Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 Track List Breakdown

A Track-by-Track Breakdown of “Awesome Mix: Vol. 2”

WARNING: This post contains major spoilers for Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2. This is your heads up!

With another Awesome Mix to accompany Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2, we go track-by-track to touch on the song’s context in the film and its pop culture history.

Song: Electric Light Orchestra – “Mr. Blue Sky”
History: Released in 1978; a top 10 hit in the UK
In the Film: Opening credits, while the Guardians are fighting a gigantic beast
Fun Fact: ELO’s song was used in the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Song: Sweet – “Fox on the Run”
History: Released in 1975; #5 in the U.S. and the UK
In the Film: When the Guardians are trying to escape the Sovereign
Fun Fact: Was also featured on one of the greatest movie soundtracks ever: Dazed and Confused.

Song: Aliotta Haynes Jeremiah – “Lake Shore Drive”
History: Released in 1971
In the Film: While the Guardians are chatting on the ship
Fun Fact: Almost definitely about taking LSD, even though songwriter Skip Haynes insists it’s only about taking Lake Shore Drive in Chicago.

Song: Fleetwood Mac – “The Chain”
History: Released in 1977
In the Film: During Peter and Ego’s big fight
Fun Fact: This track was used to great effect during the abduction scene in season 3 of The Americans.

Song: Sam Cooke – “Bring It on Home to Me”
History: Released in 1962; a top 15 hit in the U.S.
In the Film: When Peter and Gamora dance on the balcony
Fun Fact: Peter refers to Cooke as one of “Earth’s greatest singers.” It’s true. Despite dying tragically at age 33, he was a charter member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Song: Glen Campbell – “Southern Nights”
History: Released in 1977; #1 in the U.S.
In the Film: When Rocket is working on repairing the ship
Fun Fact: Glen Campbell was nominated for an Academy Award for co-writing the song “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from the documentary Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me.

Song: George Harrison – “My Sweet Lord”
History: Released in 1970; #1 in the U.S.
In the Film: When Peter, Gamora and Drax first arrive on Ego
Fun Fact: The song was the subject of a major plagiarism lawsuit that George Harrison lost.

Song: Looking Glass – “Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl)”
History: Released in 1972; #1 in the U.S.
In the Film: Opening prologue, when Ego and Peter’s mom are falling in love
Fun Fact: The song was so popular that in the year after its release, Brandy became one of the 100 most popular names for girls in the U.S.

Song: Jay and the Americans – “Come a Little Bit Closer”
History: Released in 1964; #3 in the U.S.
In the Film: When Yondu escapes his holding cell and gets revenge on his mutinous crew
Fun Fact: Former lead singer Jay Black had to sell the rights to the name to pay off his gambling debts.

Song: Silver – “Wham Bam Shang-A-Lang”
History: Released in 1976; Top 20 hit in the U.S.
In the Film: When the Guardians are fighting Ego and the Sovereign
Fun Fact: Phil Hartman designed the cover art for their only album.

Song: Cheap Trick – “Surrender”
History: Released in 1978
In the Film: When Kraglin is learning to use Yondu’s arrow
Fun Fact: The song played in both the first and last episodes of The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien.

Song: Cat Stevens – “Father and Son”
History: Released in 1970
In the Film: During Yondu’s funeral
Fun Fact: The song was originally going to be used in the opening scene of Moulin Rouge! but the deeply religious Stevens objected.

Song: Parliament – “Flash Light”
History: Released in 1978; #1 on the R&B charts in the U.S.
In the Film: During the end credits
Fun Fact: The song was used more prominently in such wildly different movies as Straight Outta Compton and Muppets from Space.

Song: The Sneepers featuring David Hasselhoff – “Guardians Inferno”
History: Released in 2017
In the Film: During the end credits
Fun Fact: The song was written specifically for the film. Although David Hasselhoff is best known to American audiences as the star of Knight Rider and Baywatch, he had a huge music career in Europe. “Looking for Freedom” was a #1 hit in Germany.


About Kip Mooney

Kip Mooney
Like many film critics born during and after the 1980s, my hero is Roger Ebert. The man was already the best critic in the nation when he won the Pulitzer in 1975, but his indomitable spirit during and after his recent battle with cancer keeps me coming back to read not only his reviews but his insightful commentary on the everyday. But enough about a guy you know a lot about. I knew I was going to be a film critic—some would say a snob—in middle school, when I had to voraciously defend my position that The Royal Tenenbaums was only a million times better than Adam Sandler’s remake of Mr. Deeds. From then on, I would seek out Wes Anderson’s films and avoid Sandler’s like the plague. Still, I like to think of myself as a populist, and I’ll be just as likely to see the next superhero movie as the next Sundance sensation. The thing I most deplore in a movie is laziness. I’d much rather see movies with big ambitions try and fail than movies with no ambitions succeed at simply existing. I’m also a big advocate of fun-bad movies like The Room and most of Nicolas Cage’s work. In the past, I’ve written for The Dallas Morning News and the North Texas Daily, which I edited for a semester. I also contributed to Dallas-based Pegasus News, which in the circle of life, is now part of The Dallas Morning News, where I got my big break in 2007. Eventually, I’d love to write and talk about film full-time, but until that’s a viable career option, I work as an auditor for Wells Fargo. I hope to one day meet my hero, go to the Toronto International Film Festival, and compete on Jeopardy. Until then, I’m excited to share my love of film with you.

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