Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 contains songs featured in Guardians of the Galaxy.
It features songs from the 1970s, with director James Gunn describing them as "cultural reference points". According to Gunn: "It’s striking the balance throughout the whole movie, through something that is very unique, but also something that is easily accessible to people at the same time. The music and the Earth stuff is one of those touchstones that we have to remind us that, yeah, Quill is a real person from planet Earth who’s just like you and me. Except that he’s in this big outer space adventure."
Later in the film, Peter Quill discovers Awesome Mix Vol. 2 which appears to feature songs from the 1960s.
|Track No.||Song title||Artist||Year||Location(s)|
|1||Hooked on a Feeling||Blue Swede||1974||
|2||Go All the Way||Raspberries||1972|
|3||Spirit in the Sky||Norman Greenbaum||1969||
|4||Moonage Daydream||David Bowie||1972||
Entry to Knowhere
|5||Fooled Around and Fell in Love||Elvin Bishop||1975||
Peter Quill lets Gamora listen to his Walkman on Knowhere
|6||I'm Not in Love||10cc||1975||
Opening credits, Peter Quill visits his dying mother in hospital
|7||I Want You Back||The Jackson 5||1969||
End credits / Dancing baby Groot
|8||Come and Get Your Love||Redbone||1974||
Exploring the ruins of Morag
|9||Cherry Bomb||The Runaways||1976||
Equipping and preparing to engage Ronan
|10||Escape (The Piña Colada Song)||Rupert Holmes||1979||
Escape from Kyln; Peter Quill retrieves Walkman from guard
|11||O-o-h Child||Five Stairsteps||1970||
Sung and danced by Peter Quill in the crash site during the Battle of Xandar to distract Ronan
|12||Ain't No Mountain High Enough †||Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell||1967||
First song that plays when Peter Quill unwraps his mother's letter and Awesome Mix Vol. 2
† These songs are meant to be part of Awesome Mix Vol. 2
Behind the Scenes
- Several songs were set to be included in the film, but were cut due to licensing issues or their scenes reworked to help drive the plot forward.
- "Never Been to Spain" by Three Dog Night was involved in a scene where Peter Quill sings the lyrics threateningly at the Nova Corps guards, Garthan Saal and Rhomann Dey, during the mugshot sequence. It was cut in favor of the "winding-up-the-finger-gag".
- "Magic" by Pilot can be heard on Peter Quill's confiscated Walkman as the Mean Guard dances around the prison hallways. It is included in the deleted scenes of the Blu-Ray release.
- "Livin' Thing" by Electric Light Orchestra was meant to play during a scene where Peter Quill and Gamora change clothes after their jailbreak. Shirtless shots can be seen in the trailers, but the scene was not included in the Blu-Ray release due to licensing issues despite assurances that it would be included.
- Other songs given by James Gunn to Chris Pratt as a mixed CD to prepare for his role included "Fox on the Run" by The Sweet and "Surrender" by Cheap Trick, which were later used for Awesome Mix Vol. 2.
- "Hooked on a Feeling" was originally meant to be played during the cave exploration scene in Morag. Director James Gunn however discovered "Come and Get Your Love" and thought that it was a better fit.
- "Moonage Daydream" was chosen as being "perfectly appropriate for the trippy entry to Knowhere", though "Wichita Lineman" by Glen Campbell and "Mama Told Me Not to Come" by Three Dog Night were also considered.
- James Gunn compiled a playlist of songs to keep the extras energized while shooting scenes set on the Boot of Jemiah, which he dubbed Awesome Mix Volume Zero. These songs were more modern than those featured in the film and were as follows:
- "Never Wanted to Dance" - Mindless Self Indulgence
- "Party Hard" - Andrew W.K.
- "The Way It Was" - Aceyalone (feat Bionik)
- "I Like It, I Love It" - Lyrics Born
- "Let's Dance to Joy Division" - The Wombats
- "Start Wearing Purple - Gogol Bordello
- "Ben Vereen" - Pigeon John
- "Teenagers" - My Chemical Romance
- "Black Fist" - Juskwam and Lyrikill
- "Timebomb" - Old 97's
- Songs considered for this album and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2 that were ultimately not included were "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing" by Leo Sayer, "Cruel to Be Kind" and "So It Goes" by Nick Lowe, "Mama Told Me (Not to Come)" and "Never Been to Spain" by Three Dog Night, "Do You Wanna Make Love" by Peter McCann, "She's Gone" by Hall & Oates, "Stumblin' In" by Chris Norman and Suzi Quatro, "Suffragette City" and "Oh! You Pretty Things" by David Bowie, "Satellite of Love" and "Perfect Day" by Lou Reed, "Every Time I Think of You" and "Isn't It Time" by The Babys, "I'm Gonna Love You Just a Little More Baby" by Barry White, "Your Daddy Don't Know" by Toronto, "The Ballad of El Goodo" and "Back of a Car" by Big Star, "For Once in My Life", "Don't You Worry 'bout a Thing" and "Sir Duke" by Stevie Wonder, "I Just Want to Be Your Everything" by Andy Gibb, "Children of the Revolution", "Spaceball Ricochet", "20th Century Boy" and "Metal Guru" by T. Rex, "Hard Luck Woman" by Kiss, "Magic" by Pilot, "New York Groove" by Ace Frehley, "Heart of Glass" by Blondie, "Still the Same" by Bob Seger, "Once Bitten, Twice Shy" by Ian Hunter, "Lovely Day" by Bill Withers, "Lonely Boy" by Andrew Gold, "Everybody Plays the Fool" by The Main Ingredient, "Sky High" by Jigsaw, "Livin' Thing" by Electric Light Orchestra, "No Matter What" by Badfinger, "Bungle in the Jungle" by Jethro Tull, "Love is the Answer" by Utopia, "My Maria" by B.W. Stevenson, "Sentimental Lady" by Bob Welch, "Somebody to Love" by Queen, "Renegade" by Styx, "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover" by Paul Simon, "Just What I Needed" by The Cars, "Couldn't Get It Right" by the Climax Blues Band, "Wichita Lineman" by Glen Campbell, "Caught in a Dream" by Alice Cooper, "Magnet and Steel" by Walter Egan, "Because the Night" by Patti Smith, "Never Been Any Reason" by Head East, "Hot Child in the City" by Nick Gilder, "Jet" by Paul McCartney and Wings, "Moonlight Feels Right" by Starbuck, "Lights" by Journey, "Love Is Like Oxygen" by The Sweet, "Alison" by Elvis Costello, "Dream Police" by Cheap Trick, "Someone Saved My Life Tonight" by Elton John, "Rock Me Gently" by Andy Kim, "Instant Karma! (We All Shine On)" by John Lennon and "Even the Losers" by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
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