If you're gathering with friends tonight to celebrate the return of Daenarys Targaryen, Jon Snow, Tyrion Lannister and all the other scheming, sword-fighting, dragon-taming characters on "Game of Thrones," you might be looking for some music to set the mood beforehand.
Here are some of our humble suggestions:
1) MS MR, "Bones"
This spooky chillwave medley from the New York City duo was featured in one of the first trailers for Season 3.
2) Jason Yang, "Game of Thrones" opening theme, violin cover
Violinist Jason Wang plays one of the most haunting versions of the show's theme we've ever heard.
3) Johan Wendel, "Watch the Game of Thrones"
This mashup deliciously melds music and audio clips from the show with Kanye West and Jay-Z's "Watch the Throne."
4) Irish Moutarde, "The Bear and the Maiden Fair"
The show has enlisted American indie group the Hold Steady to play this song for the third season, but until we get to hear their version, give this Celtic rock-inflected version a listen.
5) Florence and the Machine, "Seven Devils"
This song was used in one Season 2 trailer, and has some appropriately epic lyrics, like "I don't want your money/ I don't want your crowd/ See I have to burn/ Your kingdom down."
6) Lich King, "Storm of Swords" [BE WARNED, there are some spoilers for Season 3 if you listen to the lyrics closely!]
Thrash metal and dark fantasy is a natural combination, of course.
7) Blind Guardian, "War of the Thrones (Acoustic)"
German power metal group Blind Guardian adds a little folkiness in this acoustic version of their 'Game of Thrones'-inspired ballad. It's pretty easy to imagine the Northern forces bellowing these lyrics as they march off to fight the Lannister armies.
8) Led Zeppelin, "Immigrant Song"
You really can't make a fantasy playlist without at least one Led Zeppelin song.
9) Two Steps From Hell, "Dark Harbor"
This orchestral arrangement, used in one Season 1 trailer, rachets up the tension.
10) The National, "The Rains of Castamere"
This favored song of all Casterly Rock bannermen -- here, performed by Ohio band The National -- commemorates the story of Tywin Lannister's merciless elimination of the entire House Reyne, and serves as a reminder that crossing the richest family in Westeros is a very unfortunate choice indeed.
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