With the Avengers: Endgame coming Friday (April 26), we’re looking back at all 22 movies in the Marvel Universe and the soundtrack songs that defined them.
Iron Man (2008)
Song of Choice: “Iron Man” by Black Sabbath
Although AC/DC’s “Back In Black” sets the tone for the movie, the adrenaline rush provided by Iron Man’s closing segues perfectly into Black Sabbath’s classic that coincidentally shares the same name.
The Incredible Hulk (2008)
Song of Choice: “Banto” by Kaoma
Although you’d be hardpressed to find a Western rock song in The Incredible Hulk, Kaoma’s “Banto” brings a specific, explosive energy that truly transcends.
Iron Man 2 (2010)
Song of Choice: “Another One Bites the Dust” by Queen
The iconic bass line of Queen’s massive hit helps usher in one of the more memorable scenes of the Iron Man follow-up.
Song of Choice: “Walk” by Foo Fighters
Thor features tons of lightning, and an extra electric jolt is delivered when the closing credits of Thor end with this Foo Fighters jam.
Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
Song of Choice: “Jersey Bounce” by Benny Goodman and His Orchestra
Captain America takes place mostly in the ’40s, and the spirit is perfectly captured with the inclusion of “Jersey Bounce.”
The Avengers (2012)
Song of Choice: “Live To Rise” by Soundgarden
This song was written for The Avengers, and has a special place in both movie fans as well as Soundgarden diehards. It only makes the death of Chris Cornell hurt that much more.
Iron Man 3 (2013)
Song of Choice: “Ready Aim Fire” by Imagine Dragons
The soundtrack of Iron Man 3 borders on the cheesy with songs like “Blue” by Eiffel 65 and “Mambo No. 5” by Lou Bega, but thankfully, Imagine Dragons closes it out on a hard rock similar to the other titles in the trilogy.
Thor: The Dark World (2013)
Song of Choice: “We Cakin’ Up by Xzibit
So a little bit out of the wheelhouse, but this Thor movie is dry on good old rock and roll. Luckily, Xzibit’s track still brings a hilarious moment involving a cell phone ringtone.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
Song of Choice: “Trouble Man” by Marvin Gaye
Marvin Gaye. ‘Nuff said.
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
Song of Choice: “Cherry Bomb” by The Runaways
The Runaways’ teenage angst anthem still rocks decades after, and its placement in Guardians is essential.
The Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015)
Song of Choice: “Liquid Spirit” by Gregory Porter
This jazzy track feels timeless, but is actually released only a few years prior to the movie.
Song of Choice: “I’m Ready” by The Commodores
This funky instrumental lends to the lighter mood of Ant-Man. It’s hard not to shimmy your shoulders as it grooves along.
Captain America: Civil War (2016)
Song of Choice: “I Fall In Love Too Easily” by Chet Baker
Perhaps the most nuanced song on our list, Chet Baker’s classic soundtracks a particular scene that we couldn’t imagine without this timeless song.
Doctor Strange (2016)
Song of Choice: “Interstellar Overdrive” by Pink Floyd
The menacing intro guitar is enough to cement “Interstellar Overdrive” as one of the more memorable soundtrack moments of the entire series.
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (2017)
Song of Choice: “Mr. Blue Sky” by Electric Light Orchestra
How can this uplifting track not put a smile on your face? Peter Quill would be disappointed with any other reaction.
Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
Song of Choice: “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking” by The Rolling Stones
Spider-Man’s soundtrack is eclectic. From Canned Heat to Traffic to the Ramones, it was hard to pick the top track, but the Rolling Stones’ served up the ideal opening track.
Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
Song of Choice: “Immigrant Song” by Led Zeppelin
This song could soundtrack any epic moment–from a road trip, to a hockey game–and its inclusion in Thor: Ragnarok is no different.
Black Panther (2018)
Song of Choice: “Pray For Me” by Kendrick Lamar & The Weeknd
Black Panther’s hio=p-hop heavy soundtrack brought together classics by Too $hort and original songs, like this standout from Canadian crooner The Weeknd and rapper Kendrick Lamar.
The Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
Song of Choice: “The Rubberband Man” by The Spinners
Sure, it’s the one song on the soundtrack that isn’t part of the score, but it would still win in a sea of amazing songs.
Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018)
Song of Choice: “Come On Get Happy” by David Cassidy
The Partridge Family making a cameo in a Marvel movie? Only in the Ant-Man movies could this happen without it being overwrought.
Captain Marvel (2019)
Song of Choice: “Celebrity Skin” by Hole
A badass heroine that kicks ass in the ’90s? No song is better suited for the soundtrack than Hole’s blaring 1998 anthem.
Avengers: Endgame (2019)
Song of Choice: “Dear Mr. Fantasy” by Traffic
For the curtain close of the series, Traffic’s infectious track rocks hard without forgoing emotion. No spoilers, but it’s the perfect sendoff for fans who have grown alongside these characters.