Coronavirus related songs are getting a big boost

Coronavirus related songs are getting a big boost

Coronavirus related songs are getting a big boost

R.E.M.‘sIt’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” re-entered the chart amid growing global concern over the coronavirus outbreak. Well, apparently that’s not the only virus/survival-related song to see a boost in sales.

According to Nielsen, R.E.M.’s classic track has seen a 184% increase in downloads, up to 1,000, and another 746,000 in U.S. streams. R.E.M. is also seeing a boost with two other tracks – “Everybody Hurts,” and “Losing My Religion.”

Other songs getting a boost because of the current pandemic include:

  • The Knack’s “My Sharona” (because it rhymes with corona) – up 43% in digital song sales and up 18% in U.S. on-demand streams.
  • Weird Al Yankovic’s “My Sharona” parody, “My Bologna” (for the same reason) – up 16% in on-demand streams.
  • Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive”– up 22% in digital sales, and 3% in streams.
  • The Minutemen “Corona” – up 70% in digital sales, and 26% in streams.
  • Shwayze’s “Corona and Lime” – up 12% in streams.
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