Warning: Spoilers for The Crown season 4 are ahead.
Princess Diana has finally arrived at Buckingham Palace and she's bringing a lot of good music with her. The Crown season 4 soundtrack is far less stodgy this time around. No offence to the score fit for a queen — literally, in this case — but this time around, we're excited to hear pop royalty like Elton John, Diana Ross and, quite appropriately, Queen enter the mix.
Since The Crown is inspired by real events in royal history — these 10 episodes are set in the '80s — it's no surprise that the music is also true to real life. For instance, Princess Diana's favourite band really was Duran Duran, which, it turns out, is also really good music to roller skate to. A handy bit of info in 2020.
Thanks to the people's princess, played by Emma Corrin, this season's tracklist feels more modern. Not to mention way more emo — The Cure and Joy Division both pop up. But The Crown's season 4 soundtrack also sets the tone for the anger that came with Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's reign. For all the pomp and circumstance of Diana's favourite songs, this season's soundtrack also takes aim at the U.K. leader. It's hard not to imagine Queen Elizabeth clutching her pearls while listening to some of these songs — and that's part of the fun.2 of 29
Episode 3: Diana Ross, "Upside Down"
After being proposed to and quickly sent back to London, Diana bops along to this 1980 dance party anthem on her drive home. 3 of 29
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Episode 3: Stevie Nicks, "Edge Of Seventeen"
Diana Spencer wasn't 17 when she got engaged, but she might have felt like a giddy teenager. Hence this 1981 song becoming the soundtrack for her hen do.
Later, Nicks' isolated vocals
play after the two get married.
Episode 3: "God Save The Queen"
Diana and her friends sing the royal anthem — and national anthem of the UK — as they get ready to call it a night. How cheeky of them. 5 of 29
Episode 3: Ultravox, "Vienna"
The 1980 electro pop song is Diana's alarm during her early, and quite lonely, palace days.6 of 29
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Episode 3: Duran Duran, "Girls On Film"
Roller girl Diana takes a spin around the palace with this 1981 pop classic playing on her walkman — something Diana might have actually done
Episode 3: Elton John, "Song For Guy"
Elton John's 1978 mostly instrumental piece plays as Diana ditches her ballet lessons for something a little less stodgy. 8 of 29
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Episode 3: "I Vow to Thee, My Country"
This British patriotic hymn plays as Prince Charles leaves Camilla (Emerald Fennell) to head towards the altar with Diana.
Fun fact: Diana personally requested this song, which played at Winston Churchill's funeral, play at her wedding
. It would later play at her funeral.
Episode 5: The Cure, "Boys Don't Cry"
The Queen's soon to be unwelcome visitor Michael Fagan (Tom Brooke) listened to the goth pop track, first released in 1979, as he lights another cigarette. 10 of 29
Episode 5: Elvis Costello, "No Action"
As Michael paints, Elvis Costello's 1977 new wave track plays. 11 of 29
Episode 5: The Specials, "Monkey Man"
The bar where Michael drowns his sorrows is playing this 1979 ska cover of the Toots & Maytals track about losing a girl. 12 of 29
Episode 5: Joy Division, "Twenty Four Hours"
A gloomy Michael gets an appropriately dreary soundtrack with the 1980 post-punk track about loneliness from the tragic English band. 13 of 29
Episode 5: "Rule Britannia"
As war wages, Michael's neighbours sing the patriotic song — a poem of the same name first set to music in 1740 — that is strongly associated with the Royal Navy. 14 of 29
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Episode 5: The English Beat, "Whine and Grine/ Stand Down Margaret"
As the credits roll, the 1980 reggae song plays as an F-U to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. It's actually a cover though. "The Whine and Grine" was originally written by Prince Buster
, a Jamaican singer-songwriter and producer.
Episode 6: "Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You"
While in Australia, Diana and Charles share a dance to a live rendition of the 1967 song originally sung by Frankie Valli. 16 of 29
Episode 7: Dean Martin, "C'est Si Bon"
The 1962 cover of the popular 1947 French song by Henri Betti become the perfect getting ready soundtrack for Princess Margaret (Helena Bonham Carter).17 of 29
Episode 7: David Bowie, "Let's Dance"
Princess Margaret put on her red shoes to dance to the titular hit from Bowie's 1983 album.18 of 29
Episode 7: Connie Francis, "Fallin'"
Princess Margaret goes full lounge singer with her oceanside rendition of the 1958 Connie Francis hit, co-written by Neil Sedaka. 19 of 29
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Episode 8: Linton Kwesi Johnson, "Fite Dem Back"
The 1979 reggae track becomes an anthem for the youth who are none too happy with Margaret Thatcher's leadership on apartheid. The Jamaican singer and poet was a favourite of David Bowie's
Episode 8: Linton Kwesi Johnson, "Inglan Is A Bitch"
As the credits roll it's the Jamaican singer who lived in London who returns with this 1980 dub track. Seriously, tell us how you really feel. 21 of 29
Episode 9: Verdi, "Otello, Act I: Una Vela!"
It's a night at the opera for Prince Charles' birthday. Specifically, this offering from Verdi's play based on Shakespeare's play Othello. 22 of 29
Episode 9: Tchaikovsky, "Swan Lake, Pas De Deux (1), Act III"
The fun doesn't stop at Prince Charles' b-day, which included a performance of one of the most popular ballets of all time.
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Episode 9: Beethoven, "Fidelio: Act 2 In des Lebens Frühlingstagen"
The prince's birthday extravaganza also includes a performance from Beethoven's only opera. 24 of 29
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Episode 9: Billy Joel, "Uptown Girl"
Princess Diana's surprise dance performance for Charles's birthday (which really happened, by the way
) is to this 1983 pop hit that the Queen was apparently not very familiar with.
Episode 9: Queen, "Crazy Little Thing Called Love"
Princess Diana and her kiddos have a car sing-along to the 1979 hit. 26 of 29
Episode 9: Sarah Brightman, "All I Ask Of You"
Unfortunately, Prince Charles isn't all that impressed with Diana's Phantom of the Opera performance. Not sure Andrew Lloyd Webber would like it all that much either. Luckily, you get to hear the 1986 musical's original star sing the song instead.27 of 29
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Episode 10: Theme from New York, New York
An instrumental version of the legendary theme from Martin Scorsese's 1977 film
of the same name helps put Diana in a New York state of mind as she tours the Big Apple.
Episode 10: Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Jordan, "Baby, It's Cold Outside"
The controversial festive hit, which originally came out in 1949, is fitting for a chilly Christmas, but Princess Diana's marriage is downright frigid. 29 of 29
Episode 10: "Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht"
As Diana prepares for that painful Christmas photo op, a German version of "Silent Night," written in 1918 by Austrian composers Franz Xaver Gruber and Joseph Mohr, plays.