The music for the series is composed by Ramin Djawadi. The first season's soundtrack, written in about ten weeks before the show's premiere, was published by Varèse Sarabande in June 2011. Soundtrack albums for the subsequent seasons have also been published, featuring tracks performed by the bands The National, The Hold Steady and Sigur Rós.
The series' instrumental title music has been covered numerous times. Lyrics were added for the first time in 2014, when "Weird Al" Yankovic performed a parody version during the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards presentation. In 2015, Forte Tenors added lyrics based on High Valyrian text for their operatic performance and music video, released in March.
Under the watchful eye of his mentor Captain Mike Kennedy, probationary firefighter Jack Morrison matures into a seasoned veteran at a Baltimore fire station. Jack has reached a crossroads, however, as the sacrifices he's made have put him in harm's way innumerable times and significantly impacted his relationship with his wife and kids. Responding to the worst blaze in his career, he becomes trapped inside a 20-story building. And as he reflects on his life, now Assistant Chief Kennedy frantically coordinates the effort to save him.
The debut by “The Ladder” was a dream come true for all fans of FM as many of the songs were FM songs that never saw the light of day. With this in mind, “Future Miracles” was welcome by fans old and new and it was hailed by many as the best album of 2004. A difficult task for the band lay ahead, recording a follow up to the debut was never going to be easy. However, here we are with “Sacred”, an album that hones the identity of “The Ladder”. What we have here is melodic rock that reflects the times, with the classic Overland vocal prowess. Beautiful melodies and strong song-writing are all present here, this is very strong material and will whisk the band to the grand heights they deserve. A new Era has dawned.