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

Tim, 43 | Music Producer/Songwriter

Sophia Stutchbury – ‘We’ll Get Through This’ [2020]

“This song was written by my wife and produced by me. Our purpose in life is to try and bring joy through music. The challenges we have all faced over the last 18 months, or so, inspired us to write something empowering and motivational to try and help people see a light at the end of the tunnel.”

Survival

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.”

Free

Ella, 25 | Writer

Cardi B (feat. Megan Thee Stallion) – ‘WAP’ [2020]

“I feel like this song was such a distinct moment within the last year or so. I usually hate cliché pop music like this but at the time it was great to listen to something so ridiculous and infectious. I think with how funny it was the song really brought people together too, I talked about it so much with my friends.”

Escapism