Miss Ramdini ~ Awesome Mix Vol 1. ~

First, if you haven’t watched Guardians of the Galaxy yet, stop reading this and go watch it. Seriously, I won’t even get mad. When you’re finished watching, come back and read this. I won’t give away anything of the movie, even if my inner Marvel Gangster is screaming to (I’ll save that for Miss. H to review) but, I will say that the music chosen throughout the movie was perfect! Relying heavily on past decades of the 70’s and 80’s, the music in Guardians of the Galaxy set the tone as well as established themes throughout the entire thing. Hearing classic songs from the likes of David Bowie, Mark James, and The Jackson 5 is a nostalgic journey that everyone can enjoy. Currently, the “Awesome Mix Vol 1” soundtrack is at the top spot on the Billboard Charts being the best selling album in North America.

With that said, I decided to do my own “Awesome Mix Vol 1” playlist. Like the songs chosen by Peter Quill (seriously, if you haven’t watched Guardians yet, you will have no idea who that is) I decided to choose songs that I have grown up with from the 80’s, 90’s and early 2000’s due to the influence of my sisters, parents, and my own personal favourites. Some songs didn’t make the cut because I’ve already put them in my 80’s playlist (which you should also check out if you haven’t already *hinthint*). But, anyway, I’m hoping you all will enjoy the songs as much as I do. AND NOW


New Order – Blue Monday



Who doesn’t love New Order? Pioneering the way for synth-pop, this is hands down a timeless classic of the 80’s. If I were going to the club in the 80’s, I’m pretty sure this would be my jam.


TLC – No Scrubs



I feel like this is the anthem for women back in the late 90’s. Not only is it a catchy r&b song, it clearly paints a picture of being responsible about who you get into a relationship with. I also love the video, very anime inspired.


R. Kelly – I Believe I Can Fly



Who doesn’t love this song or Space Jam? The message of this song is inspirational and even melts my little black heart. In my opinion, this is one of R.Kelly’s best songs and I’m glad he won 3 Grammy Awards for it.


Queen – Don’t Stop Me Now



Freddie’s voice is fantastic vocalist and entertainer and it’s a shame he was taken too soon from this world. This is definitely one of the best feel good songs out there.


Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On



You know, I feel like this song can be relevant in any decade and especially now with what’s going on in the world. We need more of this type of thinking in today’s world and it’s amazing that a song recorded in 1972 can still make you emotional. And again, another great musician gone too soon.


Wu Tang Clan – Protect Ya Neck



What I love about the Wu-Tang Clan is that they don’t need video girls, money, and whatever else rappers have in their videos to make them stand out from the rest. Everything in this track is perfect! MOVING ON YOUR LEFT!


Bee Gees – Stayin Alive



I’m not ashamed at saying I love this song and I wish I could skate on those old-school roller-skates and dance to this. The fact that this song remains alive (pun intended) after close to 40 years is amazing.


Eric Clapton – Tears in Heaven



Omg this song, so many feels and it gets me every time, especially that first line “Would you know my name, if I saw you in heaven.” Also, the background writing for this song is pretty sad as well when Eric Clapton was dealing with so many deaths around him. I’m glad he was able to channel that pain through song though to share the memory of his son.


Echo and the Bunnymen – The Killing Moon



First heard this song from the movie Donnie Darko and fell in love with it. I also feel like this song has a very Quentin Tarantino feel to it if that makes any sense. 28 days… 16 hours…. 42 minutes… 12 seconds.


Smash Mouth – Allstar



HUZZAH! I feel good fun song on my list lol I loved this song so much, I created my first e-mail address as allstar_39. The funny thing is, I don’t associate this song with either Mystery Men or Shrek, I think of Digimon: The Movie hahaha It’s also one of those songs I wanted to learn off my heart without reading the lyrics.


Bob Marley – Could You Be Loved?



MY CULTURE!! Kind of lol Caribbean culture anyway. One of those laid-back jams that you can still dance to. “Love would never leave us alone.. A-yin the darkness there must come out to light” – Bob Marley


Destiny’s Child – Bills, Bills, Bills



I will never get tired of this song and it was my first introduction to Destiny’s Child and it really makes me miss all female r&b groups. Let’s make those a thing again!


Bell Biv DeVoe – Poison



I’m shocked I didn’t put this in my 80’s playlist blog and then I realized that I technically didn’t drop the ball as this came out in 1990 lol I’m trying to appreciate this kind of music because there’s no probably no way it will ever be revived again but, who knows? This is one of those songs you can recognize from the first couple of beats.


Boyz II Men – Motownphilly



MORE NEW JACK SWING!! I’m kicking myself for not seeing Boyz II Men in Las Vegas when I had the chance and I grew up with their songs thanks to my sisters so, it’s odd I never considered seeing them live now. This is early 90’s music at its finest.


Janet Jackson – Pleasure Principle



This girl can perform! Well, her whole family can so it’s not surprise. To this day, this song makes me get up and dance. One of the few entertainers that can match a physically challenging dance combined with singing while looking good.


Nancy Sinatra – Bang Bang



I won’t lie, I had never heard this song until Kill Bill Vol 1. Nancy Sinatra carefully selects lyrics in harmony with this great mysterious melody and it works so well together.


No Doubt – Don’t Speak



This is the No Doubt that I know and love. Not that their newer stuff isn’t great but, lyrically, I feel like their Tragic Kingdom album was one of their best.

“Don’t speak
I know what you’re thinking
I don’t need your reasons
Don’t tell me cause it hurts” <3


N’Sync – Tearin Up My Heart



Ahhh yeaaah. Back in the day, you were either an N’Sync fan or a Backstreet Boys fan, it seemed like their was no in between. For me, N’Sync had more catchier songs than Backstreet Boys and that might be because I sensed more of an R&B style pop than BSB SORRAY!


112 – Dance With Me



If you’re sexy and you know it, clap your hands! Haha amazing memories from my Junior High days. Choreographed dance moves in music videos, I miss those 🙁


Michael Jackson – Smooth Criminal



Saved the best for last 😉 Of course you gotta have a little MJ in an “Awesome Mix Playlist.” I’m going to make my kids listen to Michael Jackson from the womb. This man who pioneered pop music and changed the world. Michael Jackson will be forever loved and missed.


This concludes my “Awesome Mix Vol 1” Playlist. I actually have a lot more songs to share but, I figured 20 songs is enough here. However, I have created a playlist on youtube if you want to check out the other songs I put in the mix. I hope you enjoy it as much as me!


What would you include in your own “Awesome Mix Vol. 1”? Leave a comment below!

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