Every Soundtrack in The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes

A Fresh Take on a Beloved Franchise

“The Hunger Games” series has long captivated audiences with its gripping tale of resilience and rebellion. However, the latest installment, “The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes,” marks a distinct departure from its predecessors. Set 64 years before the events of the original saga, this prequel introduces fans to a nascent version of the brutal Games, alongside a compelling new musical dimension.

The Central Role of Music in the Prequel

Music emerges as a pivotal element in this prequel, intertwining with the narrative in a way that significantly diverges from earlier films. Rachel Zegler, the star of the film, often fills the scenes with her singing, creating a harmonious backdrop that enriches the storytelling. This musical focus was a daring and thrilling venture for long-time franchise producer Nina Jacobson. In her words during an exclusive interview with RadioTimes.com, “It made me reflect on how important music has always been to the movies.” She highlighted the need for the music to be exceptional and fitting for the Hunger Games universe.

Crafting the Soundtrack: The Collaboration with Dave Cobb

The creation of the soundtrack involved a significant collaboration with music producer Dave Cobb. Jacobson emphasized the haunting and memorable quality of Cobb’s compositions, which seamlessly integrate into the film’s ambiance.

The Choice of Country Music: A Nod to the Source Material

Director Francis Lawrence elaborated on the decision to incorporate country music into the film. He explained that this choice is deeply rooted in the original novels by Suzanne Collins, where District 12 is depicted as a coal mining area in the Appalachian mountains. The style of music chosen for the movie, therefore, resonates with the cultural and historical aspects of this setting, bringing authenticity to the film’s atmosphere.

The Soundtrack: A Melodic Journey Through Panem

Accompanying the film’s release is a soundtrack album, showcasing a mix of tracks sung by Zegler and an original song by Olivia Rodrigo. This collection offers a diverse range of sounds, from the melancholic tones of “The Hanging Tree” to the upbeat rhythm of “Can’t Catch Me Now.”

Can’t Catch Me Now performed by Olivia Rodrigo

The Hanging Tree performed by Rachel Zegler

Wool performed by Flatland Cavalry

Nothing You Can Take From Me performed by Rachel Zegler

The Garden performed by Sierra Ferrell

The Ballad of Lucy Gray Baird performed by Rachel Zegler

Bury Me Beneath the Willow performed by Molly Tuttle

The Old Therebefore/Singing at Snakes performed by Rachel Zegler & James Newton Howard

Burn Me Once performed by Bella White

District 12 Stomp performed by The Covey Band

Nothing You Can Take From Me (Boot-Stompin’ Version) performed by Rachel Zegler & The Covey Band

Cabin Song performed by Billy Strings

Lucy Gray (part 1) performed by Rachel Zegler

Pure As The Driven Snow performed by Rachel Zegler & The Covey Band

Winter’s Come and Gone performed by Charles Wesley Godwin

Keep On The Sunny Side performed by Josie Hope Hall & The Covey Band

Lucy Gray (part 2) performed by Rachel Zegler

The Score: Continuing the Musical Legacy

In addition to the vocal tracks, the film features a score by James Newton Howard, who returns from composing for the original Hunger Games films. This score adds depth and intensity to the film, complementing the narrative and enhancing the emotional journey of the audience.

The Dark Days
Anthem: Gem Of Panem (Instrumental)
Coryo In The Capitol
Assigning The Mentors
Meet The Mentor
Hunger Is A Weapon
Department Of War
The Arena
Saving Snow
Ideas Firing
Happy Hunger Games
Seize The Opportunity
Cut The Feed
Open The Gate
Afraid Of Water
Drone Attack
Inside The Duct
Under The Flag
Planting The Cloth
Rainbow Of Destruction
Get Her Out
The Sound Of Snow
Your Life Has Just Begun
You Are Safe
Trust Is Everything
I Can’t Stay Here
Cabin In The Rain
The Woods
Change Of Plan
Passed The Tests
Snow Lands On Top

Three Solos For Yuja
(i) Friendship
(ii) Rue’s Farewell
(iii) Victor

“The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes” not only revisits the world of Panem but does so with a fresh perspective and an enriched musical landscape. This new approach adds layers to the storytelling, inviting audiences to experience the familiar universe through a different lens. The film, with its compelling soundtrack and score, stands as a testament to the enduring appeal and adaptability of the Hunger Games saga.

Every Soundtrack in The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes