Hey bubs! This week’s superhero playlist is an ode to everyone’s favorite mutant, Wolverine! Yep, we’ve put together a list of songs that good old Logan might have on his music player. Whether it pays tribute to his healing ability, his claws, his love life, or just his disposition in general, we think each of these songs is a good fit for Wolverine. Check them out!
Wherever I May Roam, Metallica, 1991
“Roamer, wanderer, nomad, vagabond…call me what you will.” It’s as if those words are straight from Wolverine’s mouth. He’s always been a bit of a rogue, even during his work with the X-Men. Logan is a stand-offish guy. He’s seen things. What most people don’t realize is that Wolverine’s gruff, lonesome personality is a product of his life. He outlives everyone he knows, can’t be killed (or at least it’s pretty hard to kill him), and he has had his heart broken numerous times. So, this song seems to fit the personality of a man who has nothing and wants nothing.
The Healer, John Lee Hooker, 1989
Seems like after a huge beat down, Wolverine needs a song to chill to while his body quickly repairs all of the damage he’s sustained in battle. His wounds heal exceptionally fast, but maybe he throws on some blues to ease the process. John Lee Hooker’s lyrics refer to the blues as a healer, all over the world, so why can’t Logan listen to some blues guitar when he wants to heal?
My Generation, The Who, 1965
We threw this in for nostalgia, but also for some pretty powerful lyrics. Of course, Wolverine has seen just about every music movement in history, so it’s quite possible that he’d have some classic The Who tracks on his playlist. This song in particular has the lyrics, “I hope I die before I get old.” Now, Wolverine has always been cursed to live a long life where his age will slowly progress over time, but that could take a loooooong time. In Wolverine’s eyes, he’s already an old man. The sad part is that he probably would have preferred to die in battle long ago, but that wish is his curse, and so he’ll continue to protect the people he cares about.
Touch of Grey, Grateful Dead, 1987
Here’s one for Jean. Wolverine has had many different love interests over the years. They’ve spanned multiple comic book story lines, overlapped into the various animated series, and transcended into the film franchise as well. We decided to pay tribute to Wolverine’s complicated relationship with Jean Grey, with this song. As most of us know, Wolverine almost always gets rejected by Jean Grey in the end, so this song is a great song for Logan to listen to after getting turned down. “I will get by.”
Old Man, Neil Young, 1972
You might want to get out the tissues now…this one is a tearjerker. It’s a song written from the perspective of a young man, comparing his life to an older man. He realizes that his life is really not so different, and we’re pretty certain Wolverine could relate to the young and the old character in the song. “Old man take a look at my life, I’m a lot like you were.” One of our favorite story lines from the comics is the “Old Man Logan” series, and this seems like it would be a great song to accompany that old version of Wolverine.
The Cigar Song, Brad Paisley, 2003
“Well, I’m a sucker for Cuban cigars, problem is I can’t afford ‘em,” certainly sounds like a sentence that might come out of Logan’s mouth, right? We had to pay tribute to this iconic cigar smoker in some way. While it might be terrible for your health, we’ll give Wolverine a pass, since his healing factor kind of negates the damage (but seriously kids, don’t smoke).
Turn! Turn! Turn!, The Byrds, 1965
If you haven’t spotted the biggest recurring theme in this playlist, you certainly will now. With this song, we figured Wolverine might enjoy the simplicity of the lyrics. It really talks about taking advantage of the short time we have on this planet, and trying to make the world better. For Wolverine, that time is definitely a bit longer, but the same principle applies. “A time to be born, a time to die, a time to plant, a, time to reap, a time to kill, a time to heal, a time to laugh, a time to weep.” There’s a time and place for everything, but Wolverine sometimes struggles with that notion. Sometimes he gets caught up in his emotions and forgets to take time to think about what he’s doing.
Sound of Madness, Shinedown, 2008
We’re going out on a limb and guessing that maybe Wolverine has stayed with the times throughout the years and appreciates some modern rock. This hit by Shinedown has an emotional message behind it, and if you listen to it from the perspective of Wolverine himself, it takes on a whole new meaning. “I created the sound of madness, wrote the book on pain…somehow I’m still here to explain.” It’s a pretty aggressive song, which certainly doesn’t seem too out-of-the-box for our anger-prone hero. Hopefully this song allows Logan to get out some of that pent-up aggression.
Itchin’ For a Scratch, Force MD, 1985
Laugh it up, because this is probably the weirdest choice on this list. But hear us out! If you take a look at the title and the lyrics, it’s about a guy who really wants to scratch and doesn’t know how to stop. Even the doctor tells him there is no cure. That’s exactly who Wolverine is! He’s a mutant, for which there is no cure, and nothing would please him more than to go out and scratch a few bad guys. OK…maybe a little more than scratch, but still.
O Canada, Calixa Lavallee, 1880
C’mon…we had to do it. Wolverine is possibly the most famous Canadian in comics, and we certainly weren’t going to go without paying tribute to that heritage. So, why not with the Canadian National Anthem? What’s even more special about it, is that because the song was written in 1880, technically Wolverine could have been one of the first Canadians to hear it.
So what do you think? Did we hit the nail on the head with any of these song choices? How about any goofs you think we might have made? Did we miss any good songs? Let us know what you think in the comments below! Keep checking back for more Superhero Playlists every Wednesday! Oh, and if you ever borrow Wolverine’s mp3 player, remember to untangle the headphones, or else…he’ll probably react like this.