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7 Songs About Sci-Fi and Fantasy Characters

7 Songs About Sci-Fi and Fantasy Characters

It's always been pretty cool to sing about people who don't exist. Bards did it in the Medieval Times: They the first touring artists, AND the first mega-nerds, carrying hundreds of stories around in their heads.

Being a nerd has only gotten more cool since those days, and that's at least partly thanks to these artists—considered ultra-cool the world over—singing songs about comic book characters and Star Wars Jedis they've always secretly loved.

Here's seven of our favorite fictional character songs.

1. "I Am the Law" by Anthrax. No surprise here: Everyone knows heavy metal artists are huge nerds. This 1987 track by Anthrax is a tribute to their favorite comics character, Judge Dredd.

2. "Spider-Man" by The Ramones. Queens, New York's original punk rock group celebrates Queens' original superhero in this bonus track from their 1992 album Mondo Bizarro.

3. "Yoda" by Weird Al Yankovic. Usually when Star Wars and Weird Al Yankovic enter the same conversation, "The Saga Begins" is the first thing to come up and most forget about this older single, a parody of "Lola" by The Kinks.

4. "Magneto and Titanium Man" by Paul McCartney & Wings. This song is not about just two, but three Marvel bad guys (the other one is the Crimson Dynamo), and when it debuted during the '75/'76 world tours, Jack Kirby was given front row tickets.

5. "Flash" by Queen. This theme for the 1980 film Flash Gordon is interspersed with sometimes hilarious quotes from the film, like Brian Blessed's line "Gordon's alive!"

6. "Godzilla" by Blue Oyster Cult. This song is one of BOC's most famous—it's been covered, parodied and remixed thousands of times the world over and encompasses everything we love about Tokyo's favorite monster.

7. "Mordred's Song" by Blind Guardian. Probably one of our favorite character pieces, this song by German metal legends Blind Guardian has so much frustration and bitterness we can't help but almost sympathize with the song's dedicatee, one of the most famous traitors in history.

Bonus: The WORST Song About a Fictional Character

"Gotham City" by R. Kelly. When a song was written for the soundtrack of the most-hated superhero movie of all time, you can bet it's going to be pretty terrible--and R. Kelly's attempt is so horribly '90s that it doesn't disappoint.

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