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Pandemic Playlist: 58 Songs for Quarantine

FlourishAnyway believes there is a playlist for just about any situation and is on a mission to unite and entertain the world through song.

The Coronavirus pandemic is both global and historic, so while you’re social distancing, under self-isolation, or quarantine, you might as well enjoy these contagious tunes.

The Coronavirus pandemic is both global and historic, so while you’re social distancing, under self-isolation, or quarantine, you might as well enjoy these contagious tunes.

Contagious Songs for Your Self-Isolation

No one knows where this Coronavirus pandemic is headed, and fear of it alone has prompted people to lose their freaking minds by hoarding toilet paper, hand sanitizer, and canned goods. I've been getting some good quality social distance by logging in extra nap time at home as I vibe with my cats.

In whatever way you're managing to cope, keep washing your hands, stay healthy, and try not to panic as we go to war with an unseen enemy. Here's a pandemic playlist to sustain you while you're under self-isolation or quarantine. Soldier on in safety and solitude, my friends. Eventually, this has to end.

1. "It's the End of the World as We Know It" by R.E.M. (1987)

At what point did you figure out that the Coronavirus pandemic is a game-changer? When schools and businesses started closing, when college and professional sports seasons were canceled, or when leaders urged us to stay calm? (Instructions not to panic always get my attention.)

This 1987 song by rock band R.E.M. resurfaced on the Billboard music charts to express anxiety over the unknown doom that awaits us.

Pandemic lyrics:

"It's the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine (time I had some time alone)"

2. "Unwell" by Matchbox Twenty (2003)

Although the Boomers may be set in their ways, most people like having them around. The crazy thing about the Coronavirus is that one person can be unaffected by it, yet they can stealthily carry it back to grandma, much like the wolf dressed as Little Red Riding Hood. The virus that makes you feel simply achy and run down can put poor grandma on a ventilator.

Pandemic lyrics:

"But I'm not crazy, I'm just a little unwell
I know right now you can't tell
But stay awhile and maybe then you'll see
A different side of me
I'm not crazy, I'm just a little impaired
I know right now you don't care
But soon enough you're gonna think of me
And how I used to be."

3. "Hot Blooded" by Foreigner (1978)

Admit it. You've been checking your forehead like me just to verify you're not suspiciously warm, haven't you? Any body temperature over 100.4°F/38°C is a de facto fever. One in five Coronavirus patients is headed for serious infection with a high fever that could last as long as two weeks.

In this 1978 classic hard rock tune by Foreigner, the narrator feels considerably hotter than the normal body temperature of 98.6°F. Although he attributes his fever to feeling sexy, you can never be too cautious.

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Pandemic lyrics:

"Well, I'm hot blooded, check it and see
I got a fever of a hundred and three
Come on baby, do you do more than dance?
I'm hot blooded, I'm hot blooded."

4. "Pompeii" by Bastille (2013)

At least the H1N1, SARS, and the Ebola virus outbreaks didn't shut down entire countries and tank economies. Regardless, some people still want you to try to look on the bright side. Dig down deep and search for your inner Pollyanna.

Pandemic lyrics:

"But if you close your eyes
Does it almost feel like
Nothing changed at all?
And if you close your eyes
Does it almost feel like
You've been here before?
How am I gonna be an optimist about this?
How am I gonna be an optimist about this?"

5. "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" by Blue Öyster Cult (1976)

No matter whether you're a multi-millionaire mogul or a homeless hooker, none of us gets out of this world alive. You can hoodwink the taxman, but Blue Öyster Cult reminds us in this 1976 classic rock song that death is one of the few absolutes we face.

Pandemic lyrics:

"Come on baby, don't fear the reaper
Baby take my hand, don't fear the reaper
We'll be able to fly, don't fear the reaper."

6. "All by Myself" by Eric Carmen (1975)

By making the sacrifice to stay away from other people, you become courageous Coronavirus combatant united with others (in spirit anyway) against a common enemy. Social distancing, self-isolation, and quarantines preserve lives but create a dark abyss of desolation that no pint of ice cream or Netflix binge-watching can fix. At some point, you become just a sad and lonely soul in need of a warm hug.

Eric Carmen sings this 1975 power ballad like he's a Coronavirus patient dude ahead of his time.

Pandemic lyrics:

"All by myself
Don't want to be, all by myself anymore."

7. "Fever" by Peggy Lee (1956)

Peggy Lee gives off scorching hot vibes in this jazzy 1956 number. She notes that everybody's got the fever and they're spreading it all around. Kinda like that NBA player Rudy Gobert who was jacking around, touching every microphone and recorder in front of him. Two days later he tested positive.

Pandemic lyrics:

"You give me fever (you give me fever) when you kiss me
Fever when you hold me tight (you give me fever)
Fever in the mornin'
Fever all through the night."

8. "Another One Bites the Dust" by Queen (1980)

The pace of disease spread and death across the globe is mindbending. No one can blame you if this song immediately came to mind. This pandemic has brought back visions of the Black Plague. Mass graves for Iranian victims of the virus are visible from space while some funeral homes in Italy refused to collect the bodies of Coronavirus victims during lockdown.

Pandemic lyrics:

"Another one bites the dust
Another one bites the dust
And another one gone, and another one gone
Another one bites the dust
Hey, I'm gonna get you, too
Another one bites the dust."

9. "Stayin' Alive" by Bee Gees (1977)

Leave it to the brothers Gibb—Barry, Maurice, and Robin—to capture the raw and very real struggle as to what we are all facing. This 1977 disco ditty was named to Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

Whether it's abandoning the practice of shaking hands or committing to wear a mask and keep your hands washed, we're all just wanting to live to see another day.

Pandemic lyrics:

"Whether you're a brother or whether you're a mother
You're stayin' alive, stayin' alive
Feel the city breakin' and everybody shakin'
And we're stayin' alive, stayin' alive
Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin' alive, stayin' alive
Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin' alive"

"Life goin' nowhere, somebody help me
Somebody help me, yeah
Life goin' nowhere, somebody help me, yeah
I'm stayin' alive."

10. "Work from Home" by Fifth Harmony (featuring Ty Dolla $ign) (2016)

Not everybody can perform their job at home. However, if you have been told to take your computer and go socially distance yourself, good luck in being productive and professional with a whole house full of family members present:

Pandemic lyrics:

"You don't gotta go to work, work, work, work, work, work, work
But you gotta put in work, work, work, work, work, work, work."

11. "Toxic" by Britney Spears (2003)

Right now there are asymptomatic people walking around with Coronavirus and they have no idea that they are potentially toxic to the rest of us. It makes you wonder, doesn't it?

Pandemic lyrics:

"With the taste of your lips
I'm on a ride
You're toxic I'm slippin' under
With a taste of the poison paradise
I'm addicted to you
Don't you know that you're toxic?"

12. "I Can't Breathe" by Bea Miller (2017)

The feeling of slow suffocation sure is a justifiable reason to work oneself into a panic. I caught H1N1 early on in the 2009 epidemic, and I've never been so sick. For a week, I couldn't get up from bed. Panic can make breathing symptoms worse, but it's hard to tell someone "relax" when they feel like a fish on land.

Pandemic lyrics:

"Somebody get me a hammer
Wanna break all the clocks and the mirrors
And go back to a time that was different
A time when I didn't feel like there was something missing
Now my body and mind are so distant
Don't know how to escape from this prison
How can I free my mind?
Cause I can't breathe
I can't breathe
I can't breathe
I can't breathe
I can't breathe
Ooh, ooh, ooh
I can't breathe."

13. "Hit the Road Jack" by Ray Charles

Call these words to live by.

Lysol and bleach can only take you so far with protecting yourself from an invisible airborne and surface-to-surface enemy. It's better to be safe than sorry by relying on the wise get-the-hell-out words of legendary R&B singer Ray Charles. Brother Ray gave us this 1961 tune which went down as one of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, according to Rolling Stone magazine.

Pandemic lyrics:

"Hit the road Jack and don't you come back
No more, no more, no more, no more
Hit the road Jack and don't you come back no more
What you say?"

14. "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor (1978)

Although it's easy to be petrified by the fear of the unknown, surviving is the name of the game, sisters and brothers. We'll get through this.

Pandemic lyrics:

"Do you think I'd crumble
Did you think I'd lay down and die?"

"Oh no, not I, I will survive
Oh, as long as I know how to love, I know I'll stay alive
I've got all my life to live
And I've got all my love to give and I'll survive
I will survive."

When hand sanitizer was in low supply, some businesses reported that bottles of counter hand sanitizer meant for customers and employees were being stolen.

When hand sanitizer was in low supply, some businesses reported that bottles of counter hand sanitizer meant for customers and employees were being stolen.

15. "Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu" by Johnny Rivers (1972)

Experts say that a majority of adults worldwide will eventually catch the virus and develop at least partial immunity to it. As researchers are furiously working on a vaccine, the best we can do is distance ourselves, wash our hands, and support one another.

Pandemic lyrics:

"I got the rockin' pneumonia and the boogie woogie flu."

Even More COVID-19 Favorites for Getting Through the Pandemic

Song and Year ReleasedArtistPandemic Lyrics

16. Somebody Get Me a Doctor (1979)

Van Halen

Somebody get me a doctor / You better call up the ambulance, I'm deep in shock / Overloaded, baby, I can hardly walk / Somebody get me a doctor

17. Keep Your Hands to Yourself (1986)

The Georgia Satellites

My honey, my baby, don't put my love upon no shelf / She said, "Don't give me no lies, and keep your hands to yourself."

18. U Can't Touch This (1990)

MC Hammer

Yo, I told you (You can't touch this) / Why you standing there, man? (You can't touch this)

19. Don't Come Around Here No More (1985)

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers

Don't come around here no more / Don't come around here no more / Whatever you're looking for / Hey! Don't come around here no more / I've given up, stop

20. If I Die Young (2010)

The Band Perry

If I die young bury me in satin / Lay me down on a bed of roses / Sink me in the river at dawn / Send me away with the words of a love song

21. Girl, You Have No Faith in Medicine (2003)

The White Stripes

Is there a way to find the cure for this / Implanted in a pill? / Is it just the name upon the bottle / Which determines if it will?

22. I Don't Need No Doctor (1966)

Ray Charles

I don't need no doctor / 'Cause I know what's ailing me

23. I Want a New Drug (1983)

Huey Lewis and The News

I want a new drug, one that does what it should / One that won't make me feel too bad / One that won't make me feel too good

24. Burning Down the House (1983)

Talking Heads

Watch out you might get what you're after / Boom babies strange but not a stranger / I'm an ordinary guy / Burning down the house / Hold tight wait ‘til the party's over / Hold tight / We're in for nasty weather

25. Burning Up with Fever

Gene Simmons

Burning up with fever / And you're the fever inside / I'm burning up with fever / It's something I can't hide

26. I Can't Breathe (2017)

Parker McCollum

I can't breathe / Baby I'm dyin'

27. Disease (2002)

Matchbox Twenty

I got a disease / I think that I'm sick / But leave me be while my world is coming down on me

28. Too Much Time on My Hands (1981)


Is it any wonder / I've got too much time on my hands? / It's ticking away with my sanity / I've got too much time on my hands / It's hard to believe such a calamity / I've got too much time on my hands / And it's ticking away, ticking away from me

29. (I Just) Died in Your Arms (1987)

Cutting Crew

Oh I, I just died in your arms tonight / It must've been some kind of kiss / I should've walked away, I should've walked away

30. Antisocial (2019)

Ed Sheeran & Travis Scott

Don't touch me, don't touch me, don't touch me / I came to vibe, yeah / Won't let nothing come in between me and the night / I need room, I need room / Where you standin' way too close / You might catch fumes, might catch fumes

31. Fever (2014)

The Black Keys

Fever got me guilty / Just go ahead and kill me / Fever, why don't you explain? / Break it down again

32. I Wanna Be Sedated (1978)

The Ramones

Twenty-twenty-twenty four hours to go / I wanna be sedated / Nothing to do nowhere to go-o-oh / I wanna be sedated

33. Waiting for the End of the World (1977

Elvis Costello

We were waiting for the end of the world / Waiting for the end of the world / Waiting for the end of the world / Dear Lord, I sincerely hope you're coming / 'Cause you really started something

34. Emergency (2005)


I think we have an emergency / If you thought I'd leave you, then you were wrong / Cause I won't stop holding on / So, are you listening? / So, are you watching me?

35. Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely (1999)

Backstreet Boys

Show me the meaning of being lonely / Is this the feeling I need to walk with? / Tell me why I can't be there where you are / There's something missing in my heart

36. Right Here Waiting (1989)

Richard Marx

Oceans apart day after day / And I slowly go insane / I hear your voice on the line / But it doesn't stop the pain / If I see you next to never / How can we say forever / Wherever you go / Whatever you do / I will be right here waiting for you

37. Down with the Sickness (2000)


Looking at my own reflection / When suddenly it changes / Violently it changes (oh no) / There is no turning back now / You've woken up the demon in me / Get up, come on get down with the sickness

38. You Make Me Sick (2014)

Of Mice & Men

You make me sick, just go away / You're exposing all of your fangs / Your tongue is poisoning

39. The Show Must Go On (1991)


The show must go on / The show must go on, yeah / Inside my heart is breaking / My makeup may be flaking / But my smile, still, stays on

40. Can't Feel My Face (2015)

The Weeknd

I can't feel my face when I'm with you / But I love it, but I love it, oh / And I know she'll be the death of me, at least we'll both be numb / And she'll always get the best of me, the worst is yet to come

41. Contagious (2001)

The Isley Brothers

You're contagious, touch me baby give me what you got

42. Spent the Day in Bed (2017)


I love my bed / And I recommend that you / Stop watching the news / Because the news contrives to frighten you / To make you feel small and alone / To make you feel that your mind isn't your own

43. Workin' Man (Nowhere To Go) (1988)

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

Had me a job til the market fell out / Tried hard to borrow and there was no help / Now I got nowhere to go I need a job for these two hands / I'm a workin' man with nowhere to go

44. Final Countdown (1986)


I guess there is no one to blame / We're leaving ground (leaving ground) / Will things ever be the same again? / It's the final countdown / The final countdown

45. Germs (1999)

Weird Al Yankovic

I rub and scrub until my flesh is raw and bleeding (Germs) / But they just come right back again (Germs) / I can't even see 'em / But I know they're up to something / Hey, don't touch that! You don't know where it's been!

46. Black Peter (1970)

Grateful Dead

Fever roll up to a hundred and five / Roll on up / Gonna roll back down / One more day I find myself alive / Tomorrow maybe go / Beneath the ground

47. School's Out (1972)

Alice Cooper

No more pencils no more books / No more teacher's dirty looks / Out for summer / Out till fall / We might not come back at all / School's out forever / School's out for summer School's out with fever / School's out completely

48. Live and Let Die (1973)

Paul McCartney & Wings

But if this ever changing world in which we're living / Makes you give in and cry / Say live and let die

49. Better Days (1999)

Citizen King

'Cause I've seen better days / Been the star of many plays / I've seen better days / And the bottom drops out

50. Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? (1970)


Does anybody really know what time it is (I don't) / Does anybody really care (care about time) / If so I can't imagine why (no, no) / We've all got time enough to cry

51. One Is the Loneliest Number (1969)

Three Dog Night

One is the loneliest number that you'll ever do / Two can be as bad as one / It's the loneliest number since the number one

52. Six Feet Apart (2020)

Luke Combs

I miss my mom, I miss my dad / I miss the road, I miss my band / Givin' hugs and shakin' hands / Well, it's a mystery, I suppose / Just how long this thing goes

53. I Can Dream About You (1984)/

Dan Hartman

I can dream about you / If I can't hold you tonight

54. Stay Home (2020)

Big & Rich

Stay home, stay home / No reason in the world for you to roam / We're all in this together / No, friend, you ain't alone / All you gotta do is stay home

55. Eachother (2020)

Grace Potter (featuring Jackson Browne, Marcus King & Lucius)

Each day on the lockdown / Seems a little less strange / When it's finally all over / I just wonder how much this world will have changed

56. Quarantined (2020)

Old Crow Medicine Show

I'd like to kiss ya but I'm quarantined / I got to keep my lips off the scene / 'Cause there ain't no cure for me / I 'prolly ought to lay down and die / I long to hug you and to hold you tight / But I gotta wait 14 nights

57. The End of the World (1962)

Skeeter Davis

I wake up in the morning and I wonder / Why everything's the same as it was / I can't understand, no I can't understand / How life goes on the way it does

58. Don't Cough on Me (2020)

Granger Smith

I’m a survivor, you’re damn right/ I’m a fighter / I’m a both hands washin’, Netflix watchin’, hoardin’ sanitizer / So don’t you go a thinkin’, I’m going out a drinkin’ / I’m staying home in self-quarantine / Don’t cough on me, grooooss

© 2020 FlourishAnyway


FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 05, 2020:

Peggy - I couldn't agree with you more. We need calm, rational action and an actual coordinated national plan. I see the food lines miles long and it makes me so sad. Let's hope the election secures a safer path forward for the nation with a change.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on September 05, 2020:

I see that many people expressed real concerns in the comments about which way our country is headed. The death toll continues to rise, and I am afraid that many more small businesses will be closed for good. Although evictions have been halted until the end of the year, there is no way people who cannot afford to pay their rent or mortgages now will be able to make it up later. It is kicking the can down the road. We need cool heads and top-notch leadership with people working together to dig ourselves out of this morass. Let us pray that we get some of that in the upcoming elections. Stay safe, and stay well.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on August 24, 2020:

Bambe - Thank you for stopping by.

Bambe from Philippines on August 24, 2020:

I'll add these to my collections. Thanks a lot.

Robert Sacchi on July 20, 2020:

Yes, it seems people are getting sloppy. I guess it's pandemic fatigue. It's good they do retests. With me they just asked if I had symptoms after 2 weeks then gave me the all clear. Glad you're daughter is alright.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 20, 2020:

Bob - She just got tested again and is now negative so we're out of lockdown. At least I can go to the grocery store again. But no one there is wearing masks, I understand. Sigh. Stay healthy and happy.

Robert Sacchi on July 19, 2020:

That's good. Hopefully your daughter didn't have a bad case of it. You might not want to go nuts since we're spiking again.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 19, 2020:

Bob - Good one! I added it at #57. I'll be coming out of quarantine tomorrow after my daughter tested positive. She was away for two months and brought it back with her. My husband and I remained thankfully negative, however.

Robert Sacchi on July 18, 2020:

What about "The End of the World" Skeeter Davis 1963.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 15, 2020:

Shawindi Silva - Thanks for stopping by.

Shawindi Silva from Sri lanka on July 14, 2020:

A great collection!!! I love all the songs.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 14, 2020:

Bob - "Baby It's Cold Outside" has always been one of my favorites. I did a comparison of a bunch of renditions of the classic song (some now have altered lyrics, whether tongue-in-cheek or not). It's part of a series of Who Sang It Best? profiles that I have: I also have it on the playlist about songs that wouldn't fly. Thanks for commenting!

Robert Sacchi on July 14, 2020:

Peggy Cole's comments seem to point right at your list of popular songs that wouldn't fly today.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 13, 2020:

Peg - These are really difficult times and ones of significant change. There's a lot of division and it's unfortunate that we couldn't have come together as a nation, a society, and a globe during the pandemic, united against a common unseen viral enemy. I appreciate you sharing your thoughts.

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on July 12, 2020:

Flourish, I'm concerned about much worse than a depression hitting our country. It seems as if our way of life is on the cusp of a dramatic change with all the anarchy, destruction and violence along with the removal of historical statues and revising trademarks (Aunt Jemima, Land O'Lakes, Redskins and more.) Songs are likely to be next as they're already rewriting words like "Baby It's Cold Outside."

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 09, 2020:

Patricia - You stay safe too, especially given where you are!

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on July 08, 2020:

Yes...who would have believed these songs would take on such new meanings??? Thanks for sharing..I need to get to listening. Stay well and safe. Angels are headed your way. ps

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 08, 2020:

Paradiselost2006 - Thank you for this suggestion which I have added. Be safe and happy.

Paradiselost2006 on July 07, 2020:

"I can Dream About You" -Dan Hartman

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 03, 2020:

Mona - Not all of those songs were relaxing. I hope they didn't keep you up!

Mona Sabalones Gonzalez from Philippines on July 02, 2020:

I'm glad I got to your article before sleeping. I plan to play all the songs, as music always puts me to sleep.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 01, 2020:

Rajan - Thanks for your kind comment. I hope we will be out of this pandemic soon, but it's not looking great right now.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 01, 2020:

Music is a great mind soother. Fine list of songs to listen to any time.

Robert Sacchi on May 21, 2020:

Yes, a radio talk show had Mike Love on as a guest and the radio personality played the song in its entirety. I thought it's one you might go for.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 21, 2020:

Bob - Thanks. I looked it up and see that both Mike Love and John Stamos (on drums) collaborated.

Robert Sacchi on May 20, 2020:

Have you heard the Beach Boys song "This Too Shall Pass"?

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 08, 2020:

Peg - Continuing to see empty shelves and limits on purchase quantities of basic items even at this stage (at Walmart, no less!) is disconcerting. It makes me wonder whether we will see another great depression like our grandparents/great grandparents endured.

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on May 08, 2020:

This is the perfect antidote to cabin fever and the lock down of 2020. Creative and timely playlist. I love this collection. I'm by nature an introvert so staying at home hasn't affected me too badly but I know that others are suffering financial and emotional hardship. It really hit home on my first trip to the grocery store in the beginning stages and seeing the empty shelves. Yikes.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 26, 2020:

Nella - Thank you for visiting. Stay safe during this pandemic.

Nella DiCarlo from Guelph, Ontario on April 25, 2020:

Fantastic list! Eclectic mix of songs .

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 24, 2020:

Star Sapphire - Thanks for the suggestions! Stay healthy!

Star Sapphire on April 23, 2020:

A couple others came to mind. School's Out by Alice Cooper, and Don't Stand So Close To Me by The Police

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 17, 2020:

Liam - Thanks for the nice compliment. Have a wonderful weekend and stay safe and healthy.

Finn from Barstow on April 17, 2020:

a nice elcetic array of classics and some new stuff...something for everyone.....

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 15, 2020:

CMHypno - Thank you for stopping by and for the song suggestion. I hope you are staying occupied and are healthy as we all socially distance. Stay safe.

CMHypno from Other Side of the Sun on April 14, 2020:

Thanks for the great song suggestions. I would add 'Don't Dream It's Over' by Crowded House. It was used in the TV minis series of The Stand, so i associate it with pandemics (still love the song)

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 10, 2020:

Stan Caldwell - Thank you for the song suggestion which I have added! Stay well during this pandemic and beyond!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 10, 2020:

Ann - I'm glad you enjoyed this. Continue to stay secluded and safe. It's an isolating time right now, but I've found it can also be fun and productive. I hope you and your partner stay happy and healthy and that we all see this through to a vaccine or a cure soon!

Stan Caldwell on April 09, 2020:

Here's one to consider:

Black Peter/Grateful Dead

Relevant lyrics:

"Fever rolled up to a hundred and five,

Roll on up, gotta roll back down.

One more day, I find myself alive,

Tomorrow, may be cold beneath the ground."

Ann Carr from SW England on April 09, 2020:

This is a great list, Flourish! Makes us feel better regardless of the subject and we can have a good sing-along too.

My partner and I are self-isolating, due to age, medication and my travelling the week before 21st March. It's a good time to do all sorts of things that have been waiting on the back burner and the weather has allowed us to go outside to garden and mend fences etc. We're quite enjoying it, until the mind goes back to those who aren't so fortunate and to our wonderful doctors and nurses who face danger for the sake of others.

Thanks for cheering us up, as you always do, so well.

Keep safe and well!


FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 06, 2020:

Sha - I'm glad you're still getting outside and doing your yard work. With the heavy pollen here it's intense lockdown with this pandemic. I hope you are doing well and staying healthy.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on April 05, 2020:

Flourish, I had planned on weeding my plant beds today, but Mother Nature gave me yet another reason to stay indoors. So, I took the opportunity to visit your long-neglected (on my part) corner. I love your themed music posts.

You had me dancing in my chair regardless of the theme of this particular post. Ending with "The Boogie Woogie Flu" was upbeat and made this dreary stay-at-home Sunday not so dreary. Now that's the kind of flu I would welcome!

I hope you're taking all precautions to stay safe and out of harm's way.



FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 05, 2020:

MG - Although I hope it ends soon, I suspect we are in for a long haul. Please stay safe!

MG Singh emge from Singapore on April 04, 2020:

Flourish, I like your selection of these songs as they resonate with me when I am almost quarantined in my house as outside the coronavirus rages.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 04, 2020:

Yves - We should all replace our regular headshots with headshots that include masks.

savvydating on April 03, 2020:

A comment "in quarantine." Lol. That's hilarious!!. Thanks for the much needed cheer, Flourish and AB.

Have a happy weekend ladies. I'll be doing a little yardwork/minor landscaping in the fresh sunshine.

Until next time. ;)

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 03, 2020:

Yves - I think it was an automated thing. Please stay safe! My husband's work schedule has also basically not changed because of what he does.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 03, 2020:

A B Williams - Oh, that's funny! It was in quarantine. We don't know why. She was washing her hands repeatedly.

savvydating on April 03, 2020:

No biggie.... my comment probably deserved to go to spam. My job is considered "essential" so I am still working, but I clean everything and practice safe distancing. Afterward, I stay home. Not to worry, I am being as careful as possible under the circumstances. :)

A B Williams from Central Florida, USA on April 03, 2020:

It was my good fortune that Yves comment was in quarantine until now, otherwise I would have missed out on this gem.

Well done Flourish! I'm smiling.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 03, 2020:

Andrea - Thanks. I replaced it with an Elvis Costello end of the world song.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 03, 2020:

Yves - Your comment was unfortunately marked as spam for 11 days and I just saw it. I hope you are doing well. I'm pretty sure you're not going to work still! Stay safe!

Andrea on April 03, 2020:

33 and 42 are the same, need another

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 30, 2020:

Rajan - I'm glad that the pandemic has not touched you, and I hope it does not do so at all. Thank you for your message of hope.

Rajan Singh Jolly on March 29, 2020:

Unknown to me this side of the world yet so appropriate. Time is very tough but we will get through with the grace of God. Thanks for sharing.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 23, 2020:

Dolores - You have to laugh at something in the middle of all this. Stay safe and healthy!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 23, 2020:

Liz - Thank you for the suggestion which I added. Stay safe and sane in lockdown. We are inching closer to lockdown in my state.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 23, 2020:

MG - Thank you for stopping by. Stay safe and don't touch a thing without gloves. I hope this will be over soon.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 23, 2020:

Bob - I agree! It's hard to find basic supplies sometimes. And the stress!

Robert Sacchi on March 23, 2020:

Thank you I hope the same for you and yours, and a sooner than hoped end to this nightmare.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on March 23, 2020:

Flourish, you are a gem making such a list of Pandemic songs.

Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on March 23, 2020:

Great list. This is something we all need in these troubled times - humor! I was sitting here laughing out loud.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 23, 2020:

Lora - I'm glad you liked this. Stay healthy through this trying time!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 23, 2020:

Bob - Thanks for these song recommendations. I hope you and your family stay healthy.

Liz Westwood from UK on March 23, 2020:

This is a great list. How about 'The Final Countdown' too? Your list might come in handy for me.

Lora Hollings on March 22, 2020:

What a great list of songs that resonate with this virus, Flourish! I love "Fever" by Peggy Lee. That has always been one of my favorites although I never thought of it before in this context. But it certainly fits!

Robert Sacchi on March 22, 2020:

What about "Eve of Destruction" by Barry McGuire? Then there's "Cat People" by David Bowie aka "Putting out the Fire".

savvydating on March 22, 2020:

Flourish.....What an incredibly clever article! You have brought much needed support and calm to an otherwise 'unhappy' situation. Spectacularly well done!

Call me crazy,... I still go into work every day. My lifestyle hasn't changed much. Still washing my hands, etc., etc. just as I always have.

But.... I appreciate that some individuals are more susceptible and need to self-quarantine. Because I am as healthy as an ox, I get more work from others' who are not, and are staying home and "Stayin' Alive." Consequently, my vote goes to the Bee Gee's this time around.

Besides, I love my 70's music, as you may (perhaps) know.

Stay well, dear Flourish. Thank you for this amazing article!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 21, 2020:

Tracey L - I had almost put that on the list initially (great song), but it's so predominantly about an inappropriate teacher/student relationship. The title fits, however!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 21, 2020:

Linda - It's easy to become overwhelmed by the negative news, but the reality is that most of us will come through it just fine.

Tracey L. on March 20, 2020:

Don't Stand So Close to Me by the POLICE

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on March 20, 2020:

Searching for our inner Pollyanna sounds like a great idea at the moment! Thanks for sharing all the music, Flourish. It certainly matches your theme!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 20, 2020:

Dora - Thank you for your kind comment. Stay well and I offer you all my good thoughts as we wait for this to pass.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 20, 2020:

MG - Thank you for your the kind comment. Stay well and let's hope this crisis ends soon.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on March 20, 2020:

Who would have thought that there is an appropriate list for this situation? You're such a pro. Good work!

MG Singh emge from Singapore on March 20, 2020:

A wonderful collection in the present atmosphere. You have selected topical songs and that means you have put in a lot of effort. Great show.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 19, 2020:

Frank - Thanks for the suggestion. Stay well!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 19, 2020:

Heidi - Peggy Lee's song is (see #7) terrific. I'll add the other one. Stay safe and healthy!

Frank DeVincenzo on March 19, 2020:

Dr. Robert The Beatles

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 18, 2020:

Linda - Seattle is ahead of us with this crisis so I’m still occasionally getting out for now. Can you imagine people in those tiny houses trying to do lockdown? I feel for you being under isolation. It could always be worse though. Stay safe and sane.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 18, 2020:

Devika - Thanks for stopping by. Stay healthy in this pandemic.

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on March 18, 2020:

Timely! And lots of great 80s stuff.

My add suggestions:

* "Fever" ("You give me fever" - Yup!) - Peggy Lee

* "Emergency" ("When you deserve to be alive, alive") - Paramore

Stay well, dear lady!

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on March 18, 2020:

I needed this one. Fifteen days of self quarentining and no end in sight. I told my husband that no matter what lurks out there I will leave the moment his eyebrows start to look like Jack Nicholson's. I loved this playlist!

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on March 18, 2020:

FlourishAnyway serious but true and I know these songs. At this time these songs make such a difference to our new lifestyles.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 18, 2020:

Doris - I'm glad you like these. Stay safe!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 18, 2020:

Peggy - I'm glad you liked this! I'm as freaked out as the next person about this whole thing, especially being medically vulnerable. I worry most about my parents and things I can't control. Humor (even dark humor) takes one's mind off the slow sinking feeling that we're in for major unheaval.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on March 18, 2020:

We all need a dose of humor in our lives right now and leave it to you to give us a dose of it with this post. (Smile) I never thought of these songs as suitable to our current pandemic crisis, but I will going forward. The entire world is topsy-turvy at the moment. Hunker down and stay safe!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 18, 2020:

Shannon - People with hoarding, OCD, depression and generalized anxiety are probably over the top now but on the other hand they have a lot more company from the rest of the population. I like your daughter’s approach. I tried to think of more country songs but came up short. Stay well!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 18, 2020:

Bill - This seems like a bad dream. I went to Kroger and they were so wiped out of certain groceries that I have started to reconsider the decision not to stock up. It’s changing so rapidly. Stay safe above all!

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on March 17, 2020:

Flourish, you really know how to pick 'em. Some of your picks are humorous, some are ironic and some are very fitting. Congratulations on a job well done. Stay well, my friend.

Shannon Henry from Texas on March 17, 2020:

My daughter created a COVID -19 playlist and I told her that "Unwell" didn't count because it's about mental illness. But now I think maybe it does fit right in!

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on March 17, 2020:

Some of these titles are just so appropriate and too funny. Although I must say it is getting scary and crazy. What was really scary was my trip to Costco over the weekend. Oh my! Anyway, this really is a great list. Stay safe.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 17, 2020:

Pamela - We may as well find the bright spot in this. Stay safe in this unprecedented situation.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on March 17, 2020:

Flourish, I should have known only you could come up with a suitable list of good songs for the pandemic. Numerous very good songs on this list. Thanks.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 17, 2020:

Eric, You stay extremely safe.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on March 17, 2020:

Thank you much. Strange/funny how all of these are part of my life, but I never thought of them this way. I always just assumed they were just speaking of my self caused destruction.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 17, 2020:

Bill - You might as well laugh. With everything the way they are, what else is there to do? Scary times. You be safe!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on March 17, 2020:

A little dark humor is always appreciated by me. I'm not going to have "All By Myself" stuck in my head for the remainder of the day. Thanks a lot! lol

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