No matter your opinions on various superhero movies, it’s at least easy to admit that superhero films have some of the best original soundtracks out there. Superhero scores range from the ass-kicking crescendos to gut-punching emotions and tend to throw fans back and forth throughout the films they carry. Even if a superhero movie isn’t “good” by popular standards, its soundtrack can still come out on top.

Below is a list of 15 of the best, most exciting original superhero film scores of the 21st century. Some of these modern movies that originated from 20th Century classics (aka anything related to Batman or Superman) have scores that are inspired by the original films and pander to the characters’ often-cheesy comics — in the best way possible, that is — but with a more intense, modern twist. This is music to work to, to help get you pumped about the day, and to help you casually save the world:

“The Avengers Theme” by Alan Silvestri, The Avengers (2012)

“The Ballad of the Nova Corps.” by Tyler Bates, Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

“Black Tears” by Tyler Bates, Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

“Captain America” by Alan Silvestri, Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

“Captain America” by Henry Jackman, Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

“Driving With the Top Down” by Ramin Djawadi, Iron Man (2008)

“Earth to Asgard” by Patrick Doyle, Thor (2011)

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“Flight” by Hans Zimmer, Man of Steel (2013)

“Main Theme” by Hans Zimmer, The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

“Main Titles” by John Williams, Superman Returns (2006)

“Main Theme” by Henry Jackman, X-Men: First Class (2011)

“Saving New York” by James Horner, The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

“Thor: The Dark World” by Brian Tyler, Thor: The Dark World (2013)

“Time to Suit Up” by Henry Jackman Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

“We’re Going to Fly Now” by James Newton Howard, Green Lantern (2011)

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Caitlin Busch is an entertainment staff writer at Inverse. Based in Brooklyn, Caitlin hails from Kansas City, Missouri, and loves large dogs, overpriced coffee, superheroes, and science fiction.