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

Martin, 37 | Painter

Kaiser Chiefs – ‘I Predict A Riot’ [2005]

“Me and my mates have always loved this song, and it reminds me of hanging out, drinking beers and being at festivals with all my best friends. During lockdown I listened to it a lot whilst working as a reminder that things would be back to normal one day, and I’d soon be back in a muddy festival field with the boys.”

Friendship

Imogen, 36 | Teacher

David Bowie – ‘Heroes’ [1977]

“This song felt very poignant to me at the height of the pandemic because it seemed to be on a lot of adverts and in the background of campaigns celebrating the efforts of frontline workers. Every time I heard it, I thought about how depressing it was that we were rightly referring to these incredible people as ‘heroes’ whilst the government was failing them by refusing to raise their pay or even look after their basic needs. Being a key worker, the absent-minded clapping our government tried to convince us to join in with made me feel so misunderstood, so I can’t imagine how it felt to those braving their lives every day.”

Corruption