Predicting Guardians of the Galaxy’s Awesome Mix Vol 2


This week on Nerd Lunch we did our annual Nerdstradamus episode. We talked a lot of predictions, most of which will be crushed underfoot and proven wrong at the end of this year when we do Nerdstradamus again. Along with the predictions, instead of doing the over-under game we’ve done previously with Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Trek Beyond, we decided to try something different. We all tried to predict three songs we thought would show up on the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 soundtrack.

The first “Awesome Mix” had such a great selection of songs we wanted to try our hand at creating the next one.  To date, we had three possible songs that could show up on the soundtrack.  Fox on the Run by Sweet, Come a Little Bit Closer by Jay & the Americans and The Chain by Fleetwood Mac all showed up on trailers and teasers.  That doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll show up on the soundtrack or in the movie, but that’s at least a start and gives us an idea of where James Gunn is looking.

So using the three songs above and the 12 songs that showed up on the original soundtrack, I picked 12 songs that I think would make a great Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 soundtrack.  If you want to see my picks in a full YouTube playlist, check that out here.  CT has also selected 12 songs he thinks will be on the soundtrack.  You can check out his Awesome Mix Vol 2 right here.

Without further ado, here’s my song list.  The first three picks in this list are the songs I selected on the show.

Little River Band – Help is on the Way – I really wanted Little River Band on this album. Cool Change is a great song as is Lonesome Loser, but I think this track works the best for the movie.

The Guess Who – No Sugar Tonight – The Guess Who are pretty great and they kind of remind me of Sweet. This is such a great song.

The Hollies – Long Cool Woman – A good, bluesy rock song. As you can tell, this is sort of the vibe I was going for. Fuzzy, 70s type rock songs that I could close my eyes and imagine scenes from the upcoming movie.

Here are the 9 other songs on my own personal Awesome Mix Vol 2:

Steppenwolf – Magic Carpet Ride – I love this song. Sort of a great meandering rock and roll ride of a song. So good.

Stevie Wonder – Uptight Everything is Alright – Stevie is awesome and this is one of my favorite songs of his. I also wanted to get some 60s flavor in here similar to the Jackson 5 who showed up on the first soundtrack.

Three Dog Night – Shambala – Like Little River Band, I also thought I had to have Three Dog Night on this album. I was close to selecting Mama Told Me Not to Come, but thought that Shambala was a little better and it’s probably my fave song of theirs.

Heart – Barracuda – This party was turning into a sausage fest so I wanted to get some kick ass rock women in here similar to The Runaways on the previous soundtrack.

Nazareth – Hair of the Dog – Such a great 70s rock song and I feel like it was recorded so it could eventually be put on a Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack.

The Who – The Seeker – I love The Who but it was tough finding a song that wasn’t so iconic or used obviously before. Who Are You was originally my choice. Then Baba O’Riley. But I think this is my final choice. I like it because it’s a little more understated for the group and it’s just a good song.

Ram Jam – Black Betty – I just love this song. Period. And they mention Birmingham, AL. So double period.

Aretha Franklin – Think – Some more 60s flavor with the added bonus of again breaking up the sausage fest. I was very close to picking Chain of Fools, but I’m sticking with Think.  But the more I think about it, Chain of Fools keeps inching its way back into my list.

Elton John – Saturday Night’s Alright (for Fighting) – This is just a rowdy, rollicking song.  I’m a fan of Elton, but I especially like 70s-80s Elton John.

Those are my picks.  Love them or hate them.  I think this is a pretty great playlist regardless of if I’m right about any of these being in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2.  But I bet I’m right about a few of them.

Remember, check out CT’s Awesome Mix Vol 2 over at Nerd Lunch right now.


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