Black Panther: The Album is turning the music industry upside down with its hot dynamic soundtracks. Is this album the best musical offering from Marvel Studios? With Kendrick Lamar at the helm, it’s easy for anyone to say that this album is in a class by itself. Lamar did an exceptional job with organizing soundtracks that makes you think and dance.
After the release of Black Panther: The Album, I started thinking about Marvel soundtracks released in the past. In my humble opinion, I believe Marvel has the tendency of being very conservative when it comes to releasing soundtracks for their blockbuster movies. However, there are several phenomenal soundtracks that left a deep impression on me. Let’s take a close look at them.
5. Iron Man 2 – AC/DC
How can you go wrong with AC/DC? AC/DC is one of the most prolific rock-n-roll bands of all time. Besides their talent for taking over the stage, their unique sound separates them from other legendary rock-n-roll bands. It’s exciting to see Iron Man take down the bad guys while “Back in Black”, “War Machine, and “Shoot to Thrill” is playing in the background.
4. Spiderman Homecoming – Michael Giacchino
Bringing this talented composer on board for this project was a no brainer. Giacchino has an exceptional reputation when it comes to creating music that compliments characters in movies. His talent helped him to give the classic Spiderman theme a contemporary beat that hypes you up for a young man who’s responsible for saving the world.
3. Captain America: The First Avenger – Alan Silvestri
This orchestral score is perfect for a classic movie that features one of the most beloved Marvel characters of all time. I fell in love with “Farewell to Bucky” and “Passage of Time”. You can hear the deep tones of sadness and triumph. This soundtrack compliments an American Hero that rises to glory back in the 20th Century.
2. Thor: Ragnarok – Mark Mothersbaugh
Marvel needed a creative sound that could help showcase a galactic battle taking place between the most powerful Marvel characters off all time. Mothersbaugh, member of the stylish 80’s band Devo, used synthesizers to create up tempo beats for the soundtrack. After listening to the soundtrack, you can easily tell that Mothersbaugh injected his creativity into this project.
1. Doctor Strange – Michael Giacchino
Michael Giacchino brought more light into the Marvel Universe with this soundtrack for a movie that features one of the most bizarre superheroes in the universe. The track “A Long Strange Trip” reminds us of how psychedelic rock can make us dance to the electric guitar and heavy drum beats. This album is filled with nostalgic tunes that take you back to the turbulent sixties. I guess this is why this album is so special to me and millions of other die-hard Marvel fans around the globe.
The new Black Panther album has raised the bar for upcoming Marvel soundtracks. It will be interesting to see what will take place in Marvel’s world of music in the future. The producers have their work cut out for them.
Joshua Gruss is the Chairman, CEO and founder of Round Hill Music.