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Nerdist Playlist: Here’s What We Hope is on Peter Quill’s Awesome Mix Vol. 2

Nerdist Playlist: Here’s What We Hope is on Peter Quill’s Awesome Mix Vol. 2

Spoilers below. Be good to yourself and go see Guardians if you haven’t!

America is hooked on a feeling (Ooga Chaka!). Peter Quill’s Awesome Mix Vol. 1 from Guardians of the Galaxy just officially topped the Billboard 200 chart at the #1 spot while Star-Lord, Groot, and the rest of the Guardian gang continue to slay in the box office.

The final scene of Guardians of the Galaxy is one of those gloriously triumphant scenes, wherein we feel satisfied with narrative, but also prepared for the sequel and all the action that will entail. The real cliff-hanger, however, is what will be on Peter Quill’s Awesome Mix Vol. 2. The music was such a significant stylistic device and narrative mechanism through which to understand Quill as a sympathetic character. In short, we are dying to know what will be on that cassette tape.

After a very serious and formal office poll (lol), we have compiled a wish-list/projection playlist about the ’60s and ’70s rock and soul gems we are hoping Peter Quill’s mom put on the Awesome Mix Vol. 2. We also had some help from this interview with James Gunn about how he approached the soundtrack. We already know that “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” will appear on the upcoming mixtape, but the rest of the playlist was guesswork about how groovy a lady Meredith Quill was. Though Star-Lord is an ’80s kid, we expanded upon the same era of soul, smooth rock, and somewhat underrated pop that was explored on Vol. 1 (so sad that Flock Of Seagulls’ “Space Age Love Song” is D/Q’ed right off the bat, but maybe there will be a certain Doctor Who playlist in the future where it will find a cozy space-home).

Below you will find a f*cking rad playlist that we can see soundtracking Gamora-Quill sexual tension, valiant yet self interested displays of heroism, and of course, sing-along diversions that our heroes will hopefully be able to use against Thanos.

What songs do you think absolutely have to be on the Awesome Mix Vol. 2? Sound off on the comments below and let us know on Twitter!

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  1. furrball says:

    Since “She Works Hard For The Money” was released in 1983, that sort of DQ’s it, doesn’t it? (Awwwww….)

  2. Annie says:

    i just found one that would have worked on Vol. 1 but i guess it’d fit if we find out who Star-Lord’s dad is too. BJ Thomas: Rock and Roll Lullaby.

  3. Mike says:

    Eli’s Coming – Three Dog NightRun, Run, Run – Jo Jo GunneCherry Baby – Starz

  4. Tony says:

    Tony’s 2 Cents on this:
    1. His mother made the Vol 1 mix because it is the same handwriting on the cassette. That said, the songs are fun for a child, or, as in the case of The 5 Stairsteps “Ooh Child” – more like a Mother to Son song.

    2. Vol 2 – Mom is dying and Peter is older – you would think she would put songs she wants him to know for his manhood, or to speak to him from the grave with some advice for teens, etc. (Wild World by Cat Stevens, I’ll Be There by The Jackson 5 come to mind)

    3. Judging from her taste on Vol 1. – obscure Joe Walsh, Lou Reed and New York Dolls would not be on the list. These are a group of favorite songs by Nerdist staffers talking in the break room and no thought went into this list at all.

  5. medicinall says:

    Tusk by Fleetwood Mac

  6. PotatoeGuru says:

    Anything by Boston. but these seems tailor-made 

  7. kluu says:

    This is better than most lists I have seen. I would still have a few different but everyone has their favorites.

  8. Christopher says:

    I think you’re forgetting that “I want you back” by Jackson five was on vol. 2

  9. Snarktwain says:

    “Stay With Me”-Faces”Hello, It’s Me”- Todd Rundgren”Beast Of Burden”-The Rolling Stones

  10. Dana Peters-Taylor says:

    Couldn’t get it right- Climaxx Blues Band, The things we do for Love- 10CC, Do Ya- The Move, Hot Child in the City- Nick Gilder, Ebony Eyes – Bob Welsh…..oh I could go on and on…..

  11. Paul Stanley says:

    Love Gun 

  12. Rick says:

    Dave Dobbyn, “Slice of Heaven”

  13. Cubby says:

    The Joe Walsh song should be “Life’s Been Good” oh and “Afternoon Delight”.

  14. Starchud says:

    Baba O’Riley – The Who.

  15. Silas_Rose says:

         Heh… Some “Cats in the Cradle” might set a decent mood prior to Quill meeting his father (If they plan to utilize that character in the sequel). Perhaps even use “Treat Her Like A Lady” by the Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose to expand upon Quills’ perception of a meaningful relationship. Pretty much any song that could loosely reflect certain elements, but allows the score to be the dominant force in expressing the mood.
        Include some 60’s rock like “Gimme Some Lovin’ ” by the Spencer Davis Group or “White Room” by Creme. Not to forget that forgotten classic “Tin Soldier” by the Small Faces featuring P. P. Arnold. Just to diversify the listening experience in a fashion comparable to a disc jockey of that late 70’s era, without that obnoxious personality. xD

  16. MrSpakle says:

    Baby baby baby-Beiber

  17. Cosmicpower1 says:

    Star man – david Bowie, just the way you are – billy joel

  18. andyfrahm says:

    If “Don’t Pull Your Love” by Hamilton, Joe Frank and Reynolds isn’t on there I’ll be surprised

  19. Leephus says:

    The Stroke – Billy Squire

  20. DavId says:

    Our love is alive….by Gary Wright

  21. John Smith says:

    born in the USA.  springsteen.  I hate that dude, but it’s an apt song for Star Lord and it was a 1985 hit.  Also ‘everybody wants to rule the world’ tears for fears.

  22. Janah says:

    Okay, I wasn’t born in the 80’s so I’m sorry if I don’t have a lot of songs for Awesome Mix. Vol 2 wish-list. Here are my picks:Barry White – You’re My First, My Last, My EverythingGuns N’ Roses – Don’t Cry Arctic Monkeys – Baby I’m Yours (2006 cover)Slade – Cum on feel the noize Bee Gees – Stayin’ Alive The Beatles – Don’t Let Me Down Aerosmith – Dream On Bob Marley – Is This Love 

  23. Chris says:

    Another Girl Another Planet by The Only Ones. Great song and really fits the film. The lyrics could describe Quill or (possibly) his father.

  24. CaptainRandom says:

    I think Boogie Fever and Hustle would be there

  25. Robyn says:

    I would be really excited if Todd Rundgren makes an appearance in the next film.  Being born in 80 I have no concept of how ubiquitous he was in the 70’s (in terms of Gunn wanting those tracks people know but may not have immediate artist name recognition).  My dad played all this stuff growing up and I love Something/Anything? so much. 

  26. David says:

    What about Burnin’ for you by Blue Oyster Cult?  Or some Marvin Gaye?   How about a taste of honey with Love Rollercoaster?

  27. Jens V. says:

    Some jimi hendrix wouldn’t hurt 😉 (i’d recommend: all along the watchtower)

  28. Guest says:

    How about, sparks: this town ain’t big enough for the both of us? I’m thinking songs that set a scene :)

  29. gabbie says:

    Sweet: wig wam bam Ray charles: iv got a woman 

  30. Ezra Cubero says:

    Some of the tracks I really wanna hear on there are:

    “How Deep Is Your Love” – The Bee Gees
    “Mr. Blue Sky” – Electric Light Orchestra”Boogie Wonderland” – Earth, Wind & Fire”Magic” – Pilot”Isn’t She Lovely” – Stevie Wonder”Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” – Michael Jackson
    I know this one’s cutting it close since it’s the early 80’s but I still would wanna hear “Electric Avenue” by Eddy Grant.

  31. i hope that the ‘Awesome Mix vol 2’ reflects what his mother wants to instill in him, since she told him not to open the gift until she’s gone. His real father was a space traveler and depending on what series arc they go on, he just might be a prince of one of the worlds. Space Odyssey by Bowie and a shit ton of upbeat tunes (since she wouldn’t want him dwelling on her death) but, a torch song from Motown maybe Etta James – I’d rather go blind just might be in order!!

  32. Dom says:

    “I’ll Be Around” by Detroit Spinners

  33. Paul says:

    “Sunny” by Bobby Hebb

  34. Paul says:

    definitely “Still the Same” by Bob Seger

  35. Devon Wong says:

    Avoiding any repeated artists from mix #1…

    “Too Late” – Mandrill

    “Can You Get to That” – Funkadelic

    “The Killing Moon” – Echo and the Bunnymen
    “Hanging on the Telephone” – Blondie

    “Spoonful” – Howlin Wolf

    “Oh Daddy” – Fleetwood Mac (given that the film will feature a search for Starlord’s Pops)

    “Diving Duck Blues” – Taj Mahal

    “I Need a Man” – Eurythmics

    “Movin’ Out” – Billy Joel

    “Life During Wartime” Talking Heads

    “The Passenger” – Iggy Pop

    “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” – Tears for Fears

    “Sinnerman” – Nina Simone

    “Do It Again” – Steely Dan

    Aaaaand sooooo many others.