How many songs about the coronavirus do we really need?

When the National Guard opened fire on protesting students at Kent State University on May 4, 1970, Neil Young was so mad than he hammered out “Ohio” in a matter of hours. The song was then recorded by Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young and in the stores in a two weeks. Back then, that was insanely fast.

Today, though, the internet allows artists to post topical songs immediately.

The last time anyone counted, there were almost 500 coronavirus-inspired songs on Spotify. Naturally, people are only too happy to make playlists.

Here are more examples of what’s out there so far.

More analysis of the phenomenon here. And if you want more songs to learn and sing, I have a list here.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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