One of the most fun parts of the original Guardians of the Galaxy was the way it used classic pop music in its soundtrack. At the end of that film Peter Quill gets a new mixtape from his mother, and now we know what's on it. The official track list of Awesome Mix Vol. 2 has been released and if you were a fan of the first movie's hits, you're going to love what the new movie has to offer. Check out the listing as part of the new poster below.
This is a fantastic combination of music, to say the least. Sweet's "Fox on the Run" is a song we expected to see as the song has been used in the trailers. According to comments from James Gunn in Rolling Stone, the song is only on the soundtrack because of its use in the trailer and won't actually appear in the movie itself.
However, the Awesome Mix will open with Electric Light Orchestra's "Mr. Blue Sky" which is a fantastic tune to open any album with. It's been used in other movies before, quite often as trailer music. We're looking forward to seeing what Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 decides to do with it.
The next song in the list appears to be a key song in the movie. James Gunn says that Fleetwood mac's "The Chain" is a song about the Guardians. According to the director...
There are two songs that are the most deeply embedded into the fibers of the film. 'The Chain' is one because it is about the Guardians, at least in the way we use it, and we use it a couple of times in the movie.
From there we movie on to a soulful Sam Cooke song, some classic country from Glen Campbell, which was apparently a childhood favorite for James Gunn, and George Harrison. Gunn says that "My Sweet Lord" will be used in reference to Ego The Living Planet, which seems fitting.
We knew we were in for something very different with the original Guardians of the Galaxy from the opening moments, as the very first scene included a Peter Quill song and dance number. It appears that the sequel will follow suit. If you want to try to visualize what that scene will look like in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, listen to "Brandy You're a Fine Girl" because that's apparently the song that we'll hear in the film's opening scene.
If there's a surprising song on the soundtrack, it may very well be "Wham Bang Shang-A-Lang" by the band Silver. It's mostly a shocking choice because it's not a very well known song. James Gunn hadn't even heard of it before somebody suggested it to him. Gunn says...
For a minute I wasn't sure if I was being tricked because I had never heard the song. I wasn't sure if was a modern band doing a retro version of a song or if it was actually an old song.
From there we shift into better-known artists like Cheap Trick, Cat Stevens, and Parliament. In the end, we get an original song called "Guardians Inferno" which will include lyrics by David Hasselhoff. Since Peter Quill left Earth in the 1980s, he's apparently still a big Hasselhoff fan.
Do you have a favorite song on this soundtrack? Let us know what it is in the comments. Awesome Mix Vol. 2 will be available digitally on April 21.