Guns N’ Roses Plays Major Role in the Sound of ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’

Guns N' Roses Plays Major Role in the Sound of 'Thor: Love and Thunder'

Guns N’ Roses Plays Major Role in the Sound of ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’

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Spoiler Alert: This article contains spoilers from Disney’s Thor Love and Thunder

Chris Hemsworth is back for the latest MCU Thor installment, Thor: Love and Thunder, along with Natalie Portman as Jane Foster, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, and many more. To initially save herself from illness (but ultimately not) and save the world and gods from destruction, Jane takes on the powers of Thor. Christain Bale’s Gorr the God Butcher seeks to destroy the gods to rid the universe of their kind.

Many battles are fought and nothing pairs well with a fight like equally powerful music. Director Taika Waititi leaned heavily on the Guns N’ Roses discography to get the job done. Dave Jordan served as music supervisor. See a full list of the music department credits for the film via IMDB.

Waititi was a fan of many popular bands growing up and Guns N’ Roses was one of them. Early on in an interview with Loudersound, he was asked about the use of the band’s music in the film. The director states, “You know, I still go home late at night and instead of going on, you know, Pornhub, I’ll go and watch old GN’R music videos because I just loved the band. But I think I’m still in love with the band back when there was the band, you know, that band: ‘Paradise City’ music video, like that stuff when the hair was long and it had been brushed, you know?”

When asked about pivotal moments in the film using the songs he replied, “Yeah, November Rain, when we started, we always knew wanted that battle scene moment while that was playing. Then one of our guys was, like, ‘Don’t you think we need more songs?’ And I come from an independent film background, and if you get, you know, 10 seconds of a famous song you’re lucky. And then it was like, ‘We should have more Guns N’ Roses songs! We’re gonna have one Guns N’ Roses song and a [character] called Axl…do you think we need like another three?!”


Related: Marvel Taps Michael Giacchino for ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ Soundtrack

It’s great to see how the director’s fandom and love for music come through on the big screen. The use of music is essential to a film’s success. It can elevate the project and tell the story in full.

The film’s score was created by co-composers Michael Giacchino and Nami Melumad. Previous projects of Nami’s include (but are not limited to) Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, Star Trek: Prodigy, and Disney’s Far from the Tree. See her credits here and check out her website where she documents her work.

Enya’s “Only Time,” Mary J. Blige’s “Family Affair,” Dio’s “Rainbow in the Dark,” and ABBA’s “Our Last Summer” also play a part in important musical moments throughout the movie.

Stream the Guns N’ Roses songs featured in Thor: Love and Thunder (out now) below.

Welcome To The Jungle

Paradise City

Sweet Child O’ Mine

November Rain

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