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[[caption-width-right:350: All hail Ramin Djawadi! The Khal of Khals!]]
[[folder: Season 1]]
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7L2PVdrb_8 opening]] for ''Series/GameOfThrones''. Awesome music plus ClockPunk SceneryPorn equals win.
%%* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zpln5JiK5nc Goodbye, brother.]]
%%* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWmUdFIUtYs "Such a small pack of wolves."]]
* Pretty much every [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5u2jhA3R3sE piece]] from the Season 1 denouement, Catelyn's ultimatum, Robb's crowning, Daenerys smothering her comatose husband, Jon's honour, The Night's Watch heading out in force to the Land of Forever Winter and the burning of Mirri Maz Dur on Drogo's funeral pyre.
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sD_UGFF2TgI Finale]] of Season 1 (carrying into the end credits), featuring Dany and [[spoiler: the [[TheMagicComesBack return]] of dragons to the world]]. The strains of the opening theme for the show at different points just makes it more awesome.
[[folder: Season 2]]
* How do you end the first episode of Season 2? [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cl9eFN5vtSM With this.]]
* [[http://youtu.be/N3cDLnkYs30 "Warrior of Light"]], the theme of Stannis and Melisandre. In a creepy, ominous way.
%%* Theon's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3vbjHdl-KM sea water baptism to the Drowned god.]]
%%* "A man's theme is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DfzdEnQFyGc awesome]]."
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-OnuOC2yQ8 "Pay the Iron Price."]] Should you ever hear this music start playing, you can be certain that whatever character is the focus of the scene at the time has just made the absolute '''worst''' mistake of his life.
* The beautiful love theme [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PxmyVxu5jAs "I am Hers, She is Mine"]]
%%* "They want to play music? Alright, let's play. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJkg-p2K3eI Drums.]]"
* Stannis is coming, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAPHx-lm3LM don't die with a clean sword!]]
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLDYKmPyKzE Stand and fight]]! Stand and fight, damn you! [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQUI9P0ZDIY NOOOOOOOO!!!"]]
* The Lannisters' anthem, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECewrAld3zw The Rains of Castamere]], by the National. It's heard throughout the second season from Tyrion whistling it to Lannister soldiers singing it in bars 'til it's finally heard in all its glory in the closing credits of [[Recap/GameOfThronesS2E9Blackwater Blackwater]].
* Awesomeness and [[TearJerker tearjerking]] alike can be found in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CpsYmZvYKHU House of the Undying]].
%%* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpEo3hGAz0o Mother of Dragons]]. Slayer of Lies.
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RH-a1TMQacE Three Blasts]]", as the White Walkers [[ZombieApocalypse march on the Wall]]. Well, goodbye to sleeping anytime soon.
[[folder: Season 3]]
* "Reek, [[http://youtu.be/UEGtf1kEK68 Reek...]] It rhymes with weak..." A chaotic, frantic dark reprise of the Greyjoy leitmotif, it signifies Theon's desperate attempts to cling to his former persona despite his horrific torture. Halfway through the song, the Greyjoy leitmotif completely breaks to give way to a nightmarish, eerie riff that signifies Reek's broken state.
* The Hold Steady's version of "The Bear and the Maiden Fair" had polarizing views. Not so with Ms. Reynolds [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNg8FJIFkj8 version!]]
** Then there's the [[Recap/GameOfThronesS3E3WalkOfPunishment episode's]] own in-universe rendition with Music/SnowPatrol's lead vocalist Gary Lightbody [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPA0BmlNd20 leading the Bolton contingent in belting out the ribald song!]]
** Likewise for Irish Moutarde's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJ0taPOUnVg Celtic Punk spin on the tune]].
-->'''Daenerys:''' "Dovaogēdys! Āeksia ossēnātās, menti ossēnātās, qilōni pilos lue vale tolvie ossēnātās, yn riñe dōre ōdrikātās. Urnet luo buzdaro tolvio belma pryjātās!"
-->'''Kraznyz:''' "Nyk skan jiva aeske! Zer sena! Zer sena!"
-->'''Daenerys:''' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfWLBhqhQZs "...Dracarys."]]
* The piece that plays during the end of [[Recap/GameOfThronesS3E4AndNowHisWatchIsEnded "And Now His Watch is Ended"]], just after [[spoiler: Daenerys sacks Astapor]] is an excellent DarkReprise of the piece that plays when the dragons are born. This shit just got real [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KiYIsUZC6E indeed.]]
* This haunting un-aired piece of amazing music, the track [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IkTMG-MEFTs 'Dark Wings, Dark Words.']] Chills, man, chills...
* The gorgeous tentative ballad, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBGHSJBH7Gw "It's Always Summer Under the Sea"]], sung by Kerry Ingram's Shireen Baratheon.
* Littlefinger's BreakingSpeech music. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0bp32opLxI "Chaos is a Ladder."]] Made infinitely more awesome when you realise that it's a DarkReprise of Joffrey's "The Throne Is Mine", the DarkReprise of "Robert Baratheon's theme". Which means that Littlefinger just somehow made a villain song even ''more'' villainous!
%%* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epnW-Ub5bEE "Jamie... My name is Jamie..." ]]
* A small but heart-rending [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QflCzFvUPB0 piece]] that plays as Robb and Catelyn arrive back at the Twins.
* The instrumental version of "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OolU7f-r5o4 The Rains of Castamere]]" - iconic enough that it became Season 3's semi-official theme song (as in it plays on the Menu for the Blu-ray release). The version that's played during Jaime's rescue of Brienne is called "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTuhpJBBvCc A Lannister Always Pays His Debts]]". Who'd think a song about the Lannisters butchering an entire family could actually be made to sound so oddly heroic?
%%* The rendition of "The Rains of Castamere" played during the Red Wedding feast.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6tkcSvX_yY "The Lannisters send their regards".]] The notes punctuating this event event made for the true, terrible power of the Red Wedding.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t987p0f9y54 Mhysa]]. A powerful, epic reprise of Daenerys's theme, complete with [[OminousLatinChanting Ominous Valyrian Chanting]].
[[folder: Season 4]]
* Ramin Djawadi's score returns in force for the season's first episode, "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AViJIXo5Kbg Two Swords]]". In the opening the audience is treated to a melancholic rendition of the Stark leitmotif that gradually shifts into a strong orchestral variation of "The Rains of Castamere" as House Stark's ancestral greatsword 'Ice' is melted down and reforged into two Lannister swords by Tywin, which then neatly transitions into the series' Main Theme and the opening title sequence.
* At the end of the episode, as Arya and the Hound emerge victorious from a brutal tavern fight with Lannister loot and are travelling across a [[SceneryGorn war-ravaged Riverlands]] towards the Vale, a remixed variation of the Main Theme plays well into the end credits, which shortly transitions into a TriumphantReprise string variant of [[CallBack Jaqen H'ghar's theme]] [[FridgeBrilliance "Valar Morghulis"]].
* From the credits of "The Lion and the Rose", Music/SigurRos' eerie cover of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3QW8PVyyNM The Rains of Castamere.]] In comparison to the proud, victorious cover by The National, this version would be more apt for a funeral--perfectly symbolizing the Lannisters' new fate. Rome may not have fallen in a day, but the Lannisters did in a wedding. Even more awesome? The beginning sounds chillingly like [[LaserGuidedKarma wolves howling.]]
* Daenerys' conquest of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VE7czS0FdXM Meereen.]] With special mention to the second half of the song, which plays over [[spoiler: the slave masters being crucified.]]
* The instrumental rendition of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QiDD_20bsM Rains of Castamere]] that plays during the credits of "The Laws of Gods and Men" after Tyrion's ''epic'' TheReasonYouSuckSpeech and demand for a trial by combat, in an upbeat tone suggesting that Tyrion hasn't been defeated yet and still has hope; doubly awesome because it plays after Tyrion finally outright defies his father, symbolically claiming the leitmotif as his own.
* In "Mockingbird":
** "Winterfell theme" makes a heartwarming return when Sansa plays in the snow.
** "Chaos is a Ladder", more chilling than ever, shines during the final credits right after Littlefinger makes Lysa fly.
** In "The Mountain and The Viper", the "Winterfell Theme" and "Chaos is a Ladder" are mixed to create the truly chilling "Take Charge of Your Life" to portray Sansa willingly becoming Littlefinger's [[TheDragon Dragon.]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjpUZD7jBJk "The Biggest Fire The North Has Ever Seen"]]. Starts out slow and menacing, and builds slowly but steadily to a pounding climax, as Jon sees Mance's fire and the signal for his army to attack the Wall.
* In "The Watchers on the Wall", [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8jyQwUemNM "Let's kill some crows"]] is ''menacing''.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hoPnrbKOEl8 "Breaker of Chains".]] Such ''feels.'' Poor Rhaegal and Viserion. Given the scene in which it plays (Daenerys chaining her dragons), the title of the song is highly ironic.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JYKNqvsbKw "The Children",]] the track for the final scene of the season finale which plays when Arya leaves Westeros on a small ship heading for the free city of Braavos.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzfbTWpoZYA "You Are No Son of Mine"]], the DarkReprise of "The Rains of Castamere" that plays over Tyrion's murder of Tywin.
[[folder: Season 5]]
* While things in Meereen yet again take a turn for the worse, the return of Drogon marks a glimmer of hope for Daenerys. And if the music playing over their reunion didn't tug at your heartstrings enough, the credits top this with the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwUQw456mSU most triumphant rendition]] of Daenerys' theme we've heard yet. It gets played again over the credits of [[WhamEpisode episode 9]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNALErFd5Bs "Kill the Boy"]] can be heard when Jon channels Ned[[spoiler:, Theon and Robb by beheading Janos Slynt.]] Not only is it a variation of "Pay the Iron Price", it contains hints of [[spoiler: the Targaryen theme]]. Let that sink in.
* The theme of the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXOrOBPV-CU Faith Militant]], which also plays over the end credits of the episode 'Sons of the Harpy'. It [[OminousLatinChanting perfectly highlights]] what a [[BlatantLies peaceful and tolerant]] religious order they are...
* Episode 6 introduces a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ar44YS1LlSk new, haunting theme of the Faceless Men]] when Arya wanders around the Hall of Faces for the first time.
* The sound design for episode 8, "Hardhome", deserves a mention. From the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IY8Y6yp4yPM ticking clock sounds as the mists set]] to the incredibly tense music during the fight, and the way [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5JqkHuDvr8 the sound cuts out at times during the scene with the child wights]], the episode is a marvel for the sound department.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imNmJht5iNE "Dance of Dragons"]] kicks in when [[spoiler:Drogon arrives in Daznak's Pit to save Daenerys, kills the Sons of the Harpy and then takes off with her on his back.]] Bonus points for including two of the best House Targaryen themes ("Dracarys" and "Breaker of Chains").
* The rendition of "The Rains of Castamere" played in Episode 10 as Cersei climbs the steps of the Red Keep after her [[BreakTheHaughty walk of shame.]] After spending the entire walk only able to push onward with the thought of her home and her son, the song shows at its end that a Lannister's pride is not an easy thing to break.
%%* Bronn's rendition of "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QfuOtoPBFw4 The Dornishman's Wife]]".
[[folder: Season 6]]
* Melisandre's theme music, "The Red Woman", which plays at the end of the premiere episode, is a slightly different remix which highlights the shocking reveal of her true form. It manages to capture her loss of faith and yet its upbeat tone in the credits shows that this is not the end for her.
%%* "Feed the Hounds", the music that plays during the chase scene when Sansa and Theon are escaping Ramsay's men.
* "Lord of Light", the credits music that plays at the end of Episode 2, shortly after the return of a certain heroic bastard from death. It's a call back to the music that plays during the resurrection of Beric Dondarion in season 3.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3IwIB7yfO8#t=2m38s "The Tower"]], the music that plays at the Tower of Joy flashback where Ned found his dying sister, Lyanna, [[spoiler:and was given her baby which he was promised to protect him]]. It's even more amazing while this piece is playing the Stark theme, [[spoiler:we get a close-up on the baby's face and then, it cuts to the close-up of Jon Snow, which confirms the "R+L=J" theory]].
%%* "Coronation", the rendition of "What is Dead may never Die" that plays during Euron's AwesomeMomentOfCrowning.
* At the end of episode 4, Daenerys gets brand-new renditions of her kickass "Dracarys" and "Finale" themes. The latter can be found on the official soundtrack and is aptly titled "Khaleesi".
* "Service of the Gods", which includes the House Baratheon theme. It plays as Tommen announces the holy alliance between the crown and the faith to restore glory to the Seven Kingdoms and shows how he has been purged of his Lannister roots, and that House Baratheon is reborn with him. It also effectively signifies the High Sparrow triumph against the Lannister-Tyrell alliance.
* "Blood of My Blood", aka the glorious new version of "Breaker of Chains" that plays as Daenerys rallies the Dothraki in episode 6.
* The conclusion of the siege of Riverrun gives us a triumphant rendition of "The Rains of Castamere", played along with the formidable display of Lannister army marching through the fallen castle.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ciQJHJgrcYI The Battle of the Bastards]] is the most epic moment of the season, and it naturally has a soundtrack to match.
* Meanwhile in Essos, Daenerys declares the beginning of her [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYdexXUQgxk Reign]] and, with the combined firepower of her three dragons, makes short work of the Masters' armada.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXZLNYqoIeY Trust Each Other]], an epic, triumphant composition played when the [[TheCavalry Knights of the Vale]] ride in. Sansa is shown with a rendition of the Stark theme played in the fluted style of the Eyrie's music.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFK0yG8xG5I "Light of the Seven"]], a gorgeous and haunting funeral dirge that plays over the lead-up to [[spoiler: Cersei's destruction of Baelor's Sept with wildfire.]] Notably, it starts with and emphasizes the piano, an unusual choice for a song in the series, thus making the viewer unnerved, sensing immediately that something's off.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHnFhooKHk0 "Hear Me Roar"]] combines both "The Rains of Castamere" and "Light of the Seven" to perfectly illustrate that the new ruler has come to rule Westeros: [[spoiler:Cersei of House Lannister, the First of Her Name]].
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7FOAib5WF8 "Winter Has Come"]], the song that combines elements of both the main theme and "King in the North", playing during [[spoiler:Jon Snow's AwesomeMomentOfCrowning]].
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7TKup7HUUUg "The Winds of Winter"]], the song that plays as Daenerys and her massive fleet set sail for Westeros. It combines the obligatory ''Game of Thrones'' main theme with the themes of House Targaryen and House Greyjoy.
* HBO is great at finding true alternative pop music gems for the season trailers:
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hl3vgPjKmUo Seven Devils]] by Music/FlorenceAndTheMachine for Season Two's debut trailer.
** Season Three's fantastic debut trailer music, the anthem [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XybgKnfVCTE Bones]] by Music/MsMr.
** Season Four continues the tradition with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwT3DIIXWNA Feral Love]] by Music/ChelseaWolfe.
*** More than one great piece for this year! Including: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUKyEhbxhjw Cities in Dust]] by The Everlove and for the second trailer 'Vengeance'.
*** For the fourth final trailer: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3_I-5o8e2Q The Devil Inside]] by London Grammar.
** The Season Five trailer has a reworked low-key cover of Music/DavidBowie's "Heroes". [[SuspiciouslyAproposMusic "I will be King. You will be Queen. We can be Heroes, just for one day."]] The second trailer has [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3onv6buEt4 Rather Death Than Slavery]] from ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedUnity''.
** A little known TV spot for Season Five used the epic [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5BR_TqWYrc Dark Doo Wop]] by a familiar artist to scoring Thrones' trailers, Music/MsMr. The world's gonna burn in dragon-fire.
** Apparently it's cover versions now: for Season Six, they decided for a light acoustic guitar cover of Chris Isaak's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nNMdfW1g1g "Wicked Game", performed by Vincent McMorrow]] with a shot interlude of epic battle music for the fighting snippets. The second trailer was even better, with tribal like war music that is ready to pump viewers for the epicness to come in the new season.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxWfvtnHtS0 The season's teaser]] is set to "Sit Down" by James, appropriately setting up the mood for the showdown to come as the major rulers left (Jon, Daenerys and Cersei) walk towards their respective seat of power and sit.
** The first trailer of Season 7 uses [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GV0aGPK_nfc The Hit House's "Propellant"]] which is sort of a bombastic successor to the House Targaryen theme, "Dracarys".
** The second trailer of Season 7 reuses the beautiful and haunting [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Mlhnt0jMlg "Light of the Seven"]] from the last episode of Season 6.
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDdhXbiN1CM obligatory metal cover]] of the opening theme. Of course it's awesome.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yydcG9woWA And this all-violin cover]]. Holy SHIT.
** It was only a matter of time 'til [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OWQXQgHgq8 someone mashed these versions together]], and it is ''amazing''.
** You've seen the violin and metal cover, now watch Break of Reality's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydRAb9cwHnA cello ensemble cover]].
** Having heard the above mentioned, check out Karliene Reynold's version [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RAsCt4GF6WU with self-composed lyrics]].
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKbtC223e30 This remix]] makes it sound like the opening of an 80's science fiction movie.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itn8highTRo This]] cover makes the main theme absolutely ''swing''. It's reminiscent of a jazz funeral, which is quite appropriate given....well, the [[AnyoneCanDie nature of the show]].
** Music/LindseyStirling and Music/PeterHollens [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_oNpmSAvpGQ get into the act]] with Lindsey cosplaying as Daenerys and Peter as Jorah. There is also the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNBcvxF-2as acapella version]] Peter and [[WebVideo/GameTheoryWebShow MatPat]] collaborated on, also complete with cosplaying various [=GoT=] characters.
** The main theme even works in the style of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wro0VE6i-XM a Spaghetti Western theme tune.]]
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UD7QZ8kiifU A bluegrass rendition of the main theme music]] by the band Flatt Lonesome.
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moZExve-AeQ metal version]] of the Lannisters' anthem. Karliene also has a version of the Lannister song, an almost terribly sad rendition. As if being sung by Reyne or Stark survivors...
-->[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2l7wzOaODYQ "The rains fall down, yes the rains fall down, on Lord of Castamere..."]]
* In fact, why not ''all'' of Karliene's excellent work with the ballads in Martin's universe:
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sB_T7Y0jhvw Sansa's Hymn to the Mother.]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4cqcinpbvw The Last of the Giants.]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SogjdgwYy9c My Featherbed.]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQNrTv0u0Qo The Dornishman's Wife.]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dX0S7PhDpcA Let it End.]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_alO42jYmo The Song of the Seven.]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8lwyhfnPlog Dragon Queen.]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P38EG97zlOg "Where My Boats At"]] and its [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P38EG97zlOg remix]] in all their Daenerys Targaryen Season Two rage.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMvt13PtV5I 'The Dragon's Daughter']] tribute remix by Melodysheep.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6AQreUUyVE 'Sansa's Hymn']] by Letomi. A very haunting cover.
* HBO commissioned a hip-hop mixtape for the Season 4 premiere featuring the likes of Wale, Common, and Big Boi, and it is [[https://soundcloud.com/catchthethrone glorious!]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOQsYk8cbnE The Halfman's Song]] by MiracleOfSound has an excellent medieval-y sound that could be a ballad straight from the books. And now we have the haunting [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDt3jeXGfDU When Winter Comes]]. He followed up with [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmJF9a7-g9c Mother of Flame]], which sounds like it could have come from the soundtrack.