We now have two glorious volumes of Guardians of the Galaxy soundtracks featuring some deep cuts from the 1960s and 1970s. Those two albums are great, but there is so much great music from that period that I got to wondering what else might be on Peter Quill’s mixtapes. If you just can’t get enough of that Guardians vibe then here are a few recommendations for singles you can purchase digitally and throw on your Guardians playlist.
“Serenade” by Steve Miller Band. Released 1976.
This tune has such a perfect volume 1 vibe that I’m honestly a bit surprised it wasn’t featured in the movie. The lyrics in particular make this a no brainer for Guardians.
“Xanadu” by Olivia Newton-John and Electric Light Orchestra. Released 1980.
Part of the soundtrack for the titular musical, Xanadu the song became a global hit. The same can not be said for the film.
“We’ll Sing in the Sunshine” by Helen Reddy. Released 1978.
The fact that there is no Helen Reddy on either Guardians soundtrack is to my way of thinking a big omission, but an understandable one. Reddy is a first wave feminism icon and both Peter Quill and the songs on his mix tapes are – let’s face it – pretty sexist. If you don’t agree then listen to “Fox on the Run,” “Escape (The Piña Colada Song),” or “Come a Little Bit Closer.” This isn’t a criticism because these songs fit with Quill’s character. “We’ll Sing in the Sunshine” is a Helen Reddy song that I think fits. Originally released a decade earlier by songwriter Gale Garnett, Helen Reddy also found success with her version, which I find superior.
“Dancing Queen” by ABBA. Released 1976.
It’s “Dancing Queen.” Do I really need to explain this one?
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