"Everybody Wants to Rule the World" is a stand-alone cover song by Lorde for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack.

Composition and Release

New Zealand singer Lorde recorded a cover of the song for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack in addition to the Epix promo for the premiere of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. The cover was produced by Peter Shurkin and Natalie Baartz with arrangement by Michael A. Levine and Lucas Cantor. It was later used in the cinematic trailer of Assassin's Creed Unity at E3 2014, the "Rule the World" trailer celebrating the fifteenth anniversary of the Creative Assembly's Total War video game series, promotional videos for the new network BBC First and 2015 BBC TV series Banished, the 2014 ABC show How to Get Away with Murder, season 4 of Homeland, season 1 finale of The Royals, in Sky Sports F1's coverage of the 2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and in the trailer for the 2014 film Dracula Untold.


Chart Performance

Her cover appeared on the New Zealand Singles Chart at number 14. It reached number 53 in Australia, number 65 in the UK, number 93 in France, and number 27 on the US Hot Rock Songs.


[Verse 1]
Welcome to your life
There's no turning back
Even while we sleep
We will find you

[Verse 2]
Acting on your best behavior
Turn your back on Mother Nature
Everybody wants to rule the world

[Verse 3]
It's my own design
It's my own remorse
Help me to decide
Help me make the most of freedom
And of pleasure
Nothing ever lasts forever

Everybody wants to rule the world

There's a room where the light won't find you
Holding hands while the walls come tumbling down
When they do, I'll be right behind you
So glad we've almost made it
So sad we had to fade it
Everybody wants to rule the world
Everybody wants to rule the world
Everybody wants to rule the world


  • This song was originally sung by Tears for Fears.
  • Miley Cyrus, Mike Viola and Heather Rankin also covered this song.