Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Provides Fantastic Rock and Roll Soundtrack

In 2014, the film Guardians of the Galaxy gained fame not only for its impressive cast (such as Chris Pratt and Bradley Cooper) but for its soundtrack featuring hit pop and rock and roll songs from the 1960’s, 70’s, and 80’s (ex. “Hooked on a Feeling,” “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “I Want You Back”).

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which hit theatres on May 5th, delivers another rocking soundtrack.

The album begins with “Mr. Blue Sky” by Electric Light Orchestra, which plays during a hilarious scene in the opening credits as Baby Groot dances around a platform while the rest of the Guardians fight a monster. The song is already an all-time summer classic, but the scene makes it even better (you'll have to watch the film or find a clip on YouTube to see the scene for yourself).

Other stellar rock songs on the soundtrack include “Fox on the Run” by Sweet (which is featured in the movie's trailer), “Lake Shore Drive” by Aliotta Haynes Jeremiah, and “Surrender” by Cheap Trick.  

In addition, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 throws it way back to 1964 with “Come A Little Bit Closer” by Jay & The Americans and to former Beatles guitarist George Harrison’s “My Sweet Lord.”

Despite the magnitude of classic songs, I think the two best songs on this album have to be “Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl)” by Looking Glass and “Father & Son” by Cat Stevens.

Unlike the previous songs on the soundtrack, I had never heard these two before. However, each won me over by being both amazing songs in their own right and being used to perfection in the movie. The soft yet catchy melodies of “Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl)” make it addictive to listen to.

Still, the ultimate best track on the album is “Father & Son.” This Stevens hit diverges from the predominantly upbeat, rock and roll vibes of the rest of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Nevertheless, the acoustic guitar chords and sentimental lyrics create a masterpiece.

I highly recommend seeing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 in theatres and at least checking out its awesome soundtrack.