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The ‘Game of Thrones’ Essential Playlist

Just as the final season of the fantasy series commences, we look back at the goosebumps inducing music behind some of the best moments

Rolling Stone India Apr 09, 2019

A promo still from 'Game of Thrones' eighth and final season.

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Few television shows in 2019 can claim a following like Game of Thrones. Just as the final season of the fantasy epic drama kicks off on April 14th (premiering in India on Star World on April 16th), we’ve got a playlist for you to take you back to Westeros. Majorly composed by Ramin Djawadi, the music on the show rightfully complements the emotion of just about every event that unfolds as the series matures into its epic best. Here are our top 10 favorite tracks, for all the die-hard fans out there to tune in to ahead of what will likely be a grand send-off. Spoilers ahead:

Game Of Thrones Main Title Theme

The introductory music has found a home in fans’ hearts as a major symbol for the show. The moment this music reaches your ear, you’re likely to be transported to the seven kingdoms depicted in the title track. The song was composed by Ramin Djawadi in 2011 when showrunners David Benioff and D. B. Weiss approached him and the rest is history. At two minutes, the title theme is somewhat lengthy for a television series.

“The Rains Of Castamere”

First performed by rock band The National in season two, the song is reimagined by Icelandic post-rock pioneers Sigur Rós in season four’s episode “The Lion and The Rose.” This is a song which immortalizes the destruction of House Reyne of Castamere by Tywin Lannister. It was played during and over the credits of the show during season four.

“Light Of The Seven”

The mindboggling season six finale left many startled at different levels. This song ”“ written by composer Djawadi ”“ became the first piano-based composition in the series’ soundtrack. The piano played a huge role in subverting fan expectations for Cersei’s wildfire explosion. The song became such a rage that it was the Number One trending song on Spotify’s Global Viral 50 chart.

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“The Bear And The Maiden Fair”

Thanks to HBO, “The Bear and the Maiden Fair,” although chanted briefly on the show, has left the strongest of impressions on every GOT fan. One can’t hear this without conjuring slow motion visuals of actor Gwendoline Christie’s character Brienne of Tarth fighting a bear. Not surprisingly, one of the voices is Gary Lightbody from rock band Snow Patrol.

“The Dornishman’s Wife”

Remember when Bronn is singing on the horse ride to Dorne, and Jamie tells him to shut up? Bronn’s emphasis at the end of the song left many curious and viewers only hear more in the next episode when he’s in prison. “The Dornishman’s Wife” is a cheeky song about a man who slept with the wife of a Dornishman. Although he died of wounds received in a duel with the Dornishman, the man considered it a fair trade.


Composed by Djawadi in 2012, this harmony became the part of the series in season two and is also popularly known as the Starks’ song. The lords of Winterfell get their own theme song and this one takes you back to the land where it all began.

“Mother Of Dragons”

The fierce, the invincible and the only true heir of the house Targaryen, Daenerys is known as the mother of dragons. Her transformation from a reticent, gullible sister to a peremptory Queen Khaleesi of her realm is truly one of the show’s best anchor points.

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“It’s Always Summer Under The Sea”

The song sung and made by Shireen Baratheon in the show features in the third season. Princess Shireen Baratheon, played by Kerry Ingram, is singing this song to herself in her chamber at Dragonstone, when her father King Stannis Baratheon arrives to see her. Ingram is a regular singer, given her work in musicals over the years.

“Chaos Is A Ladder”

Another memorable addition to the list of Djawadi songs, this one features in season three and is also includes a notorious catchphrase uttered by Petyr Baelish aka the Little Finger. Its main melody appeared previously in several tracks from season one, like “Await the King’s Justice,” among others, though most notably in “The Throne Is Mine” from season two.

“Hand Of Gold”

“For hands of gold are always cold, but a woman’s hands are warm!” are the words of the world’s most popular singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran. It is the song sung by Lannister soldiers whom Arya Stark discovers while traveling through the Riverlands. The song is first heard in “Dragonstone” in season seven, when Arya comes across the Lannister peacekeepers in the Riverlands.

Game of Thrones S8 premieres on Star World on April 16th, followed by a new episode Tuesdays at 10 pm. 

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