The official soundtrack for Guardians of the Galaxy just reached number one on the Billboard 200. Accomplishing a number of firsts for the Marvel blockbuster. Star-Lord would be proud, and Groot...He'd be dancing.
According to Billboard, between its July 29th release and August 10th, the collection of late ’60s and ’70s songs has sold 169,000 copies. On Gunn’s official Facebook page, he posted a humorous reaction after getting word of the enormous success over the film’s soundtrack:
1. Blue Swede – Hooked on a Feeling
2. Raspberries – Go All the Way
3. Norman Greenbaum – Spirit in the Sky
4. David Bowie – Moonage Daydream
5. Elvin Bishop – Fooled Around and Fell in Love
6. 10Cc – I’m Not in Love
7. Jackson 5 – I Want You Back
8. Redbone – Come and Get Your Love
9. The Runaways – Cherry Bomb
10. Rupert Holmes – Escape (The Pina Colada Song)
11. The Five Stairsteps – O-O-H Child
12. Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrell – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
The only one that's not actually featured in the movie is "Spirit in the Sky" by Norman Greenbaum, though it was featured heavily throughout Guardians of the Galaxy's marketing campaign. Perhaps we'll see some deleted scenes featuring the tune when the movie hits DVD and Blu-ray?
When the first trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy debuted in the spring, it rocketed Blue Swede's "Hooked on a Feeling" to the top of the Billboard charts. James Gunn and crew have created an unlikely summer hit list. Who would have guessed just a couple of years ago that a comic-book movie's OST would become the number one album in America? The soundtrack contains nothing but hits, generating an amazing mix of classic oldies hard to resist, especially running off the energy of the film itself.
At the end of the movie, Peter Quill discovers that his mother left him and "Awesome Mix, Vol. 2", which features Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell's "Ain’t No Mountain High Enough" as the first track. We can only hope that when James Gunn tackles Guardians of the Galaxy 2, he'll approach it with the same gusto he did for the first. Now get out and dance to "Come and Get Your Love" by Redbone already!
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