The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Original Soundtrack)



Dark, eclectic soundtrack features top-notch artists.

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Positive messages

Most of the songs are vaguely about facing challenges and overcoming them.

Positive role models

Facing death and attempting to achieve one's dreams are common themes.


There are a few references to death, fire, and archery, but that's to be expected from the soundtrack to The Hunger Games.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

In the song "Lean," rockers The National sing, "Everybody wants a sip of wine to drink."

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Original Soundtrack) is a cohesive collection of intense and intimate songs from hip contemporary bands and artists. Although some of the themes of death and peril are a bit heavy for younger listeners, there's nothing objectionable in any of the lyrical content, and it's likely that many of the tracks will appeal to kids and adults alike. Be aware that tweens who like these songs may be interested in the book and movie, which are much more intense.

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What's the story?

THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE (ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK) is the second entry in the Hunger Games franchise, following in the footsteps of the first film and album. Artists range from indie icons such as Patti Smith, The National, and Antony & The Johnsons to breakout stars including Lorde, The Weeknd, and Imagine Dragons. All the songs are new (with the exception of Lorde's Tears for Fears cover of "Everybody Wants To Rule The World") and previously unreleased.

Is it any good?


The album has a distinctive feel to it, despite the variety of artists and styles. It all feels slightly haunting and epic: From the bare acoustic folk of The Lumineers ("Gale Song") to power ballads from Christina Aguilera ("We Remain") and Sia ("Elastic Heart ft. The Weeknd & Diplo"), to soaring electro odysseys by Phantogram ("Lights") and Ellie Goulding ("Mirrors"), there's an earthy, organic vibe mixed seamlessly with breathy, celestial energy (especially in the album opener, Coldplay's "Atlas," and in Santigold's "Shooting Arrows at the Sky," one of the record's highlights). There's something for everyone, and it all comes together about as well as a collection this eclectic possibly can.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can discuss the practice of using contemporary and popular music as the soundtrack for films. How does this stylistic choice set the tone for a film? Do you prefer movies that feature orchestral scoring or pop songs with lyrics?

  • What do you think the overall aesthetic of the soundtrack is? Do you see any connections among the artists selected or genres included?

  • Why would chart-topping, established artists choose to create original music for a mainstream film series like The Hunger Games? How does their presence on the album add to the credibility of the movie?

Music details

Artist:Various Artists
Release date:November 19, 2013
Label:Universal Republic
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 13 years old Written byFaz February 23, 2014

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Soundtrack

I love the Hunger Games series and i think the music really fits well into the dark sic-fi film theme. Although, the Hunger Games is rated a 12 in the UK and a PG-13 in America, i think the soundtrack is suitable for younger children around 10+ but once you watch the movie, and listen to that song afterwards- that scene is all you can think about (Example; Safe and Sound by Taylor Swift, while playing that excellent single all you can think about is Rue's Death which is the saddest and most emotional part of the first film)
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Teen, 17 years old Written bySeth S. March 7, 2014

More enjoyable than the first movie's soundtrack, not as thoughtful:

I'm not a huge fan of "Music For Or Inspired By" albums, I'm much more of a fan of the "Original Motion Picture Score." That said, for The Hunger Games, I make an exception! The album is top heavy with great songs, like "Atlas," "Silhouettes," "Elastic Heart," "Lean," "We Remain," "Devil May Cry," and "Who We Are." Sadly, the second half of the album is simply mediocre. With the bonus track "Place For Us" being the only highlight. But on a whole, this is an enjoyable listening experience that often fits the movie, Catching Fire, like a glove! 8/10
Teen, 13 years old Written byjohnstewart August 20, 2014


nothing explicit


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