Oftentimes, I’ll start thinking of characters or stories, and immediately my brain tries to pick out the perfect song to go along with those awesome scenes that play out. Sometimes, all I need is a great playlist to listen to while reading along to my favorite comics. That’s why we created Superhero Playlist…so folks like you can relax and let your minds run wild as you envision the characters we profile each week!
Today, we’re going to brush you up on a little bit of the Sorcerer Supreme himself, Doctor Strange! Stephen Strange is one of those classic Marvel characters who sometimes gets overlooked in the big scheme of the Marvel Universe, yet, he’s one of Marvel’s most interesting and brilliant properties. We definitely can’t wait for Benedict Cumberbatch to bring Doctor Strange to life on the big screen next year. In the meantime, we put together this little Doctor Strange playlist to jam to while you study up on your comics. Enjoy!
Image Credit: Van Morrison at Notodden Blues Fest
Into the Mystic, Van Morrison, 1970
Let some classic Van Morrison whisk you away as you picture Doctor Stephen Strange go about his seemingly normal life…that is until his untimely car accident led to him discovering a much richer, vibrant world of wildly mystical proportions. It would seem like this song perfectly captures that transition from the normal, natural world, to a much more unnatural one with limitless bounds. “Then magnificently we will float, into the mystic.”
Image Credit: KISS in Concert, Boston 2004
Calling Dr. Love, KISS, 1976
Let a little cowbell set the tone for this definitive KISS track, and picture a scene with Doctor Strange teaching Clea a new spell or incantation. We all know that Clea isn’t just a disciple of Stephen’s, and he has a bit of a tender spot for her in his heart. OK…so the imagery within the song might not give you the most innocent scene setup here, but there are some key words we think we can take with a grain of salt.
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How Bizarre, OMC, 1996
On top of being one of the most definitive songs from the 90s, OMC’s “How Bizarre” is a great addition for this playlist. Doctor Strange certainly is one of Marvel’s more bizarre characters, with such a curious and inexplicable history of dealing with unknown inter-dimensional forces. “How Bizzare” really seems to capture the thoughts in our minds when reading Doctor Strange most of the time.
Image Credit: The Doors
People Are Strange, The Doors, 1967
“When you’re strange, faces come out in the rain.” That should definitely give you a creepy vibe, and that tone carries throughout the song. It just fits with Doctor Strange, not only because of the obvious title, but because Jim Morrison takes the song down a very interesting, confusing path. “When you’re strange, no one remembers your name.” On a side note…Jim Morrison as Doctor Strange? Yes, please.
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I Put a Spell on You, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, 1956
Taking it back old school, we wanted to pay tribute to Doctor Strange’s spellcasting and mystical ways of magic. Ok, so maybe a certain Sanderson sister might have done this song better, but it works rather well on this playlist if you ask us.
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Bad Omen, Megadeth, 1986
Maybe we’re coming out of left field with this one, but we have an inkling of a feeling that Doctor Strange might be into some classic metal. Megadeth describes a pretty disturbing ritual in this song that Doctor Strange probably knows a lot more about than most of us. We think it could be a good action montage song too, so…Scott Derrickson, we hope you’re taking notes.
Image Credit: Ozzy Osbourne
Mr. Crowley, Ozzy Osbourne, 1980
Probably one of the coolest and creepiest rock songs ever recorded, we threw this into our list because if you picture Doctor Strange instead of Mr. Crowley, it just works…and it’s an awesome song. “Your lifestyle to me seemed so tragic, with the thrill of it all. You fooled all the the people with magic, yeah you waited on Satan’s door.”
Image Credit: ELO
Strange Magic, ELO, 1975
If you haven’t noticed the recurring theme of magic in this playlist until this point…well, welcome to the party. We wanted to include ELO’s “Strange Magic” mostly because of the awesome title tie-in, but there’s one awesome line in particular: “Oh, I’m never gonna be the same again, now I’ve seen the way it’s got to end. Sweet dream, sweet dream.” Sounds like Doctor Strange’s realization that his life is forever changed, and that he now must fight the mystical powers that be.
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Dr. Feelgood, Motley Crue, 1989
If the magic theme wasn’t obvious to you, then we hope you caught onto the other theme: medicine/doctors. We found so many songs about doctors, but wanted to find a few hits and songs that might capture that special feel we were looking for in our Doctor Strange playlist. “Dr. Feelgood” might not be about a licensed medical professional…if you can catch our drift…but the lyrics can be tweaked a little bit. “Got a little hideaway, does business all day,” sounds like a nod to Sanctum Sanctorum, if you ask us.
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Witch Doctor, David Seville and the Chipmunks, 1958
OK, following with the recurring choice of finishing these playlists with a funny one, how could we resist this classic? Who doesn’t love a little Alvin and the Chipmunks as a throwback? He might not be a witch-doctor, but Doctor Strange certainly has the fitting traits to fit this song.
We certainly hope that you enjoyed this week’s Superhero Playlist: Doctor Strange. Whether you know a little or a lot about Doctor Stephen Strange, we think that this playlist should make your comic book reading experience a little more enjoyable. Continue to check back for more playlists and feel free to send us your suggestions in the comments below!