The global lockdown continues in most places as each day brings another wave of troubling Coronavirus/COVID-19 news. As a large number of people are in self-isolation, what better time to bring you a quarantine playlist than now? I don’t know about you but for me, nothing keeps me sane at home more than some good music!
The music world mourns the death of Bill Withers who passed away on March 30 due to heart complications. He was 81. Bill Withers is the artist behind classic hits like Ain’t No Sunshine, Lovely Day and Lean On Me. These songs would also make for fabulous additions to your quarantine playlist.
We live in tragically uncertainty times. It is normal that stress levels will hit the roof for some people right now. For those working at home away from work colleagues and potentially even friends and family, it’s good to remember that we’re all in this together and music can certainly help – that’s why we’ve curated this quarantine playlist to get you through your weekend and the workweek ahead.
Currently, social media has been bitten by the Don’t Rush bug with everyone creating their own unique creative videos with their friends. The now viral song was released by Young T and Bugsey over four months ago.
Besides Don’t Rush, we have curated a playlist with popular music from different genres over time. From Fela Kuti to Akon, Celine Dion to Bruno Mars, the titles of these songs will either help you escape the current reality momentarily, feel understood or transport you to happier times.
As we continue to weather this quarantine season, remember to wash your hands frequently, boost your immune system and most importantly, stay safe!
Here are 15 songs for your quarantine playlist…
1. Young T & Bugsey ft Headie One – Don’t Rush
Boredom is sometimes accompanied by creativity and that’s what has happened with the Don’t Rush song. The song has sparked the #DontRushChallenge which has many social media users showing off their transformations from makeup to fashion to everything in between!
2. Sean Paul – Temperature
The CDC has advised those at risk to check their temperatures twice a day. Don’t you just miss the days when we simply danced to the tune of Sean Paul’s Temperature?
3. MC Hammer – U Can’t Touch This
In this quarantine era, this 1990 release by MC Hammer is just apt on your playlist. The title reminds us to limit the surfaces we touch to avoid spreading or contracting the Coronavirus.
4. Fela Kuti – Water No Get Enemy
Fela Kuti believed that water does not have an enemy and we believe him. That’s why we keep preaching that you wash your hands with soap and water and drink enough water to keep your body running at optimal levels!
5. Destiny’s Child – Survivor
By the time this pandemic is over, we will come out victorious and sing how about how we are survivors!
A song that understands…
6. Akon ft Styles P – Locked Up
Being indoors without the option of being able to go out as far as you would love to will definitely start making you feel like you’re locked up! Akon knows the feeling and understands your plight. Remember staying home is a survival mechanism.
7. Tay Iwar ft Santi and Preyé – Space
While we can’t really enjoy the beautiful outdoors we see in this video, the song title and lyrics reminds us of the space we all need at this time. When outside, you want to be sure you are at least six feet away from the next person. You can never be too cautious!
8. Celine Dion – All By Myself
After a few days of being at home, Celine Dion’s All By Myself starts to hit different! The music queen has always given us timeless music and we’d forever love her for it.
9. Akon – Lonely
One of the worst things to happen to anyone this quarantine period is for them to feel like they’re lonely. However, for your mental health, this is not the time to go back to your past just for the sake of company. Instead stay connected with your loved ones via phone and video calls.
10. The White Stripes – I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself
In Lagos, Nigeria, we just got through the first week of the 14 days compulsory quarantine and by Day 3, a lot of people weren’t sure about what they wanted to do with themselves anymore. I bet you can relate.
11. Bruno Mars – The Lazy Song
When you’re all by yourself and not sure what to do with yourself, Bruno Mars has the perfect advice – do nothing! Tomorrow you will feel refreshed and ready to continue with your lockdown hustle.
12. Maroon 5 – Memories
With the way things are going, we’ve already started looking back at all the things we took for granted and we’re sure never to repeat the same mistakes.
Better days soon come…
13. Antidote – Travis Scott
In all, we’re hopeful that an antidote or vaccine as the case may be will be found soon and there will be a cure for the novel Coronavirus.
14. Odunsi (The Engine) ft WANI – Better Days
Irrespective of what’s happening right now, just like Odunsi, we believe that there are better days ahead and we’re sure looking forward to them.
15. Michael Jackson – Heal The World
Whilst we wait on that antidote, we can only join voices with the late Michal Jackson to pray for the healing of the world.
Until then, remember to stay safe, stay at home and wash your hands properly. One love! (In Bob Marley’s voice)
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