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It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a Superman playlist!

A look at how some musicians have referenced the Man of Steel

By Sean Nelson
Special to MSN Music

Since his debut in the pages of Action comics in 1939, Superman has proved to be one of the most durable icons in popular culture. He has also made a name for himself as a go-to metaphor for songwriters. In honor of the Man of Steel's latest cinematic resurrection (in "Man of Steel," out June 14), we present this list of songs -- some great, some less so -- that draw on Superman's near-invincibility to express feelings of both power and powerlessness. And the desire to fly that resides in all of us.

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