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10 songs to keep you sane – or not – during the lockdown

COVID-19 seems to have sucked the fun out of everything. No pubs, no shopping, cancelled trips, postponed gigs, and not even a late night McDonald’s to take the edge off. So – if we’re stuck indoors for the foreseeable, we might as well have a good soundtrack to boot. We’ve compiled a list of 10 songs to keep you sane in quarantine. Or not. ????

All Over the World – Electric Light Orchestra

If you ignore the unfortunate dual meaning of this song’s title, it is the perfect song for a wine-fuelled boogie in your living room. You can’t help but feel cheerful listening to this nostalgic anthem, even during a pandemic.

All Day and All of the Night – The Kinks

Overabundance of news, overbearing family, an overwhelming sense of dread – all day and all of the night!

Don’t Stand So Close to Me – The Police

Six feet – and wash your damn hands!

Strange Days – The Doors

I’m almost certain that Jim Morrison didn’t have a pandemic in mind when he sang ‘Strange Days’, but nonetheless – strange days indeed.

Lost in the Supermarket – The Clash

No pasta? No loo roll? Had Joe Strummer foreseen this?

After Hours – The Velvet Underground

What could make you feel better about not leaving the house than the ethereal sound of Moe Tucker’s voice? With this song to listen to, why would you even want to go outside?

It’s The End Of The World As We Know It – R.E.M

Well, this one says it all really…

Fever – Peggy Lee

Peggy Lee’s sultry melody has a slightly different impact in the current context. You’re still tapping your feet and clicking your fingers though.

Ghost Town – The Specials

Out for your daily walk, the city you live in is barely recognisable… where are the staggering hen parties? The wailing children? The slightly tragic but still mediocre busker?

I Only Want To Be With You – Dusty Springfield

It’s a good job then, because we’re in for the long haul! Put aside the woes of being trapped with your cohabiter and allow yourself to enjoy their company. Once you’ve heard Dusty’s dulcet tones, you might be able to shelve the washing up argument for another 24 hours or so.

Joking aside, we hope these songs brought some cheer to you during this difficult time. Look after yourself – keep safe and protect others by staying at home, and for goodness’ sake, wash your hands!