You can’t talk about Bridgerton without mentioning its soundtrack full of epic string quartet pop covers.
While furiously bingeing the first season of Bridgerton, it may have taken you a second to realize why those string melodies sounded so familiar. Well, thine ears did not deceive you. You were hearing some of the catchiest and most popular songs of the moment, all dressed up in their Regency era best.
The show’s score was supplemented by string covers of songs like Ariana Grande’s “thank u, next,” to Billie Eilish’s “bad guy,” and of course, Taylor Swift’s “Wildest Dreams,” which played over one of the most talked about scenes of the season.
The Bridgerton season 2 soundtrack track list has been announced, and it looks like it will follow the same format as the first. The soundtrack will include classical style covers of songs from artists like Harry Styles, Rihanna, Nirvana and Alanis Morissette, and we can’t wait to see how the show uses them.
However, we can’t help but feel disappointed that a few of the biggest pop songs of the last couple years, and several songs that have lived in our minds rent-free for far longer than that, didn’t make the cut.
While we’re waiting with bated breath to hear Miley’s “Wrecking Ball” melody steal the whole damn season, here are some songs we think would have made the Bridgerton season 2 soundtrack even better. Fingers crossed that some of these make it in season 3!
‘Bridgerton’ season 2 soundtrack wishlist
‘drivers license’ – Olivia Rodrigo
Olivia Rodrigo’s Sour was the album of 2021, so the album’s first single would have made an amazing addition to the Bridgerton season 2 soundtrack. I can hear the Vitamin String Quartet song being played over a scene of Penelope Featherington pining over Colin, revisiting one of the most established plot lines from season 1. My heart is hurting just thinking about it!
‘Heat Waves’ – Glass Animals
The ‘Ton’s “season” comes equipped with heat waves of all types. Whether you’re sweating through your suit because of the summer sun, or because the girl across the park is gazing in your direction, everything is definitely feeling hot, hot, hot.
The Vitamin String Quartet cover of “Heat Waves” by Glass Animals is the perfect vibe for a season or episode opener as everyone prepares for the inevitable roller coaster that will be the season ahead. Based on the song’s lyrics, it would also be a perfect accompaniment for Anthony Bridgerton, the focus of Bridgerton season 2, who may be wondering if he’s ready to give a wife the life she deserves.
‘WAP’ – Cardi B feat. Megan Thee Stallion
Look no further than that Bridgerton season 1, episode 6, sex montage to discover why this song would be completely appropriate for the show. Not only was “WAP” a true defining music moment during the time between Bridgerton seasons 1 and 2, but it would also be an awesome anthem for a woman discovering her sexuality, which is a fraught path in the ‘Ton.
This could play during one of the initial encounters Anthony has with his new wife, or even at one of the parties we’re hoping Benedict Bridgerton finds himself returning to. And luckily, Vitamin String Quartet already has a cover ready to go for the show to use!
‘Blank Space’ – Taylor Swift
After the epic use of Taylor Swift’s “Wildest Dreams” in Bridgerton season 1, we can’t help but wonder how they could utilize more of her hits. And in a show that’s basically a Regency era Gossip Girl, what better anthem for Lady Whistledown than T. Swift’s “Blank Space”! She’s got a blank space, baby. And if you’re not careful, she’ll definitely write your name!
GTA Strings has a delightful cover of the song that would fit beautifully in any season on Bridgerton!
‘Don’t Start Now’ – Dua Lupa
Since it looks like Anthony will be caught between two sisters in Bridgerton season 2, Dua Lipa’s “Don’t Start Now” would be an amazing dance floor declaration for a woman who’s being admired while not being chosen. I can already feel the tension, and it would have been amazing to see and hear this play out on screen with the Vitamin String Quartet cover.
‘I Write Sins Not Tragedies’ – Panic! At The Disco
This track just feels perfect for the Bridgerton boys, particularly Anthony and Benedict. I could definitely hear the Vitamin String Quartet cover of “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” playing at one of Benedict’s parties or as Anthony partakes in some extra-curricular activities at the beginning of the season.
That being said, the song builds in such interesting ways that I could also imagine it being used in a more romantic way, or even as an anthem as Lady Whistledown’s latest column is being delivered. This is definitely one they should keep in mind for future seasons of Bridgerton.
‘Chasing Cars’ – Snow Patrol
We may have to call the Bridgerton remix “Chasing Carriages,” but this song captures the feeling of being lost in a moment while falling in love so well that it’s practically begging to be used on the show. When the characters get away from the madness of the season and find a real moment together, the Simply Three cover of this song would set the perfect tone.
‘Kiss Me More’ – Doja Cat feat. SZA
Doja Cat’s “Kiss Me More” was a huge hit in 2021, and it would be another great episode opener, or an excellent accompaniment to a flirty moment between Anthony and Kate or Edwina. Yet again, the Vitamin String Quartet has anticipated our desires by recording the perfect cover of this fun track.
‘Love Story’ – Taylor Swift
Balconies in summer air, lights, parties, ball gowns, crowds, hellos…can you get any more Bridgerton than that? And that’s just in the first verse! Taylor Swift’s “Love Story” tells the classic story of finding real love despite all of the pressures placed on you, which again, is absolutely perfect for the show.
This is another song that fits so well it definitely has to be used in Bridgerton at some point, especially since the Stringspace String Quartet has recorded the perfect string cover for it.
‘Wicked Games’ – The Weeknd
Few artists are as synonymous with sensuality as The Weeknd, so we can’t wait for one of his songs to be featured alongside Bridgerton’s now famous sex scenes. “Wicked Games,” specifically, would be perfect for one of the Bridgerton men, so if Anthony can’t have this Vitamin String Quartet cover, we hope Benedict or Colin can!
‘We Found Love’ – Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris
Unfortunately, the ‘Ton’s “season” does kind of feel like a “hopeless place” to find real love. Was this what Rihanna was talking about in her 2011 hit featuring Calvin Harris? Probably not, but it still works!
The Bridgerton season 2 soundtrack will include “Diamonds” by Rihanna, but we think this super fun “We Found Love” cover by 2CELLOS would be an equally good choice for a celebratory dance floor scene near the end of the season.
‘Helpless’ – ‘Hamilton’ cast
While Hamilton premiered in 2015, it reached a whole new audience when it appeared on Disney Plus in 2020. It would be so cool to hear a song from the musical on the Bridgerton soundtrack, and since season 2 has a focus on sisters with Anthony’s potential love interests, Kate and Edwina, “Helpless” would be the perfect song for it.
The Midnite String Quartet cover of the song would play very well over an outdoor scene where one of the women sees their suitor for the first time, before things get a whole lot more complicated.
‘willow’ – Taylor Swift
Yes, we have another Taylor Swift song on the list, but she is kind of the undisputed queen of love songs, so can you blame us? Willow is a great courtship song, so it would be amazing in a scene near the beginning of the season when the characters are just beginning to fall in love. The Chiqas have a really cool string cover of the song that would be a great addition to the Bridgerton season 2 soundtrack.
‘Iris’ – Goo Goo Dolls
“And I’d give up forever to touch you” is kind of the perfect sentiment for the way things work in the ‘Ton, where one misplaced hand could mean the ruin of a woman’s honor. “Iris” would be a great song for Anthony, who’s hamstrung by his Viscount title, but still wants someone to understand him. It’s also the quintessential love song for a generation, so this Vitamin String Quartet cover would not be wasted on any Bridgerton season soundtrack.
‘Watermelon Sugar’ – Harry Styles
The Bridgerton season 2 soundtrack will feature “Sign of the Times” by Harry Styles, which is one of the song’s we’re most excited to hear. However, there’s another Harry Styles song that would fit in just as well to the soundtrack. Harry’s “Watermelon Sugar” was the song of the summer in 2019, and it could also be the song of the ‘Ton’s season if used correctly! It’s such a flirty and beautiful song, and we would have loved to hear the Vitamin String Quartet cover on the Bridgerton season 2 soundtrack.