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.