“Mr. Blue Sky” is a 1977 rock song by British rock band Electric Light Orchestra, or ELO for short. Since its initial release, the song has become an important song in pop culture due to its frequent usage in films and television shows. Its use in the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 intro was parodied on YouTube in 2017. The song’s use on television, in general, was parodied June 2020 on TikTok.
“Mr. Blue Sky” was released on October 3rd, 1977, as part of Electric Light Orchestra’s seventh studio album Out of the Blue. Featured as the last part of a suite of songs on the album known as “Concerto for a Rainy Day,” it was released as a single in 1978.
Following its release, the song would make numerous appearances in media, such as the movies Megamind (shown below, left), Paul Blart: Mall Cop, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and would be used in the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2012 Olympic Games. In 2009, Yahoo answers user orangeisacolor “What movies have the song Mr. Blue Sky in them?” as a testament to how often the song was used in movies. On October 24th, 2017, YouTuber Jovi Prata uploaded a montage of “Every time Mr. Blue Sky shows up on movies” (shown below, right). The video gained over 1.3 million views and was shared on r/elo three years later.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Intro Edits
One of the more notable examples of the song’s usage in a film was in Guardians of the Galaxy 2, where it was used in the opening scene (shown below).
Movie Parodies On TikTok
In June 2020, TikTokers began using the song in videos parodying slow-motion montages in films. On June 9th, TikToker @samvicchiollo made a slow-motion video of a group of friends robbing a bank (show below, left). The video garnered over 2.9 million likes in a week. On June 11th, TikToker @muskanjumani12 used the format to act out escaping an arranged marriage (shown below, center). The video accumulated over two million likes in five days. On June 13th, TikToker @team2moms used the format and received over 1.5 million likes in three days (shown below, right). StayHipp published an article on the trend.