In honor of Batman’s 80th anniversary, DC Comics — via Spotify — has produced a playlist titled “The Ultimate Batman Music Collection” featuring, well, a pretty damn extensive collection of Batman music.
As a result, I got to thinking…what are the best musical “Batman Themes” of all time?
Not songs or individual pieces of music via a soundtrack, but something specifically made to represent The Dark Knight on film, TV, etc.
Since I’m one of the world’s greatest authorities on Batman in the Multiverse (see what I did there?), I’m going to give y’all the ultimate top 10…in honor of #Batman80.
CLICK HERE for Part 1 featuring numbers 10 to 6 on the list.
5) “Opening Theme” from BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES (Danny Elfman)
Riffing off his classic theme from BATMAN ’89, Danny Elfman (with Shirley Walker) created an awesome piece of Batman music for an awesome animated Batman series.
4) “Opening Theme” from BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD (Andy Sturmer)
A light, fun and peppy tune that fits the tone of the animated series perfectly. Plus, it sometimes is an earworm that you’ll hum in your head over and over!
3) “Molossus” from BATMAN BEGINS (Hans Zimmer & James Newton Howard)
What a powerful piece of Batman music that sounds like The Dark Knight…if The Dark Knight was a sound!
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2) “The Batman Theme” from BATMAN ’89 (Danny Elfman)
The definitive Batman theme…unless it’s what’s #1 on this list!
1) “Classic Batman Theme” from BATMAN ’66 (Neal Hefti)
Why #1? Because it is the most famous and iconic piece of music associated with Batman and has been for over half a century. For that reason — and the fact that I love it — it tops this list!
Well, there it is, the top 5 on my list of the best “Batman Themes.” What would be in your top 10 and how would you rank ’em? Post and discuss in the comments section below! #LongLiveTheBat – Bill “Jett” Ramey