HBO original series Game of Thrones is as much about sounds as sights, and as the beloved show prepares to enter its final season, we dug into how it has influenced listening on Spotify.
With more than 380 million streams of all Game of Thrones soundtracks and related playlists on Spotify since Jan. 1, 2016, it’s clear that fans of the show are also fans of the music. More than 250,000 listeners have created their own Game of Thrones-themed playlists, and many more have created character playlists. In fact, with what could be a hint as to who Spotify listeners think should sit on the Iron Throne, Tyrion Lannister has the most fan-made playlists with more than 7,700.
Also a big draw is the Game of Thrones soundtrack, scored by composer Ramin Djawadi, which provides instant recall of the characters’ most dramatic moments. “Light of the Seven,” the piece you hear when Cersei blows up the Sept of Baelor in the hair-raising Season 6 finale, is the most-streamed Djawadi composition since Jan. 1, 2016, followed by the show’s eponymous “Main Title” and then “The Winds Of Winter,” which accompanies Arya as she sails to Braavos at the conclusion of Season 4.
As fans prepare to return to Westeros for Season 8, Spotify proudly unveils a refresh of its rock-influenced playlist, “Game of Thrones: The End Is Coming” (formerly named “Songs of Ice and Fire”), a collaboration between Game of Thrones co-creators David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, and Spotify.
“We were looking for songs that made us feel the way the show made us feel,” Benioff and Weiss told For The Record, Spotify’s blog.
Are you House Stark, Lannister or Targaryen? Wherever your allegiance lies, you can stream seven different house-themed playlists curated by HBO and featuring Djawadi score songs that relate to each family’s journey on Game of Thrones.
Pledge your house allegiance and check out the individual playlists: House Baratheon, House Targaryen, House Stark, House Lannister, The White Walkers, The Night’s Watch, and The Great Houses.
Meanwhile, the most-streamed songs from official Game of Thrones soundtracks (from Jan. 1, 2016 - April 1, 2019) in the Philippines are: “Light of the Seven,” used when Cersei blows up the Sept of Baelor Season 6, Ep. 10; “Main Titles,” a longer version that’s featured during every episode; “The Winds of Winter,” used when Arya sails to Braavos at the conclusion of Season 4; and “Main Title - From The Game Of Thrones Soundtrack.”
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