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 TheHungerGames. 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.