Music to Listen to While Social Distancing

From who's hot on the charts to tried-and-true favorites, we've got something for everyone.

While the world social distances, music still unites us. Enjoy your favorite genre or discover a new song you love as you check out these music feeds and videos. Join us in what we're listening to right now. 

British Songbirds

Dua Lipa 

British rockstar Dua Lipa has been topping the charts for months and was the first female solo artist to claim a No. 1 album in the UK in 2020. We can't stop playing the namesake hit of her Future Nostalgia album. You try.

Billie Eilish

Another British sensation, Billie Eilish snagged the Grammy's top awards in 2020, bringing home five awards including Best New Artist and Album of the Year. Eilish was chosen to sing the title tune for Daniel Craig's final Bond film, "No Time to Die." The film's release has been pushed back to November, but you can listen to the song here

Bad-Ass Rap

Joyner Lucas

This rapper is tearing up the charts, thanks, in part to his ode to Will Smith; Smith himself has said he can't quit watching the video. It just may inspire you to pay tribute to your own idols.

Weird Al Yankovic
We dare you not to laugh when watching a Weird Al Yankovic spoof. (©Michael Bush/Dreamstime)

Weird Al Yankovic

We can always count on Weird Al Yankovic to make us laugh. His hilarious White & Nerdy is a spoof of Chamillionaire's Ridin' Dirty, with Donny Osmond in a goofy turn as backup dancer (the part played by Krayzie Bone in "Ridin' Dirty.") Watch them successively and you'll laugh for hours. 

Classical Comforts

Berlin Philharmoniker

Watch concerts and livestreams from the Berlin Philharmoniker at Digital Concert Hall. Its content is free for 30 days; simply sign up for an account, then browse by conductor, composer, season, etc. The selection is vast and the performances top notch.

Detroit Symphony Orchestra

The DSO is keeping the music alive during these insecure times with free access to its concerts. You can also watch Classroom Edition, which introduces children to classical music, and interviews with soloists and conductors.

Yo-Yo Ma

Renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma, a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and 18 Grammy Awards, offers audiences some Songs of Comfort on his Facebook page. Watch him perform everything from Bach the music of Ennio Morricone.

John Prine
John Prine's legacy lives on through his music. (Courtesy www.johnprine.com)

Cravin' Country

John Prine

Country/folk singer-songwriter John Prine was known for the humorous takes on social and political issues he made through his music. Now's a great time to catch up on his legacy (Prine died on April 7, 2020 due to complications of COVID-19).

Dolly Parton

Miss Dolly has contributed to defeating COVID-19 in more ways than one. In addition to donating money, she's spreading good cheer through her storytime series Goodnight With Dolly. Now, she's announced on Twitter that 93 of her classic songs are available to stream for free.  

Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood

We can't get enough of this fun husband-and-wife team. Go Inside Studio G to watch Garth and Trisha perform classics and duets, including an inspired take on "Shallow" a la Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper. 

Elton John Cannes Rocketman
Elton John at the screening of "Rocketman" at Cannes in 2019. (©Denis Makarenko/Shutterstock)

Everything Else

Elton John

The "Rocketman" can always bring us out of a funk. His YouTube page is full of his feel-good hits, from "I'm Still Standing" to highlights from his recent Oscar win and farewell tour.  

Michael Stipe

REM frontman Michael Stipe has always been a resounding voice for our times. We love his new single No Time for Love Like Now, which he debuted on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert." 

Curt Smith

The talented Tears for Fears singer takes up the guitar with his daughter for a powerful rendition of Mad World. You'll play it again and again.

GFM

Lastly, GFM (Gold, Frankincense & Myrrh) combines cheerleader glam and hair metal into an energetic mix they call "beautycore." Discover just what exactly that means in their Taking Over video, an uplifting message for these unusual times.

GFM
You'll feel good—if a bit sweaty—after witnessing GFM's power lyrics. (©JW Lee)