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‘Guardians’ and Beyond: 5 Great Family-Friendly Movie Soundtracks

“I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I’m hooked on a feeling…”

If you’ve seen Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, then probably at this very moment you have “Hooked on a Feeling,” that 1974 ditty by the one hit wonder Blue Swede, stuck in your head. Or perhaps you’re humming Redbone’s “Come and Get Your Love” or maybe Elvin Bishop’s “Fooled Around and Fell in Love.”

One thing’s for sure, long after seeing Guardians of the Galaxy, the songs featured on the “Awesome Mix Tape Volume One” that Star-Lord listens to will be firmly embedded in your mind’s musical catalog.

The soundtrack is – to put it simply – totally rockin’. The boss tune-age plays a huge role in the film, not just in helping set the style and feel of the movie but also in the narrative. It is filled with power and a few power ballads. I predict that Star-Lord’s “Awesome Mix Tape Volume One” will be HUGE for us earthlings, turning our kids into aficionados of old-school rock. This got me thinking; what are some other movie soundtracks that feature killer classic tunes that the whole family will love? Here are five picks to download and rock out to:

Pulp Fiction
First, this is not, I repeat, NOT a family-friendly film. In fact, I won’t let my daughter see it until she is like, 30. But the soundtrack? It’s awesome for all ages. You’ll just want to skip the tracks that are purely dialogue from the movie as they contain some R-rated language. The 20-year-old soundtrack (yes, this movie is 20 YEARS OLD) features “Misirlou” by surf guitar god Dick Dale, Dusty Springfield’s beautiful “Son Of A Preacher Man” and Urge Overkill’s cover of Neil Diamond’s “Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon.”

 



Pretty in Pink
At the time, these were not oldies. The songs of the John Hughes classic were totally contemporary. But now, the soundtrack is a time capsule of ‘80s new wave. Echo & The Bunnymen, New Order, INXS and the hit song “Pretty in Pink” by the Psychedelic Furs totally capture the era.

 

Rushmore
Wes Anderson has a knack for including awesome songs on his soundtracks. It was hard to choose my favorite, but Rushmore is a fun one to keep on replay. It includes songs like “Making Time,” by the obscure ‘60s group Creation, “Nothing in This World Can Stop Me Worrin' Bout That Girl” by the Kinks, and a couple of great Cat Stevens tunes.

 

Boogie Nights
This is yet another movie that my daughter can’t see for decades, but the soundtrack to this film is a great snapshot of ‘70s and ‘80s hits. Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up (Pt.1)”, The Chakachas’s “Jungle Fever” and Night Ranger’s “Sister Christian” will totally get the dance party started.

 

Wayne’s World
When it was released in 1992, Wayne’s World was responsible for introducing Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” to a whole new generation. And that wasn’t the only song the comedy movie made big again. Tia Carrere’s cover of Sweet’s “Ballroom Blitz,” Gary Wright’s “Dream Weaver” and Jimi Hendrix’s “Foxy Lady” all were hits with movie watchers, turning them into fans of the music.

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