Sallyanne, 35 | Business Owner

P!nk – ‘Walk Me Home’ [2019]

“Like many people, my mental health suffered during lockdown. Daily walks put everything into perspective, and listening to music really lifted my spirits. I am used to socialising and networking at busy events, and visiting London regularly, so the city noises in the background of the song brought back happy memories from pre-COVID.”

Comforting

Cameron, 34 | Retail Worker

Mastodon – ‘The Last Baron’ [2009]

“It’s such an epic track, running for 13-minutes, and over the lockdown I found it was the perfect way for me to escape. To me, the song represents grief, confusion, and an almost apocalyptic sense of destruction, which are all things that I could relate to the situation of both myself and the wider world over the last couple of years. The guitars are also absolutely insane the whole way through!”

Apocalypse

David, 29 | Musician

Circa Waves – ‘Sad Happy’ [2020]

“This song helped to capture the ups and downs of my emotions throughout lockdown. Being so isolated from family and friends was an incredibly difficult thing for me, but there was an elation when I could be united with them again. There’s a lyric in the song, ‘The good times will come around’, and that gave me a lot of hope for the future. I think it helped to know that we were all in the same boat, and we were all having good days and bad days.”

Overcoming

Steven, 39 | Retail Worker

Jeremy Loops – ‘Down South’ [2015]

“I went on a family holiday back in 2019 and we listened to this song so much whilst we were away. It has such a holiday vibe and makes me feel so free and happy. Over lockdown I began listening to it again and thinking about all the memories of that holiday, it became the theme song for our family Zoom quiz nights and the soundtrack for my daily runs, and we even introduced our newborn baby to it!”

Escape

Kay, 35 | Radio Presenter/Podcast Producer

Jess Glynne – ‘Hold My Hand’ [2015]

“I love this song anyway because it’s so upbeat and happy, but at a time when we couldn’t hold hands it was even more poignant. There was a TikTok video of a daughter and her parents dancing in the kitchen to this song during lockdown and that video brought so much joy. Every time I played the song during lockdown I’d see my daughters and their friend, who moved in for lockdown, dancing to it.”

Optimism

Paul, 61 | Engineer

Buzzcocks – ‘Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve?)’ [1978]

“This was the song that me and my wife had our first dance to many moons ago! When we were locked down in our home we would play it and dance around the living room together, which was always a great joy after some of the hard days we endured. Getting to spend so much time with my wife was the biggest silver lining of this weird time, and this song has gifted us so many special memories over the years.”

Love

Lois, 41 | Driving Instructor

ABBA – ‘Like An Angel Passing Through My Room’ [1981]

“I lost my mother to COVID last year, and so the lockdown period(s) were very intense and difficult for me. My mum loved ABBA, and I grew up listening to her records and appreciating their beautiful music. This song took on a much more important meaning to me after her passing, as she would often sing it around the house when I was younger. I listened to it whenever I was missing her and could almost feel a piece of her in the room with me every time, it was comforting.”

Grief

James, 21 | Student

Salem – ‘Destroy Me’ [2020]

“This EP came out during lockdown and I was absolutely obsessed with it. I remember sending it to all of my friends and getting everyone to listen to it and it made me get back in touch with a few that I’d lost contact with during the pandemic. I love going to see live music, and the first gig that I got to go to when restrictions started to lift was to see this band – me and my friends sang extra loud on this song.”

Catharsis