If you’ve seen either of the James Gunn movies then you’ll know that eighties music is pretty important to Star Lord, so here’s a rundown of the Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy music for anyone looking to build their own playlist from it. The game’s songs is a list of epic tracks from some of the most totally awesome bands and artists from the 1980’s, so it’s a pretty good music history lesson starter for anyone that’s interested.
We’ll throw in a little info about the song and artist for each of the tracks to point you in the right direction. We’ll also try to pinpoint what part of the game the song appears in, so that you’ll be able to match it up a little easier with your own playthrough of the third person action adventure shooter.Advertisement A big part of the music for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is linked to the team huddle moves that Quill unleashes in battle.
Some of them have been teased in either the launch trailer or gameplay footage for the game, so for any that featured in the trailers, there’s more details below and we’ll update things when the game gets its release on the 26th October 2021.
Launch trailer song
If you’ve seen the launch trailer then you might be hooked on the song without knowing what it is or who it’s by. It’s a classic eighties rock hit called Kickstart My Heart and it’s by American heavy metal band, Mötley Crüe, who still remain active as a band, which is pretty impressive seeing as they formed way back in 1981.Advertisement The song was released in 1989 on their fifth studio album, Dr. Feelgood, and it’s a rush of metal with heavy guitars and a killer opening. You can see it in full with the official song video from the band below, which has racked up a massive 40m views on YouTube, and we’re expecting that to take a jump once Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy comes out.
The song is also on the trailer for Battlefield 2042, so it’s going to be a big year for Mötley Crüe.
If you recognise the band, but you’re not too sure where from, drummer Tommy Lee is pretty famous for his romantic relationships. He was married to Melrose Place actress Heather Locklear (yes, there is a god… Heather be thy name), as well as Baywatch original, Pamela Anderson. He’s currently hitched to Vine front runner Brittany Furlan.
Official reveal trailer songAdvertisement The launch trailer was far from the first we saw of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, with the game getting its official reveal back in June 2021 with the official trailer. It featured the song Holding Out For A Hero by Bonnie Tyler and it’s pretty much the only music on the trailer.
The song was recorded by the Welsh singer for the soundtrack for Footloose in 1984 and went on to be included on her 6th studio album, Secret Dreams and Forbidden Fire.
It’s not the only trailer of 2021 to include it as the main music, as it also featured on the promo for Netflix cartoon, Masters of the Universe: Revelation. You may have also heard it in the second episode of another Marvel hit, Loki, on Disney+.
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Other Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy trailer songs and gameplay music
In and among all of the gameplay videos, trailers and promotional info from developers Eidos Montreal and publisher Square Enix we’ve been able to put together the list below of licensed music and songs that will feature in the game. It looks like the score is going to be a big part of the make-up of the Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy gameplay with the Team Huddle moves, so it’s going to be interesting to see which songs result in the most epic destruction.
Take On Me by A-ha
Classic synth pop from Norwegian geniuses, A-ha, which came out in 1984. It picked up the number 1 spot on the US Billboard chart thanks largely to the brilliance of the music video, which spliced live action with cartoon comic strip drawings (check it out below). An acoustic version of the song was sung by Ellie in The Last of Us Part II and Just Cause 4 doffed its cap to the track with a great Easter egg in 2018.
The Final Countdown by Europe
More continental influence here with Europe’s 1986 song, The Final Countdown. It was the opening single from their third album, which was also called The Final Countdown. It’s been used a lot in TV and film over the year, but our favourite was in Arrested Development where Gob had it as the magical backing song for his yacht trick.
Every 1’s a Winner by Hot Chocolate
This disco classic came out in 1978, so clearly Peter Quill’s mix tapes are going to go back further than the 1980s for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy game. It was released on the album of the same name, which was the British soul band’s third studio record.
I Love It Loud by KissAdvertisement More heavy metal gets in on the Marvel’s GOTG action with the American rockers’ anthem hit. It came out in 1982 on their 10th studio album, Creatures of the Night. It’s probably the least well known track on our list of songs from the game, but it’s a favourite of the senior audio director at Eidos Montreal, Steve Szczepkowski.
He also recorded tracks for Star Lord’s band, so keep an ear out for them too.
Cars by Gary Newman
British new wave electro mastermind Gary Newman smashed out another gem with Cars in 1979 from his debut album, The Pleasure Principle. He’s a bit of a legend and very self-effacing if you bowl up to him at an award ceremony, say, after one too many shandies, and try to tell him just that. His back catalogue is well worth taking a listen to.
Bad Reputation by Joan Jett and the Backhearts
Joan Jett’s anti-establishment rock hit fits very well with the Guardians of the Galaxy and from what we’ve seen of the game it looks like it’s definitely going to be one of the signature huddle songs. It has previously featured on everything from Kickass and Shrek to Freaks and Geeks and 10 Things I Hate About You.
We’ll update the songs list when Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy releases, but for now, don’t forget to check out our computer games section to keep tabs on the game, or visit the Square Enix website at https://guardiansofthegalaxy.square-enix-games.com/en-gb/.