The music was a balm on our collective wounds during the first confinement last spring. It is even more necessary now that the imposition of a new containment has just been added a curfew. To get through all of this, you’ll need songs that feel good. Who change the place evil. That warm the heart. Never short of suggestions, our journalists bring you this selection of twenty heartwarming titles.
I don’t have to panic, Marie carmen
Admittedly, the curfew would prevent Marie Carmen today from taking “the eight-and-a-quarter train”, but the title itself could not be more relevant. In the last year, I mustn’t panic has become a real mantra for Quebecers … to repeat – and listen to – as needed.
Strong Enough, Expensive
Yes, we’re all strong enough – or Strong Enough, in Cher’s words – to get through this pandemic. Who better than the diva to remind us of this over and over again? Nobody.
Born Naked, RuPaul
I can always count on Mama Ru and her Born Naked to put some sun – and a lot of glam – on my gray days. For this, and for many other reasons, Shantay you stay, RuPaul. Shantay you stay.
Mamma Mia, ABBA
Impossible to stay gloomy with an ABBA song ringing in our ears. The proof? Mamma mia. This song is three and a half minutes of pure happiness. Nothing more, but nothing less either.
Total Eclipse of the Heart, Bonnie tyler
The lyrics may evoke a certain melancholy, but the music and the husky, singular voice of the Welsh singer can only instantly carry us away from a world where the pandemic is raging. And that always feels great, if only for a few minutes.
Again, Men I Trust (with Ghostly Kisses)
Few things have such a calming effect on my soul as the voice of Margaux Sauvé, guest of honor for this title of the Quebec band Men I Trust. With an exquisite delicacy, this electro-pop ballad that I never tire of is a hidden treasure of the album Headroom.
No one said that comforting had to rhyme with relaxing. So thank you Grimes for providing me with my dose of electro adrenaline, welcome anytime, especially these days. In addition, in order to stay within the theme of the report, I learn that Grimes has tested positive for COVID while writing these lines.
Cardigan, Taylor Swift
Let us give back to Taylor what belongs to Taylor: nothing exudes nostalgia more than those sweet piano notes that give the melody of Cardigan. They have the same effect as the old cardigan found under a bed that serves as a metaphor in the tune.
Watering, Big thief
Adrianne Lenker has the most poignant voice in contemporary American rock. So when I need to turn the iron on the wound, I know where to turn. I know few songs with more heartbreaking lyrics than Watering.
How To Disappear Completely, Radiohead
One day, Michael Stipe (REM) suggested to his friend Thom Yorke to say to himself “I’m not here, this is not happening” when something overwhelmed him. This gave the chorus of this beautiful song (I’m not here, this isn’t happening), taken from the equally magnificent album Kid A, and something to deal with the ups and downs of the pandemic.
I Want It That Way, Backstreet Boys
What could be better than to comfort yourself in nostalgia? A nod here to my friends in their thirties who I miss a lot with this song that we sing at the top of our lungs at each of our drunken dinners and which makes me dance alone in my living room while waiting to find them.
Let’s Twist Again, Chubby Checker
I confess: when I need a dose of motivation, including when I’m going for a run, I put this kind of hits from the 60s. Believe me, it gets the job done.
It’s OK, Tom rosenthal
Little known here, this British artist is part of my playlist of comfort. Even if it clashes with our dancing and nostalgic choices, I guarantee that you will be immersed, just like me, in a soothing atmosphere thanks to its indie-pop folk music and its reassuring poetry.
Corinne, The Three Agreements
My quintessential Quebec song to spice up my day. Enough to inflate the optimism of the most depressed.
Here Comes The Sun, The beatles
Even if morale is low, we must hope to find the light one day and this Beatles song allows us to believe that one day, we will hum with a smile on our lips “I say It’s all right“…
September, Earth, Wind & Fire
This 1969 song instantly puts a smile on my face when I hear it. Impossible not to waddle hearing the catchy melody of the group from Chicago to which we also owe the successes Boogie Wonderland and Let’s groove.
Friday I’m in Love, The Cure
I still listen to this song very regularly when I want to brighten up my day. I love everything about this song, the rhythm, the lyrics, the voice of Robert Smith. Who doesn’t like to be in love on Friday?
You Got It, Roy Orbison
We owe him the mega hit Oh, Pretty Woman, but for me it is first and foremost You got it which comes to mind when I think of Roy Orbison. I often find myself singing the chorus at the top of my lungs. “Anything you want, you got it …”
Don’t Stop Me Now, Queen
We can name dozens of popular titles from this British group, but Don’t Stop Me Now is one of those who stand out the most. A real feel-good song that leaves no one indifferent. Listening to it, everything seems possible to me.
Isabelle, Jean Leloup
Every time I hear this song, I immediately go back twenty years or so, when I was studying at Cégep de Jonquière. Oh, how I let off steam on the sound boxes of the late Paradise hearing this exhilarating piece!