It’s a huge week for everyone’s favorite blind lawyer! With the premiere of Marvel’s newest venture quickly approaching, we prep for our upcoming Netflix binge and ponder…what would Matt Murdock have on his playlist? First, what do we know about the scarlet swashbuckler? Well, he’s the child of a prize fighter in Hell’s Kitchen, Jack Murdock. He is one of New York’s greatest lawyers. Oh, and did we mention that he was blinded in a twisted radioactive accident that left him unable to see, but also granted him extraordinary powers of hearing, smell, touch, and taste? In many ways, Matt Murdock is one of the most vulnerable Marvel superheroes, but his gifted fighting techniques and ability to use his other heightened senses make him a lovable favorite. Not taking into account the soundtrack for 2003’s Daredevil movie, which is, in this writer’s opinion, the greatest superhero soundtrack to date, we take a look at the songs that best fit the character we know and love. So what does a man like Matt Murdock have on his mp3 player? Let’s find out!
The Sound of Silence, Simon and Garfunkel 1964
Perhaps Simon and Garfunkel’s most identifiable song, “The Sound of Silence” is eerily a perfect choice for Matt’s playlist. With all of the heightened sounds and noises that he’s subjected to each and every day, the little moments of silence that Matt gets are a blessing. This song is about a man who walks alone, and who feels like he is the only one aware of the growing darkness. The lyrics are pretty interesting to consider too. “When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light that split the night,” is a pretty close description of the accident that left Matt Murdock blind. In many ways, darkness is Daredevil’s best friend, and he would find a different sense of understanding in Simon and Garfunkel’s words.
No Rain, Blind Melon 1992
Everyone has a reflective day. When Matt Murdock reflects on his life, maybe this song plays in the background. We know that the rain is one of Daredevil’s greatest assets when fighting, as the raindrops creating a certain type of echolocation for his ears to “see” his surroundings. It’s no wonder that Matt would like to “watch” the puddles gather rain. When there’s no rain in Matt’s life, there’s little to take in. It seems like this song would be a great one for Matt to listen to on a sunny day with no crime to take care of.
Sympathy for the Devil, Rolling Stones 1968
This classic rock song might be the perfect song for Daredevil to pump himself up. Maybe the lyrics are a bit of a stretch, but the title and main chorus are definitely ones that Matt Murdock would appreciate. “Pleased to meet you, hope you guess my name,” is probably what Matt thinks while he’s approaching the criminals of Hell’s Kitchen. Most of them do know his name…the Daredevil.
Hemorrhage, Fuel 2000
While Fuel’s song, “Won’t Back Down”, on the 2003 Daredevil movie Soundtrack is this writer’s favorite Daredevil-related song, the beautifully painful lyrics of the band’s, “Hemorrhage,” really strike a chord. The lyrics can almost be interpreted as Matt’s ode to the ones he has lost: his father, his past lovers, and the people of Hell’s Kitchen who he was unable to save. “Don’t fall away, and leave me to myself,” are really quite depressing lyrics in the big scheme of things. Matt’s desire to save the people of his city and those he loves is his strongest suit, and this song would be a pretty great song for him to listen to after a tough day fighting crime. Plus, Daredevil has been known to take a beating, so hemorrhaging is something he’s quite familiar with.
In the Air Tonight, Phil Collins 1981
Possibly one of the greatest builds in the history of songwriting, “In the Air Tonight”, is a great choice for Matt Murdock’s playlist. How can you not include it, if he can ACTUALLY feel things coming through the air? Despite the literal analysis, the lyrics really do have an interesting connection to Daredevil and the emotions that he experiences on an average day in Hell’s Kitchen. When Daredevil faces off against Kingpin, “I’ve seen your face before my friend, but I don’t know if you know who I am,” is the perfect lyric to be going through Matt’s mind.
Have You Ever Seen the Rain?, Creedence Clearwater Revival 1970
To a man who sees the rain differently than most of us, this song is a perfect tune for ol’ Horn-head. Yes, it probably has a different meaning to him, but the song is a great classic rock hit with a beautiful progression and a chorus. If you listen to the song and imagine Matt Murdock singing the words, it takes on a new meaning.
I Can See for Miles, The Who 1967
“I know you’ve deceived me, now here’s a surprise. I know that you have ‘cause there’s magic in my eyes.” The first two lines in The Who’s classic hit are extremely powerful, and probably have important meaning for Matt Murdock. For Daredevil, being blind doesn’t limit his sight. With his gifts and years of training, his sight is incredibly fine-tuned and allow him the ability to hone in on things miles away. Seems like Matt would appreciate this song.
Running With the Devil, Van Halen 1978
Ok, so this was an easy choice. Who can’t picture Daredevil running across the rooftops of Hell’s Kitchen while his song blasts in the background? From the first lyric, this song captures Daredevil’s mentality perfectly. “I live my life like there’s no tomorrow,” is a great representation of Matt’s dedication and willingness to sacrifice himself for the people of his city. It’s hard to imagine anyone not wanting a little classic Van Halen in their musical diet too.
Theme from Law and Order, Mike Post 1990
We had to throw in a fun one! Laugh all you want, but it probably isn’t too far of a stretch to think that Matt Murdock likes to throw on a little Law and Order every now and then. His background as a successful lawyer and his passion for justice might also effect his taste in TV entertainment. Plus, it’s hard to hate a show that has been on the air for nearly 25 years. Who knows, maybe this week Matt will be doing a little binge-watching of his own…if the Kingpin decides to keep the streets quiet, that is.
Well, there you have it. Daredevil’s Superhero Playlist! If you have any suggestions for other tracks Daredevil might listen to, or if you disagree with any of our choices, let us know! Check in weekly for more installments of Superhero Playlist! Have a request for whose playlist we should cover? Let us know in the comments section! Most importantly, get ready for an awesome weekend of binge-watching and get ready for Matt Murdock to bring the pain to the criminals of Hell’s Kitchen, New York. It all starts April 10th on Netflix!