Yale-NUS student creates extremely relatable Spotify playlist that chronicles days with Covid-19

This playlist is sick.

Sumita Thiagarajan| March 14, 01:23 PM

Music is the best companion of all time.

True enough, many are turning to Spotify playlists to cope with growing anxiety, boredom, and isolation amongst the current Covid-19 pandemic, reported Business Insider.

While many coronavirus-inspired Spotify playlists have popped up on the music streaming platform, one playlist stood out from the rest.

Viral playlist created by a S'porean undergraduate

A Spotify playlist titled 'Covid-19 Quarantine Party' has been making rounds lately.

The playlist was created by a Singaporean final-year undergraduate from Yale-NUS, who goes by the name 'Alistair Ryan'.

It features  97 relatable songs that pretty much cover what you should or should not do during this period as well as what you might be feeling in the past few weeks.

Here are some examples if you are wondering:

In public spaces

For those of us who travel by public transport to work or find ourselves in a crowded place, these might be some tunes we can relate to:

  • U Can't Touch This by MC Hammer
  • Don't Stand So Close to Me by The Police
  • Treat People with Kindness by Harry Styles

And when any stranger coughs at you, you probably feel this way:

  • Toxic by Britney Spears
  • Underneath the Mask by Royal & the Serpent
  • Born to Die by Lana Del Rey

Practise personal hygiene

We've been advised again and again to not touch our face, to cover our mouth and to always clean our hands.

For those who can't break old habits, you need to listen to these:

  • Can't Feel My Face by The Weeknd
  • Cover Your Mouth by The Bird And The Bee
  • Don't Touch My Hair by Solange

Those who have to stay at home

For those under quarantine or received a stay home notice, things can get quite lonely:

  • Locked up by Akon
  • My Wandering Days are Over by Belle & Sebastian

Not forgetting those who work from home, whether you like it or not:

  • Work from Home by Fifth Harmony
  • Antisocial by Ed Sheeran and Travis Scott

If you really have to travel during this period, make sure you check travel advisories as you might be issued a Stay-Home Notice (SHN) or quarantined when you're back in Singapore after travelling to affected countries.

Generally these songs summarised what had happened in the past few weeks:

  • Bat Out of Hell by Meat Loaf
  • Around the World by Daft Punk
  • Last Day on a Cruise Ship by Bamboo
  • The Kids Don't Stand A Chance by Vampire Weekend
  • Contagious by Avril Lavigne
  • No Fun by Joji
  • Time is Running Out by Muse
  • Evacuate the Dance Floor by Cascada
  • Waiting for the End by Linkin Park

And we all really hope this pandemic will come to an end soon.

You can check out some other Covid-19 related playlists here:






Top screenshot via Alistair Ryan/Spotify