Hey, James Gunn, we know you’re busy working on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and you’ve got a lot on your plate, what with putting together those playlists for Star Lord, so allow us to make a mix tape for our OTHER favorite Guardians. This week’s installment of Superhero Playlist tackles the dynamic duo of the Marvel Cosmos: Groot, the giant, tree-like alien of little words and his long-time pal Rocket, the anthropomorphic raccoon with a knack for smack talking, explosives, and big guns. We all know that Star Lord has one of the greatest mix-tapes in cinematic history, but we thought Rocket and Groot deserved their own playlist, filled with several new and old songs, all paying tribute to their crazy partnership. Just sit right back, buckle up, and listen as we take you on a sonic journey through space.
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“Here I Go Again” by Whitesnake, 1982
Let’s get things started with a classic rock power ballad, “Here I Go Again” by Whitesnake to be exact. Rocket and Groot are the only creatures of their kind. Lyrics like, “Like a drifter, I was born to walk alone,” definitely fit the mold when we picture the lifestyle that this duo has taken on. They are only looking out for themselves, and whenever the going gets tough, they just pack up and move to the next planet.
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“Shadows and Tall Trees” by U2, 1980
“Back to the cold restless streets at night, I talk to myself about tomorrow night.” What goes through Groot’s head, exactly? Rocket seems to be the only one who can decipher any meaning past the humble, “I am Groot.” Being the last of his kind, we assume there might be some loneliness within that lovable, quiet mind of his. “Shadows and Tall Trees” really seems fitting for a character like Groot.
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“Legend of the Spaceborne Killer” by Crobot, 2014
You know, it’s pretty tough to find a killer song about space aliens, but this song was perfect for our list. The new rock sound that Crobot brings to their music — mixed with some intense lyrics about intergalactic killers — really got us picturing a Groot and Rocket montage in our heads. “Is it half bird, half bot, or half alien? I don’t know but he’s got something in his hand!”
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“The Roots is Comin’” by The Roots, 1993
Give Groot a shout-out with this track, the very first song on The Roots’ discography. It really needs no explanation, but we know Groot can use those roots and branches to do some damage on the battlefield. Enemies of the Guardians of the Galaxy beware…”the roots is comin’.”
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“Rocket Man” by Elton John, 1972
Sometimes, you can’t help but feel bad for Rocket and Groot. They’re the last of their kinds, and you know…“it’s lonely out in space.” With company like Gamora, Drax, and Star Lord; these two loners finally have a little family of their own. They may be a ragtag bunch of heroes, but that’s why we love the Guardians. This gang sticks together.
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“Big Gun” by AC/DC, 1992
It might have originated with one of our favorite action films, Last Action Hero, but this AC/DC song perfectly describes Rocket Raccoon’s weapon of choice. Rocket is a fan of large weapons, and never lets his small stature get in the way of packing a large punch. “Get in his way, you’re dead in his sights. Big gun, number one.”
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“Rocky Raccoon” by The Beatles, 1968
Admittedly, this song isn’t actually about a raccoon, and definitely not a space story. No, it’s actually about a young boy in Dakota. With a title like that though, how could we resist? Plus, we can’t ignore a great Beatles song when it comes our way. “Rocky had come equipped with a gun, to shoot off the legs of his rival.” That definitely sounds like something Rocket would do.
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“Wanted Dead or Alive” by Bon Jovi, 1986
Instead of picturing someone riding a motorcycle, think about the possibility that the “steel horse” is actually a space ship. And these space cowboys have a tendency to be wanted, dead or alive. Rocket and Groot are outlaws, and their story, while unique to the Marvel Cosmos, is one we’ve seen in classic movies throughout time. “It’s all the same, only the names change.”
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“You Dropped a Bomb on Me” by The Gap Band, 1982
Sit back and enjoy this awesome Gap Band hit. It might be a love song, but the idea of including a song about dropping bombs seemed too perfect for our good pal Rocket. He’s a master of explosives, and we even got to see him concoct a few bombs in the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie. Here’s hoping we’ll get to see more of that action in the next installment! “You dropped a bomb on me, baby.”
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“You’ve Got a Friend in Me” by Randy Newman, 1995
Now that Disney owns both Pixar and Marvel, can we get some soundtrack crossovers? This would be the perfect song for Rocket and Groot’s odd but unbreakable friendship. We saw just how much Rocket cared about his buddy, Groot, when he put that little dancing baby Groot in a flower pot and brought him back to life. It’s no Jackson 5, but maybe we can get a little more dancing from baby Groot with this one.
Our first cosmic playlist is complete. We love Rocket and Groot, and all of the rest of the Guardians for that matter. With the success of Guardians’ soundtrack, we’re expecting we’ll get even more greatness from James Gunn and the other creative geniuses at Marvel. Here’s a little music to tide all of you over until then. Have a suggestion for a song that should have made it onto this playlist? Want to see your favorite superhero get their own installment? Let us know in the comments below, and keep checking in for more weekly Superhero Playlists!
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