Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits theaters soon. While you have to wait a little while longer to see the Marvel sequel, you can now listen to the movie’s entire soundtrack.
The “Awesome Mix Vol. 2” has a number of popular licensed songs such as Norman Greenbaum’s “Spirit in the Sky” and “The Chain” by Fleetwood Mac. Also on the album are songs like “My Sweet Lord” by George Harrison, “Surrender” by Cheap Trick, and The Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back.”
According to Rolling Stone, the second Guardians of the Galaxy movie had a bigger budget, which allowed the producers to get better-known songs. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 starts with a scene set to Electric Light Orchestra’s “Mr. Blue Sky”–and it’s the “most hugely insane shot I’ve ever done,” Gunn told Rolling Stone.
“It’s the perfect song to start the movie,” says Gunn. “Because it’s really joyous, but there’s a really dark underpinning to it.”
Gunn explained that he thinks that if the Guardians had a house band, it would be ELO. He pushed hard to get the rights to “Mr. Blue Sky”–but it wasn’t easy. ELO singer Jeff Lynne approved a song for the first movie, but it was cut, which complicated the negotiating process for the sequel, apparently.
“We had to really fight to get the song, and I personally appealed to Jeff Lynne. I think we made him an offer he couldn’t refuse,” Gunn said.
Read the full Rolling Stone story here to hear directly from Gunn about the songs on the soundtrack and what they mean to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. You can listen to the soundtrack right now through the Spotify embed below.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits theaters on May 5; you can check out a trailer here. In addition, Telltale has released the first episode of its adventure game series based on the franchise–click here to read GameSpot’s review.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, and Kurt Russell. Recently, Gunn said the movie would have no fewer than five post-credit sequences.