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

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

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

Joanne, 25 | Beautician

Powfu (feat. beabadoobee) – ‘death bed (coffee for your head)’ [2020]

“Throughout lockdown I started walking a lot to clear my head from all the general stress and worry, and I listened to this song a lot on my walks. It reflected both the sadness of the time, and the loneliness of not being able to see my loved ones, but then it also took on a different meaning when I met my boyfriend during lockdown. It’s now ‘our song’ and it reminds me that there’s always hope even in the darkest of times.”

Hope

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

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