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Marvel has announced the much-anticipated soundtrack for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and it looks like James Gunn and the Guardians crew have outdone themselves, with an impressive and eclectic set list that truly earns the name “Awesome Mix.”

The second film’s mix includes more rock music, including from the 1970s, and several of the songs aren’t really well known. There’s a reason for that. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Gunn said many of the songs are personal favorites from his childhood, including “Lake Shore Drive” by Aliotta Haynes Jeremiah (a regional hit from the Chicagoland area), while others were obscure ones suggested by fans (like Silver’s only hit song). Gunn said most of the songs were selected to serve specific scenes or characters— for example, he added “My Sweet Lord” by George Harrison to relate to Star-Lord’s father, Ego.

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We already knew about a few of the songs from their use in previous trailers, like “Fox on the Run” by Sweet (which isn’t actually in the movie), but some of the others are pleasant surprises. For example, I’m always happy to see some Electric Light Orchestra representation, even if “Mr. Blue Sky” isn’t my favorite song of theirs (though it’s one of Gunn’s). Surprisingly, David Bowie’s “Suffragette City” isn’t on the playlist, even though it was featured in one of the trailers. It’s especially notable since Bowie was on the first film’s soundtrack. In fact, none of the artists from the first soundtrack are on the second one. That’s likely on purpose.

However, the biggest surprise has to be the final song on the mix: “Guardians Inferno” by The Sneepers... featuring David Hasselhoff. Gunn said this is an original song for the film, co-written by Gunn and score composer Tyler Bates. He called it the Guardians’ version of Meco’s disco Star Wars theme, and said they recruited Hasselhoff for it because he’s one of Peter Quill’s childhood icons. The Sneepers are a race of aliens in the Marvel universe, but it’s unclear whether they’ll actually be in the movie or if it’s just an Easter egg mention for Marvel fans. The soundtrack comes out on Friday. Here’s the list typed out.

  1. “Mr. Blue Sky” — Electric Light Ochestra
  2. “Fox on the Run” — Sweet
  3. “Lake Shore Drive” —Aliotta Haynes Jeremiah
  4. “The Chain” —Fleetwood Mac
  5. “Bring It On Home To Me” —Sam Cooke
  6. “Southern Nights” —Glen Campbell
  7. “My Sweet Lord” —George Harrison
  8. “Brandy (You’re A Fine Girl)” — Looking Glass
  9. “Come A Little Bit Closer” — Jay and the Americans
  10. “Wham Bam Shang-A-Lang” — Silver
  11. “Surrender” — Cheap Trick
  12. “Father and Son” — Cat Stevens
  13. “Flash Light” — Parliament
  14. “Guardians Inferno” — The Sheepers feat. David Hasselhoff

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