- Warning: Major spoilers ahead for “Captain Marvel.”
- “Captain Marvel” is set in 1995, and the movie’s score reflects its time period.
- Songs from Heart, Salt-N-Pepa, TLC, Des’Ree, Nirvana, and No Doubt are featured. The song “Celebrity Skin” by Hole plays over the credits.
- Keep reading for a look at each song and which scene they play in.
The newest blockbuster hit superhero movie “Captain Marvel” takes places primarily in 1995.
Even if the presence of pagers and dial-up Internet wasn’t enough to tip you off, a series of iconic ’90s songs and other classic rock hits dot the movie’s soundtrack, letting you know what time period the title hero is fighting in.
Keep reading for a complete list of every song you heard.
‘Crazy on You’ by Heart
“Crazy on You” was released in 1975, but we hear it in “Captain Marvel” when our hero has a memory of singing karaoke in a bar.
‘Kiss Me Deadly’ by Lita Ford
“Kiss Me Deadly” is another jam that pre-dates the 1995 timeframe of “Captain Marvel” (it was released in 1988) but features as a part of Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel’s past.
‘Whatta Man’ by Salt-N-Pepa ft. En Vogue
This 1994 hit plays in “Captain Marvel” when the titular hero first crashes on Earth (or “C-53,” as she calls it).
‘Connection’ by Elastica
Also from 1994, “Connection” is heard early in the movie and helps set the alt-rock/pop-punk tone.
‘Only Happy When It Rains’ by Garbage
This 1995 alt-rock song plays in the background when Captain Marvel steals a motorcycle from a man who had been harassing her and rides off with her new outfit (a leather jacket and Nine Inch Nails shirt).
‘Crush With Eyeliner’ by R.E.M.
This song is off R.E.M.’s 1994 album “Monster.”
‘Waterfalls’ by TLC
This smash-hit TLC song was first released in 1995. It plays as Captain Marvel and Nick Fury start their road trip to the Project Pegasus headquarters.
‘You Gotta Be’ by Des’ree
This 1994 R&B hit plays quietly in the background when Captain Marvel first arrives to Maria Rambeau’s house in Louisana.
‘Come As You Are’ by Nirvana
The iconic bass line of Nirvana’s 1991 song “Come As You Are” plays when Captain Marvel is forced into the Kree simulation to confront the Supreme Intelligence.
‘Just a Girl’ by No Doubt
After realizing she has virtually unlimited capabilities, Captain Marvel fights an entire group of Kree warriors as No Doubt’s 1995 single “Just A Girl” plays.
‘Man on the Moon’ by R.E.M.
Once Captain Marvel has successfully scared off the Kree threat from Earth, she returns to Rambeau’s home with the Skrull refugee family. R.E.M.’s 1992 song “Man on the Moon” plays on the radio in the background of their dinner scene.
‘Celebrity Skin’ by Hole
This rock single plays as the first credits roll on “Captain Marvel.” It was released in 1998, making it the only song heard by the “Captain Marvel” audience that technically came out after the movie’s events.
Perhaps the anachronism was a way to signal to the the theater crowds that Captain Marvel has a definite future in Marvel’s film franchise.
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