Starting around the mid 1980's, but really flourishing throughout the 1990's, the art of the superhero soundtrack single was in full effect. Brand synergy could land you a hit movie, a chart-topping single, and even a best-selling album, if you played your cards right. But, moving into the mid to late Aughts, this became one of those traditions to die out almost completely. Which means that since we've seen a rising tide of 90's nostalgia, this tradition is bound to be revived at any moment.

We've already seen it coming back with films like The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and most recently, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, with both of those films cranking out tie-in singles that helped push the films they represent. And if we're going to go ahead and revisit this practice, it's probably a good thing to keep in mind just what makes a tie-in single work.

Operating in that context, we'd like to now present the 10 best solid gold superhero hit singles, in order of their greatness.

10. 'Ninja Rap' -- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret Of The Ooze

It's a song so popular, it transcended the fact that Vanilla Ice was the guy singing it to become a timeless classic. "Ninja Rap" is the bottom of the heap here, because while it's a song that still plays to a certain extent, it does so on a nostalgic novelty level. Still, despite Ice's corny rapping, and the pretty simple beat, it's hard not to get caught up in the cries of "Go ninja, go ninja, go!" once they really get started. Just ask David Warner.

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