Ranking All the Mostly Bad Feel-Good Pandemic Songs
At the risk of stating the obvious, when times are tough, music often serves as comfort. I’ve found myself leaning into angry hardcore, whimsical twee and mass-marketed teen pop in equal parts because those sounds were formative in my life, and because they articulate my range of emotions (angry, sad, hungry, horny, tired, repeat), in direct, uncomplicated terms. I don’t want to be told to “buck up, we’re in this together,” like so many “Imagine”-singing celebrities have promised in the past few months. Still, there’s been a barrage of feel-good pandemic tunes released each week, somehow meant to inspire listeners to... stay at home better? I appreciate some of the sentiment expressed in these songs—like, if Gloria Estefan tells you to wear a mask and it inspired you to wear a mask, you’re far too easily influenced, but at least you’re finally wearing a mask—though the content is silly.