feminist tone so the soundtrack needed to accommodate the theme. The classic rock jam was a perfect fit for the song. Any fans of classic hard rock will instantly recognize this song as soon as the guitar riffs begin. The song has a hard rock beat and will have you amped for the rest of the movie. The song peaked at number eight on the Hot 100 charts. The classic song was given a new lease when it appeared in the movie.
# 8 – Everything I Need – Aquaman
Skyler Grey recorded the song “Everything I Need.” The song was written for the movie. The track was written for the movie. The love song appears throughout the movie. You can hear snippets of the song during the movie. This song did for Aquaman what “My Heart Will Go On” did for the movie Titanic. “Everything I Need” establishes Arthur (Jason Mamoa) and Mera’s (Amber Heard) relationship in the movie. The stirring music is perfect to hear throughout the movie. You get different opportunities to hear this song. Most movie couples have a theme song so this so is appropriate for Arthur and Mera. The beautiful lyrics will touch your soul. The lyrics tell a romantic story so it fits in with the movie. The song doesn’t disappoint because it helps establish the love story the same way the script does.
# 7 – To Be Human – Wonder Woman
Sia and Labrinth recorded “To Be Human” from the Wonder Woman Soundtrack. Sia has something in common with the characters in comic book movies. She is a woman of mystery because she keeps her identity a secret from the fans the same way the characters wear masks to hide identities from everyone in the movies. Sia is no stranger to appearing on movie soundtracks. She had songs on different movie soundtracks. With that said, “To Be Human” works with Wonder Woman because the synthy ballad tells a story about love and confidence.
The song fits with the movie because it could help tell the story between Dianna Prince (Gail Gadot) and Steve Trevor (Chris Pine). The characters have a budding romance throughout the film so this could be a love theme for the characters. The lyrics will resonate with you even if you don’t watch the movie. The song is also inspirational. Dianna Prince realizes at a point in the film that she can handle anything. “To Be Human” is one of the only songs on the soundtrack that features lyrics.
# 6 – Everybody Knows – Justice League
Sigrid recorded the song for the Justice League Soundtrack. The ballad is a cover of Leonard Cohen’s song. Sigrid was a newcomer to music when she recorded this track. The director wanted a positive song for the soundtrack. The song is about knowing the truth, but allowing people to think what they want to think so you can feel better. This is the track that opens the movie to get the audience ready for the film. The song is a montage exploring what happened when one of the main characters in Batman v Superman dies. Joss Whedon wanted this song for the movie. The song talks about the heroes and leaders that we have lost. It works when you see what happens to one of the characters in the movie. The song makes the characters question whether they would step up and help the living if their heroes died.
# 5 – Heathens – Suicide Squad
The next song on our list of 10 Best Rock Songs In DC Movies is “Heathens” from the Suicide Squad Soundtrack. Twenty One Pilots recorded the song for the soundtrack. The song was written specifically for the movie. The song has a mix of grunge, rock and r&b mixed together to create the unique sound. The song is played at the end of the movie. The duo was asked by the director of Suicide Squad to write a song for the soundtrack. The director wanted a song that would fit in an action movie.
The meaning behind the song fits with the movie. The track is about outsiders who form a group. They don’t want to be judged by people. They don’t want anyone making assumptions about them. The characters in the Suicide Squad are unique with issues so the song fits in with the movie. The duo wasn’t sure the song would work, but the director wanted the track for the movie anyway. It was the right assumption because the song became a hit for the soundtrack. “Heathens” peaked at number one on the rock and alternative charts and number two on the Hot 100 charts. The track sold over 10 million copies.
# 4 – She’s a Mystery to Me – Aquaman
We have another song on our list from the movie Aquaman. “She’s a Mystery to Me” appears on the Aquaman Soundtrack. Roy Orbison recorded this rock jam. The song wasn’t originally for the movie. James Wan wanted the song for the movie. He felt like the rock song was perfect for the movie. The song is featured when Arthur (Jason Mamoa) and Mera (Amber Heard) made an interesting discovery. They solved the mystery of Deserter tribe. The track plays in the background when they realize how perfect the surface world is. Arthur notices Mera and develops feelings for her. The classic jam describes their relationship perfectly because he considers her a mystery. Bono from the legendary rock group U2 wrote this track for Roy Orbison. The song cracked the Top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.
# 3 – That’s Life – The Joker
Frank Sinatra has a lot of hit songs throughout his catalog. His songs are classics and have appeared in other movies. “That’s Life” appears in the movie The Joker. The song wasn’t recorded for the soundtrack, but it belongs in the movie. The track works for the movie because of the theme behind it. The song talks about getting off on hurting other people. They enjoy stepping on your dreams and not allowing you to have faith in yourself.
This track fits for Arthur (Joaquin Phoenix) because he gets picked on throughout the movie. Arthur wanted to do standup comedy, but he was treated badly for it. Murray (Robert De Niro) embarrasses him on television. Arthur realizes that he has him on the show because he wants to make fun of him. The lyrics for “That’s Life” express how he feels when he’s ready to stop taking abuse from his tormentors. He deals with everything that Frank Sinatra croons about in the song.
# 2 – Batdance – Batman
Prince had excellent luck when he wrote and produced the Purple Rain Soundtrack. It’s one of the most successful movie soundtracks ever. He tried his hand at producing another soundtrack. He recorded for the Batman soundtrack. He recorded “Batdance” for the movie. The track can be heard throughout the movie. At one point, the Joker (Jack Nicholson) destroys paintings before he meets up with Vicky Vale (Kim Bassinger).
The scene in the movie was taken from the TV show. The song works for the movie because the song is eccentric and attention grabbing just like the movie. “Batdance” was used for the Joker in the movie. The song fit with his personality. Prince wasn’t told anything about the movie, but he was able to capture the essence of the Joker in the song. “Batdance” was number one on the Hot 100 charts and sold over one million copies.
# 1 – Kiss From a Rose – Batman Forever
The number one song on our list of 10 Best Rock Songs In DC Movies is “Kiss From a Rose” from the Batman Forever Soundtrack. Seal recorded the song. It appears on his eponymous album as well as the soundtrack. The song was given new life when it was included on Batman Forever Soundtrack. The song appears during the end credits of the movie. The song had an impact for the film.
Director Joel Schumacher initially wanted the song to be played for a love scene between Bruce Wayne (Val Kimer) and Chase Meridian (Nicole Kidman). He changed his mind about using the song for the couple. He didn’t think it went with the love scene anymore. He loved the song so much that he wanted to keep it for the movie. He decided to place the track during the credit scenes. The song’s initial run was a moderate success. “Kiss From a Rose” became a bigger hit once it was used for the movie. In fact, this song is one of Seal’s most iconic songs. The song went on to peak at number one on the Hot 100 charts.
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