The 15 Songs Guardians Of The Galaxy Was Originally Planning To Use

Are you like Peter Quill and have been listening to the “Awesome Mix Vol. 1” from Guardians of the Galaxy over and over and over again? Well, we have some great news for you. It turns out that there were other five tracks that writer/director James Gunn had planned to use in the Marvel Studios movie, but wasn’t able to after script revisions and edits. And now the full track list has been revealed. Check it out below!

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As you probably noticed, this list has come to us directly from James Gunn’s personal Facebook page, and in addition to providing the new track names, he has also placed them in the order that the songs were originally meant to be played in and explains when in the movie some of the music was going to be used. Let’s listen to a few of the tracks while we talk about them, shall we?

First up, we have “Never Been To Spain” by Three Dog Night, which Gunn says was going to be sung by Quill during the booking process. Apparently this was scrapped early on, as it was swapped out for the middle finger gag, which was part of the San Diego Comic-Con footage shown back in 2013:

The second is “Magic” by Pilot, and is actually from a scene that you can watch on the Guardians of the Galaxy Blu-ray. We hear the song as the blue alien who steals the cassette player in the Kyln dances around the space prison while walking around at night:

Sadly, there aren’t any explanations for the final three unused songs, but it is interesting to note where they end up in the timeline of the soundtrack. For example, “Livin’ Thing” by ELO would have been used at some point between the Guardians’ escape from the Kyln (where “The Pina Colada Song” was played) and their arrival at Morag (which was when we heard David Bowie’s “Moonage Daydream.”

“Fox on the Run” by Sweet, meanwhile, would have been between Quill’s flirtation with Gamora on Morag (where we heard “Fooled Around and Fell in Love” by Elvin Bishop) and the scene with the team suiting up on Yondu’s ship and “Cherry Bomb” by The Runaways. Maybe it was supposed to play in the background of the mining pod action sequence?

Finally, “Surrender” by Cheap Trick would have played after the dance-off with Ronan and the singing of Five Stairstep’s “O-O-H Child,” but it’s hard to say if it would have come before “Ain't No Mountain High Enough” and “I Want You Back” because those are both “Awesome Mix Vol. 2” songs:

What do you think of these new additions to the soundtrack? Do you think you’ll make your own playlist? Don’t forget about “Awesome Mix, Vol. 0!”

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