COVID beats: pandemic playlists

Cullman County Commission on Aging Director Dusty Baker jams out to his COVID-19 playlist. (Contributed)

CULLMAN, Ala. – The Stay at Home order continues on and people are missing their friends and trying to keep themselves entertained. Music is one of those wonderful things that has the power to connect us all. Here is just a small sample of the tunes some people you might know are grooving to, finding inspiration from and passing the time with during this unprecedented time in history.

Ben Johnson South, local artist: “My Plague Song List”

  • “Hello Walls” (Faron Young)
  • “Countin’ Flowers on the Wall” (The Statler Brothers)
  • ‘We’ve Gotta Get Outta This Place” (The Animals)
  • “Rockin’ Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu” (Aerosmith)
  • “I Love This Bar” (Toby Keith)
  • “Whiskey River” (Willie Nelson)
  • “They’re Comin’ to Take Me Away” (Napoleon XIV)
  • “People, People Who Need People” (Barbra Streisand)
  • “Mr. Lonely” (Bobby Vinton)
  • “We’ll Sing in the Sunshine” (Gale Garnett)


Dusty Baker, director of the Cullman County Commission on Aging: “COVID-19 Playlist”

  • “Don’t Stand So Close to Me” (The Police)
  • “It’s the End of the World as We Know It” (R.E.M.)
  • “Stayin’ Alive” (The Bee Gees)
  • “U Can’t Touch This” (MC Hammer)
  • “I’m Sick Y’all” (Otis Redding)
  • ‘In the Air Tonight” (Phil Collins)
  • “Keep Your Hands to Yourself” (Georgia Satellites)
  • “Don’t Come Around Here No More” (Tom Petty)
  • “Should I Stay or Should I Go” (The Clash)
  • “Bad Case of Loving You” (Robert Palmer)
  • “I Will Survive” (Cake)
  • “Hot Blooded” (Foreigner)
  • “Can’t Feel My Face” (The Weeknd)
  • “Rockin’ Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu” (Johnny Rivers)
  • “Gimme Shelter” (The Rolling Stones)
  • “Alive” (Pearl Jam)
  • “I Will Survive” (Gloria Gaynor)
  • “Leaving on a Jet Plane” (John Denver)
  • “The Sound of Silence” (Simon & Garfunkel)
  • “Too Much Time on My Hands” (Styx)
  • “Slow Ride” (Foghat)
  • “Subterranean Homesick Blues” (Bob Dylan)
  • “Remedy” (Black Crowes)
  • “Break My Stride” (Matthew Wilder)


Skylar King, Vinemont band director: “Quarantine Playlist”

  • “Cellular” (King Krule)
  • “Inside Friends” (John Mayer and Leon Bridges)
  • “Fingerprints” (Hiatus Kaiyote)
  • “Realisations” (Ashley Henry)
  • “Caroline, No” (The Beach Boys)
  • “Generique” (Miles Davis)
  • ‘High Horse” (Kasey Musgraves)
  • “Closer to You” (Clario)
  • “Circle the Drain” (Soccer Mommy)
  • “Blinding Lights” (The Weeknd)
  • “Do Better” (Stormzy)
  • “God Is” (Kanye West)


Jesse Priest, local musician

  • “Time We Made Time” (Mandolin Orange)
  • “You Don’t Care for Me Enough to Cry” (John Moreland)
  • “Always” (Andrew James)
  • “Front Porch” (Joy Williams)
  • “Ringling Road” (William Clark Green)
  • “Brandy” (Looking Glass)
  • “In Spite of Ourselves” (John Prine)
  • “On the Road Again” (Willie Nelson)
  • “Blame it on Waylon” (Josh Thompson)
  • “I’m Gonna Love You” (The Steel Woods)


Ashley Wilson, founder of Curt’s Closet: “Top 10 Songs Played on Spotify”

  • “God Only Knows” (King & Country with Dolly Parton)
  • “Amazing” (George Michael)
  • “Raise a Hallelujah” (Anthony Evans)
  • “Chain Breaker” (Zach Williams)
  • “Purple Rain” (Prince)
  • “Broken Halos” (Chris Stapleton)
  • “What’s Right is Right” (Taylor Hicks)
  • “Flower” (Amos Lee)
  • “Broken and Beautiful” (Kelly Clarkson)
  • “Rebuilder” (Carrollton)


Cullman Police Chief Kenny Culpepper

  • “The Letter” (Joe Cocker)
  • “All along the Watchtower” (Jimi Hendrix)
  • “Folsom Prison Blues” (Johnny Cash)
  • “Seven Spanish Angels” (Ray Charles and Willie Nelson)
  • “Texas Flood” (Stevie Ray Vaughan)
  • “Amarillo by Morning” (George Strait)
  • “Truckin” (The Grateful Dead)
  • “Layla” (Eric Clapton)
  • “Brown Eyed Girl” (Van Morrison)
  • “Let Me be Misunderstood” (The Animals)


Rep. Randall Shedd: “My 10 Most Recent Playlist”

  • “Keeper of the Stars” (George Strait)
  • “Look at Us” (Vince Gill)
  • “Seminole Wind” (John Anderson)
  • “Too Old to Die Young” (Moe Bandy)
  • “Wine into Water” (T. Graham Brown)
  • “Elvira” (Oak Ridge Boys)
  • “Mountain Music” (Alabama)
  • “Everything is Beautiful” (Ray Stevens)
  • “Live Like You Were Dyin’” (Tim McGraw)
  • “The Winner” (Bobby Bare)


Larraine Greer, wife of Cullman Economic Development Agency Director Dale Greer

  • “Beer Can’t Fix” (Thomas Rhett and Jon Pardi)
  • “Nobody but You” (Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani)
  • “What I’m Leaving For” (Lady Antebellum)
  • “Bluebird” (Miranda Lambert)
  • “Does to Me” (Luke Combs)
  • “Monster” (Eric Church)
  • “Someone You Loved” (Lewis Capaldi)
  • “Memories” (Maroon 5)
  • “God Whispered Your Name” (Keith Urban)
  • Any George Strait song


Jeremy Kilpatrick, Cullman County coroner

  • “Crazy Beautiful” (Luke Combs)
  • “Carrying Your Love with Me” (George Strait)
  • “Don’t Stop Believin’” (Journey)
  • “Don’t Take the Girl” (Tim McGraw)
  • “Zombie” (Cranberries)
  • “Body Like A Back Road” (Sam Hunt)
  • “The Way You Love Me” (Faith Hill)
  • “Bored” (Deftones)
  • “Fortunate Son” (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
  • “Ridin’ Roads” (Dustin Lynch)


Christopher Smith, Cullman High School band director

  • “Hammer to Fall” (Queen)
  • “Helplessly Hoping” (Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young)
  • “Summer, Highland Falls” (Billy Joel)
  • “Yesterday” (The Beatles)
  • “Don’t Drink the Water” (Dave Matthews Band)
  • “Brain Stew” (Green Day)
  • “Fever” (Little Willie John)
  • “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” (Blue Oyster Cult)
  • “Confutatis Maledictis” (W.A. Mozart)
  • “Adagio for Strings” (Samuel Barber)
  • “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy” (Cannonball Adderley)
  • “Feelin’ Stronger Every Day” (Chicago)
  • “God Gave Rock and Roll to You II” (KISS)
  • “So What” (Miles Davis)
  • “Soarin’” (Jerry Goldsmith)


Seth Miller, local artist

  • “A New Error” (Moderat)
  • “Pedestrian at Best” (Courtney Barnett)
  • “Bit by Bit” (Mother Mother)
  • “Killing Moon” (Echo & The Bunnymen)
  • “Redbone” (Childish Gambino)
  • “Wuthering Heights” (Kate Bush)
  • “Pretty Pimpin’” (Kurt Vile)
  • “Self Care” (Mac Miller)
  • “La femme d’argent” (Air)
  • “High” (James Blunt)


Derrick Barton, Jack Aces president

  • “Louder than Hell” (Motley Crue)
  • “For Whom the Bell Tolls” (Metallica)
  • “Wanted Man” (RATT)
  • “Crazy Train” (Ozzy Osborne)
  • “I Love it Loud” (KISS)
  • “Jekyll and Hyde” (Five Finger Death Punch)
  • “I’ll Wait” (Van Halen)
  • “Monsters” (Shinedown)
  • “Nightmare” (Avenged Sevenfold)
  • “Simple Man” (Lynyrd Skynyrd)


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