Music fans have shared a common complaint when it comes to pop culture the last few years. It goes something like this: Why, oh why, do so many GOOD artists end up on a franchise as cheesy as the Twilight movies? Of course, the obvious answer is money – an artist like Sleeping at Last would take up an offer to appear on this franchise because it gets his name out there. Exposure and profit. But nonetheless, it doesn’t solve the issue of the bad movie/good music dichotomy. Well, this same principle in a new franchise may knock Twilight off its throne.
Enter The Hunger Games. This dystopian, post-apocalyptic drama has seemingly come out of nowhere, and just last week translated to the big screen. And yes, it has a soundtrack chock full of trendy, indie, and rising artists. One thing I have noticed about this franchise: a whole LOT more people in general seem to be on board with this than with Twilight. With the recent spike in popularity of internet meme sharing it has become trendy to hate Twilight, but trendy to exhalt The Hunger Games. What artists appear on the soundtrack you ask? Well, here’s the tracklist.
- Abraham’s Daughter by Arcade Fire
- Tomorrow Will Be Kinder by Secret Sisters
- Nothing to Remember by Neko Case
- Safe & Sound (feat. Civil Wars) by Taylor Swift
- The Ruler & The Killer by Kid Cudi
- Dark Days by Punch Brothers
- One Engine by The Decemberists
- The Daughter’s Lament by Carolina Chocolate Drops
- Kingdom Come by Civil Wars
- Take The Heartland by Glen Hansard
- Come Away (feat. Rozzi Crane) by Maroon 5
- Run Daddy Run (feat. Pistol Annies) by Miranda Lambert
- Rules by Jayme Dee
- Eyes Open by Taylor Swift
- Lover Is Childlike by The Low Anthem
- Just a Game by Birdy
One last thing, The Hunger Games had the 3rd best opening weekend ever, falling behind only The Dark Knight and the final installment of Harry Potter. So yeah, I think Twilight has been unseated.