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.
The Mockingjay, Part 1 soundtrack opened with an epic collaboration between Pusha T, Lorde, Q-Tip, Haim 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: