Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade: #139 – “Yellow Flicker Beat,” from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
141. “Yellow Flicker Beat,” from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
This was probably the single greatest discovery for me on this entire list. Apparently I listened to it and ‘didn’t like it’ when I went over it in 2014. Which 100% is because by that point I was actively anti-Hunger Games, knew this was nominated for a Golden Globe and was just very much against it. But the thing is — I love Lorde. I was all over that first album, and I think her second album is a masterpiece. So I just kind of forgot this song even existed. So as I went back to compile songs I came across this one and was like, “Oh yeah.” And holy shit. I wish I had this song in my life for the past five years.
Now, again, I have to differentiate between a great song and a song from a movie. Because this really has nothing to do with the movie. It’s more of an end credits song. So on a pure song level, of course I’d rate this much, much higher. But I had to temper my excitement for this one, since there are other songs more worthy of higher rankings because, while they’re not as catchy and I don’t want them on my everyday playlist, they do have more to do with their films.
Still, though… this song slaps.