Yes, You Heard Ariana Grande's "thank u next" on "Bridgerton"

McKenzie Jean-Philippe
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Yes, You Heard Ariana Grande's "thank u next" on "Bridgerton"

From Oprah Magazine

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.

  1. Ariana Grande's "thank u, next" by Vitamin String Quartet

  2. Maroon 5's "Girls Like You" by Vitamin String Quartet

  3. Shawn Mendes's "In My Blood" by Vitamin String Quartet

  4. Billie Eilish's "bad guy" by Vitamin String Quartet

  5. Celeste's "Strange (feat. Hillary Smith)" by Kris Bowers

  6. Taylor Swift's "Wildest Dreams" by Duomo

Listen to the Bridgerton season 1 covers EP here.

Bridgerton season 1 original score soundtrack by Kris Bowers.

  1. Flawless My Dear

  2. The Latest Whistledown

  3. We Could Form An Attachment

  4. Shock and Delight

  5. Simon and Lady Danbury

  6. What Women Do Best

  7. Call Me Simon

  8. Sommerset House

  9. When You Are Alone

  10. Feeling Exceptional

  11. What You Saw Was A Lie

  12. The Duel

  13. A Love Based on Friendship

  14. All is Fair in Love and War

  15. Miserable Together, Happy Apart

  16. Come With Me

  17. One Last Dance

  18. Love is A Choice

  19. A Grand Finish

Listen to the Bridgerton season 1 score here.

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