Summary List PlacementNetflix’s “Bridgerton” takes place in early 19th century England, so viewers can expect plenty of the pianoforte, harp, and string quartets typical of period pieces set in the Regency era.
However, there are several songs in the historical drama series that may sound familiar even to those who have never watched a single Jane Austen adaptation.
“Bridgerton” creators incorporated classical covers of modern-day pop music throughout the first season of the Shondaland production.
For example, Ariana Grande’s “Thank U, Next” plays at the first ball of the season in the premiere, and Taylor Swift’s “Wildest Dreams” is in the background of Simon Basset (Regé-Jean Page) and Daphne Bridgerton’s (Phoebe Dyvenor) steamy love scene in episode six.
Songs like Billie Eilish’s “Bad Guy,” Shawn Mendes’ “In My Blood,” Maroon 5’s “Girls Like You,” and Celeste’s “Strange” are also featured in the first season.
The characters in “Bridgerton,” a series loosely based on Julia Quinn’s bestselling novels, exist in the early 1800s, so fans were surprised to hear current hits woven into the plot.
Given the fact that the series pushes the period piece genre in many ways, it makes sense that the show would include a touch of modernity, and many fans applauded the creativity.
The orchestral versions of popular pop songs in this show has its own album#Bridgerton pic.twitter.com/vhUeb6WKCs — David Grimmett (@TheDGrimmett) December 25, 2020
These violin pop hits #Bridgerton pic.twitter.com/cKBbeUbd87 — The Grand High Witch (@Ashapaloooza) December 25, 2020
GUYS I’m watching #Bridgerton screeners and it’s everything I’ve ever wanted. At a ball, they are playing an orchestral version of Thank U Next. — caryn welby-solomon (@carynwelbys) December 9, 2020
Feeling the Regency remix of “Thank U, Next” #Bridgerton #BridgertonBrunch pic.twitter.com/PsWQBsZAjV — Tracy Enid Flick (@JaneBoxer) December 25, 2020
A string quartet playing Ariana Grande’s “thank u, next” in a #Bridgerton scene? pic.twitter.com/qJZxz09jQI — Jason Carlos (@jaarlos) December 25, 2020
A string cover of Ariana Grande’s “thank u, next” AND Maroon 5’s “Girls Like You” in #Bridgerton pic.twitter.com/4guJrcmPhv — Nilofer Rajpurkar (@Nilli_Minaj) December 25, 2020
You have not lived until you’ve heard “Girls Like You” played by a string quartet 😁#bridgerton pic.twitter.com/78sKHNjyNl — Edi 🌼 (@EdytaS00) December 25, 2020
The Wildest Dreams string cover is #Bridgerton pic.twitter.com/fY0jCMbyno — Danielle Johns (@danijohns) December 26, 2020
Kris Bowers, an Emmy-winning composer who previously worked on “Green Book,” “Dear White People,” and “Mrs. America,” created the original tracks and classical covers for “Bridgerton.” Vitamin String Quartet and Duomo are also credited on the covers.
In a recent statement to Entertainment Weekly, Bowers said, “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.”
He continued: “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.”
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