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.
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.
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.
|Destiny’s Child, “Survivor”|
|Eminem, “Lose Yourself”|
|Florence & The Machine, “Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)”|
|Rage Against The Machine, “Killing in the Name”|
|Adele, “Turning Tables”|
|Miranda Lambert, “Gunpowder and Lead”|
|Robyn, “Don’t F*cking Tell Me What To Do”|
|David Bowie & Queen, “Under Pressure”|
|Arcade Fire, “Rebellion (Lies)”|
|Big K.R.I.T., “Hometown Hero”|
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.
|Taylor Swift, “You Belong With Me”|
|Backstreet Boys, “All I Have To Give”|
|K-Ci & Jojo, “All My Life”|
|Lady Gaga, “Poker Face”|
|Rihanna, “We Found Love”|
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.
|Jonas Brothers, “Just Friends”|
|Public Enemy, “Fight The Power”|
|New Order, “Bizarre Love Triangle”|
|No Doubt, “Don’t Speak”|
|LMFAO, “Sexy and I Know It”|
|Blink-182, “I Miss You”|