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Superman in pop music: Bulletproof hits, lumps of kryptonite

A Superman movie threatening to make noise at the box office?

It’s become a rare occurrence — Superman Returns (2006) is the lone Metropolis movie of the past 25 years – like a blue moon lining up with a red-sun eclipse. But Superman has stayed in our ear thanks to a surprising number of songs that mention him.

In fact, by our count, Clark Kent’s alter ego is in more hit songs over the past 50 years than all other superheroes combined – which is doubly impressive considering rivals (especially the grump in Gotham) have soundtracks with hired-gun rock stars.

What is it in Superman grabs the attention of R.E.M., Eminem, Taylor Swift and Barbra Streisand? That’s super-easy: Songwriters and star know a bulletproof metaphor when they see it flying past. Here’s a rundown on some of the super tunes you might remember: READ FULL STORY

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