COVID-19 MixTape Volume 2

As the coronavirus continues to wreak havoc on society, it’s more important than ever that we find ways to lift up our spirits.

A couple of weeks ago we published (technically the word is ‘dropped’) Volume 1 of the #COVIDMixTape To create that mixtape, I asked over a dozen friends to choose a song that was their “go-to” for inspiration and good vibes. The result was an eclectic mix of genres and time periods. It is definitely fun to listen to.

The #COVIDMixTape proved to be very popular and many more people reached out with their song choices, which I have gathered into Volume 2.

So please enjoy this new list of songs…

Should I Stay or Should I Go by The Clash
Chosen by Dalton Ruer, Senior Solutions Architect at Qlik
The real reason I had it in my head was for work on a demo presentation I put together on Healthcare Readmissions – embedding the predictions in real time in the clinicians work flows to augment their intelligence on whether the patient they are looking at right now “should stay or go.”

With Me All Along by Bronze Radio Return
Chosen by the Medecision Marketing Team
First, it’s got a fun, happy sound to it, which we need these days. It also resonated with us as we look for ways to celebrate our heroes on the front lines – healthcare and beyond – who are keeping the world moving so the rest of us can safely stay home.

American Hearts by Piebald
Chosen By Jack Murtha, Content Strategist & Writer
“Hey! You’re part of it!” We can all take something from this song. The pandemic affects and requires cooperation from all. Doctors, clinicians, and countless others are risking their health. And the rest of us are contributing by staying home. We’re all part of it. Plus, doesn’t the chorus hit you?

Magnificent by U2
Chosen by Allan Vafi vascular surgeon in the Netherlands
Magnificent inspires and uplifts me in these surreal times of COVID19 where we are living in. Rough times are ahead of us and the only force we can trust and which will stand to this heavy fire are our colleagues and healthworkers in the frontlines. They don’t back off, do their work, even unprotected, risking their lives and the life of their love ones. They are the true Magnificent in times that healthcare proves to be what it really is: caring for each other with love and compassion.

The Moneymaker by Rilo Kelly
Chosen by Alaina Lamphear, Strategic Marketing Consultant at Access Marketing Company
Jenny Lewis has been an inspiration to me since my younger years. This song has the beat and the rhythm to make me dance and smile and ultimately the lyrics are a reminder to myself the power is in my own hands to make it, not in anyone else’s. Which is really important to remember right now in this time where nothing seems to be in our control… but mostly Jenny makes me really happy!”

Please Go Home by The Rolling Stones
Chosen by Christina Noel, Social Media Marketing Coordinator & Writer at MEDITECH
I chose an obvious song title reminding all of us to collectively support staying home. The Rolling Stones released “Please Go Home” in 1967 in the UK. I love the classic Bo Diddley beat! I think this song can take us back “home” to the original sounds of rock n roll. #StayHomeSaveLives

Walking On Sunshine – Katrina & The Waves
Chosen by James Gardner, Managing Director at Topline Partners
If you want a song packed with energy and positivity, this one’s for you! I dare anyone to listen without cranking it up and smiling and singing along—it simply can’t be done. At anything approaching full volume, I’m told there’s a risk of spontaneous and uncontrollable dancing.

Nothing by Bruno Major
Chosen by Courtney Larned, Director of Marketing Services at Medecision
I chose this song because we all should be staying home right now unless we’re essential front line responders…and, well, we’d all be lucky if we were home with someone we loved like this!

Blue Monday by New Order
Chosen by Megan Janas, Co-Founder & COO at Citizen Health
Blue Monday is my anthem to all healthcare workers through this crisis. As we see dangerous policies being enacted through PPE shortage, “How should I feel?”, “Tell, me how does it feel, to treat me like you do?” Is resonating. How we treat each other and how we care for one another in this time, is going to have a marked impact. This song is a “reclaim your power” song to make others feel the weight of their decisions.

We Are The Champions by Queen
Chosen by Stacy Hurt #HIMSS20 Digital Influencer and Patient Experience Consultant at
When I think about a team effort triumph over extreme, unfair adversity, I think of this powerful, inspirational anthem.  We may feel like underdogs to mighty COVID19, but our unified positivity and strength will lift us to victory after this very hard fought battle.  And that crescendo:  #perfection!

Wrote My Way Out by Lin Manuel (Hamilton)
Chosen by Jessica Gold, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
Since medical school, whenever I feel really strong emotions, I turn to writing to process them. With #COVID-19, I feel everything- from anger, to sadness, to grief, to anxiety, to fear- and so writing again, is my outlet. “Running on empty/with nothing left in me but doubt/I picked up a pen/and wrote my way out.”

Waiting on the World to Change by John Mayer
Chosen by Michelle Flynn, Business Development Manager at AISERA
John Mayer’s “Waiting on the World to Change” came to mind right away because of the lyrics and hopeful tone of the song. While we keep “standing at a distance” in quarantine, waiting on things to change, I find listening to songs with positive vibes helps keep my spirits up.

Stand Back by Stevie Nicks
Chosen by Drex Deford, Healthcare IT Strategy Consultant

Don’t Stand So Close to Me by The Police
Chosen by Stephen Konya, Senior Innovation Strategist at Office of the National Coordinator of Health IT

All By Myself by Celine Dion
Chosen by Stephen Konya, Senior Innovation Strategist at Office of the National Coordinator of Health IT

What song is your go-to for energy and good vibes? Write your choice in the comments below.

About the author

Colin Hung

Colin Hung

Colin Hung is the co-founder of the #hcldr (healthcare leadership) tweetchat one of the most popular and active healthcare social media communities on Twitter. Colin speaks, tweets and blogs regularly about healthcare, technology, marketing and leadership. He is currently an independent marketing consultant working with leading healthIT companies. Colin is a member of #TheWalkingGallery. His Twitter handle is: @Colin_Hung.


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