A new article by AARP magazine in the United States has designed a 5-hour long playlist to lift people's spirits during the tough times as the world continues to fight against COVID-19.
Remember when the New York Presbyterian Queens Hospital would blast Journey's Don't Stop Believin' every time a COVID-19 patient was discharged? The video alone helped lift people's spirits around the world, including the doctors, nurses and the patients in the hospital. In another NY hospital, they would play the Beatles' 'Here Comes the Sun' when a COVID-19 patient is discharged or recovered enough to breathe without the help of a ventilator. Pulmonologist Steven Feinsilver, M.D. told AARP that hearing the song on the loudspeaker is "brilliant". "It's just what people need, a reminder that patients are recovering. You feel good for a moment," he continued.
Here are the top 20 songs that AARP believes will help provide happiness which, in return, gives you a sense of relief during difficult times.
- Beautiful Day - U2
- Don't Stop - Fleetwood Mac
- The River of Dreams - Billy Joel
- What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
- Don't Stop Believin' - Journey
- Coming Out of the Dark - Gloria Estefan
- Walking on Sunshine - Katrina & the Waves
- Three Little Birds - Bob Marley and the Wailers
- Happy - Pharrell
- Bridge Over Troubled Waters - Simon & Garfunkel
- Here Comes the Sun - The Beatles
- Don't Worry Baby - The Beach Boys
- Somewhere Out There - Linda Ronstadt and James Ingram
- Let's Work Together - Canned Heat
- Shelter From the Storm - Bob Dylan
- What the World Needs Now (Is Love) - Dionne Warwick
- Lovely Day - Bill Withers
- Mr. Blue Sky - Electric Light Orchestra
- I Saw the Light - Hank Williams
- I Wil Survive - Gloria Gaynor
Titled 'Songs of Hope & Happiness', AARP's playlist features about 90 classic songs including Bob Dylan, The Police, Buddy Holly, Crowded House, Creedence Clearwater Revival, John Mellencamp, Bruce Springsteen, The Clash, The Who and more.
You can check out their playlist below.
You can read more about their research here.