Having trouble waiting for the next episode of Game Of Thrones Season 8 to air? I don’t blame you; I certainly am. But hey, guess what? If you need something to help you scratch that Westerosi itch in the meantime, these Spotify playlists for all the Game Of Thrones Houses curated by HBO should help. Or perhaps more accurately, all the Game Of Thrones Houses and other entities; we couldn’t forget the Night’s Watch and the White Walkers, could we? Spotify themselves put together each of these playlists in the weeks leading up to last Sunday’s premiere, and, well… let’s just say they’re the perfect soundtrack for spring. Even if it’s actually, finally, winter in Westeros now.
(Now would probably be a good time to alert you to the fact that there are mild spoilers for all season of Game Of Thrones scattered throughout this post. I'm assuming you wouldn't be reading this if you weren't already into the series, but in the event that you're not, you've been warned.)
Spotify is no stranger to curated playlists; indeed, that’s one of the things the music streaming service is most well-known for: Both via its algorithmic ability to pick out music it thinks you’ll like based on the other stuff you listen to, and via its human-driven programming, which offers everything from themed playlists to celebrity takeovers. (Who else loved the slate of Us programming that rolled out when Jordan Peele’s sophomore effort hit cinemas back in March?) Given that the final season of Game Of Thrones is one of the most hotly-anticipated television events in ages, it’s no surprise that Spotify would want to highlight the show's truly excellent score — and what better way to do so than by using the Westerosi Houses as the lens, with HBO themselves curating the lists?
Speaking of, it’s worth noting that each playlist is composed almost entirely of the pieces from the show’s score — that is, the musical themes and motifs from Game Of Thrones itself which are most associated with each House or entity have been plucked out and assembled into playlists of around 30 to 45 tracks each. There are a few exceptions; tracks recorded by contemporary bands specifically for the show appear in a couple of places. (Hi there, “The Rains of Castamere” as recorded by the National and “The Bear and the Maiden Fair” as played by the Hold Steady.) Mostly, though, we’re dealing with the orchestral music composed by Ramin Djawadi over the course of the show’s eight-season run — “Needle” on the House Stark playlist, “The Light of the Seven” on the House Lannister playlist, and so on and so forth. If you’re looking for playlists made of, say, the kinds of things you think Arya might listen to while she trains or what you think the Night King jams out to on his days off, you won’t find that here.
The playlists can be a little difficult to find, though, so here — I’ve taken the liberty of embedding them all in one easily accessible list for you. You can play them in Spotify’s web player right here, or copy and paste the URLs into the search bar of the Spotify app if you’d rather listen to them there.