“The Covid 19” a Coronavirus Playlist

Playlists are the soundtracks of our lives – right? It seems for every milestone, there is a collection of music that has become eternally associated with those bygone moments from our past, ie: “Summer songs of 1993”, “breaking up with Jennifer mixtape”, “Spring Break party mix from Cabo”, etc… In an instant, playlists have the power to transport you back in time, unlocking the sights, sounds, scents, and emotions you experienced for the first time, as an earlier version of yourself.

This isn’t that kind of playlist.

Though a great playlist has the power to escort you down memory lane, the exercise of composing a playlist can also serve as a method of coping… a form of expression… a tool to aid in the journey of inner reflection while navigating a complicated chapter of life in real time. I realize that referring to the times we are in as complicated is probably one of the biggest understatements ever uttered – but you know what I’m getting at. To help me disseminate the status of my own shifting paradigm, I decided that it was time to make a mix tape. Sadly, my trusty old dual-cassette recorder died years ago, so I did the next best thing and compiled a carefully curated playlist on Spotify.

Simply picking song titles that provoked apocalyptic images, and literal references to being ill was a trap I did not want to fall into. This Coronavirus playlist, The Covid 19 needed to be dynamic and thought provoking, but not obscure. To understand the reason behind my selections, I wanted to require that listeners pay attention to the lyrics, and in some cases have an understanding of what was happening in the world at the time the song was written. Eclectic, accessible, and unexpected was the aspiration, though I did cheat a little.

Being a kid of the 80s, I had to make this a multi-media post, so I included links to each song’s official music video on YouTube (just click the titles).

I’d love to hear what you think, and I welcome your feedback, and may even consider making some edits if a suggestion is compelling enough. Enjoy!

  1. “Just the Flu” NOFX

  2. “Don’t Stand So Close to Me” The Police

  3. “Who Can it Be Now?” Men at Work

  4. “I Think We’re Alone Now” Tiffany

  5. “Dancing With Myself” Billy Idol

  6. “It’s the End Of the World As We Know It” R.E.M.

  7. “London Calling” The Clash

  8. “The Future” Leonard Cohen

  9. “The Final Countdown” Europe

  10. “Ghost Town” The Specials

  11. “Red Skies” The Fixx

  12. “We Will Become Silhouettes” The Postal Service

  13. “Land of Confusion” Genesis

  14. “Flood” Jars of Clay

  15. “Novocaine For the Soul” Eels

  16. “Girlfriend in a Coma” The Smiths

  17. “(Don’t Fear) the Reaper” Blue Oyster Cult

  18. “So Long, Farewell” Family Vontrap

  19. “Spaceship” Kesha

Spotify Playlist

For those of you who are on Spotify, here is a Spotify playlist you can access to enjoy “The Covid 19” in its uninterrupted entirety.

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