The Music Your Favorite Game of Thrones Characters Listen to

Posted on: May 13th, 2019 at 5:09 am by

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Through seven-and-five-sixths seasons of Game of Thrones, one question has nagged us. No, it’s not who will ultimately sit, and rule, on the Iron Throne – after the “Red Wedding” we don’t take anything for granted with this show. Rather, it’s what the hell kind of music are these characters listening to? Here’s our definitive, albeit subjective list of their musical proclivities (beware of spoilers).

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Jon Snow

With a greasy mop like that, it’s no surprise that Snow is a metalhead. When he’s not riding dragons or dealing with the incestuous turmoil of schtupping his aunt, he’s sneaking off to Dreadfort to see DragonForce perform Valley of the Damned in its entirety. He’s also partial to the Deftones. Just don’t tell the warriors of Winterfell that his guilty pleasure Matchbox 20 gets more spins than Metallica.

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Sansa Stark

Sansa’s temperament is measured. Sure, her time at Dreadfort changed her, but it didn’t change her silent judgement of every philistine bumbling around Winterfell. So what, pray tell, does the self-important Lady of Winterfell listen to? Classical. But not Beethoven or Mozart. While shooting dirty looks at Danay, Sansa quietly hums Berlioz’s ‘Symphonie Fantastique’ during meetings in the Great Hall. She later retires to her room to listen to the “Ring Cycle” by Wagner, all the while biding her time. Because if everyone dies battling Cersei, then maybe, just maybe, she’ll find herself on the Iron Throne.

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Arya Stark

Arya is as deep into ’90s grunge as she’s into her kill list. When Melisandre reiterated her prophecy, Arya realized that she had a job to do, and then ran off … to get her earbuds. Because nothing motivates jumping out of darkness to slay the Night King the way the last minute of Rage Against the Machine’s “Sleep Now in the Fire” does. Or, let’s be honest, any RATM song. Don’t bother asking her what favorite band is – a girl has no favorites.

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Bran Stark

Bran listens to the rustling leaves of the weirwood tree and everyone else’s problems. There isn’t room for tunes in his perpetual clairvoyant, high-as-a-kite mental state. He likes the sounds of silence – no music is still music, mannn.

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Cersei Lannister

Cersei’s musical taste, much like her allegiance, is all over the map. She’s been known to amp herself up for a familial killing to Kanye’s Graduation album. She found solace in REM’s “Everybody Hurts” after her walk of shame through Kings Landing. Her playlists range from Norwegian Death Metal to lullabies, from Jagged Little Pill to “Man, I Feel Like a Woman.” She exclusively uses streaming services, because buying an album is for the sentimental and weak.

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Tyrion Lannister

He might not be in line to be king, but he definitely digs the King, and never passes up the opportunity to sing “Viva Las Vegas” at a karaoke bar in Braavos. He also enjoys the art of the verbal spar, and usually argues the finer points of why the Stones trounce the Beatles, much to Tormund’s annoyance. Typically while pouring the perfect goblet.

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Tormund Giantsbane

Tormund is a die-hard Beatlemaniac. He relates to the womanizing charms of Paul, but deep down knows he’s Ringo. He really wants to get back to the North to see if his vinyl collection survived the White Walker invasion – he has all the early Beatles records in mono, except for the Help soundtrack. He’s always in an ongoing, yet futile argument with Tyrion.

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Jaime Lannister

The infamous “Kingslayer” has had Monsters of Rock and Monster Ballads on repeat since before he started crushing on his twin sister. Other power ballads that speak to him are Peter Cetera’s “Glory of Love,” Van Halen’s “Can’t Stop Lovin’ You,” and anything by Meat Loaf. He’s the perfect show companion, because like a true Lannister, he always repays his debts. Whose turn is it to go to the bar? Doesn’t matter – Jaime’s got this round.

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Daenerys Targaryen

You’d think that a woman hell-bent on ruling the seven kingdoms would be inspired by the likes of Beyonce, or maybe Aretha Franklin. Nope. When she’s out of earshot from her inner circle, the mother of dragons instead plots world domination to the basic radio jams of Paramore, Selena Gomez, and Kelly Clarkson. If only Jon knew…

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