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Much ado has been made about this Hunger Games film, but what impressed us the most was the franchise's attempt to give movie soundtracks back their pop-cultural import with the film's heavily curated compilation. Produced by rock legend T-Bone Burnett, an Oscar-winner for his O Brother, Where Art Tho? soundtrack, it aims for iconic with a playlist ranging from a Biblically inspired Arcade Fire and a Civil Wars-assisted Taylor Swift to Neko Case, Miranda Lambert and Kid Cudi.

Most soundtracks are still quickly assembled cash-grabs, but The Hunger Games clearly hopes to join the ranks of the best collections of movie music. Many of the most meaningful ones have come from youth culture films like Hunger Games, so we dug into the stacks to look at similar soundtracks that matched or transcended the films they came from, and sometimes even helped define a generation.