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Bridgerton Season 3 Soundtrack: Every Modern Song Cover & When They Play

Summary

  • Bridgerton season 3’s soundtrack features modern covers perfectly tuned for the time period, enhancing key moments like Penelope and Colin’s story.
  • Recognizable modern songs like “Dynamite” by BTS and “Yellow” by Coldplay play a pivotal role in Bridgerton season 3’s key events and character development.
  • The use of modern music in Bridgerton season 3 adds an exciting and emotional layer to the show, enhancing the overall viewing experience.



Warning: This article contains spoilers for Bridgerton season 3.

A truly underrated part of each Bridgerton season is the soundtrack, which includes Regency covers of modern songs, a theme which continues into season 3. Without words and played mostly by string quartets, these songs are both recognizable, yet perfectly tuned for the time period. Overall, Bridgerton season 3’s soundtrack brings the same excitement that was apparent in season 1, 2, and Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story’s soundtrack.

There are several moments where Bridgerton season 3’s soundtrack is pivotal for Penelope and Colin’s story. Key scenes from Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton book have amazing modern music behind them. This includes the fan-favorite carriage scene, Penelope’s transformation, and Colin and Penelope’s wedding. However, it is not just big climactic moments that receive great music. Like any Bridgerton season, the many balls and events include songs that audiences might recognize.


Every Modern Song That Plays In Bridgerton Season 3

Which Episode It Plays In

abc by Gayle

Episode 1

Dynamite by BTS

Episode 2

Jealous by Nick Jonas

Episode 2

Cheap Thrills by Sia

Episode 3

Happier Than Ever by Billie Eilish

Episode 3

Snow on the Beach by Taylor Swift and Lana Del Ray

Episode 4

Give Me Everything by Pitbull

Episode 4

Confident by Demi Lovato

Episode 5

pov by Ariana Grande

Episode 6

Yellow by Coldplay

Episode 7

You Belong With Me by Taylor Swift

Episode 7

Lights by Ellie Goulding

Episode 8


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Bridgerton Season 3, Episode 1

“Out Of The Shadows”

abcdefu by Gayle – Cover by Vitula: The first glimpse of modern music Bridgerton has to offer in season 3 is a stripped down string quartet version of Gayle’s “abcdefu” by Vitula. This song plays as Penelope enters a ball sporting an entirely new look. Unlike her citrus colored dresses of season 1 and 2, Penelope dons a fashionable emerald green gown with her hair in luxurious waves. The song shows Pen’s newfound confidence, and is a signal to her peers that she no longer cares what they have to say about her.


Bridgerton Season 3, Episode 2

How Bright The Moon

Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan) looking uncomfortable at a gala upon discovering that everyone is talking about her in Bridgerton season 3 Part 1
Image via Netflix

Dynamite by BTS – Cover by Vitamin String Quarter: A very catchy tune in Bridgerton season 3 appears in episode 2. It is an instrumental version of BTS’s “Dynamite,” covered by the Vitamin String Quartet. The song plays at a ball when Colin helps Penelope make an attempt at flirting with suitors. Meanwhile Eloise finds her groove by making a group of young women laugh with her speaking abilities.

Jealous by Nick Jonas – Cover by Shimmer: Another cover plays in the second episode of Bridgerton season 3 and that is “Jealous,” by Nick Jonas, covered by Shimmer. The song plays when Penelope tells Colin that a suitor has asked to see her tomorrow. Moments later, the ton begins to whisper about Penelope, as they discover Colin has been helping her find a husband. “Jealous” perfectly reflects both Colin’s perspective on Penelope and the ton’s.


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Bridgerton Season 3, Episode 3

Forces Of Nature

Cheap Thrills by Sia – Cover by Vitamin String Quartet: One song in Bridgerton season 3 that is almost immediately recognizable is “Cheap Thrills” by Sia, covered by the Vitamin String Quartet. This song plays as the Bridgerton’s pull up to the latest ball. Colin recognizes his feelings for Penelope, just as she becomes closer with Lord Debling. At the same time, Violet Bridgerton meets Lady Danbury’s brother, Marcus, and the two share an unexpectedly electric moment.


Happier Than Ever by Billie Eilish – Cover by Vitamin String Quarter: At the same ball, another Vitamin String Quartet cover plays. This time it is “Happier Than Ever,” by Billie Eilish. The song plays when Penelope and Lord Debling share a pleasant dance, and Penelope realizes that this romance may actually work out. In the mean time, Colin watches on, now knowing that he loves Penelope, and she may be slipping through his fingers.

Bridgerton Season 3, Episode 4

Old Friends

Jessica Madsen as Cressida Cowper and Claudia Jessie as Eloise Bridgerton in a Bridgerton season 3 still

Snow on the Beach by Taylor Swift & Lana Del Ray – Cover by Atwood Quartet: It would not be Bridgerton without a bit of Taylor Swift’s musical genius. After Colin cuts into Penelope and Lord Debling’s dance, a cover of Taylor Swift and Lana Del Ray’s “Snow on the Beach” plays. This song’s angst is perfect as Penelope tries to understand why Colin is acting this way.


Give Me Everything by Pitbull – Cover by Archer Marsh: After Lord Debling breaks things off with her, Penelope rides away from the ball in a carriage. Colin quickly catches her and they bicker. However, the fighting ultimately turns into a declaration of love, which soon becomes a steamy makeout session to “Give Me Everything” by Pitbull, covered by Archer Marsh. This is the romantic note on which Bridgerton season 3, part 1 ends.

The carriage scene was written by Julia Quinn in her fourth Bridgerton novel, “Romancing Mister Bridgerton.”

Bridgerton Season 3, Episode 5

Tick Tock

Luke Newton as Colin Bridgerton and Nicola Coughlan as Penelope Featherington standing in front of a mirror in Bridgerton season 3 part 2


pov by Ariana Grande: In Bridgerton season 3, episode 5, Penelope and Colin visit their new home. Alone for the first time as an engaged couple, the pair share another intimate moment and decide to sleep together for the first time. Throughout the scene, a stripped down quartet version of Ariana Grande’s “pov” plays. This scene is particularly momentous because it includes the mirror moment from Julia Quinn’s novel.

Bridgerton Season 3, Episode 6

Romancing Mister Bridgerton

Confident by Demi Lovato – Cover by Archer Marsh: At the Mondrich’s ball, an Archer Marsh cover of Demi Lovato’s “Confident” plays as Cressida Cowper walks in pretending to be Lady Whistledown. Although the crowd judges Cressida, the song hints at her newfound power. The moment is satisfying for Cressida, who is finally having her moment in the sun, but devastating for Penelope, who is losing her false identity.


Bridgerton Season 3, Episode 7

Joining Of Hands

Luke Newton as Colin Bridgerton and Nicola Coughlan as Penelope Featherington About to Kiss in Bridgerton season 3

Yellow by Coldplay – Cover by Vitamin String Quarter: Another very recognizable song in Bridgerton season 3 is “Yellow” by Coldplay, covered by the Vitamin String Quartet. The iconic tune plays as Penelope walks down the aisle during her and Colin’s wedding. Despite the tension between the couple, it is a sweet and romantic moment as their families watch on with pride.

You Belong With Me by Taylor Swift – Cover by Duomo: The second and final Taylor Swift song featured in Bridgerton season 3 is her 2008 classic, “You Belong With Me,” covered by Duomo. It plays during Colin and Penelope’s wedding breakfast, when the two decide to dance together in the light of the day in front of everyone. Seeing Penelope finally break free of her wallflower status is incredibly touching.


Bridgerton season 3 is the first season to include a friends-to-lovers romance.

Bridgerton Season 3, Episode 8

Into The Light

Penelope (Nicola Coughlan) looking worried in Bridgerton season 3 Part 2
Image via Netflix

Lights by Ellie Goulding – Cover by Archer: The final modern song to play in Bridgerton season 3 is “Lights” by Ellie Goulding, covered by Archer. The song comes on during the Dankworth-Finch ball hosted by Penelope’s sisters, Prudence and Philippa. As couples waltz to the Regency cover, Bridgerton season 3’s cast of characters settle in for one final reveal from Penelope herself.


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