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How Game of Thrones has influenced Spotify listeners


The eighth and final season of Game of Thrones (GoT) kicks off later this month. 14th April to be more precise, and with it brings the conclusion of one of the most followed series in TV history. While it promises to be a visual delight, the music from Game of Thrones is also something that fans also enjoy.

So much so that Spotify recently unpacked some of the insights that it’s gleaned from Game of Thrones fans who listen to content from and about the show on their streaming service, including everything from the most popular songs from the series, playlists made for specific characters and podcasts dedicated to dissecting every aspect of GoT.

With that in mind, let’s see what Spotify has uncovered.

Ever since songs and playlists related to the show were added to Spotify on 1st January 2016, the platform reportedly says 380 million streams have been done up until now, as well as 250 000 users creating playlists for GoT.

In fact said playlists could provide some insight as to who Game of Thrones fans want to see sit on the Iron Throne once season eight is done and dusted. To that end Tyrion Lannister, played brilliantly by Peter Dinklage, is the most popular with more than 7 700 playlists. Whether he will get to sit on the throne, remains to be seen.

The rest of the top 10 characters with user-generated playlists is as follows:

  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.

As for the soundtrack, the main title sequence is of course very popular, and one of the most listened to songs from the series. Some of the other popular songs are tied specifically to important scenes from GoT. The song playing when Jon Snow is brought back to life for example is in the top 10, as well as the sequence during which Cercei blows up the Sept of the Baelor.

If you’re interested in the rest of the top 10 songs, here they are:

1. Light of the Seven
Cersei blows up the Sept of Baelor Season 6, Ep.10

2. Main Title – From The “Game Of Thrones” Soundtrack
Featured during every episode. You know this!

3. The Winds of Winter
Arya sails to Braavos at the conclusion of Season 4

4. Blood of My Blood
Daenerys 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 Ended
Jon Snow, revived from the dead, greets his friends in the courtyard of Castle Black. Season 6, Ep.3

7. Winter Has Come
White raven flies over Winterfell, Jon and Sansa talk post Battle of the Bastards. Season 6, Ep.9

8. Khaleesi
Daenerys 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. Maester
Sam sees the Citadel library for the first time. Season 6, Ep.10.

The final piece of insight that Spotify has pertains to podcasts, which are quite popular as they often recap what happened in past episodes, highlight things that you may have missed, and also theorise what’s going to take place further along the season. Naturally for those who call themselves serious fans of Game of Thrones, a dedicated podcast is mandatory listening.

These are the top 10 GoT podcasts on Spotify: 

1. Binge Mode: Game of Thrones (U.S.A)

2. Oysters, Clams & Cockles: Game of Thrones (U.S.A)

3. A Cast of Kings – A Game of Thrones Podcast (U.S.A)

4. Game of Owns – The Game of Thrones podcast (U.S.A)

5. A Storm of Spoilers – A Game of Thrones Podcast (U.S.A)

6. Arya Talking To Me? – A Game of Thrones Podcast (Australia)

7. History of Westeros (Game of Thrones) (U.S.A)

8. EW’s Game of Thrones Weekly (U.S.A)

9. Boars, Gore and Swords: A Game of Thrones Podcast (U.S.A)

10. Game of Thrones – podkasten (Norway).

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