By Britley Blessit – Arts and Entertainment Editor
Music is all around us almost everywhere we go. Music can brighten our moods, bring us together, and heal our minds, bodies, and souls. During the pandemic, we truly need music that can get us through these difficult times. One of the greatest things about music is that music always finds ways to evolve. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there are no more in person concerts or karaoke nights.
Times like these, it is so easy to fall into despair and lose hope. However, it does not have to be that way. As stated previously, music has the power to unite and bring us together. The world seems scarier but music helps you to forget those fears.
Here are my top 10 songs that have been getting me through the pandemic:
- Rise Up – Andra Day
This 2015 hit single by Andra Day is one of the greatest motivational songs. This song lets you know that no matter the battles, you will come out stronger. Day’s musical analogies and strong voice showcases the undenying power of this song.
- Video – India Arie
India Arie has incredible hits such as “Brown Skin”, “I am not my hair”, and “The Truth”, including “Video”. Video is a must on my playlist because it practices the purest definition of self-love. There are honestly days when you wake up and don’t feel like yourself. But, it is also important to know that we are all beautiful/handsome just the way we are. This song reminds us not to change who we are but to embrace who we are.
- My Shot – Hamilton Cast
On July 4th, 2020, Hamilton arrived on Disney plus and is definitely a must see. If you can’t see the musical or never saw Hamilton live, I implore you to listen to the soundtrack. “My Shot” has had one of the highest streams on all major music platforms. This song on the soundtrack encourages you to be a go getter and to never stop. The lyrics written explains that there is still much so to do and that this can be pulled off with hard work and dedication.
- Best Part – Daniel Caesar ft. H.E.R
If you’re in a bad mood or just want to feel comfort, listen to the beautiful combination of Daniel Caesar and H.E.R.’s voice. Whether you have a significant or not, this song can put you into such a soothing, calm mood. This is a song that describes genuine love and affection. There is a strong chance you have this song on constant repeat after the first listen.
- Naked – Ella Mai
The talented “Boo’d Up” singer Ella Mai has given us another self- love song to add to the list. “Naked” intertwines the concept of self love and the simple fact that if someone does not accept you, don’t let them into your life. It also teaches the signs of how to know if someone truly accepts you for you.
- Vybz Cyah Done – Machel Montano
I don’t know what it is but soca music just has something that makes you happy and so excited to express yourself. This song gives the ultimate nonstop party vibes. Montano is said to be known as “The King of Soca”. It really does give a pina colada and chilling on the beach vibes.
- Everything is Everything – Lauryn Hill
Lauryn Hill is one of the greatest lyrical artists of all time. The words that she raps or sings is so relatable and causes you to see things in different ways. She has the ability to take a serious issue , write about it, and within her songs explains that the change starts with us. The music video will leave you absolutely speechless and in awe.
- ALREADY – Beyonce, Major Lazer, Shatta Wale
Queen Bey has collaborated with Major Lazer and Shatta Wale to give a passionate anthem for all the kings out in the world. This song urges the importance of confidence, self-worth, and the power within us.
- Very, very, very – I.O.I
I’ll honestly never forget the day my best friend introduced me to K-pop. This is one of the first songs she played for me and I instantly fell in love. This song has such a catchy feel to it that I absolutely love. This song relates to the mixed emotions you feel about whether or not to open up to someone you care about.
- Shackles (Praise You) – Mary Mary
Whether you are a very religious person or not, it does not matter. This gospel song can be for everyone no matter the age. Mary Mary vocals and lyrics explain to have hope and that it is okay to fall. When you fall or fail in any situation, you are able to get up and be stronger.