Your favorite Marvel movies have more than just incredible character development and visual effects. You can’t forget how the music helps drive the story, and the epic soundtracks of the Marvel Universe have a surprisingly great way of how familiar songs can fit into the plot.

Music evokes emotion and really gives the scene or the character its due spotlight. Though it’s impossible to really narrow down, we’ve listened to and have broken down the iconic music of the Marvel Universe and found the top five best music from the soundtracks of all time. 

So, get a blank music playlist ready and fill it up with the elevated music that made you laugh, cry, or reminded you of that thrilling moment. Ranking them in ascending order, you’re sure to find these worthy themes excellent representations of MU, so you can listen to them again and again.

5. “Back in Black” by AC/DC – Iron Man

The superhero soundtracks need something powerful, and AC/DC delivers. When riding with the army through Iraq, Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.)  is seen holding a drink in hand in a moving humvee while this title track is blasting. Then the military is attacked, Stark is captured and eventually escapes with the very first Iron Man prototype. It was a pivotal moment within the film and the beginning of his heroism. 

4. “Hooked on a Feeling” by Blue Swede – Guardians of the Galaxy

From the movie’s start, Chris Pratt’s character Peter Quill makes it clear – you don’t mess with a man’s music! When captured and brought to the Kyln, one of the interstellar members goes through the group’s belongings and comes across Quill’s Walkman. When the song “Hooked on a Feeling” is playing, Quill becomes enraged and claims the song belongs to him but gets stunned. 

Later on he gets his revenge when the group escapes, and our hero, the Star-Lord, takes down some bad guys and finds the member, and knocks him out to get his precious Walkman back. Now we know you can’t listen to the beginning of “Ooga Chaka” from the Awesome Mix Vol. 1 without thinking of this hero!

3. “Immigrant Song” by Led Zeppelin – Thor: Ragnarok

Okay, ok, we know it seems like a lot of metal for Marvel, but it fits so well, and Thor makes the musical moment with this song. Right from the beginning of the film, you hear this awesome metal music playing when the God of Thunder takes on an army with his hammer. 

Robert Plant and the group got a great burst of popularity thanks to how it was so expertly used within the film. Slow-motion battles and bolts of lightning – the combination of the music and action make everything epic. Online influencers are legally using copyrighted music on Instagram for these really popular Marvel scores.

2. “It’s Been a Long, Long Time” by Harry James and his Orchestra with Kitty Allen – Avengers: Endgame

Time travel plays a big role in the Marvel Universe, and this movie has a nostalgic scene that you’re not likely to forget. After returning the Infinity Stones, Captain America/Steve Rogers is shown as an old man. You get a flashback of him returning to share a dance with his true love, Peggy Carter. It’s a sad yet very satisfying moment to see Captain America able to return to the life he belonged to be.

1.  “I’ve Got No Strings” by Leigh Harline and Ned Washington – Avengers: Age of Ultron

Covers of familiar pop songs that have been slowed down have become a more common occurrence, and this film demonstrates a well-known-made-new song perfectly. In this darker sequel to The Avengers, the song that everyone knows from Disney’s Pinocchio makes a more ominous appearance, coming directly from Ulton himself (voiced by James Spader). It’s a compelling anthem of freedom of Ulton being released from the pull of authority.

These movies have exceptional stories derived from the comics we all know and love. But one key element that makes them all feel more alive is truly the iconic music. Watch or learn everything about Marvel fandom here and remind yourself how awesome the music brings your favorite heroes to the spotlight!