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PLAYLIST 🎧 my sounds of surviving the pandemic

a playlist I had on repeat for a good part of 2020 and 2021 aptly titled 'surviving a pandemic' , which makes my fall playlist sound like sprinkles of joy by comparison
PLAYLIST 🎧 my sounds of surviving the pandemic
photo by Marilyn Minter 

So many people related to over the pandemic to going to 'comfort media'. I heard about so many people re-reading Harry Potter or other favourite books, and many only watched their favourite movies. My version includes listening to only really two artists: Lana Del Rey and Taylor Swift. So if you like something reflective, moody, and melancholic that feels kinda like being stuck at home for a year – this playlist is for you.

I have dedicated playlists for only two artists, that includes most of their catalogue. They're called 'Lana' and 'TS'. 

In the depths of the pandemic, the two of them were pretty much all I listened to – as verified by my extremely healthy Top 100 Spotify Songs of 2021 which includes 27 Lana Del Rey songs and 24 Taylor Swift songs.

Everything about that is of course extremely normal, thank you. A lot of those listens can be attributed to a playlist I had on repeat for a good part of 2020 and 2021 aptly titled 'surviving a pandemic'. It's not just those two artists, but it sure makes my fall playlist sound like sprinkles of joy by comparison.


I could make the case how the two are titans each in their own right; how we wouldn't have Billie Eilish without Lana Del Rey or Olivia Rodrigo without Taylor Swift. How artists like Ariana Grande, Phoebe Bridgers, Maggie Rogers, Halsey and many more have felt empowered by Taylor to tell their own stories and by Lana to go dark and moody if they want to. Go sad. Go frail. Go pathetic. Go silly. It's okay because it's true. How they paved the way for a whole generation of girls to write and freely share their own music.

I once was at a party where someone said the battering Taylor took for her 'promiscuous dating' is what allowed someone like an Ariana to be a super sex-positive artist with lyrics like... uhh, just google her lyrics to Everyday. or the entire album Positions, or Side to Side. I was once at a party where this came up and my (guy!) friend said:

Taylor Swift walked so Ariana Grande could run.

A sentiment which is buried into my brain ever since.

anyway, here's the playlist.  

hopefully it can provide comfort during a difficult time ♡ like it did for me