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When you think of a ball during Regency England, the music that comes to mind might be that of a waltz, right? A violin gently plays as a gentleman gallantly takes the gloved arm of a lady whose hand he might ask for in marriage in a mere few weeks' time?
Well, like much of Netflix's Bridgerton, tradition is admired but not strictly adhered to, and the show is better for it. In fact, a few of Bridgerton's key music moments do feature instrumental performances that sound lovely... but also strikingly familiar.
No, you were not mistaken in thinking you heard Ariana Grande's anthem "thank u, next" during the first ball of the London season. String versions of a slew of pop hits were featured in Season 1 of the period drama series, and we've pulled all of them together for your listening pleasure.
Warning: Spoilers for Season 1 of Bridgerton follow.
"thank u, next" by Ariana Grande
At Lady Danbury's highly anticipated ball (by all but her nephew Simon Basset, the Duke of Hastings), the song heralding the arrival of Daphne Bridgerton and her peers is none other than Ariana Grande's "thank u, next," as strummed by the Vitamin String Quartet.
As Daphne makes her way through the fete with her mother Violet and her brother Viscount Anthony Bridgerton, he says thank u, next to all the suitors he deems unsuitable for his "diamond of the first water" sister. And as viewers, we'll keep saying thank u, next until a certain Duke makes Daphne's acquaintance...
"Girls Like You" by Maroon 5
As the Bridgerton and Featherington families await for strapping and eligible callers for their society girls the day after the ball, the Vitamin String Quartet is back again with Maroon 5's "Girls Like You." For while Daphne was handpicked by the Queen as the incomparable of the season, girls like Miss Marina Thompson shine even brighter the next day, as she swept the gents off their feet at Lady Danbury's soirée the previous evening (and without meddling and protective older brothers to scare them away.)
"In My Blood" by Shawn Mendes
Daphne's younger sister Eloise is terrified to enter society, as she doesn't want to walk the path expected of her to marry and have babies, let alone endure the difficult childbirth like her mother went through with her youngest sister Hyacinth. Instead, she wants to be independent and make her own money, channeling her fantasies of the life Lady Whistledown leads.
As she discusses her fears with her sister, who is the sparkling image of how an "out" society girl should behave, Shawn Mendes' "In My Blood" begins to play, and we cut to Daphne dancing at the ball with Simon, hinting at her own anxieties over marriage, children, and the possibility that she might be falling in love.
"bad guy" by Billie Eilish
On the cue of Violet Bridgerton informing Daphne not to worry when it comes to love, but to just "marry the man who feels like your dearest friend," Billie Eilish's "bad guy" leads us into another ball where co-conspirators Daphne and Simon heighten their ruse of courting further, with Simon playing the role of the "jealous suitor." But we all know they're really only trying to fool themselves, thinking they're such "tough guys" leading the ton on.
"Wildest Dreams" by Taylor Swift
Daphne and Simon aren't stuck just imagining the fantasies of what their relationship could have been. Rather, as they settle into their honeymoon as Duke and Duchess of Hastings at Clyvedon, they get to live out their "wildest dreams" over... and over... and over again.
And the perfect song to accompany their newlywed montage? None other than an instrumental rendition of Taylor Swift's "Wildest Dreams" by Duomo, as these two kids who "burn for each other" don't have to look in hindsight to see themselves tangled up with each other all night. That's not to say memories of rainy nights won't follow them around though...
Bridgerton is now streaming on Netflix.