You don’t need a perfect theme song to make your TV show a classic, but it sure helps. When it comes to modern TV themes, the Game of Thrones main title music (written by Ramin Djawadi) is one of the most instantly iconic. It’s hard to think of the massively successful, blood-soaked HBO series without it popping into your head.
Ahead of its season 6 premiere on April 24, we’re looking at the most popular Game of Thrones cover songs on YouTube (data comes courtesy YouTube).
While the majority are covers of the main theme, two are versions of the song “The Rains of Castamere” (including one by Sigur Ros).
What’s fairly inspiring about this list is that aside from a few, most of these are fan-made covers. Yes, some professional musicians have recorded Game of Thrones covers, but when it comes to online interest, it’s the versions from everyday fans that are making the biggest splashes.
Check them out below and get ready for the GoT premiere on April 24.
10. Game of Thrones Epic Music VN’s Best of Main Theme Version (Epic/Metal/Violin/Dubstep/Rap) – 3.5 million views
9. Game Of Thrones Theme – Sungha Jung Guitar cover – 3.6 million views
8. Game of Thrones Fowler Piano Cover – Main Title – 3.7 million views
7. Game of Thrones Theme – Postmodern Jukebox’s “Smooth” Version Scott Bradlee ft. Dave Koz – 3.8 million views
6. Sigur Rós – “The Rains of Castamere” (Game of Thrones Season 4) – 5.1 million views
5. Pisces Rising EPIC Game of Thrones Theme (Cover) + Fan Trailer – 6.1 million views
4. Jason Yang Game of Thrones Violin Cover – 8.7 million views
3. Game of Thrones – Lindsey Stirling & Peter Hollens (Cover) – 9.1 million views
2. Game of Thrones “The Rains Of Castamere” (Lannister Song Extended/Epic Heroic Vocal) – 10.3 million views
1. Game of Thrones Cello Cover – Break of Reality – 10.5 million views