10 Variations on the Game of Thrones Theme Song

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HBO's Game of Thrones has an iconic credits sequence, featuring a theme song composed by Ramin Djawadi. It's weirdly catchy and hummable—and it's an easy geek test to hum this and see if other people pick up on it. I've collected 10 cover versions of the song for your geeky enjoyment. Bundle up: winter is coming.

1. NESKeytar

Greig Stewart combined a Guitar Hero controller with an old school Nintendo to create the NESKeytar he used in this cover. Bonus: The NES still works as a separate gaming system!

2. Floppy Drives

Eight floppy drives playing in sync. The geekery is extreme. If you like this, check out Phantom of the Floppera.

3. Violin

A beautiful electric/acoustic violin version by Jason Yang.

4. Hard Rock

Roger Lima overdubs some metal riffage, drums, electric bass, and several layers of electric guitar. Also pertinent: Jason Yang and Roger Lima mashed up.

5. Metal

Charlie Parra del Riego shreds.

6. Classical Guitar

Five guitar tracks!

7. Solo Piano

Bonus geek cred if you know the answer to his opening question.

8. 8-bit

YouTube commenter skinke says it best: "No? 'Game of Tones'? That's a missed opportunity if I've ever seen one."

9. Piano and Violin

Lara, coverer of video game music, takes a shot at this one, purely by ear. Wow.

10. Guitar, Cello, Drums, Shaker, Flute

Talent show players for the win!

This post originally appeared in 2012.

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