John Murphy did the original score for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. While the soundtrack might be a highly publicized part of the film, the score is just as important for building atmosphere, tension, and helping guide the audience along with the movie.

Guardians of the Galaxy score

The CD and digital versions of the score are already available for purchase, but you can buy the vinyl of the soundtrack starting May 5th, and even a cassette version starting July 7th. The soundtrack features 17 songs from all different eras of music from the 60’s to the 2000’s.

Here’s what James Gunn had to say about the soundtrack and picking songs:

 “I was never confident in it until I did the first screenings and people reacted so well to it,” says the filmmaker. “I kept changing what the music was going to be in the script. I knew that we had the Zune, so I knew that it was going to be off that, and I could’ve stuck with all seventies music like in the first two movies. I could’ve moved on and just done eighties or I could’ve done just nineties, because there’s a lot of good spacey Brit pop from the nineties. In the end, I decided that I was going to do a mix of different types of music and hope that it didn’t fight each other.”

You can read more about James Gunn’s process for picking songs and what he had to say about the movie from the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 press conference last week!

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