Heroes and superheroes are things that are not too dissimilar. The concept of a hero is one who does the right thing, makes the right choices, and stands up for those that cannot stand up for themselves. Superheroes embody this as well, though, naturally, they are entirely fictitious.
But superheroes also capture our utmost desires when it comes to doing everything we possibly can. A hero that can fly has super strength, or has any number of other powers could do a lot of good.
This is why songs about heroes and superheroes are so popular. They show us that, even without powers, people can do heroic things, even if they, themselves, don’t consider themselves a hero. Here are 10 songs about heroes and superheroes that will show you what it truly means to be a hero.
Kryptonite – 3 Doors Down
If there’s anyone superhero that everybody knows about, it’s Superman. A very succinct name for a man that is a pillar of good and one that a lot of people wish they could be like. A bulletproof, strong, powerful bastion of good that does not let ne’er-do-wells have their way.
But even the strongest superhero has his weakness, and in this case, it’s Kryptonite. A fitting allegory that Superman’s greatest weakness is his deathly allergy to pieces of his long-destroyed homeworld whose destruction he could not have done anything about.
This song by 3 Doors Down puts us in Superman’s shoes, reminding us that as much good as we can do, we all have weaknesses that we have to live with, but that doesn’t mean we can’t be heroes in spite of them.
We Don’t Need Another Hero – Tina Turner
Tina Turner turns things around in this song. While some people long for a hero to save them from their misery, this song shows us that that’s not what everybody wants or needs. As hard as they try, a single hero can’t do everything by themselves. Individuals have limits, and sometimes you need more than a single hero can give.
This song proposes that each individual in the community becomes their own hero and saves their own day. By giving yourself the strength to overcome your personal obstacles, you will naturally eventually be able to help others who may not be as strong as you.
Hero – Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey’s soft, soothing voice paints us a picture of a hero deep inside your soul. Some people may not consider themselves heroic in the traditional sense. But, depending on your circumstances, sometimes even the smallest thing you do could be considered heroic.
You don’t have to save someone from a burning building or take down a bank robber to be called a hero. It could be something as simple as lending a hand to a stranger when they’re in need.
And even if things in your life are bleak, remember the times you did these heroic things, and realize that you can do them again, because there’s always a hero inside you.
Hero – Enrique Iglesias
Sometimes there’s only one person that can save you. Not because you’re in danger of mortal peril, but it’s because your heart desires a certain someone. And that person is the only one who can be your hero.
Though things may not always work out in the end, the mere knowledge that there’s a hero out there for you could give you the strength to carry on. And if you and your hero do end up together, your connection is sure to be the stuff of legends.
One Call Away – Charlie Puth
Having a special connection with another person can make you both each others’ hero. If one of you needs the other, they’ll always be there for you. Being only one call away is a sign that there’s never that great of a distance between you two, even if geographically you might be far apart.
Long-distance relationships can be difficult, but as long as both people trust each other and communicate clearly, it’s nothing short of heroic to be there for each other.
Flash – Queen
Not to be confused with DC Comics’ Flash, this song is about Flash Gordon, an unassuming, normal man with no superpowers. He finds himself in precarious circumstances and has no choice but to become a hero to save those in need.
This kind of task may not come so easily to most people. But the survival instinct is strong, and it’s likely that if you’re ever put into a situation in which you need to break out the heroism, you will probably be able to.
Kill Your Heroes – AWOLNATION
Heroes can sometimes be a bad thing. That might sound strange, but it makes sense if you think about it. Idolizing a person can lead to delusions that you’re not good enough because you’ll never be as good as your hero, even if you’re doing the best with what you’ve got.
Killing your hero simply means to understand that any hero you may have is just another person, just like you, and they happen to have done some heroic things in their life. Don’t judge your life against theirs to see where you stack up, as even if your feats aren’t as grand or celebrated, you can still be heroic on your own.
Working Class Hero – John Lennon
Working Class Hero is a daunting explanation of how some people see their lives. Living with abuse at home and bullying in school. Being ostracized for their intelligence or made fun of for their foolishness.
And eventually being pushed into the workforce even though they may not be ready. Well, you have bills to pay now, so you’d better be ready.
The working-class hero is no hero at all, but a position that many people believe they are forced into as a circumstance of life.
Waiting for Superman – Daughtry
It must be said that you shouldn’t spend your life waiting for something that might never come. This song tells the sad story of a woman waiting for her Superman indefinitely. She makes excuses for him, imagining scenarios in which he has to save the world before coming to get her.
But he never comes. There is no Superman. Sometimes heroes, likewise, are just a fantasy, and they, unfortunately, cannot help you in the way that you may want them to.
Wind Beneath My Wings – Bette Midler
This song gives life to the unsung heroes of our own lives. The teachers, the parents, the mentors, all the people that were there to shape our futures.
Nobody is in control of how or where they are born, so they must rely on others to teach them how the world works and how to live. For them, they’re just doing what comes naturally.
But for the one being nurtured, they are nothing short of heroes for giving them the tools and knowledge they need to be able to navigate the world until they can be their own hero for others.