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'Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2' Dream Soundtrack: Read The Fake Tracklist

While the movie franchise is forgoing a compilation to go along with 'Mockingjay Part 2,' we've decided to create another expertly curated (fake) soundtrack that is what indie-pop dreams are made of


You may or may not have noticed, but the upcoming Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 movie is the first film of the franchise to not have its own accompanying soundtrack. That may have been after the Lorde-curated Mockingjay Part 1 compilation struggled on the charts, debuting at No. 18 on the Billboard 200 and failing to produce a big hit even after enlisting artists like Kanye West and Ariana Grande.

Despite the soundtrack series' decreasing popularity (the first Hunger Games album debuted at No. 1 and its Taylor Swift single earned a Grammy nomination), fans could rely on the soundtracks to include a carefully selected cast of established artists and up-and-comers, with songs that brought out new sides of the artists and film characters.

Since we're not getting a soundtrack this year, we decided to create our own! Read on for our fantasy Hunger Games soundtrack, and get an explanation for each track.

1 / 10

Jack Ü ft. Grimes, CL & Le1f, "After the Apocalypse"

The Mockingjay, Part 1 soundtrack opened with an epic collaboration between Pusha TLordeQ-TipHaim and Stromae. We'd love to open this soundtrack with an even bigger mash-up, and created a fantasy album opener with Diplo and Skrillex (a.k.a. Jack Ü) bringing together indie-pop spirit Grimes, Korean rapper-singer CL and avant-garde MC Le1f. We imagine the two rising rappers trading off aggressive rhymes while Grimes delivers a spine-tingling chorus over an insane beat by the EDM princes.

Get a feel of what we're going for with their tracks below:




2 / 10

SOPHIE, "Cotton Candy Land" Featuring Charli XCX & Perfume

Every Hunger Games fan knows the Capitol is known as the land of superficiality and over-the-top fashion. We chose the title "Cotton Candy Land," as the titular food is something very fluffy without much substance--much like the Capitol inhabitants. To perfectly capture that feeling of Tokyo on steroids, we'd love to see J-pop/techno trio Perfume team up with rising producer SOPHIE, plus Charli XCX, who could add to the dreamy soundscape but also give an extra bite with her vocals. 



3 / 10

Years & Years, "Defy"

We picked rising alt-electro trio Years & Years to contribute a banger that could represent Katniss & Co.'s mission to destroy the Capitol. Y&Y's debut album Communion artfully takes on darker subjects like loneliness and heartbreak with a powerful dance-pop production, and we think tasking them with a fresh rebel anthem would work wonders. We might even choose this as a single off the album.

4 / 10

Troyboi ft. Pia Mia, Ty Dolla $ign & Joey Bada$$, "Love to Lose"

With a dark, electronic club sound, Troyboi is London's quick-rising producer who's already snagged collaborations with Diplo and Little Mix, and we think he'd make a sick anthem about lost love—a theme that would be coupled with Katniss' love story with Peeta and Gale.

Ty Dolla $ign and Joey Bada$$ could trade barbs about wanting the girls' love, while Pia's passionate vocals could express the difficulty in choosing between the two.




5 / 10

Troye Sivan, "Calm in Darkness & Quiet"

Troye Sivan's calming timbre would offer another quieter moment for the soundtrack. Our fake song "Calm in Darkness" details the peace Katniss gets when she's alone by herself and isn't facing the pressures of the Panem war.

6 / 10

Zhu ft. Elliphant & Erik Hassle, "Creating Chaos"

Zhu is another rising producer who creates dark-leaning soundscapes, and we think the combo of these two Swedish newcomers—Elliphant with her abrasive rasp and Hassle with his smooth croons—would, in fact, create sonic chaos to tie nicely with the war themes of the movie.



7 / 10

FKA Twigs, "Can There Be Beauty in Flames?"

We need the alt-R&B chanteuse to offer a trippy, impassioned contribution to give a take on what Katniss is going through. 

8 / 10

Adam Lambert, "Knight Without Armor"

If we're looking for a pop star to give a rousing vocal performance, we'd look no further than Adam Lambert, who could certainly offer something dramatic and sensational. We'd probably put "Knight Without Armor" in the trailer--and consider submitting it for Best Original Song!

9 / 10

Lykke Li, "Mocking Bird"

We'd love to see a stark, haunting ballad from Lykke Li, who solidified her place as an emotionally ruined torch singer with her latest album I Never Learn. We decided to call it "Mocking Bird," since mockingjays don't exist in our world and we're sure Lykke could turn this into a beautiful metaphor about mimicking a lover.

10 / 10

Blood Diamonds ft. Gwen Stefani & M.I.A., "Army Chants"

And we have to end the soundtrack with a banger. We'd love to see what Blood Diamonds could create by teaming up these two badass females for what would be the most star-studded collaboration on the disc. This would be a chant-heavy anthem featuring M.I.A. and Gwen Stefani shouting over a zonked-out Blood Diamonds beats. We want to end the album on a celebratory, powerful note, but also include the overall narrative of war, which is something we know M.I.A. wouldn't leave out. She'd probably write the whole song, in fact.



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