– by Joseph Jammer Medina

When James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy came out in August of 2014, I did not know anything about the team of Guardians. As a matter of fact I didn’t even go see this film in theaters. But when I did see it I was hooked from the the opening sequence of the film where Star Lord, played by Chris Pratt, steals a mysterious orb. The main reason why? The great soundtrack that accompanied the film, this particular scene was included the song Come and Get Your Love by Redbone. The rest of the film featured great songs like Hooked on a Feeling by Blue Swede and Want You Back by The Jackson 5. These were all part of Peter Quill’s “Awesome Mixtape” that he carried with him everywhere he went on his walkman.

When the sountrack for the film was released by Hollywood Records, it reached the number one on the US Billboard 200 chart, reaching a milestone of becoming the first soundtrack to make it number one consisting in only previously released songs. As James Gunn planned the sequel fans of the film were very anxiously awaiting what was next not only for our Guardians but the music as well. Well Guardians of Galaxy Vol. 2 kicked off with the lovable Baby Groot dancing away to Mr. Blue Sky by Electric Light Orchestra as the rest of the Guardians faced off against an alien beast.

On Twitter yesterday someone asked James Gunn how close he was to having the music ready for third installment of Guardians of the Galaxy. He tweeted back saying, “I have it down to 181 songs. That list could get longer”. Now the question remains what songs does he have in mind? He is going to have to do some major cuts before the soundtrack is set and done.

The Guardians of the Galaxy franchise has definitely shows how a solid soundtrack can do wonders for a film. This probably had an effect on how the soundtrack was put together for Warner Bros. Picture’s Suicide Squad‘s soundtrack was put together, even though they went ahead and included original music. This is not to say that classics hadn’t been used before in films (they always have) but what James Gunn did with Guardians of the Galaxy was to highlight them. So when Thor: Ragnarok uses Led Zeppelin’s Immigrant Song or Justice League uses The Beatles Come Together we notice it a bit more. So what songs do you think are on James Gunn’s list? Or what songs do you think should be on it? Chime in below!


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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.