Last week, as the coronavirus outbreak tip-off into a pandemic, R.E.M.’s 1987 classic” It’s the Intent of the World as We Know It( And I Feel Fine )” unexpectedly re-entered the singles charts. Now, with everyone settling into the realities of self-quarantine,” End of the World” has continued to see a upsurge of singles purchases, alongside other sungs with vague corona connotations.
According to Billboard,” It’s the End of the World” was the 22 nd most acquired song in all-genres last week. That, working in partnership with 1.7 million streams, was enough to push it to No. 4 on the Billboard Hot Rock Songs chart. But while R.E.M. have realise the biggest gains in the American charts, they aren’t the only bands receiving a pandemic bump.
Disturbed’s” Down With the Sickness” and Gloria Gaynor’s” I Will Survive” are both popular at the moment, as is The Knack’s “My Sharona”, only because it rhymes with “corona.” Weird Al” Yankovic’s” My Bologna”, a charade of “My Sharona”, is also is working well for the same reason.
Telecommuters the world round are popping racetracks called ” Work From Home”, most especially the versions by Tim Heidecker( up 66% in U.S. brooks to 7,000) and Fifth Harmony feature Ty Dolla$ ign( up 11% to 1.2 million ). Finally, journeying the COVID-1 9 ripple are sungs with specially thematic titles, like Shwayze’s” Corona and Lime”, The Minutemen’s “Corona”, ” Isolation” by Joy Division, and “Quarantined” by At the Drive-In. If there’s one thing we’ve learned from this week in the American charts, it’s that Americans love to be on theme.
Editors’ Picksfour rules for surviving the end of the world, including the hand-washing tip,” Don’t sing happy birthday twice. It’s too depressing .” Stipe recently been told that he once told Donald Trump to “shut up” because he was talking during a Patti Smith concert.
Drummer Bill Rieflin, who played with R.E.M. from 2003 through 2011, died earlier today.
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