Spotify shares Game of Thrones listening trends

What are the Game of Thrones listening trends? It’s a fact that  Game of Thrones is as much about sounds as sights, and as the beloved show prepares to enter its 8th and final season, we dig 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 January 1st 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.

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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 – more than 7,700.

The Game of Thrones’ soundtrack (scored by composer Ramin Djawadi) is also popular. It 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 January 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 Game of Thrones’ popularity has grown over the years, so too has interest in podcasts related to the series

Spotify listeners have spent almost 1.8 million hours listening to podcasts with Game of Thrones in the title, with “Binge Mode: Game of Thrones” serving as the most listened-to podcast. Its co-hosts Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion have a dedicated following thanks to their lively analysis of the show.

To time with Season 8, Spotify has unveiled a refresh of Spotify’s rock-influenced playlist “Game of Thrones: The End Is Coming” (formerly named “Songs of Ice and Fire”). It’s 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. Check out the full blog post for more on the playlist’s aim to create a consistent, pulse-racing vibe.

Are you rooting for House Stark, Lannister or Targaryen?

Wherever your allegiance lies, you can stream 7 different house-themed playlists curated by HBO and featuring Djawadi score songs that relate to each family’s journey on Game of Thrones. You’ll only find these playlists on Spotify by going to the TV & Movies hub.

As we bid farewell to this epic show, here are the top lists for Game of Thrones listening on Spotify…


Game of Thrones Characters with the most user-generated playlists globally:

  1. Tyrion Lannister
  2. Hodor
  3. Jon Snow
  4. Cersei Lannister
  5. Arya Stark
  6. Samwell
  7. Sansa Stark
  8. Melisandre
  9. Khal Drogo
  10. Jaime Lannister

Cersei blows up the Sept of Baelor

Most-streamed songs from official Game of Thrones soundtracks (from January 1, 2016 – April 1, 2019):

  1. Light of the SevenCersei blows up the Sept of Baelor Season 6, Ep.10
  2. Main Title – From The “Game Of Thrones” SoundtrackFeatured during every episode. You know this!
  3. The Winds of WinterArya sails to Braavos at the conclusion of Season 4
  4. Blood of My BloodDaenerys flies over her Dothraki khalasar on Drogon. Season 6, Ep.6
  5. The Rains of Castomere (performed by The National)End credits of Season 2, Ep.9, after the Lannisters win the Battle of the Blackwater
  6. My Watch Has EndedJon Snow, revived from the dead, greets his friends in the courtyard of Castle Black. Season 6, Ep.3
  7. Winter Has ComeWhite raven flies over Winterfell, Jon and Sansa talk post Battle of the Bastards. Season 6, Ep.9
  8. KhaleesiDaenerys emerges from the Temple of the Dosh Khaleen after setting it alight. Season 6, Ep.4
  9. I Need You by My Side (Bonus Track)Ser Jorah reveals to Daenerys that he has contracted the deadly disease, greyscale. Season 6, Ep.5
  10. MaesterSam sees the Citadel library for the first time. Season 6, Ep.10

Countries that stream the most Game of Thrones music (from January 1, 2016 – April 1, 2019):

  1. USA
  2. Germany
  3. UK
  4. Spain
  5. France
  6. Brazil
  7. Canada
  8. Mexico
  9. Sweden
  10. Netherlands

Binge Mode Game of Thrones Podcast

Most-streamed Game of Thrones podcasts globally (based on hours listened from January 1, 2016 – April 1, 2019)

  1. Binge Mode: Game of Thrones (USA)
  2. Oysters, Clams & Cockles: Game of Thrones (USA)
  3. A Cast of Kings – A Game of Thrones Podcast (USA)
  4. Game of Owns – The Game of Thrones podcast (USA)
  5. A Storm of Spoilers – A Game of Thrones Podcast (USA)
  6. Arya Talking To Me? – A Game of Thrones Podcast (Australia)
  7. History of Westeros (Game of Thrones) (USA)
  8. EW’s Game of Thrones Weekly (USA)
  9. Boars, Gore and Swords: A Game of Thrones Podcast (USA)
  10. Game of Thrones – podkasten (Norway)

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