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'Hunger Games' Character Playlists: Songs For Katniss & More

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With the premiere of the highly anticipated "Hunger Games" film this week, series diehards have been given an excuse to pore over every detail of the arresting world created by Suzanne Collins. The author deftly showcases the struggle of Katniss Everdeen, a 16-year-old forced to abandon her home and fight for her life in a bloodsport meant to satisfy a post-apocalyptic world. Along the way, she bonds with another "tribute" to the Hunger Games, a smart, tender boy named Peeta Mellark, while pining to be back at home with her best friend, the independent and politically outspoken Gale Hawthorne.

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Collins illustrates these characters so well in her series that we have only one question to ask about them: what would Katniss, Peeta and Gale listen to on their iPods? Check out Billboard.com's custom playlists for the three main characters of "The Hunger Games," with songs that capture each character's inner thoughts and desires.

Katniss Everdeen

HUNGER GAMES KATNISS EVERDEEN

The main character of "The Hunger Games" is a strong, independent teenager who must do whatever it takes to survive the annual death match and return home to District 12, her best friend Gale, her mother and her beloved sister, Prim. Katniss must participate in the Hunger Games -- despite her strong objections to the deadly competition -- in order to save her sister from a similar fate, and along the way, develops confusing feelings for Gale and her fellow tribute Peeta.


Play NOW Destiny's Child, "Survivor"

Play NOW Eminem, "Lose Yourself"

Play NOW Florence & The Machine, "Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)"

Play NOW Rage Against The Machine, "Killing in the Name"

Play NOW Adele, "Turning Tables"

Play NOW Miranda Lambert, "Gunpowder and Lead"

Play NOW Robyn, "Don't F*cking Tell Me What To Do"

Play NOW David Bowie & Queen, "Under Pressure"

Play NOW Arcade Fire, "Rebellion (Lies)"

Play NOW Big K.R.I.T., "Hometown Hero"

Next: Songs For Peeta and Gale from 'Hunger Games'

Peeta Mellark

HUNGER GAMES PEETA MELLARK

Like Katniss, Peeta is chosen to represent District 12 in the reaping, and the clever son of a baker decides to play up the romantic angle for his audience by declaring his love for his fellow tribute. Is he just pretending, or is he really head over heels for Katniss? God-willing, these kids can find some love in a hopeless place.


Play NOW Taylor Swift, "You Belong With Me"

Play NOW Backstreet Boys, "All I Have To Give"

Play NOW K-Ci & Jojo, "All My Life"

Play NOW Lady Gaga, "Poker Face"

Play NOW Drake, "Karaoke"

Play NOW Rihanna, "We Found Love"

Gale Hawthorne

HUNGER GAMES GALE HAWTHORNE

Katniss' crafty companion in District 12, Gale has developed an unspoken bond with the series' heroine, who is two years younger than him. He offers her comfort, a hunting mate… and maybe more? Whether he's Katniss' friend or soul mate, Gale is one sexy BFF -- and he knows it.


Play NOW Jonas Brothers, "Just Friends"

Play NOW Public Enemy, "Fight The Power"

Play NOW New Order, "Bizarre Love Triangle"

Play NOW No Doubt, "Don't Speak"

Play NOW LMFAO, "Sexy and I Know It"

Play NOW Blink-182, "I Miss You"

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