If you’ve seen a preview for Guardians of the Galaxy, chances are you’ve heard some of the phenomenal music included on the soundtrack. From the insanely catchy Hooked on a Feeling featured in the first teaser, to the fresh funk of Spirit in the Sky in the second trailer, we can all agree that the soundtrack is pretty much a guaranteed hit no matter how well the movie does (and the movie will do extremely well).


As you can tell by both the cover for the album and the trailers, the music in the movie comes from this particular cassette tape. The tape’s owner is Peter Jason Quill, a.k.a. Star-Lord (Chris Pratt). He made the mix-tape as a child on Earth before he left on the adventure that awaits us on the on the big screen. I, like many others around my age, made mix-tapes as a kid. Recording songs off the radio, copying songs off other tapes using two tape players, and even using my Home Alone Talkboy as the recording device. After my pal Mark created his personal galactic mix in the vein of Guardians of the Galaxy, I was left with a question: what would my Awesome Mix Vol. 1 entail if I left Earth to engage on cosmic antics before I hit my teenage years?

Wonder no more! After painstaking research, and some light self-hypnosis, I came up with my very own Awesome Mix Vol. 1! And thanks to the wonders of the future (a.k.a. Spotify) I have compiled a playlist of what the twelve-year-old me would have taken with him on an interstellar journey. Take a listen below:

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Here’s a quick breakdown if you can’t (or just don’t want to) listen to the mix:

1: Chantilly Lace – The Big Bopper:

2: Whip It – Devo

3: Lil’ Red Riding Hood – Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs

4: I Get Around – The Beach Boys

5: Jump in the Line – Harry Belafonte

6: King Tut – Steve Martin

7: You May Be Right – Billy Joel

8: Particle Man – They Might Be Giants

9: Mother – The Police

10: Bad, Bad Leroy Brown – Jim Croce

11: Kung Fu Fighting – Carl Douglas

12: Dare to Be Stupid – “Weird Al” Yankovic

13: It’s My Party – Lesley Gore

14: Thriller – Michael Jackson

15: Ghostbusters – Ray Parker Jr.

16: Wipe Out – The Surfaris

Obviously, I’m nowhere near as cool as Peter Quill is. I was and still am a nerd. I love these songs, and diving back into my past to find these tunes I grew up with has been an absolute blast. It brought back some childhood memories I thought had been lost forever. Seeing correlations between my favorites as a kid and my current favorites is pretty damn cool. Jim Croce’s Bad, Bad Leroy Brown is a precursor to the love I have for Roland The Headless Thompson Gunner by Warren Zevon. When I discovered the wide expanse of surf guitar in my early twenties, I was really rediscovering Wipe Out.

The go-to personal audio device for kicking ass in outer space.

Now here comes the challenge: using what your momma gave you (and the Internet), create a playlist of songs you loved before you reached the age of thirteen. The only restriction? You can’t exceed what would fit on a standard cassette tape. That’s 30 minutes a side for a 60 minute total. Fill it with boy bands, silly songs, and whatever you spent your time on the playground listening to and then post it in the comment field below for everyone to see, hear, and enjoy.

And when you’re done, go see Guardians of the Galaxy.