"Superman (It's Not Easy)" (also titled as "Superman") is a song written and performed by American singer Five for Fighting. It was released in April 2001 as the second single from his second studio album America Town. Following the September 11 attacks, the song was used to honor the victims, survivors, police and firefighters involved in the attacks. The song debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 chart at number 38 on October 27, 2001, then subsequently peaked at number 14, becoming Five for Fighting's first top 40 hit in the US. The single was even more popular in Australia and New Zealand, where it reached number two on both countries' national charts. Elsewhere, the song reached the top 20 in Ireland, Italy, and Norway. The song was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals at the 44th Grammy Awards in 2002.
The music video was directed by Ramaa Mosley and premiered in June 2001. A scene from this video was filmed at Yonge Street and Richmond Street in Toronto, Ontario. At the end of the song's music video, John Ondrasik lies in bed with his own wife and son.
Jimmy Fallon parodied the song on Saturday Night Live about the 2002 Winter Olympics and renamed it "Down Hill Ski". The song was also referenced in the "Ambiguously Gay Duo: The Third Leg of Justice" sketch the same year.
The song was used in the television show, Smallville, which portrays Clark Kent's life journey to becoming Superman. In the first season episode, "Stray," is the music bed that plays when a young boy with mind reading powers reveals to the Kent family that he is aware of Clark's secret powers, and assures them the secret is safe with him.