Guardians of the Galaxy's Awesome Mix is now number one ... with a rocket

Contributed by
Aug 14, 2014, 2:57 PM EDT

Did you like the soft rock tunes of Guardian of the Galaxy, whose Awesome Mix Vol 1 made you sway to golden oldies like "Go All the Way" and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough?" Many of us did -- so much so that the soundtrack is now number one. But hey, it's not just number one with a bullet (which means it rapidly ascended the Billboard 100 chart) ... it's number one with a rocket. Or is that Rocket?

According to Billboard, Awesome Mix Volume 1 sold 109,000 copies last week. In addition,

The 12-song multi-artist collection follows Frozen as the second soundtrack to top the chart this year…. Guardians of the Galaxy is an especially notable No. 1 album because it is the first No. 1 soundtrack where the whole album is composed of previously released songs.

However, this isn't the film's only soundtrack. Guardians of the Galaxy has also released the original score, composed by Tyler Bates. 

One of the reasons this soundtrack is popular is because it's so subversive of expectations. Peter Quill is young boy in 1988, the year he's whisked away to the cooler part of the galaxy. Viewers probably expected the soundtrack to be filled with the bubblegum sounds of the late '80s. Certainly 1988 was filled with enough cheesy goodness for a lighthearted film like Guardians: Tiffany and Debbie Gibson were at their prime. George Michael made a respectable showing. Even Michael Jackson and Joan Jett (who sang "I Want You Back" and "Cherry Bomb," respectively) had chart toppers. And Rick Astley's 1987 hit "Never Gonna Give You Up" was surely on the cassettes of every preteen in Small Town U.S.A. 

But the songs collected on the Awesome Mix Vol 1 came from an earlier musical era, from 1967 to 1979. I was confused until grownup Peter explained it: This is the music he shared with his mother.

It might not be the most sophisticated soundtrack in sci-fi-dom (that title belongs to 2001: A Space Odyssey). But Awesome Mix Vol 1 is good enough for Baby Groot to dance to. And that's good enough for us.