You took a COVID-19 vaccine selfie, now you need a vaccine playlist
Hit Me With Your Best Shot.
Leslie KatzFormer Culture Editor
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Don't know about you, but I am not throwing away my shot … to get the COVID-19 vaccine. And if I'm like a growing number of Spotify users, I might just play that iconic Hamilton song on my way to get jabbed.
Fittingly, Jolene by Dolly Parton also makes the list. The country music star helped fund the Moderna vaccine. And when she got her first shot in March, she posted a video of the event, along with a version of her famed 1973 song reworked with a coronavirus-era twist: "Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine / I'm begging of you, please don't hesitate."
The frequently used songs channel an overall sense of excitement and optimism as the vaccine lets people slowly return to activities rendered inaccessible by the pandemic.
High demand and limited supply have spelled frustration for some, but Spotify says it's still seen a 350% increase in fan-generated playlists specific to the COVID-19 vaccine in the past 90 days. For those who might not have the time or inclination for playlist making, the audio streaming service has curated its own soundtrack to the vaccine journey -- from the pre-shot pump-up, to the needle prick, to the post-vaccine celebration.
Spotify's roundup includes the songs above, plus other classics: Feeling Good by Nina Simone; Big Shot by Billy Joel; I'm Still Standing by Elton John; and I'm Walking on Sunshine by Katrina & the Waves. Then there's My Shot from Hamilton, sung by the original Broadway cast.
Shakira and Wyclef Jean also make the list with Hips Don't Lie, for some reason. "Oh, baby, when you shot like that..."?
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