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

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

Anne, 73 | Retired Nurse

Harry Styles – ‘Watermelon Sugar’ [2019]

“My granddaughter is a big fan of Harry Styles and she sent me a video to listen to this song whilst we were in the first lockdown. I would listen to it every time I was missing her and it would get me through those difficult moments. The song itself is very uplifting and reminds me of summertime too, which was a really lovely feeling especially throughout the dreary winter lockdown.”

Connection

El, 24 | Youth Worker/Student

Crywank – ‘Song for a Guilty Sadist’ [2015]

“I got heavily into Crywank throughout lockdown and found their honesty really helped me approach my own self reflection and discovery with candidness. This song stood out to me with its themes of feeling as though who you are isn’t enough, and the idea of trying to adapt to fit someone else’s desires but falling short”

Lost

Susie, 24 | Copy Editor

Original Broadway Cast of Hamilton – ‘Satisfied’ [2015]

“I first listened to the Hamilton musical soundtrack shortly into lockdown, and it came onto Disney+ a few months later where I watched it. This song became something that my partner and I would sing around the house, specifically when making lasagne – which is something I had the time to do a lot as we were at home all the time.”

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