Why Netflix’s Bridgerton<\/em> Soundtrack Is Surprisingly Familiar

The first season of Netflix’s new romantic period drama series, Bridgerton, is full of surprises. Perhaps the greatest surprise of all: the show (produced by Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal’s Shonda Rhimes) features a soundtrack that causes some serious head scratching.

During Episode 1, when Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor) arrives at her first ball and falls for Simon Basset (Regé-Jean Page) as they dance together around the ballroom, you might’ve heard a strangely familiar tune. No, you’re not going crazy. That’s Ariana Grande’s “Thank U, Next” playing in the background, performed by Vitamin String Quartet. The Bridgerton series, which has become one of Netflix’s biggest series to date, features covers of more than one noticeable hit song in its string quartet version, from Maroon 5 to Billie Eilish.

“The music for us was kind of an evolution we found when making the show as the cuts were coming in,”Bridgerton creator and showrunner Chris Van Dusen told O. “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.”

The soundtrack gives a classical spin to contemporary pop songs to perfectly fit the time of the show, set in 1813 London. Check out all the classical covers in the binge-worthy series Bridgerton, streaming now on Netflix.

Episode 1

“Thank U, Next” – Ariana Grande

“Girls Like You” – Maroon 5

Episode 2

“In My Blood” – Shawn Mendes

Episode 3

“bad guy” – Billie Eilish

Episode 5

“Love Yourself” – Sufjan Stevens

“Strange” – Celeste

Episode 6

“Wildest Dreams,” – Taylor Swift

But the reason your ears may be fooled by these pop songs turned classical is because they are surrounded by the series’ original orchestral score, thanks to Emmy Award-winning composer Kris Bowers.

Check out the 19 original songs from Bowers for Bridgerton below.

“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”

“Sommerset House”

“When You Are Alone”

“Feeling Exceptional”

“What You Saw Was A Lie”

“The Duel”

“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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