Every song in the Holiday Special Awesome Mix

There’s a lot to expect from James Gunn Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special, from seeing beloved characters to meeting this Kevin Bacon guy. He’s a great hero. Less cheerful is the fact that the release of Disney+ only leaves one more outing for Gunn and the Guardians. But fans can cheer themselves up by immersing themselves in the music that makes up the Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special Awesome mix.


Music is just as much a character of the guardians of the galaxy movies like Rocket or Groot. The music of Quill’s youth — and not coincidentally Gunn’s — permeates these stories. It makes sense that even with a Christmas theme, it’s not Andy Williams or Bing Crosby dominating the tracklist. In fact, this mixture contains two original songsflying Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2previous recording of a single original song. (Still Gunn included David Hasselhoff on that one, so let’s call it a coin toss.) Here’s the Star-Lord — and his impressive medley of Christmas songs.

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“Dead By X-Mas” by Hanoi Rocks

“Dead By X-Mas” was released in 1983 as the Finnish rock sensation’s exclusive pre-album single. It eventually appeared on the band’s third album, Self-destruction blues. Although they’ve split up twice in public, the Hanoi Rocks lineup heard on this track recently reunited for original vocalist Michael Monroe’s 60th birthday performance. Thanks to James Gunn, they will have a little Christmas boost.

“Christmas Treat” by Julian Casablancas

Most famous singer of The Strokes, Casablancas has a close relationship with the musical actors at Saturday Night Live. He was in one of Lonely Island’s popular digital shorts called “Boombox”, but known as “the Boiled Goose”. This song is the cover of Casablancas du SNL “I Wish It Was Christmas Today” skit featuring Jimmy Fallon, Horatio Sanz. Tracy Morgan and Chris Kattan.

“Mrs. Claus” by Little Jackie

Little Jackie is one of the newest groups to appear on the Awesome Mix playlist, formed in 2008 when Imani Coppola and Adam Pallin named the group after the 1989 song “Little Jackie Wants to be a Star” by Lisa Lisa and the Cult Jam. This song dates back to 2010 and may be memorable from a Target holiday commercial.

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“Like Christmas” door Low

Formed in 1993 in Duluth, Minnesota, Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker (and some bassist) form the indie rock band Low. “Just Like Christmas”, comes from their 1999 EP simply titled Christmas which features original songs and some covers of classics like “Silent Night” and “Blue Christmas”.

“Christmas” by Smashing Pumpkins

Ever since Kraglin gave Peter Quill that Zune at the end of Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2his musical tastes came out of the 1970s and 1980s. Billy Corgan wrote “Christmastime” for A Very Special Christmas 3. These compilation albums raised money for the Special Olympics and were a staple of the then-hip adults’ holiday season. In addition to showing up in the MCU, the group just released the first installment of Atum: A rock opera in three acts. They too appeared in one of The simpsons‘ best episodes.

“Fairytale of New York” by The Pogues feat. Kirsty MacColl

The Pogues are the giants of first-wave Celtic punk, and “Fairytale of New York” is another song that has become an unintentional Christmas classic. But it wouldn’t be punk if it weren’t for controversy. Some language used in the song’s storytelling elements contains slurs, but censored versions of the song exist. The Pogues have broken up and reunited more than once – as a punk band should – although they haven’t been active in years.

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“Christmas Wrapping” by Waitresses

James Gunn keeps the 1980s for The first Disney+ project planned by Marvel, and The Waitresses’ “Christmas Wrapping” is a treat from this period. The group was led by the late great Patty Donahue until her departure in 1984. The song is a classic new wave composition that sounds exactly like 1980s pop is meant to feel. It’s a Christmas song that could be on the year-round playlist.

“It’s Christmas ?” by the wombats

The Wombats are another 21st century band with a 20th century sounding name and style. They have released five records so far, and “Is This Christmas?” was a single from their debut album The Wombats Proudly Present: A Guide to Love, Loss and Despair. Proceeds from this song go to MENCAPa charity that helps children with learning disabilities.

“I Want an Alien for Christmas” from Fountains of Wayne

This piece is a bittersweet inclusion in the Holiday special, because Fountains of Wayne founding member Adam Schlesinger died of complications from COVID-19 in April 2020 during the first wave of the pandemic. Formed in 1995, the band were a staple on alternative rock playlists. “I Want an Alien for Christmas” is taken from their album Out of state platesreleased in 2005. Its inclusion follows the special tribute to David Bowie.

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“Here It Is Christmastime” by Kevin Bacon and The Old 97’s & “I Don’t Know What Christmas Is (But Christmastime Is Here)” by The Old 97’s

James Gunn, Kevin Bacon and Sean Gunn in Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special

These are two original songs for the Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special. Skilled Musician Kevin Bacon joins The Old 97’s, who recently released their 12th studio album, on “Here It Is Christmastime.” The Dallas, Texas-based alt-country band then adds their own track, “I Don’t Know What Christmas Is (But Christmastime Is Here),” while play rock and roll aliens. Their music has appeared in numerous films and TV series, including Gunn’s feature debut. Slide. Their name refers to the 1903 rail disaster involving Southern Railway train No. 97.

As Gunn’s tweet noted, the awesome mix for Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special will be released on physical media and via streaming by Hollywood Records. But aside from the original songs, fans can tune in now and get the Christmas mood started early. At the very least, the special will provide a nice upbeat story before the bittersweet arrival of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special debuts November 25 on Disney+.

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