COVID-19 and lockdown have been the main topics of discussion this year so far. Shopping aisles have been emptied, new movies and music venues have been cancelled or postponed. Exams have been cancelled (though some may be happy about that) and teachers are under pressure on calculating final grades. Though, since we’re going through such a tough time in our lives, I’ve organised a playlist of songs that I listen to during this period.
Don Toliver – Candy
This has a midnight electro pop-trap feel to it. Once it gets to the refrain, the whole track just comes to life because of how smooth the harmonizing and singing are. I usually listen to this song at night, just before bed and it is a great closure to another day of isolation. Another epic moment is the bridge; a guitar solo plus harmonising and a calm outro afterwards to close the track.
Yung Lean – Boylife in EU
I know we’ve left the EU but that still doesn’t stop me from relating to this song. I like the buzzing synths at the start which give it this eerie vibe, then we get the chorus which is all bright and powerful and the singing is pretty good. This is the song that encourages me to make the most out of this isolation scenario and keep myself engaged. It does fit the whole isolating inside vibe.
The Weeknd – Scared to Live
This track is just beautiful, everything about it is just excellent, the instrumental and the singing are all amazing. I also enjoy the glamourous starting of the song and the a beautiful syth line along with Abel’s voice. This song carries a very uplifting tone and message especially in the lyrics of the chorus and like the previous track it motivates me to make to most of this time and keep myself happy.
88rising – Midsummer Madness
I listen to this song when I’m hoping self-isolation will end by the summer. Obviously, we don’t know when this self-isolation period will end but if it does carry on through to the summer, there is guaranteed to be a midsummer madness coming soon. This song also makes me wish I could just go back outside but of course I can’t and will have to be stuck at home for a while.
Mac Miller – Woods
This is my personal favourite song of Mac Miller’s posthumous album “Circles” because it features this sad and chill instrumental and it’s the perfect song to listen to whenever I struggle to find something to do. Also, I think the vocals in the chorus are really powerful and the thick synths and light acoustic guitars really help the track standout. The name “Woods” implies the phrase “out of the woods” where the worst is over and the best is to come, which especially applies to the Corona virus (at the time of writing this article).
Melanie Martinez – Pacify Her
As soon as I hear this song, I can just imagine myself casting away in the middle of the sea, which is exactly what I feel like doing, but I can’t for obvious reasons. This lyric “stop lying with those words” goes out to anyone spreading fake rumours and exaggerations about the virus and for me the phrase “pacify her” goes out to all the manic shoppers arrogantly emptying shopping aisles and how it’s “getting on my nerves”.
J Cole – Love Yourz
This entire song is essentially about reflecting on the most important things in life and it encourages me to do just that. I really like the gentle sounding pianos to help set the scene and Cole raps about the struggles of fame, realising how beautiful life is – something that motivates me through these hard times and reminds me to check up on friends and spend time with family.
Post Malone – A Thousand Bad Times
This song makes me realise that I’ve been through worse, especially when the lyrics state “I had a thousand bad times, so what’s another time to me?”. This song has a dark and moody alternative-pop instrumental with lyrics that help me go through these tough times. This song successfully meets its intended purpose, to help us fight through hard times, especially when there’s Corona.