The Hanging Tree is a song performed by James Newton Howard featuring American actress Jennifer Lawrence for the 2014 film The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, the third installment of The Hunger Games film series. The song appears on both the official score album for the film, and on the digital re-release of the official soundtrack for the film. The lyrics were written by The Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins and originally appeared in her novel Mockingjay. The music was composed by Jeremiah Fraites and Wesley Schultz of American indie folk band The Lumineers. Following its release, The Hanging Tree debuted in the top 40 of the singles charts of Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The song impacted American mainstream radio stations on December 9, 2014.
The song debuted at number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number two on the Digital Songs chart with first week sales of 200,000 copies.
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