For the second year in a row, humorous tunes about the pandemic — fueled by creative musicians — earned robust attention from readers. It’s No. 2 in our 2021 countdown and Local Spins’ No.1 story of all-time.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Today, Local Spins ’ countdown of most-read stories of 2021 hits No. 2, which besides happened to be the No. 1 fib for 2020 and the most popular post in the web site ’ s history. originally published in March 2020 as the pandemic first set in, our roll of the best COVID-19 song parodies has been viewed and shared across the ball. We ’ ve besides included writer Troy Reimink ’ s “ Songs for the Apocalypse ” playlist which ranks No. 2 all-time, a separate post featuring Michigan musicians ’ COVID-inspired tunes and a playlist protection to health care workers. Support our coverage of
West Michigan ‘s music scene If always the world has needed a well joke to stay reasonable, it ’ randomness been the past two years .
Songwriters have always been inspired by the calamities of life. And satirists, in particular, achieve true magnificence during these times of crisis .
sol local Spins compiled videos from the freshet of funny videos inspired by the COVID-19 crisis to satisfy our stay-at-home entertainment cravings. In their own witty manner, many of these artists have instructed us how to help mitigate the dispersed of this virus and keep from going stimulate crazy .
Watch the video here from the safety of your self-quarantined nests : The top coronavirus sung parodies, including a jewel from Grand Rapids ’ own Brandino Extravaganza who created his parody video recording for Local Spins )
PARENTAL ADVISORY: Some of these videos contain profanity .
1. “Bohemian Virus Rhapsody,” Jennifer Corday does Queen
2. “My Corona,” Chris Mann revamps The Knack, plus “The 12 Days of Quarantine” and “Hello (From the Inside)”
3. “My Corona Home,” Jon Pumper pokes fun with a version of “Kokomo”
4. Parody of Natalie Imbruglia’s “Torn”
5. Neil Diamond reinvents “Sweet Caroline”
6. “Do I Have the COVID Virus?” take on Barenaked Ladies’ “If I Had a Million Dollars”
7. “Social Distance” by Randy Rainbow
8. Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Spread the Virus” and The Proclaimers’ “500 Miles” reinterpreted by Five Times August (Brad Skistimas)
9. The Holderness Family’s parody a cappella of Taylor Swift (“Wash Your Hands”), plus “Baby, It’s COVID Outside” and “Quarantine (Is Not Quite Over)”
10. Grand Rapids’ own The Brandino Extravaganza, “This is Quarantine” (Parody of “This is Halloween”)
Raul Irabien, “Coronavirus Rhapsody” (“Bohemian Rhapsody” spoof)
Ruth Moore, “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (COVID Parody)”
Chicoroze, “Outkast Parody Hey-Ya Ro-Na”
YVR Pop Choir, “All I Want for Christmas is You (COVID Parody)”
Shirley Serban, “Super Nasty Cataclysmic COVID-19 Virus”
“Coronaviscerated” by metalcore’s Vermicide Violence
BONUS: THE LOCAL SPINS COVID-19 PLAYLIST BY TROY REIMINK
Greetings from the end of the earth. I made a playlist for you .
so, I had a whole bunch of jokes written down for an intro, but they seemed to get less amusing with each hour that passed .
For exercise : “ Just got off a month-long cruise with no access to the newsworthiness, and I ’ ll bet it ’ s a good time to check the old 401 ( k ) ! ”
“ good thing I was ALREADY collecting jars of urine in the burned fuselage where I ’ ve constructed my judgment day bunker ! ”
“ Social outdistance is what I call my dating life ! ” Rimshot !
actually, it ’ s possible they weren ’ deoxythymidine monophosphate funny story to begin with .
anyhow, stay dependable, read newsworthiness from credible sources, listen to music and support your family and friends — specially those who make a live do or who work for businesses that have been forced to shutter. Hope to see you on the other side. Until then, here are some songs .
1. Muse, “Apocalypse Please” – Muse was making absurd stadium rock about the end of the world long before anyone was paying attention. Their commercial discovery, 2003 ’ s “ Absolution, ” begins with “ Apocalypse Please, ” a deafening, melodramatic power ballad about the end of the universe — or, as Matt Bellamy puts it, “ The END…of the Woorrrrrlllllllllld ! ”
2. Peggy Lee, “Fever” – If it ’ randomness any consolation, Lee ’ s everlastingly aplomb version of this jazzy, noir-inflected authoritative would have outlived all of us anyhow. video : hypertext transfer protocol : //www.youtube.com/watch ? v=JGb5IweiYG8
3. Disturbed, “Down With the Sickness” – I ’ megabyte deplorable to interrupt whatever you ’ re doing, but…OOOOOOOO-WAH HA HA HA ! ! ! ! OK, carry on. video : hypertext transfer protocol : //www.youtube.com/watch ? v=09LTT0xwdfw
4. Johnny Cash, “The Man Comes Around” – What ’ s that noise ? The distant heavy of hoofbeats fair beyond the horizon ? Whatever could that portend ? Something beneficial, I bet ! video : hypertext transfer protocol : //www.youtube.com/watch ? v=k9IfHDi-2EA
5. Mudhoney, “Touch Me I’m Sick” – The sentiment expressed in this early dirt classical is non-compliant with recommendations promoted by the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention for the avoidance of COVID-19. television : hypertext transfer protocol : //www.youtube.com/watch ? v=_nGsT_qFMBs
6. Nine Inch Nails, “The Day the World Went Away” – Trent Reznor has been preparing us for decades, so let ’ s not let him down. television : hypertext transfer protocol : //www.youtube.com/watch ? v=TfKTgx15jag
7. The Verve Pipe, “The Freshmen” – Updated pre-chorus lyrics for 2020 : “ Can ’ triiodothyronine be held creditworthy / She was touching her face… ” [ *freshperson immediately contracts coronavirus due to irresponsible confront touching. ] video recording : hypertext transfer protocol : //www.youtube.com/watch ? v=1umEXpGHc0E
8. Belle & Sebastian, “Get Me Away From Here, I’m Dying” – Quite a few aristocratic early-2000s indie-rock songs get a lot more harrow if you decide to interpret their lyrics literally. video : hypertext transfer protocol : //www.youtube.com/watch ? v=5-aB4wtWiYI
9. Blur, “Ambulance” – “ I ain ’ metric ton got nothing to nothing to be scared of. ” – Damon Albarn, many years before learning about coronavirus. video : hypertext transfer protocol : //www.youtube.com/watch ? v=_aZME1L8Ihc
10. Bad Religion, “Infected” – The kindling legends ’ brief flirt with mainstream radio receiver was a improbable as it was glorious in the mid-1990s, back when “ infectious ” was a favorable means to describe a catchy birdcall. video : hypertext transfer protocol : //www.youtube.com/watch ? v=x40nZkkP8vw
11. Ghost Heart, “Sick Black Lung” – I promise the hale detail of assembling this number was not equitable to plug my own early band and put it ahead of Bruce Springsteen. But, hey, good fix, huh ? television : hypertext transfer protocol : //www.youtube.com/watch ? v=tZSNXlc7H1Q
12. Bruce Springsteen, “Empty Sky” – Written in the awaken of 9/11 for the Boss ’ rejoinder album “ The Rising, ” this track evokes the eerie feel of a world on edge — figuratively and possibly literally, since a cessation of domestic air travel seems inevitable. video recording : hypertext transfer protocol : //www.youtube.com/watch ? v=9b-zxmuhfS8 & feature=youtu.be
13. Sylvan Esso, “Die Young” – Raise your hand if you guessed wrong about the likeliest cause of your premature death under the current presidency. Video : hypertext transfer protocol : //www.youtube.com/watch ? v=5Gh8hdjcU4E
14. Midlake, “Head Home” – Midlake ’ south 2006 album “ The Trials of Van Occupanther ” represented a vertex of post-Fleet Foxes pastorale beard-ness that would be easy to caricature if it wasn ’ t often then good. Listen to “ Head Home ” and try not to yearn for a simple being, even if it ’ s one forced upon us by extenuating circumstances ( i, the end of refinement ). video : hypertext transfer protocol : //www.youtube.com/watch ? v=6dQMHBy3NvQ
15. Travis Scott, “Sicko Mode” – “ Sicko Mode ” here refers to a country of hyper-productive creativity that corresponds to cold weather. That ’ vitamin d be an ideal use of all this involuntary downtime. Moog and Korg are among the manufacturers of sound recording equipment that are making assorted apps available for loose during the coronavirus outbreak. Go crackpot ! video : hypertext transfer protocol : //www.youtube.com/watch ? v=6ONRf7h3Mdk
16. The National, “Afraid of Everyone” – What was otherwise a pierce review of a media polish that thrives on fear now sounds like a prescient end-times prophecy. video : hypertext transfer protocol : //www.youtube.com/watch ? v=iZFK2lhJJXA
17. The Cranberries, “Zombie” – Evoking zombies as a stand-in catastrophe scenario might seem like a faineant direction to minimize a real risk, but their use in pop culture normally corresponds to the dateless anxiety that a mindless terror — war, capitalism, climate change, pandemic disease — will overwhelm us sooner or later. video recording : hypertext transfer protocol : //www.youtube.com/watch ? v=6Ejga4kJUts
18. The Clash, “Lost In the Supermarket” – A more coherent choice from “ London Calling ” might have been “ Four Horsemen. ” But this one makes sense if you ’ ve done a grocery prevail in the past four days, tried to find hand sanitizer and wondered if you might be, you know, lost in the supermarket. television : hypertext transfer protocol : //www.youtube.com/watch ? v=hZw23sWlyG0
19. Metallica, “Four Horsemen” – Abandon all subtlety, ye who enter here. television : hypertext transfer protocol : //www.youtube.com/watch ? v=C4nCy5CITc8
20. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, “(I’ll Love You) Till the End of the World” – From a singer who can ’ deoxythymidine monophosphate blow his nuzzle without summoning fire and brimstone, a love birdcall about the end of the populace is pretty much compulsory. video recording : hypertext transfer protocol : //www.youtube.com/watch ? v=qzp8I-naJOg
21. Crowded House, “Don’t Dream It’s Over” – There are two polar-opposite ways to interpret the chorus. Neil Finn is either saying don ’ thymine bother dreaming because it ’ s over, or don ’ thyroxine dream that it ’ randomness over. I ’ megabyte including it here because it appeared on the soundtrack to the 1990s television receiver adaptation of Stephen King ’ s post-apocalyptic novel “ The Stand, ” if that tells you anything. video recording : hypertext transfer protocol : //www.youtube.com/watch ? v=J9gKyRmic20
22. David Bowie, “Five Years” – Several Bowie songs credibly belong here, but let ’ s go with the baleful table-setter from “ Ziggy Stardust, ” which describes the panic that sweeps the global upon the imminence of its death. video : hypertext transfer protocol : //www.youtube.com/watch ? v=IWm03wYBTbM
23. Europe, “The Final Countdown” – It ’ s about clock time we rescued this apocalyptic 1980s hair-rock staple from its permanent association with tragically amateurish magic performances. video : hypertext transfer protocol : //www.youtube.com/watch ? v=9jK-NcRmVcw
24. Queens of the Stone Age, “Sick Sick Sick” – not a great softwood of ambiguity to sort through here : classical QOTSA, in other words. video recording : hypertext transfer protocol : //www.youtube.com/watch ? v=oHDaKtx6bGY
25. Wilco, “A Shot in the Arm” – I don ’ deoxythymidine monophosphate quite think a influenza shoot is what Jeff Tweedy was talking about, but it ’ randomness nice to imagine he ’ randomness discussing socially creditworthy inoculation rather than intravenous drug use. video recording : hypertext transfer protocol : //www.youtube.com/watch ? v=Iof2IAnQKwI
26. Radiohead, “Idioteque” – The most apocalyptic song from the most apocalyptic album by a famously pessimistic band, “ Idioteque ” is as chilly and foreboding as the coming ice age it predicts. “ We ’ rhenium not frighten peddle, this is actually happening, ” Thom Yorke sings, a potent admonisher that if a sudden calamity doesn ’ triiodothyronine overwhelm us, there ’ s calm climate change. video : hypertext transfer protocol : //www.youtube.com/watch ? v=svwJTnZOaco
27. Antony & the Johnsons, “Hope There’s Someone” – This is sort of the “ Eleanor Rigby ” for my coevals. There ’ randomness nothing more elementary and human than the need for contact at a time of stress and reverence, and the most basic fear of them all — what lies over that final examination horizon — has rarely been expressed with more gutting sincerity than what the artist once known as Antony Hegarty achieved here. That collocate you feel in your throat, that means you ’ re still alive. television : hypertext transfer protocol : //www.youtube.com/watch ? v=LyMGEq82uL4
28. Sufjan Stevens, “4th of July” – It ’ s the most breathless moment on “ Carrie & Lowell, ” Stevens ’ gorgeous concept album about the end of his beget : That stunning repeated finale — “ We ’ re all gon na die ” — demonstrates that in the hands of a genius artist, the simplest ideas often are the most profound, and vice versa. television : hypertext transfer protocol : //www.youtube.com/watch ? v=JTeKpWp8Psw
29. Mountain Goats, “The Plague” – There ’ s at least one excellent John Darnielle song for every bummer situation. How about the end of world : “ And all our great schemes and plans will slip like fishes from our hands. ” Video : hypertext transfer protocol : //www.youtube.com/watch ? v=j1-sCJiZeqw
30. Iron Maiden, “The Number of the Beast” – Everything is fine. television : hypertext transfer protocol : //www.youtube.com/watch ? v=7-iRf9AWoyE
Plus, Three More ‘End of Times’ Tunes for the Heck of It:
Deltron 3030, “Virus” – The casual preciseness with which the all-star hip-hop team of Dan the Automator, Del the Funkee Homosapien and Kid Koala sketch out society ’ s unraveling following a ball-shaped pandemic is…not all that comforting. Occam ’ s Razor : the most predictable consequence is the matchless that ’ second probably going to happen. video : hypertext transfer protocol : //www.youtube.com/watch ? v=FrEdbKwivCI
The Cure, “End of the World” – You ’ five hundred think a band with the bible “ bring around ” in its diagnose might be a generator of optimism during such a scenario, but alas. video : hypertext transfer protocol : //www.youtube.com/watch ? v=t4JukIrRxcU
REM, “It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” — This 1987 single re-entered the iTunes chart concluding week and was rising debauched, not surprisingly. Anyone feeling fine yet ? No ? Same. video : hypertext transfer protocol : //www.youtube.com/watch ? v=Z0GFRcFm-aY
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