During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, some of the world’s biggest Black musicians are utilizing their talents to create anthems that call for unity and offer musical lyrics that the global community can resonate with. There are actually more R&B, Hip-Hop, and Reggae songs about the coronavirus pandemic than most would believe.
Here are our top 10 picks:
#1 – “Good Job” by Alicia Keys
As a nod to essential workers, Alicia Keys dedicates her voice to acknowledge their hard work and dedication. In her song, she thanks all the health care workers who have worked through this pandemic and helped keep America in motion.
#2 – “Coronavirus Song (The Rona Song)” by The Undiscovered Artist
This song, fused with a blend of R&B, Hip-Hop and autotune, is a first hand look into our new reality. The artist sings about how a once normal trip to the grocery store has transformed into a virus guessing game. The song is based on the artist’s personal experience with his son who was refused a COVID-19 test.
#3 – “I Believe We Will Win” by Pitbull
Mr. Worldwide himself has harnessed his party starter energy into a motivational track reassuring citizens of their strength. Pitbull uses his organic rap cadence to provide a motive to keep pushing through it all.
#4 – “Coronavirus Song” by Cardi B & iMarkKeyz
This viral video turned song was the breakout hit of the COVID-19 pandemic. The viral producer iMarkKeyz took ten minutes of his time to remix one of Cardi B’s rants and the rest is history. This catchy tune is guaranteed to leave you randomly screaming. CUHRONAVYYRUSS.
#5 – “Six Feet” by Doug E. Fresh and Novant Health
Novant Health partnered with legendary rapper and entertainer Doug E. Fresh for a play on his famous “6 minutes” lyric into a fun message on social distancing.
#6 – “Corona Clap” by Dee-1
This rap song with an infectious beat combines everything to create a bounce track filled with comedy and truth-filled verses. In the song, he shouts out countries most affected by the virus and also speaks out on the suspended NBA season, schools being closed, toilet paper hoarding, churches being closed, and more.
#7 – “Coronavirus” by Gmac Cash
This rap song is a self-isolation and social distancing anthem that highlights the importance of proper hygiene in this time of great uncertainty. It has has been endorsed and shared by the likes of Snoop Dogg, Joe Rogan and more.
#8 – “Corona Virus Alert” by Bobi Wine & Nubian Li
This song, by Ugandan pop star and opposition leader Bobi Wine, urges Africans to wash their hands to stop the spread of the new coronavirus. The song also criticizes various African governments for not maintaining better health care systems.
#9 – “Corona Virus (Dancehall Song)” by Ras Strika
This reggae dancehall song by Ras Strika, who was born in Jamaica but currently resides in the UK, cleverly puts together a plethora of information regarding the current epidemic that is taking over the globe today.
#10 – “Corona Virus (COVID-19)” by Sizzla Kalonji
In this song, recorded to raise awareness, reggae artist Sizzla talks about the virus’ spread and, above all, for cleanliness and prevention. His lyrics tell listeners: “Dem a chat bout Corona Virus de about, better be careful, no better make it go ina your house (…) protect the little children, don’t put your hand ina your mouth…”