Game of Thrones (soundtrack)

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Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones (soundtrack) album cover
soundtrack album by Ramin Djawadi
Released 2011-06-14
Length 66:00
Label Varèse Sarabande

Game of Thrones is the soundtrack album for the first season of the eponymous fantasy TV show by the U.S. cable channel HBO. The album was composed by the German composer Ramin Djawadi and published by Varèse Sarabande in June 2011.

The music is instrumental and features one major theme, the Main Title, which accompanies the show's opening credits.

Production and release

The soundtrack to Game of Thrones was originally slated to be composed by Stephen Warbeck. On 2 February 2011, only ten weeks prior to the show's premiere, it was reported that Warbeck had left the project and Ramin Djawadi had been commissioned to write the music instead.[1]

The album was made available for download on iTunes on 14 June 2011, together with a "digital booklet". It was released on CD on 28 June 2011, 41 days after the show's premiere.


Richard Buxton of Tracksounds wrote an ambivalent review, calling the album a "valiant effort" and Djawadi's "most consistently satisfying work to date", but criticized the main theme as falling short of the expectations raised by the opening credits' animated sequence, and the score as a whole as "never quite reaching what it could have been".[2]

The main theme has inspired "countless" tributes and cover. Ls, according to[3] These include a violin version by Jason Yang[4], a metal version by Roger Lima[5], and a bleeping "8-bit" remix in the style of early video game music.[6]

Track listing

All music composed by Ramin Djawadi
No. Title Length
1 Main Title 1:46
2 North of the Wall 3:48
3 Goodbye Brother 3:07
4 The Kingsroad 2:06
5 The King's Arrival 3:34
6 Love in the Eyes 4:00
7 A Raven from King's Landing 1:16
8 The Wall 2:00
9 Things I do for Love 1:52
10 A Golden Crown 1:38
11 Winter Is Coming 2:41
12 A Bird Without Feathers 2:01
13 Await the King's Justice 2:00
14 You'll Be Queen One Day 1:35
15 The Assassin's Dagger 1:19
16 To Vaes Dothrak 1:28
17 Jon's Honor 2:35
18 Black of Hair 1:40
19 You Win Or You Die 1:57
20 Small Pack of Wolves 1:57
21 Game of Thrones 1:18
22 Kill Them All 2:35
23 The Pointy End 3:17
24 Victory Does Not Make Us Conquerors 1:36
25 When the Sun Rises in The West 2:40
26 King of the North 1:28
27 The Night's Wat 1:44
28 Fire and Blood 4:30
29 Finale 2:31
Total Length 66 min


  1. Ryan, Maureen, 'Game of Thrones' Changes Its Tune, Hires New Composer, accessed 20 July 2011TV Squad, 2 February 2011
  2. Buxton, Richard,Game of Thrones by Ramin Djawadiaccessed 20 July 2011Tracksounds
  3. Abramovitch, Seth, Emmys 2011: The Forgotten Categories, accessed 20 July 2011,| 14 July 2011
  4. Dooling, Annemarie, "Game of Thrones" Gets A Violin Cover|url=, accessed 20 July 2011, Huffington Post, 6 July 2011
  5. Bricken, Rob, Game of Thrones Opening - Metal Edition, accessed 9 March 2012,Topless Robot
  6. Harrison, Josh, 'Game of Thrones' Theme, 8-Bit Styleaccessed 20 July 2011, Ology 18 June 2011}}

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