During the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, some artists have taken advantage of the opportunity help us cope through music featuring grim and ironic humor in this dire situation. We’ve curated a list of music videos, memes, tweets, and a Spotify playlist for your enjoyment while you’re stuck at home. (We appreciate your patience while the page loads – it is full of content to entertain you!)
EXPLICIT LANGUAGE WARNING: Some of this content contains swears.
“One Week of COVID-19”
Beginning on a light note, we are sharing a parody of “One Week” by Barenaked Ladies, performed by Pepper Coyote and titled “One Week of COVID-19”. Originally written by Dana Jay Bein (aka @daniAWESOME), some of you might recognize a reference to a rather unique anime that you explored on Netflix while shut in. #NoSpoilers:
One of the first we saw hit the internet was “Coronavirus Rhapsody”, and while there are multiple coronavirus parodies born from Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”, we chose to share the version performed by Adrian Grimes, with lyrics by Dana Jay Bein:
You can see the same version being performed by the Phoenix Chamber Choir here.
Same have criticized the parody as being insensitive. Grimes addressed those opinions in his video description:
“I’ve had a few comments suggesting that this is ‘insensitive’. I want to emphasize that I know where these people are coming from. My wife works in healthcare and I have two young kids; I know very well how this virus could impact my family. Every day that my wife goes to work, I hope it is another “bonus” day we get together before the wave hits and I don’t have to quarantine her and stop our children from hugging her. However, I hope that even in those circumstances, should they occur, I will still be able to maintain a sense of humor, and a lot of comments from people already affected by coronavirus have told me how much they appreciate this. I thank you for your understanding in these unprecedented times.”
Maestro Ziikos took a bit of a different approach with his own compilation of manipulated clips of President Trump to form the “Coronan Rhampsody”:
This type of political music video is was Ziikos is all about, as evidenced by his YouTube channel and Spotify. He is also responsible for the “Quarantine Song”, a parody of Bruno Mars‘ “The Lazy Song”:
Chris Mann, a second season contestant on NBC’s The Voice has made a bundle of pandemic-themed music videos, and doesn’t seem to plan on stopping. Here are a few of them:
“Stay At Home”
For the third video of his that we are sharing, rather than comedy, Mann opted for an emotional parody of Alanis Morrissette’s “Thank U” to express appreciation for those on the frontline: Doctors, nurses, scientists, pharmacists, the postal service, grocery clerks, and more:
“Thank U Frontline”
See more of Mann’s COVID-related videos on his YouTube channel.
However, if death metal is more of your jam, we have “Coronaviscerated” by Vermicide Violence for you:
Born from a choir rehearsal cancellation, Sam Chaplin offers a more stripped-down parody with simply “COVID 19” performed at his piano. This parody is derived form “Come on Eileen” by Dexys Midnight Runners:
It is truly amazing that musicians and artists can rise up and create this entertainment for us during an otherwise downright scary time with an ambiguous future ahead. Please seek out ways to support these artists while they are supporting us. Many of the videos have song purchasing links in their descriptions! You can support Burning Hot Events’ hard work by pledging to our Patreon.
There are countless more music videos on YouTube about COVID-19, the pandemic, quarantine, the lockdown, and the absurd ways some people have chosen to handle the situation. Unfortunately there are too many to display in one article, but you can go down the rabbit hole to your heart’s content on YouTube. See More Here
Loads of musicians are adapting by doing live streams, and Burning Hot Events frequently shares posts to let you know about them on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts!
COVID-19 Music Memes & Tweets
Not only has the internet has made so many songs and music videos easily distributable and accessible, but also an endless supply of relevant music related memes & tweets. Here are some that we gathered:
A Spotify playlist curated by Katherine Amy Vega
(Owner, Manager, Senior Concert Photographer of Burning Hot Events)
Featuring carefully crafted transitions and juxtapositions between themes and genres, and an eclectic array of artists:
“A journey of navigating the pandemic. Themes of illness, depression, dissociation, death, angst, illness, disgust, rage, ignorance, propaganda, conspiracy, anarchy, war, disaster, revolt, isolation, self-medication (addiction), slavery, incarceration, religion, despair, hope, perseverance, rising up” Open in Spotify
“Now is a crucial time for the arts. I’m watching values shift.”
— Katherine Amy Vega