The mystery of trailer music, or ‘Why can’t I buy that Game of Thrones trailer song?’

For the last few days, I’ve been watching the new Game of Thrones trailer on repeat. Before that, it was the spot for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. And there was a good amount of time a few years back when I played the third Force Awakens trailer for hours on end.

None of this is because I felt the need to see Cersei puffing out a breath of frigid air over and over again, or because watching Johnny Depp phone in another cash-grab performance as Jack Sparrow will somehow improve based upon the number of repeat viewings. No, I watch trailers on loop for the music — which is often created exclusively for use in these bits of preview footage, never making its way to the finished film or show, or even a dialogue-free…

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