The hottest new genre on Spotify? Songs about the coronavirus.

Music is always downstream from society, meaning that it’s just a matter of time before artists reflect what’s happening in their songs. With the coronavirus/COVID-19 on everyone’s minds these days, it’s not surprising we’re starting to see songs based on the crisis.

A quick search of Spotify locates at least 65 songs with the word “coronavirus” in the title with another half-dozen or so using “COVID-19.”

The most popular is “La Cumbia Del Coronavirus” by a US-based singer named Mister Cumbria who sings in Spanish for a Mexican audience. His song is a public service announcement of sorts, pleading with people to carefully wash their hands and to avoid people who might be infected. It has a total of about 100,000 plays so far.

Singapore, which has been hit hard by the virus, is represented by a mental band Dozethrone. Their “Coronavirus” (the title track of their EP) has about 1,000 streams.

Then we have a rapper called Coronavirus who has NSFW songs like “Wuhan,” “Prayer for Wuhan,” “Swine Flu,” “Ebola,” “SARS,” and “Bird Flu.”

There’s also Wuhan Coronavirus who gets pretty EDM-y about the whole thing.

And one more: “Coronavirus” from the No Vaxxed Project.

There are also a whack of playlists on the subject. Knock yourself out.

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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