The Crown season 4 soundtrack functions as the cultural backdrop for the Royal Family’s experiences between 1977 and 1990. Some of the tracks chosen for the Netflix flagship show are used to establish Princess Diana’s innocence, while others provide context about the familial dynamics at Buckingham Palace. As a whole, the collective compositions inform the audience about the passage of time and also complement the political subplots involving many of the primary figures. The Crown season 4 released in November 2020 on Netflix.
In The Crown season 4, Princess Diana (played by Emma Corrin) struggles to find her place within the Royal Family after marrying Prince Charles (Josh O’Connor), and Queen Elizabeth II (Olivia Colman) tries to maintain a healthy political relationship with Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (Gillian Anderson). The storyline centers heavily on power dynamics inside Buckingham Palace, and how various characters are forced to hide their true feelings for the sake of public appearances. With Princess Diana grounding the narrative of The Crown season 4, her love for performance becomes the foundation for several music-themed sequences.
The featured music in The Crown season 4 varies in tone massively. For example, episode three includes various pop tracks that parallel Diana’s ascent within the Royal Family, however, the subsequent episode includes no pop music whatsoever. After several music-lite episodes during the second half of the series, the musical tone picks up in the penultimate production. Here’s every featured song in The Crown season 4.
The Crown Episode 1: “Gold Stick”
“Jerusalem” by Sir Hubert Parry: The funeral service for Lord Mountbatten begins. Meanwhile, an Irish man reads a report about the Irish Republican Army taking responsibility for the execution, along with the deaths of 18 British soldiers at Warren Point. The man addresses Irish Republicans and states that Lord Mountbatten was the “ultimate symbol” of imperialist oppression. “Jerusalem” ends as Prince Charles begins his speech.
“Call Me” by Blondie: Diana receives a call from Charles, the Prince of Wales. Shortly before, Charles has a brief second meeting with Diana after the death of Lord Mountbatten.
The Crown Episode 2: “The Balmoral Test”
“Verdi’s La Traviata – Prelude Act 1” by Giuseppe Verdi: Charles and Diana attend the opera together. Diana explains that she adores Verdi because his music is so romantic, and Charles explains that focusing only on the romantic aspects of the work diminishes the composer’s legacy and political influence.
“Scotland the Brave”: Margaret Thatcher attends a sporting event in Scotland with her husband Denis and The Royal Family. She doesn’t find any value in the experience and states that the country needs to change fundamentally, top to bottom.
“Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D, BWV 1050: Affetuoso” by Johann Sebastian Bach: After Diana proves herself to the Royal Family at Balmoral, she’s followed by the press in London (and seems to enjoy the attention). Meanwhile, Margaret Thatcher attends a government photo session. A new stag head is also placed in a Balmoral dining room.
The Crown Episode 3: “Fairytale”
“Upside Down” by Diana Ross: Diana is briefly shown driving in her vehicle.
“Edge of Seventeen” by Stevie Nicks: Diana returns home after getting engaged to Charles and celebrates with her flatmates. The young women drive around the city and party before the main title sequence. An acapella version of the song also plays during the final credits.
“Vienna” by Ultravox: After an awkward Royal Family event, Diana learns about Royal Family rules and etiquette. A brief insert shot shows Diana waking up at 8:30 a.m. and listening to “Vienna.”
“Girls on Film” by Duran Duran: Diana receives mail, watches TV, and then roller skates around Buckingham Palace while listening to “Girls on Film.” The song drowns out while she looks at paintings and reflects on her new reality.
“Song for Guy” by Elton John: After discovering that Charles had a bracelet made for Camilla, Diana calms herself by dancing and practicing ballet.
“I Vow to Thee, My Country”: Charles greets admirers outside a cathedral. Inside, Diana watches while preparing to confront him about a bracelet for “Gladys” (Camilla).
The Crown Episode 4: “Favourites”
The Crown “Favourites” doesn’t include any featured songs.
The Crown Episode 5: “Fagan”
“Boys Don’t Cry” by The Cure: Michael Fagan lights a cigarette and takes a walk. The scene kicks off a flashback narrative that details his 1982 break-in at Buckingham Palace.
“Monkey Man” by The Specials: Michael Fagan drinks beer at a pub, spot his ex-wife, and threatens her partner. In a transition sequence, Margaret Thatcher arrives at Buckingham Palace to discuss the Falkland Islands conflict with Argentina.
“God Save the Queen”: The Royal Family prepares to meet with the public.
“Queen’s Company” by The Band of the Grenadier Guards: The Queen takes the royal salute during her annual birthday celebration.
“Twenty Four Hours” by Joy Division: Michael Fagan smokes a cigarette after a physical altercation with his ex-wife’s parter. The moment comes shortly after he breaks into Buckingham Palace for the first time.
“Whine and Grine/Stand Down Margaret” by The English Beat: The song plays over the end credits and an epilogue about Michael Fagan.
The Crown Episode 6: “Terra Nullius”
“Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” by Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons: Charles introduces Diana in Sydney after a rekindling of their romance. The couple later dances at a public event while the paparazzi take photographs. The song plays again during the end credits.
The Crown Episode 7: “The Hereditary Principle”
“C’est si bon” by Dean Martin: Princess Margaret applies makeup and watches Queen Elizabeth on television.
“Let’s Dance” by David Bowie: Princess Margaret and Dazzle drink and dance together.
“Fallin” by Connie Francis: Princess Margaret goes on vacation after ending her relationship with Dazzle.
The Crown Episode 8: “48:1”
“Fite Dem Back” by Linton Kwesi Johnson: South African people dance in the streets while protesting.
“Inglan Is a Bitch” by Linton Kwesi Johnson: The song plays over the end credits.
The Crown Episode 9: “Avalanche”
“Otello, Act I: Una vela!” by Giuseppe Verdi: Charles celebrates his 37th birthday at the opera with Diana.
“Swan Lake, Pas De Deux (1), Act II” by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Diana looks at Charlies inside the opera house.
“Fidelio, Op.72, Act II: Intro and Aria” by Ludwig van Beethoven: A man performs on stage while Diana tells Charles that she needs to powder her nose.
“Uptown Girl” by Billy Joel: Diana joins one of the performers on stage. The song drowns out as Charles gazes at Diana and realizes that she’ll once again receive more press than him the following day.
“Crazy Little Thing Called Love” by Queen: Diana, William, and Harry sing together during an anniversary road trip to Highgrove Royal Gardens.
“All I Ask of You” from Phantom of the Opera: As an anniversary gift, Diana plays Charles a VHS tape of her performing in costume on the West End. Charles laters mocks his wife while speaking with Anne.
The Crown Episode 10: “War”
“Theme from New York, New York”: Diana arrives in New York City and attends a public event.
“Baby, It’s Cold Outside” by Ella Fitzgerald: Charles and Diana attend a holiday event after arguing about their marriage.
“Silent Night”: The Royal Family poses for a photograph. The season comes to an end by foreshadowing Diana’s tragic fate through a shutter flash.
Martin Phipps composed The Crown season 4 score.
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