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Besides the tell-tale British lilt of Julie Andrews, the breathtaking sets, and the show's leading man, Regé-Jean Page, one of the main contributors to the magic that is Netflix's Bridgerton is the music.
In the first episode of Shonda Rhimes's romantic period drama, we watch as Daphne and Simon fall for one another as they dance across a grand ballroom to the Vitamin String Quartet's instrumental version of Ariana Grande's "thank u, next." (Yes, you heard it right!) The 21st century pop hit playing in an 1813-set world is both jarring and delightful, and that's exactly what showrunner Chris Van Dusen wanted.
"The music for us was kind of an evolution we found when making the show as the cuts were coming in," he says. "It really goes to the idea of making this feel different than your other period shows. Whether it's music or the world of the show, the scripts, the sets, the costumes; it all comes back to infusing things through our own unique modern lens and making things feel relatable to whoever's watching."
Emmy-winning composer Kris Bowers is the man responsible for the Bridgerton soundtrack. (He also worked on When They See Us, Greenbook, and Mrs. America). In addition to curating a variety of instrumental covers of our favorite top 40 tunes, Bowers also created the show's original 19 track orchestral score, with many of the musicians recording the songs themselves because of the pandemic.
“I'm so thankful to not only have been a part of this incredible show, but to also make music like this with all of our musicians recording remotely," Bowers said in a press release. "I couldn't have done this without my team and the amazing musicians who put a tremendous amount of heart and emotion into this score, all from their home studios."
If you'd like to listen to the Bridgeton soundtrack, we have the song list—and links to stream all the tracks—below.
Bridgerton season 1 cover songs.
Celeste's "Strange (feat. Hillary Smith)" by Kris Bowers
Bridgerton season 1 original score soundtrack by Kris Bowers.
Flawless My Dear
The Latest Whistledown
We Could Form An Attachment
Shock and Delight
Simon and Lady Danbury
What Women Do Best
Call Me Simon
When You Are Alone
What You Saw Was A Lie
A Love Based on Friendship
All is Fair in Love and War
Miserable Together, Happy Apart
Come With Me
One Last Dance
Love is A Choice
A Grand Finish
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