I’ve heard of researchers studying Twitter feeds to get their fingers on the pulse of current events.
Well now maybe we can use music to do the same thing.
OnBuy.com, a UK-based online marketplace, recently completed some interesting analysis to determine the most popular lockdown songs on Spotify.
The words ‘Coronavirus’, ‘COVID-19’, ‘lockdown’, and ‘quarantine’ were inserted into Spotify, and the top 500 playlists (defined as the 500 playlists with the most followers) with these in their titles were collected. Totaling over 35,000 songs, each Spotify playlist was cross-compared to identify any duplicate songs, any of which with the highest number of occurrences across playlists were included in the final list of most popular songs.
Featured in 95 of the 500 playlists considered, Toxic by Britney Spears is the world’s favorite lockdown song.
Coming in second, and my personal favorite on this list, appearing on 87 of the playlists is Stayin’ Alive by the Bee Gees(with one of the all-time best opening scenes to a movie):
Rounding out the top five are:
U Can’t Touch This by MC Hammer
Don’t Stand So Close To Me by The Police
I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor
Here are the 20 songs that made the list:
|Song||Artist(s)||No. of playlists|
|Stayin’ Alive||Bee Gees||87|
|U Can’t Touch This||MC Hammer||85|
|Don’t Stand So Close To Me||The Police||83|
|I Will Survive||Gloria Gaynor||75|
|SICKO MODE||Travis Scott||70|
|Work From Home||Fifth Harmony, Ty Dolla $ign||67|
|It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)||R.E.M.||62|
|Harder To Breathe||Maroon 5||60|
|Closer||The Chainsmokers, Halsey||59|
|Can’t Feel My Face||The Weeknd||57|
|Down With The Sickness||Disturbed||55|
|Take My Breath Away||Berlin||55|
|Every Breath You Take||The Police||54|
|I Feel It Coming||The Weeknd, Daft Punk||53|
|Toxicity||System Of A Down||51|
You can see what the common thread is to all these songs: toxicity, breathing, survival.
My favorite songs on the list, besides Stayin’ Alive, are Bohemian Rhapsody and Fever.
I was going to close with a clever sentence that incorporated many of the songs listed above, but once I read it back, it seemed kind of insensitive.
So let me just say that I think the one thing we can agree on, none of us can wait until we can take our Mask Off.
But until then, Don’t Stand So Close to Me because I would rather be Stayin’ Alive than coming Down with the Sickness…
*image from Biggleswade Today