Retrospective Review: Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1

The cover art from Awesome Mix Vol. 1, takes inspiration from Peter Quill’s Walkman.
      Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 was released in 2014 and is one of the most unlikely successes in the history of movie soundtracks. This album includes songs that were featured in the Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) film or in the film’s trailers.
      Every song on this album was released in the 1960s and 1970s. The most recent song on this album was released in 1979. Most of the songs on this album were all popular on A.M. radio during this time period. The only two exceptions to this rule are ‘Cherry Bomb’ by one of the first prominent all female hard rock bands The Runaways and ‘Moonage Daydream’ by David Bowie which was on the concept album Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.
      Despite the fact that these songs were top ten hits when they were released, many of these songs like ‘Hooked on a Feeling’, ‘Come and Get Your Love’, and ‘I’m Not in Love’ fell into obscurity prior to 2014. Guardians of the Galaxy introduced these songs to a new generation.  All of these songs have been downloaded, streamed, or viewed on YouTube millions of times. As a result, Guardians of the Galax: Awesome Mix Vol. 1, went to number one on the Billboard 200, making it the first film soundtrack made up of previously released material to top the chart. The album would later be certified Platinum in the United States, meaning that it had sold over one million copies.
       The songs on this album perfectly compliment the events of the film and remind the audience that Peter Quill A.KA. Star-Lord is still connected to Earth despite being lightyears away.

       Overall, the songs on this album will remain popular for many decades to come because they will forever be associated with the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise.