One of the most unfortunate things about the Hunger Games film series being only four films long is that the next film’s soundtrack will be the last.
The Hunger Games have played a huge part in helping to bring excitement back to the movie soundtrack and while the second instalment wasn’t as grand as the first, it’s still been an adventure in itself to discover the artists and songs that make up each, and now that other movies, such as Divergent, have jumped on board, soundtrack compilations are back in full swing.
If you’re in your 30’s today, you can probably think of at least one movie soundtrack from the 1990’s you consider to be especially important to your teenaged self.
Back in those days, soundtracks were as important as the movies they accompanied and served as a sort-of mix-tape, a compilation of songs by a selection of present-day artists that told a story, helped emphasize an event, or just build some sort of personal emotional connection around.
The comparison of Divergent to the Hunger Games is inevitable. Both take place in a future dystopian society with a strong female as the protagonist in a story based on a novel trilogy. Like the two Hunger Games films before it, Divergent has made strong use of a soundtrack to help accompany the story.
Unlike the first Hunger Games soundtrack, however, there doesn’t seem to be a central theme in the songs selected for the Divergent music. This is the real weakness for the soundtrack that shows its inconsistencies early on.
I am but one person – with a taste in music that’s my own.
These albums are albums that I listened to in 2013 and placed into a best-of list that best represents what I liked this year. My music tastes have moved more in line with mainstream pop recently so there is an abundance of pop music but I believe 2013 to be the most varied year in “pop music” in quite some time.
Here are the 30 albums that I select as my picks of 2013.