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Peter Quill loves the hits of the 1970s, sharing his passion for music with the other Guardians of the Galaxy. While filming Marvel’s original film, the actors even listened to songs to be used in final production. That includes “Cherry Bomb” by The Runaways. 

Marvel’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ features an ‘Awesome Mix’ soundtrack

Chris Pratt attends the 'Guardians of the Galaxy' photocall
Chris Pratt attends the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ photocall | Stuart Wilson/WireImage

With a talking raccoon, a walking tree, and a half-human half-god amongst them, the Guardians of the Galaxy are a unique group of superheroes. In their feature film and the subsequent sequel, though, these Marvel characters managed to save universe from impending doom. 

They even appeared when Thanos threatened to wipe out half of the population in Avengers: Infinity War. Despire their life-threatening missions, these characters manage make the best out of any situation with some music.

With Peter Quill’s passion for music in mind, director James Gunn included several hits of the 1970s to Marvel’s soundtrack. Whether Peter Quill is dancing to “Come And Get Your Love” or the guardians are strutting down a hallway to “Cherry Bomb,” these songs became fan-favorite additions to Marvel’s feature film. 

The ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ cast listened to Marvel soundtrack while filming

As with most Peter Quill moments, while the Guardians are preparing for their final battle against Ronan, they walk down a hallway together while “Cherry Bomb” by The Runaways plays in the background. With some additions to the official soundtrack chosen prior to filming, these actors were actually listening to this song during production.

“When you see the characters strutting down the hallway to ‘Cherry Bomb,’ they were actually strutting down the hallway to ‘Cherry Bomb,’” Gunn said during an interview with Vulture

“‘Ooh-Ooh-Child,’ ‘Hooked on a Feeling,’ ‘Come and Get Your Love,’ and more were all played on set by our marvelous sound team,” he added. “I find it helps the actors and the camera operators to find the perfect groove for the shot.”


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This bunch of a-holes returned for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which featured new hits chosen by Peter Quill’s mother. These songs were actually chosen intentionally by the Marvel team, helping to tell the story of Quill’s family. 

That includes “Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl)” by Looking Glass, which Ego used to justify his relationship with Meredith Quill. This “Awesome Mix” became available for streaming on most major music platforms. Disney even extended the music of Guardians of the Galaxy to their theme parks. 

Recently, Disney created Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind — an attraction exclusive to Walt Disney World’s EPCOT. The ride officially opens to the public on May 27 with six songs from the “Awesome Mix” playing during the experience. 

That includes “September” by Earth, Wind & Fire, “Disco Inferno” by The Trammps, “Conga” by Gloria Estefan, “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” by Tears for Fears, “I Ran” by A Flock of Seagulls, and “One Way or Another” by Blondie.