Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story, like the original series, is full of glorious romances, friendships, and a perfect collection of string covers that we’re never going to get enough of. From Beyoncé to Alicia Keys and the transcendent icon Whitney Houston, the Queen Charlotte covers album gorgeously celebrates and honors some of the most sensational Black artists of our time.
The series’ deliberate focus on the titular character and her history brings intentional storytelling to the forefront, allowing the album to thus beautifully thread her story with raw emotions. Queen Charlotte is a romance, yes, but it’s, first and foremost, an ode to the woman whose role in the franchise makes the story more complete. She might not be a part of the original book series, but there’s no denying that Golda Rosheuvel and India Amarteifio bring something instrumental to the story now. Thus, the soundtrack works wondrously to celebrate the queen’s story, making her the centerfold for much of the country’s fictional success.
The featured songs in the Queen Charlotte covers album are as close to perfect as they come. I remember wanting the cover of “Halo” for Kate and Anthony’s story in Bridgerton Season 2, but how it fits in the story here is entirely understandable and better. As my all-time favorite Beyoncé song, the scene becomes an absolute marvel with it.
And, of course, a story like this wouldn’t be complete without the ultimate love song — Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You.” The instrumental by Vitamin String Quartet is a dazzling treasure for which there are no words. It’s not always easy for everyone to recognize music from the first note, but a gem like this hits right from the start and holds listeners to the end. Further, for it to be the melody that celebrates Charlotte’s relationship with George brings promises to life in a stunning fashion.
Lastly, including a cover of Alicia Keys’ “If I Ain’t Got You” as well as a new rendition of the song featuring Keys brings the album to a close wonderfully. “Deja Vu,” “A Feeling I’ve Never Been,” “Run the World,” and “Nobody Gets Me” are each phenomenal choices as well. The song choices match both the character and the romance in an astounding manner, bringing yet another perfect cover album to our ears.
Listen to the Queen Charlotte covers album below, and let us know which tracks are your favorites.