10 Songs to Add to Your Quarantine Playlist


Claire Sarnowski

With stay-at-home orders still in place, you have likely been listening to the same hits on repeat. During these times of isolation, music is a great way to channel your emotions or get your mind off of everything going on around you. Press pause on your old mix and spice things up by adding these 10 songs to your quarantine playlist.

“Sunflower, Vol. 6”-Harry Styles

“Sunflower, Vol. 6” is the most upbeat song off of Styles’ second album “Fine Line.” The sunflower Styles sings about represents good memories from the past. Through the catchy melody, he wishes that he can make new memories and move on from the struggles and heartbreak he experienced. 

“Mind Over Matter”-Young the Giant

“Mind Over Matter” is one of those songs that you never can get tired of hearing. In my opinion, this is one of the best indie songs released in the past decade. The meaningful lyrics and unique sound make this song one that is emotional but dance-worthy. 

“Beautiful Day”-U2

“Beautiful Day” released in 2000 and one of U2’s biggest hits is a timeless song. The song starts with an electric piano with the lyrics describing a man who is going through a difficult time and isn’t having good luck. The chorus transforms the song from an emotional ballad to an uplifting rock tune where the man finds beauty and joy in the world around him. 

“Midnight City”-M83

The French electronic music band M83 uses elements in their songs which makes their music stand out from other artists. “Midnight City” is the featured single on the album and the band’s biggest hit. The synthesizer’s beat and ending saxophone solo gives the song a strong sense of nostalgia and makes you want to keep listening over and over.


“1901” delivers the perfect mix of pop, rock and alternative sounds. Phoenix begins the song with keyboard and guitar and later adds in saxophone and percussion instruments. Although the song was released in 2009, it has elements found in today’s modern pop as well as elements found in the 1970s-1980s pop. The buildup both lyrical and instrumental to the chorus is what makes the song great. 

“Out of My League”-Fitz and The Tantrums

This 3:13 ong is peppy, catchy, and makes you feel good all around. The song feels like it came straight out of an 80’s movie with the heavy drums and synthesizer use. Whether you want to feel optimistic about a relationship, want to dance, or just want to find a song that checks all the boxes of a good song, “Out of My League” will exceed your expectations. 

“Heartbreak Weather”-Niall Horan

“Heartbreak Weather” the title track off of Niall Horan’s second album is one that encapsulates the entire vibe of the album. The lyrics are lighthearted but meaningful at the same time. Overall, the song is cheerful and fun and is sure to make you want to belt out the lyrics in the shower. “Heartbreak Weather” is one of the best songs on the album and a fantastic pop song to brighten your day.

“Sweet Disposition”-The Temper Trap 

Although The Temper Trap is an underrated band, “Sweet Disposition” is a song that everybody should listen to. While listening to the song, there is a mix of emotions and thoughts about memories from the past and hope for the future. The tune and vocals of this song are unmatched and the nostalgic vibe given off by the song is unexplainable.

“Tongue Tied”-Grouplove

“Tongue Tied” is one of those songs that make you want to dance around with your friends and jam out in your car to it. Grouplove uses bouncy and trendy sounds to make the song appealing to the listener. The unique voices of the band members compliment each other and make the lyrics and beat memorable.

“Take a Walk”-Passion Pit

In their hit song “Take a Walk,” Passion Pit uses powerful beats to create a chorus that makes you want to sing along. You may have heard this song before on TikTok or Taco Bell commercials in 2012. “Take a Walk” is not only memorable but has its own sound, unlike any other song. This song makes you want to drive at night with the windows down and just enjoy the present moment.