Sunday, May 26, 2024

Pop Chart: “Guardians” Soundtrack Hits of the 70s Beats Today’s Music, Is Number 1


It’s either the effect of “Guardians of the Galaxy” being such a big hit– or– people are really digging hearing good music. Either way, the soundtrack to that movie– aka “Awesome Mix Tape Vol 1” is number 1 this week. The soundtrack sold 158K copies and trounced music from today– the debut release from Five Seconds of Summer, a NOW compilation of recent hits, and groups called Spoon and Godsmack. Not bad.

What’s on that soundtrack? Here’s the track list:

2. “Go All the Way” Performed by Raspberries
3. “Spirit in the Sky”* Performed by Norman Greenbaum
4. “Moonage Daydream” Performed by David Bowie
5. “Fooled Around and Fell in Love” Performed by Elvin Bishop
6. “I’m Not in Love” Performed by 10cc
7. “I Want You Back” Performed by Jackson 5
8. “Come and Get Your Love” Performed by Redbone
9. “Cherry Bomb” Performed by The Runaways
10. “Escape (The Piña Colada Song)” Performed by Rupert Holmes
11. “O-O-H Child” Performed by The Five Stairsteps
12. “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” Performed by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell

If you like this stuff, look up the rest of the music by these groups. The Raspberries were Eric Carmen’s group. They had other hits worth listening to including “Overnight Sensation” and “Let’s Pretend.” Norman Greenbaum never had another hit, and pretty much disappeared. “Ooh Ooh Child” is played regularly on oldies stations. 10 cc was a great, unique band. Their other big hit was “The Things We Do for Love.” The Runaways morphed into Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. The Jackson 5 and David Bowie, Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell– self explanatory.

In new music news, circle Sept 23rd for Jennifer Hudson’s long awaited “JHud” album. Details are coming. Hopefully, there are some big catchy ballads to showcase her amazing voice.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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