What are some songs that remind you of The Hunger Games book?This is for a LA project.

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literaturenerd eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I am going to go "old school" as well. "We Didn't Start the Fire" by Billy Joel. The chorus says it all for me.

We didn't start the fire
It was always burning
Since the world's been turning
We didn't start the fire
No we didn't light it
But we tried to fight it.

Think about how Katniss and Districts have been required to take a part in the Games and were not responsible for starting them. For as long as many remember, the Games have been going on (depending upon ones age). That being said, Katniss (wanting to end the Games) desires to try to fight it.

Kristen Lentz eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Several songs drifted in and out of my mind while reading the book.  While reading the first book, while in the arena the music from Jurassic park seemed to find its way into my head.  Maybe it was just the idea of being hunted that triggered that memory.

Alive by Pearl Jam, during book I

Unforgiven by Metallica during book II

Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd during book III

Lorraine Caplan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There is an oldie but goodie from the Seventies called "I Will Survive" (Gloria Gaynor).   It had a kind of disco beat.  And then there is "Ooh,Child, Things are Going to Get Easier"  (The Five Stairsteps). I believe that was from the Seventies, too, but I could swear I heard it in a remix, so you might have actually heard it.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I don't know why, but the first song that popped into my head was "Hotel California" because you can check out, but you can never leave!  I see the similarities being that the people in the book are stuck, and they have to play by the rules of the game and the rules are quite cruel!


tejnoor | Student

Set Fire to the Rain, by Adele


"I let it fall, my heart,
And as it fell you rose to claim it
It was dark and I was over
Until you kissed my lips and you saved me"

When Peeta and Katniss are in the games, and she can't live without him. Later she is trying to convince herself that Peeta was just acting for the games (because she was), because she doesn't want to feel guilty about it, and the whole situation with Gale makes everything more complicated. 

"Set Fire to the Rain" is all about accomplishing the impossible, and fire is relevant because she's, "the girl on fire."

"But there's a side to you
That I never knew, never knew.
All the things you'd say
They were never true, never true,
And the games you play
You would always win, always win."

This whole verse I imagine as Peeta's perspective, when Katniss was just pretending to be in love with him so that they could get out alive. It was all just a big game to her.

"When I lay with you
I could stay there
Close my eyes
Feel you here forever
You and me together
Nothing is better"

This is still Peeta's perspective in my mind.

"I set fire to the rain,
And I threw us into the flames
Where it felt something die
'Cause I knew that that was the last time, the last time, ohhhh!

Oh noooo
Let it burn, oh
Let it burn
Let it burn"

This last part reminds me of the end of the hunger games, when they are "giving up", and eating the berries because it seems there's no way out.

lou151 | Student

Safe and Sound by Taylor Swift, beautiful song and was actually written for hunger games :)

elizabeth-newton | Student

Oh thank you very much speamerfam, I will concider using these songs!