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Best Spider-Man theme song

Best Spider-Man Theme Song  

12 members have voted

  1. 1. Best Spider-Man Theme Song

    • 1960s Animated Series
      4
    • 1970s US Live Action Series
      0
    • 1970s Japanese Live Action Series
      3
    • 1980s Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends
      0
    • 1990s Animated Series
      2
    • Sam Raimi Trilogy
      3
    • Amazing Spider-Man 1/2
      0
    • MCU Spider-Man
      0
    • Other
      0


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I had to truncate/combine a few choices, and chose not to include the innumerable lesser known animated adaptations because I don't want a poll with a gazillion picks to wade through.

 

After thinking about it I really have to go with the bizarre 1978 Japanese adaptation by Toei. That opening is just so intense. Starts with the dramatic brass fanfare, then you get the high pitched primitive synth toms just unabashedly going at it, then followed by a scream of all things and the "yeah yeah yeah WAOW!". It's so in your face and I just love it. When the first verse(?) finally gets going I have no idea if it was intentional or not but the first couple of intervals of the vocal melody are exactly the same as the original 60s show theme, before it veers off into its own direction with the somber kind of dramatic chord progressions they seem so fond in Japan.

 

 

As for runner ups I've always had a fondness for Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends, which even though it's from the early 80s it still carries a lot of that 70s feel with the live brass followed by the analog lead melody. I think it roughly has the same type of appeal in terms of musicality as the Toei theme. I also feel compelled to come to the defense of the Amazing Spider-Man 2 theme. It wasn't exceptional but I think it was just a really solid and satisfying standard heroic superhero theme, and I'm not even much of a fan of Hans Zimmer who was credited for it. Most people just remember that score for the ridiculous edgelord theme they gave Electro which overshadowed everything else.

 

The video game themes are probably fair game under "Other" as well. Numerous bangers in there from the Capcom fighters. And Spider-Man Vs The Kingpin on Genesis has this really unique oddly depressing kind of synth score feel to it that reminds me of Tangerine Dream soundtracks from the 80s like Thief.

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60's Spidey theme is timeless, it's been referenced and homaged so many times not only by other Spiderman media, but superhero stuff in general. 

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Yep, you can't beat the classics.

 

♪ Spider-Man, Spider-Man
Does whatever a spider can
Spins a web, any size
Catches thieves just like flies ♪

Edited by HavoX

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