The Pop Culture Playlist: Wolverine

Wolverine Week continues with everyone’s favourite feral mutant getting his own music in The Pop Culture Playlist. Logan has seen a hell of a lot in his long life, so I wanted to create a playlist that reflects the man and the animal inside him. Here are ten tracks that describe the journey of Wolverine.

Wherever I May Roam by Metallica

Rover, wanderer
Nomad, vagabond
Call me what you will
But I’ll take my time anywhere
Free to speak my mind anywhere
And I’ll redefine anywhere
Anywhere I may roam

Over the years, Wolverine has travelled and wandered to many places. Wherever I May Roam is a song about leaving and never settling down for long. This is a great song for describing the part of Wolverine’s life before he joined the X-Men.

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Animal I Have Become by Three Days Grace

I can’t escape this hell
So many times I’ve tried
But I’m still caged inside
Somebody get me through this nightmare
I can’t control myself
So what if you can see the darkest side of me?
No one would ever change this animal I have become

Wolverine has struggled to control his bestial nature in the past. But it has saved his life when he’s gone into a ‘berserker rage’ and let the animal run free. This song is an ideal choice for describing the duality of his character.

Girls, Girls, Girls by Motley Crue

Friday night and I need a fight
My motorcycle and a switchblade knife
Handful of grease in my hair feels right
But what I need to get me tight are those
Girls, girls, girls
Long legs and burgundy lips
Girls, girls, girls
Dancin’ down on the Sunset Strip
Girls, girls, girls
Red lips, fingertips

I imagine this song coming on in a dive bar that Logan’s drinking in.

Who Wants To Live Forever by Queen

There’s no time for us
There’s no place for us
What is this thing that builds our dreams, yet slips away from us

Who Wants To Live Forever is the perfect song for talking about Wolverine’s age. It describes immortality as a curse and ties into the fact that he’ll continue to live on while his friends grow old around him.

Everybody Hurts by R.E.M

When your day is long
And the night
The night is yours alone
When you’re sure you’ve had enough
Of this life
Well hang on
Don’t let yourself go
‘Cause everybody cries
And everybody hurts sometimes

Even though Logan can heal, his wounds run deep. Everybody Hurts is about adapting to pain and he’s suffered with it for a long time.

Till It’s Gone by Yelawolf

I’m not the cheap one, looking at me son
You ain’t looking at free
I ain’t the dish rag to come clean up all the shit that you dish out
Ain’t got no check for em’
If you checking in, mothafucka, check this out

Till It’s Gone has a hardcore beat that matches Wolverine’s fighting spirit. Anyone who makes the mistake of getting on his bad side finds out that it’s better not to mess with him.

Ain’t No Grave by Johnny Cash

There ain’t no grave can hold my body down
There ain’t no grave can hold my body down
When I hear that trumpet sound I’m gonna rise right out of the ground
Ain’t no grave can hold my body down

Ain’t No Grave can be used to describe Wolverine’s resiliency. He’s been shot, burned, stabbed, blown up and had the adamantium ripped from his body. He’s survived it all.

Come Join The Murder by The White Buffalo

There’s a black bird perched outside my window
I hear him calling
I hear him sing
He burns me with his eyes of gold to embers
He sees all my sins
He reads my soul

Come Join The Murder is a haunting song that can be used to showcase Logan’s regrets. His body count is massive and he can’t seem to let go of the past.

I Like Beer by Tom T Hall

I like beer, it makes me a jolly good fellow
I like beer, it helps me unwind and sometimes it makes me feel mellow (Makes him feel mellow)
Whiskey’s too rough, Champagne costs too much, vodka puts my mouth in gear
This little refrain should help me explain as a matter of fact I like beer

Wolverine has always been a fan of beer and this is an ideal drinking song.

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Lights by Battleme & The Forest Rangers

I see you out there on the wall
Say you’ll jump instead of fall
Thinking this is all you are
Sinking ships ‘n’ shooting stars

Lights is a song about perceiving yourself a certain way, and Wolverine thinks of himself as a killer. But there is far more to him and he’s reminded of that by the X-Men on a regular basis.

What songs do you think describe Wolverine best? And for a bit of light-hearted fun, check out this awesome Wolverine: The Musical video!

 

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Author: thecomicvault

Short story writer and freelance copywriter from Manchester, England. I run the pop culture website The Comic Vault and animal protection website Wings And Wild Hearts.

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