The original Guardians of the Galaxy was one of the biggest surprise hits of 2014. When it first hit screens, no one was sure how audiences would react to a bunch of zany characters from a comic book franchise that they weren’t familiar with. Luckily for Marvel Studios, their faith in maverick director James Gunn paid off and GOTG was a big hit.
The movie was so appealing because of how fresh and unique it was, but one element stood out was the film’s soundtrack. In a recent Rolling Stones interview, Gunn revealed how he stuck to his guns and fought studio executives to make sure that his vision of a soundtrack featuring songs from decades ago – most of which the average GOTG fan wouldn’t even have heard before – became a reality. The gamble paid off and Awesome Mix Vol 1 was a massive success.
And now, he’s done it again. Armed with a slightly larger budget, the latest GOTG film has been able to afford classic songs from some massive acts, including George Harrison and Fleetwood Mac. Since the first film ends with Star Lord a.k.a. Peter Quill (played by Chris Pratt) finding Awesome Mix Vol 2, we can assume that the songs will play a major role in the sequel as well. Gunn admits that the songs have always been a way to represent Quill’s mother in the film and says, in the same interview, “She’s a music lover, but she’s completely not elitist. If it’s something that’s thought of as goofy and pop, she likes it. If it’s cool or funk, she likes it. She just likes hooks and melodies. She’s a very quirky young girl who fell in love with, you know, as it ends up, an alien. And falling in love with an alien is right up there in Meredith Quill’s alley. She’s an oddball, like her son.”
While the album official drops on the 21st of April in the US, we’ve taken the time to put all the original songs together in one place so you can hear it here first.
Mr. Blue Sky, Electric Light Orchestra
Fox on the Run, Sweet
Lake Shore Drive, Aliotta Haynes Jeremiah
The Chain, Fleetwood Mac
Bring it On Home to Me, Sam Cooke
Southern Nights, Glen Campbell
My Sweet Lord, George Harrison
Brandy You’re a Fine Girl, Looking Glass
Come a Little Bit Closer, Jay and the Americans
Wham Bang Shang-A-Lang, Silver
Surrender, Cheap Trick
Father and Son, Cat Stevens
Guardians Inferno, The Sneepers feat. David Hasselhoff
This one is an original track made especially for the film, so we’ll just have to wait for the official album to come out before we can hear it.
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