There's is nothing that pumps me up quite like the irrepressible energy of a good movie soundtrack. When you get a good collection of songs together on one album, it can feel like you're actually living in the film the songs are a soundtrack for. So it's not tough to imagine that the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 soundtrack is a heroic collection compiled to help you channel your inner Starlord wherever you go. That said, some songs are more superhero-ready than others. I think it's only appropriate to create a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 soundtrack ranking based on how heroic the tracks make you feel.
Like the first Guardians film, the songs on the GOTG Vol. 2 soundtrack are a collection of songs from days gone by. Putting together a collection of pop and rock hits from the '60s, '70s, and '80s is no mean feat, but what about one that will make you feel like you can conquer your foes with the simple push of a Walkman's "Play" button? Now that's what I consider a damn fine soundtrack.
The GOTG Vol. 2 soundtrack has plenty of goodies on it, but it becomes clear very quickly that some songs are better suited for saving the day over others. If there's one thing we've learned from Starlord, it's that a the perfect song can really put you in the mood to do great things. It's far more likely that, while listening to the GOTG Vol. 2 soundtrack, your adrenaline will start pumping the minute you put "Flash Light" by Parliament on rotation as opposed to Cat Stevens' "Father and Son."
By the power of Starlord, let's investigate.
14. "Wham Bam Shang-A-Lang" By Silver
The smooth rock jam is indeed lovely. Contrary to the onomatopoeia in the title, this is a song better suited to creating the perfect chill-out vibe on a spaceship after saving the galaxy.
13. "Lake Shore Drive" By Aliotta Haynes Jeremiah
Alright, we're picking up the tempo a bit here. "Lake Shore Drive" is a good time in '70s rock fashion, but it's better suited for helping Rocket Racoon chill out after his temper gets the best of him.
12. "Southern Nights" By Glenn Campbell
With "Southern Nights," Glenn Campbell whips up images of a slower-paced, Southern life. It's a fun song and one I imagine Starlord listens to when he imagines what his life on Earth would have been like.
11. "Father And Son" By Cat Stevens
This is a sentimental song all the way. Probably best played if you're reuniting with your "Actually, I'm a planet"-dad after spending your life wondering where in the world he actually was; not when you're trying to save the galaxy.
10. "My Sweet Lord" By George Harrison
While you're cruising through the cosmos with your superhero squad, George Harrison's rather spiritual tune might be the best song to play. You can bop along, shine up your weapons, and maybe see if you can get Drax to sing along on a dare.
9. "Brandy (You're A Fine Girl)" By Looking Glass
Now we're talking. Try not to dance wildly to this song, I dare you. It's definitely the first song you pop on your Walkman when you're finding the courage to steal some well-guarded intergalactic goodies.
8. "Bring It On Home To Me" By Sam Cooke
Sam Cooke's tender, yearning tune will make you want to bring home the loot, that's for certain.
7. "Surrender" By Cheap Trick
Alright, now we're really getting footloose and fancy-free. With "Surrender" blasting, it'd be pretty tough not to feel like an invincible superhero who readily demands your enemies surrender to you.
6. "Mr. Blue Sky" By Electric Light Orchestra
Picture it: The battle is heating up. You need a boost of happiness to help you defeat your enemy as your strength wanes. What song do you blast on your beat-up Walkman as you make the final charge. "Mr. Blue Sky," of course.
5. "Come A Little Bit Closer" By Jay & The Americans
There's no way that Baby Groot doesn't shimmy around to this song as he deviously finds new ways to help his buddy Rocket Raccoon thwart some villains.
4. "Flash Light" By Parliament
This song is too funky, too hip, and too happenin' to resist. Even your the most evil of mercenaries will stop to jam out with you before you guys return to duking it out.
3. "Fox On The Run" By The Sweet
The lyrics are a bit goofy, but this song seriously rocks. It's be tough not to play the air guitar when you play it, but you'll probably be too occupied fighting off Ayesha's Sovereign horde in their menacing spaceships to really jam out.
2. "Guardians Inferno (feat. David Hasselhoff)" By The Sneepers
There's no hero quite like the Hoff. Let his powerful voice fuel you as you whip around the universe, reuniting with your favorite misfit superheroes.
1. "The Chain" By Fleetwood Mac
Because nothing is as epic as Fleetwood Mac with the volume turned up to 11.
Put on your headphones, kids. We've got a seriously cool soundtrack to listen to while we save the world. Again.