Global Pandemic playlist
March 4, 2020 4:41 AM   Subscribe

What songs should be on my Global Pandemic playlist?
posted by 0bvious to Media & Arts (79 answers total) 33 users marked this as a favorite

posted by zadcat at 5:01 AM on March 4 [2 favorites]

Mudhoney - Touch Me I'm Sick
posted by p3t3 at 5:02 AM on March 4 [3 favorites]

Disturbed - Down With The Sickness
posted by Slinga at 5:05 AM on March 4 [1 favorite]

Catch my disease Ben Lee

Weird Diseases - Magnetic Fields

'Ghen Cô Vy' - Vietnamese Department of Health


Hot Blooded - Foreigner - check it and see, I got a fever of a hundred and three

Witch Doctor

Bad Case of Loving You - Robert Palmer

Girl, you have no faith in medicine - White Stripes
posted by bunderful at 5:17 AM on March 4 [4 favorites]

The Cold Song
posted by flabdablet at 5:21 AM on March 4

All Things Must Pass
posted by sydnius at 5:22 AM on March 4

Warren Zevon - Don't Let Us Get Sick
posted by p3t3 at 5:28 AM on March 4 [1 favorite]

Harvey Danger's Flagpole Sitta has some apposite lyrics.
posted by Calvin and the Duplicators at 5:32 AM on March 4 [2 favorites]

Time to Get Ill
posted by flabdablet at 5:33 AM on March 4

Panic in Detroit, Bowie
Afraid of Everyone, the National
We Share Our Mother's Health, the Knife
Ashes to Ashes, Bowie
posted by frumiousb at 5:34 AM on March 4 [1 favorite]

Derek and Clive - Coughin' Contest, The Linctus Song
posted by flabdablet at 5:47 AM on March 4

Dramamine - Modest Mouse
posted by WhyamIhereagain at 5:47 AM on March 4

Brave Face, Frank Turner
(includes his characteristic optimism but it seems forced, like please be brave even though we all know this is going to end badly)
posted by Flannery Culp at 5:55 AM on March 4

Bad Medicine - Bon Jovi
posted by Roger Pittman at 5:56 AM on March 4

Let's Have a War by Fear. (the lyrics are applicable to global pandemic too)
posted by askmehow at 5:59 AM on March 4 [1 favorite]

Don't Fear the Reaper is heavily featured at the beginning of The Stand, so it's at the start of any and all pandemic playlists for me.
posted by angelchrys at 6:11 AM on March 4 [9 favorites]

Eve of Destruction by Barry McGuire

And you tell me over and over and over again my friend,
Ah, you don't believe we're on the eve of destruction.
posted by FencingGal at 6:14 AM on March 4 [3 favorites]

Cracker: Take Me Down to the Infirmary
Van Morrison: TB Sheets
Talking Heads: Life During Wartime
Stones: Ventilator Blues
posted by Bron at 6:24 AM on March 4

Diseases of Yore- MC Frontalot
posted by Captain_Science at 6:25 AM on March 4

Afrika Bambaataa Feat John Lydon – World Destruction (1984)

Knowledge isn't what it used to be.
Military tactics to control a nation.
Who wants to be a president or king? Me!
Mother Nature is gonna work against you.
Nothing in your power that you can do.
posted by MonkeyToes at 6:27 AM on March 4 [3 favorites]

Ohh also Blue Oyster Cult - (Don't Fear) The Reaper both for lyrics and because of its use in 'The Stand' miniseries from the 90's.
posted by Captain_Science at 6:28 AM on March 4 [3 favorites]

unwashed and somewhat slightly dazed - bowie

don’t stand so close to me - police
posted by 20 year lurk at 6:32 AM on March 4 [3 favorites]

call the doctor from spacemen 3’s perfect prescription
posted by 20 year lurk at 6:34 AM on March 4

Untouchable Face
posted by zamboni at 6:36 AM on March 4 [8 favorites]

I Touch Myself by the Divinyls?
posted by Otter_Handler at 6:37 AM on March 4 [2 favorites]

Phish - Down With Disease and maybe Bug just for the title alone.
posted by bondcliff at 6:39 AM on March 4

Matchbox Twenty - Disease
posted by Glier's Goetta at 6:51 AM on March 4 [1 favorite]

Cough Syrup, by either Young the Giant or the Butthole Surfers

(completely different songs but I think they both work)
posted by dlugoczaj at 6:53 AM on March 4

La Grippe
posted by fimbulvetr at 6:58 AM on March 4 [1 favorite]

Don't Forget Me When I'm Gone -- Glass Tiger
posted by Capt. Renault at 7:02 AM on March 4

For songs inspired by coronavirus, see this article: We regret to inform you that these coronavirus songs slap.

Beware, though - I've had the corona cumbia stuck in my head for several days now.
posted by mogget at 7:14 AM on March 4

Lots of versions of St. James Infirmary to choose from

Obliquely, Doves' Sky Starts Falling may be appropriate soon.
posted by zadcat at 7:36 AM on March 4 [1 favorite]

Christmas at Ground Zero -- Weird Al Yankovic
Help I'm Alive -- Metric
Land of Confusion -- Genesis
posted by Wild_Eep at 7:37 AM on March 4 [2 favorites]

Domino -- Genesis

or pretty much any socially-conscious music from the Cold War era...
posted by Wild_Eep at 7:40 AM on March 4

Flupandemic, Flying Fish Sailors, Loch Ness Monster (1999)
posted by sourcequench at 7:50 AM on March 4

Shake The Disease - Depeche Mode
posted by JoeZydeco at 7:57 AM on March 4 [1 favorite]

Life is Shit by the Dead Milkmen.
posted by rikschell at 8:06 AM on March 4

Destroy Everything You Touch - Ladytron
Dance Yrself Clean - LCD Soundsystem
"A Spoonful of Sugar" from Mary Poppins
I'm Shakin' - Jack White
Around the World - Daft Punk
If I Ever Feel Better - Phoenix
posted by castlebravo at 8:12 AM on March 4

Hospital Beds by Cold War Kids
posted by nantucket at 8:37 AM on March 4 [1 favorite]

A cute romantic one: Hello Saferide - Get Sick Soon
posted by serathen at 9:10 AM on March 4

i've got you under my skin - sinatra
vapor trail - ride
lysol - the melvins
bleach - nirvana
theme song from mask
breathe [pink floyd/ prodigy]
take a whiff on me - woody guthrie
probably anything by wheezer & hopefully something from the cure.
posted by 20 year lurk at 9:48 AM on March 4 [3 favorites]

Sick Again - Led Zeppelin
Pneumonia - Kool and the Gang
Sickman - Alice in Chains
The Lung - Dinosaur Jr.
Both Feet in the Grave - Crimson Curse
Cold Sweat - James Brown
You Ain't Going Nowhere - The Byrds
Sickfile - Archers of Loaf
The Bug That Tried to Crawl Around the World - Johnny Cash
Ebola - Cave In
Contaminate Me - Leprous
Preparing the Mass Burial - Party of Helicopters
Epidemic - Slayer

I'd vote for Abner Jay's version of St. James Infirmary Blues.
posted by saladin at 9:52 AM on March 4

Virus by KMFDM
The Microorganism by Boiled in Lead (I know the current issue isn't a microorganism, but still)
In the Hospital, Friendly Fires
I Don't Feel Like Dancin', Scissor Sisters
I Will Survive, Cake or the original
posted by wintersweet at 9:56 AM on March 4

Warren Zevon - My shit's fucked up, written after he was diagnosed with a terminal condition.
posted by Homer42 at 10:11 AM on March 4

Anthrax: Spreading the Disease and Among the Living (which was inspired by The Stand)
posted by nickmark at 10:47 AM on March 4

Whiter Shade of Pale --Procol Harum

Over 6 minutes of Procol Harum performing A Whiter Shade of Pale with the Danish National Concert Orchestra and choir at Ledreborg Castle, Denmark in August 2006.
posted by Gino on the Meta at 11:03 AM on March 4 [1 favorite]

Another Warren Zevon - Life'll Kill Ya.
posted by OneSmartMonkey at 11:10 AM on March 4

John Cage, 4'33
posted by Ahmad Khani at 11:38 AM on March 4 [1 favorite]

"Corona" by the Minutemen

"The people will survive..."
posted by bdk3clash at 11:59 AM on March 4

Miami 2017, Billy Joel (live version from Songs in the Attic)
Atomic Bomb, William Onyeabor
My Sharona, The Knack
posted by sallybrown at 12:00 PM on March 4

Since Weird Al's first hit was "My Bologna", a parody of the Knack's "My Sharona", he has been flooded with requests to do a "My Corona" song. His response in a single tweet: "not gonna do it". But it must be noted that another parodist, John Mammoser, previously did a variation on Sharona/Bologna titled "Nine Coronas", about the beer, and it has been constantly misattributed to Weird Al, who also declares he avoids doing songs on drinking/drunkenness subjects.

But His High Weirdness has released a couple songs that are related, most notably a Nine Inch Nails-styled "Germs". but also a Nirvana-styled "Calling In Sick" and "Virus Alert" which is about computer viruses, but just as virulent.
posted by oneswellfoop at 12:59 PM on March 4

Pitch Shifter – Virus
(in which the virus is metaphorical, but hey, close enough.)
posted by farlukar at 1:45 PM on March 4

Beastie boys Time to get ill
posted by hazyjane at 2:04 PM on March 4

Fury In the Slaughterhouse - Every Generation Got Its Own Disease (also known as just Every Generation) I mean it's perfect: "So let's shake hands with plastic gloves..."
posted by kitten kaboodle at 3:19 PM on March 4

I can't link to these right now but I suggest

Corvus Corax: Totendanz
Elvis Costello: Waiting for the End of the World
Melanie: Lay Down Candles in the Rain
posted by effluvia at 6:35 PM on March 4

As Long as I Live (Pearl Bailey; Peggy Lee; Anita O'Day)
There Is An End (The Greenhornes, feat. Holly Golightly)
Ever Since the World Ended (Mose Allison; Loudon Wainwright III cover)
posted by Iris Gambol at 10:40 AM on March 5

Until the End of the World - U2
posted by madstop1 at 4:57 PM on March 5

The New Pornographers - Adventures in Solitude
posted by zamboni at 4:00 PM on April 16

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