‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Tops Billboard Charts

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(Courtesy of Marvel Entertainment)

(Courtesy of Marvel Entertainment)

By Brian Ives 

They could have called it “NOW That’s What My Parents Called Music,” but the accurately titled Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) has struck a chord with its plethora of hits from the ’60s and ’70s, as the album debuts on the Billboard charts at number one this week.

The film topped the box office charts the week of its release, grossing over $94 million in its first weekend, and has grossed a total of $176 million so far.

An unlikely sales success, the album is actually based on a mixed tape (that’d be a cassette) that the main character — Chris Pratt’s Peter Quill (also known, with tongue in cheek, as Star-Lord) — plays in his Walkman. The tape, which appears in the film’s trailers, includes ’70s hits like Blue Suede’s “Hooked on a Feeling,” the Rasberries’ “Go All The Way” and Elvin Bishop’s “Fooled Around and Fell In Love,” as well as a few ’60s gems like the Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell’s “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.”

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