Comic book movies are events as much as they are films. The universe it creates includes merchandise, theme park rides and, of course, soundtracks. DC's big film this year is the Margot Robbie-featuring Birds Of Prey and they've lined up a big soundtrack to go with it. 2016's Suicide Squad spawned big hits for Twenty One Pilots and Lil Wayne and now they're hoping to do it again with an all-female set.
The whole soundtrack drops 7th February but the first single Diamonds from Megan Thee Stallion and Normani has already been unveiled. To celebrate, we thought we'd take a look back at the most memorable original music.
Megan Thee Stallion & Normani - Diamonds
We've been waiting for Houston's finest Megan Thee Stallion and Normani to team up and they finally have. Diamonds is the lead-singe from the forthcoming Birds Of Prey soundtrack, packed with the finest female artists in music. Together they've crafted a blistering anthem that instantly etches itself a place in comic book movie history. We're here for Normani flexing her rap muscles and always here for Megan's powerhouse verses.
Twenty One Pilots - Heathens
The Suicide Squad soundtrack was gigantic but it was this Twenty One Pilots anthem that rose to that top. The duo had just come off the back of their most successful album Blurryface and they powered on with Heathens - a dark, haunting cut that became the centrepiece of the soundtrack. 1.3 billion views on YouTube says that people liked it a lot.
Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, Imagine Dragons, Logic, Ty Dolla $ign & X Ambassadors - Sucker For Pain
As the title would suggest this one is a sucker punch straight to the stomach. Also featured on the stacked Suicide Squad soundtrack, Sucker For Pain gave us everything in excess. Pairing rock band Imagine Dragons with a rap superclass amounted to a mighty moment that could've gone terribly wrong. It's endlessly weird but it's so intoxicating.
Kendrick Lamar - Pray For Me (Feat. The Weeknd)
Kendrick Lamar's Black Panther soundtrack is one of the most critically acclaimed movie soundtracks of all time. It was nominated for a Grammy and also spawned some big hits. One of those was The Weeknd-featuring opener that still hits hard today. Over pulsating bass, the pair craft an intergalactic track that feels as epic as the film itself.
Kendrick Lamar - All The Stars (Feat. SZA)
From the same soundtrack, All The Stars was the lead single. Despite coming from a cinematically perfect film, the pair gave us their own beautiful video, celebrating their African heritage. It resonated all around the world too, garnering both an Oscar and a Grammy nomination. It also reached the top 10 in the US, signalling one of both Lamar and SZA's most successful singles to date.
Alicia Keys & Kendrick Lamar - It's On Again
Lamar clearly has a fascination with comic book movies as he also featured on the lead original track from 2014's The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Featuring Alicia Keys on vocals and Pharrell on the production, it's a powerful showstopper that stood on its on feet outside of the movie. The opening bars from Lamar show him at his most urgent and immediate.
Post Malone & Swae Lee - Sunflower
One of the most recent cuts on the list is still spinning on the radio today. The animated Spider-Man: Into The Spider-verse drew rave reviews for both the film and the original soundtrack which also featured Vince Staples and Nicki Minaj. Sunflower was the runaway hit though. The song broke the record for the most weeks spent in the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 and it's easy to see why. Swae Lee's anthemic hook resonated immediately while everything Malone touches turns to gold.
Will Smith - Men In Black
In the late '90s Will Smith was at the top of his game. He not only starred in the Men In Black franchise but he provided its lead track, delivering the funky Men In Black. The song has become one of his most successful singles ever, hitting number one in both Australia and the UK. The song also won a Grammy for Best Rap Performance.
Prince - Batdance
Prince's Purple Rain soundtrack may go down as his magnum opus but his 1989 Batman soundtrack was also pretty special. Prince later revealed that the album was meant to be a collaboration between him and Michael Jackson with Jackson playing Batman and Prince playing the joker. That never eventuated but it turns out Jackson wasn't needed as Prince carried it himself. Batdance is a weird and wild moment that shot to number one world wide.
Sigrid - Everybody Knows
2017's Justice League is jam-packed with action but its offical song is a much subtler affair. Sigrid, who was fresh to the music scene, brought a stirring Leonard Cohen cover to the table for this. It's not technically an original but it's a beautifully haunting and unexpected juxtaposition to the film.
Dashboard Confessional - Vindicated
The Spider-Man franchise has some apologies to make when it comes to original songs. The Tobey Maguire-starring original chose Chad Kroeger's Hero as its lead single but they did get it right the second time around. For the sequel they went with alternative heroes Dashboard Confessional who penned a stirring and intense cult classic.
Seal - Kiss From A Rose
This 1994 hit became so big that it may have even surpassed the impact of its housing film. The Batman Forever soundtrack's lead single was actually U2's Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me but it was Kiss From A Rose that became the hero. It won three Grammys, topped charts worldwide and to this day remains Seal's biggest hit. For what it's worth, the whole Batman Forever soundtrack was great featuring Brandy, The Flaming Lips, Nick Cave and more.