The Hunger Games: Songs from District 12 and Beyond

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The Hunger Games: Songs from District 12 and Beyond
The Hunger Games soundtrack cover.png
Soundtrack album by
Various artists
ReleasedMarch 16, 2012
The Hunger Games soundtracks chronology
The Hunger Games: Songs from District 12 and Beyond
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Singles from The Hunger Games: Songs from District 12 and Beyond
  1. "Safe & Sound"
    Released: December 23, 2011
  2. "Eyes Open"
    Released: March 27, 2012
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[2]
Entertainment WeeklyB[3]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[4]
Slant Magazine4/5 stars[5]

The Hunger Games: Songs from District 12 and Beyond is the official companion album for the 2012 film The Hunger Games. The score for the film was composed by James Newton Howard, but the companion album consists primarily of songs by various artists inspired by, but not heard in, the film. "Safe & Sound", by Taylor Swift featuring The Civil Wars, was released as a single for the soundtrack and is one of the three songs on the album used in the film, alongside "Abraham's Daughter" by Arcade Fire and "Kingdom Come", also by The Civil Wars. On February 14, 2012, "One Engine" was made available for download on iTunes. "Eyes Open", also by Taylor Swift, was released as the soundtrack's first official single on March 27, 2012. Swift performed the song live in Auckland, New Zealand on her Speak Now World Tour. The album debuted atop the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, and has also charted in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia, and Ireland.


The soundtrack was released on March 20, 2012.[6] The soundtrack track listing was revealed on iTunes on February 13, 2012. Jennifer Lawrence singing "Rue's Lullaby" is not included in the soundtrack. On February 14, 2012, "One Engine" was released as the first promotional single by iTunes.[7] A bonus song, "Deep in the Meadow (Lullaby)", by Sting, was included as a bonus download with purchase of the soundtrack.[8]

Charts performance[edit]

The soundtrack debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200 with 175,000 copies sold on its first week. It sold 100K digital copies the next week, making it the highest one-week total for a theatrically released movie soundtrack in digital history.[9] It has been certified as Gold by the RIAA since April 27, 2012.[10] It sold 463,000 copies in 2012 in the US and was the best-selling soundtrack album of the year.[11] As of November 22, 2013, the album has sold 481,000 copies in the US.[12]

Track listing[edit]

1."Abraham's Daughter"Arcade Fire3:22
2."Tomorrow Will Be Kinder"The Secret Sisters3:25
3."Nothing to Remember"Neko Case2:58
4."Safe & Sound"Taylor Swift featuring The Civil Wars4:00
5."The Ruler and the Killer"Kid Cudi4:33
6."Dark Days"Punch Brothers3:53
7."One Engine"The Decemberists3:01
8."Daughter's Lament"Carolina Chocolate Drops2:46
9."Kingdom Come"The Civil Wars3:42
10."Take the Heartland"Glen Hansard2:45
11."Come Away to the Water"Maroon 5 featuring Rozzi Crane5:13
12."Run Daddy Run"Miranda Lambert featuring Pistol Annies2:45
13."Rules"Jayme Dee3:27
14."Eyes Open"Taylor Swift4:04
15."Lover Is Childlike"The Low Anthem4:15
16."Just a Game"Birdy4:01
Total length:60:18

iTunes digital album[edit]

A digital version of the album, available for purchase on iTunes, includes a digital booklet with artwork and images from The Hunger Games.

Grammy and Golden Globe nominations[edit]

The songs "Abraham's Daughter" and "Safe & Sound" were nominated for the 2013 Grammy Awards; the first for Best Song Written for Visual Media, and the second for Best Country Duo/Group Performance and also for Best Song Written for Visual Media.[13] "Safe & Sound" was also nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song at the 2013 ceremony.[14]

Charts and certifications[edit]


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  21. ^ "Top 30 Compilation Albums Week ending 22nd March 2012". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2012-03-29.
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