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A Coronavirus Playlist: Songs to Listen to in Quarantine Week 2


Several states are slowly lifting their quarantine restrictions, setting the US back to a path of business as usual. But that doesn’t mean the music has to end! The Coronavirus Playlist lives on…..and on and on. We’re marching into May with a little help from these tunes:

Livin’ on a Prayer: This ’80s ballad by Bon Jovi never gets old (and I mean never). From parties to pandemics, it’s a must-play on any DJ’s set. Now, it’s even more poignant. As we emerge from isolation into a world where the virus remains a threat, we can each use a little bit of faith. 

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun:  Cyndi Lauper came out with these lyrics in 1983 and they’ve been in our heads ever since. An ode to the festiveness of females, she was correct in her observation: girls do want to have fun. And, right now, we desperately want to. Together. In person. While hugging

Drive: If you went to high school in 1984, this song probably brings up memories of prom. The spiked punch. The frilly gowns. The big bangs brought to you by Aqua-Net. It’s a killer tune with a title especially appealing in modern day. Many of us miss putting the petal to the metal on the open road…..and gas is so cheap right now even though we can’t drive anywhere. Of course. Of-freaking-course.

Free Fallin’: The above doesn’t mean we never go outside of the house – we do when necessary. So, take along this Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers hit! Roll down your windows, let the wind blow through your hair, and sing at the top of your lungs as you head to the drugstore to buy Lysol. You’re free…..just stay within the city limits.

Ordinary World: If our new reality had a theme song, it would be this haunting throwback by Duran Duran. The lyrics, “I won’t cry for yesterday. There’s an ordinary world somehow I have to find,” certainly speak to our present reality. Normal, as we knew it, is over. Here’s to hoping our new normal isn’t just an ordinary world but an extraordinary one.

Is There Life Out There?: Reba McEntire’s ’90s classic asks the question we’re all thinking. Is there life beyond Netflix and Ramen and FaceTiming friends?  Salons? Restaurants? Massage studios? Public displays of interaction?

End of the Road: The inclusion of this Boyz II Men track might feel a bit premature, but – it’s a great song – so we’re adding it anyway. Besides, when it comes to this virus’s staying power, we can hope it’s a tune that proves applicable.



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