Lorde clearly wants to rule the world and the 17-year-old’s contribution to “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” soundtrack should get her a step closer. Listen to her goth-tinged cover of Tears For Fears’ 1985 hit “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” below.
By slowing- and stripping-down the original, Lorde transforms the pop song into a dark, warfare ballad. Her vocals are haunting, especially as they build into a chorus that sounds desperate and determined, bringing to mind the film’s protagonist Katniss Everdeen.
To hear just how much Lorde changed the song, listen to the original below: