Here’s our Isolation Playlist

Here’s our Isolation Playlist

Music feeds the soul, changes moods, and our isolation playlist acts like a friendly ghost in the room, whispering subconscious in our ear as we type and talk. As a team, we have swapped music suggestions left and right, as much as we have with Netflix golden nuggets. So, we decided to collate the suggestions into our isolation playlist and share it with the world.


“It’s the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine…”


Did you know that REM’s 1987 classic “It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” re-entered and reached No.4 on the US Billboard charts in March 2020? Perhaps a week-in to isolation the playlist would have been full of Nick Cave and The National. I certainly found myself changing the lyrics to “Nothing Compares 2 U” to “It’s been 7 hours and 15 days, since you took my pub away, ah ah ahhh ah ahhh”*.

Now a month or so into COVID-19 social isolation with a chunk of us all working from home, we are all getting used to new routines, and are noticeably wanting out of the wallow. And our playlist represents a great spread of vintage, emotion, fun, lust for life and reflection. Also shows our staff have some seriously cool taste in music. You will also notice the ear-worms that have worked into the psyche through constant children’s TV.


The MCR Isolation Playlist


“Mr. E’s Beautiful Blues” – Eels
“Into The Unknown” – Panic! At The Disco (Frozen 2)
“Labrador” – WAAX
“Ballerina Ballerina” – Emma Wiggle (The Wiggles)
“Pump It Up” – Endor
“The Loneliness & The Scream” – Frightened Rabbit
“Lucid” – Slenderbodies
“The Delivery Man” – The Cruel Sea
“Dance Of The Clairvoyants” – Pearl Jam
“1234” – Feist
“Ain’t No Sunshine” – Bill Withers
“Confidence” – Ocean Alley
“Fraggle Rock Theme” – The Fraggles (Fraggle Rock)
“Malibu” – Hole
“Superstition” – Stevie Wonder
“It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” – REM
“Life On Mars” – David Bowie
“Aftergold (feat. Tove Styrke)” – Big Wild
“Alive” – Sia
“Business Time” – Flight Of The Conchords
“No Roots” – Alice Merton
“Power” – Kanye West
“Ava Adore” – The Smashing Pumpkins
“Lust For Life” – Iggy Pop
“Birdhouse In Your Soul” – They Might Be Giants
“Master Of Puppets” – Metallica
“Kids” – MGMT
“Sky Full Of Stars” – Coldplay


Get up and dance!


What’s this all mean? What the message? Well, we can’t hit the gym right now, and our home office chairs (i.e. dining room chairs) aren’t the most ergonomic things; so, get up and dance! Have a pre-Zoom meeting boogie and enjoy reconnecting to songs you love through your own isolation playlist.

When sharing and adding to this as a team, we learn about each other, laugh about and critique new additions, and connect through rocking out to the isolation dance together. So pick your medium (Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube Music), ask for contributions, and share it across the team. What would go on your isolation playlist? Please tell us and we’ll add it to ours!


Monica Clare Recruitment is continuing business as usual, so if you want to dance to a different beat at the end of social distancing, or if you are looking for new dancers to your office playlist, please reach out to a team member or email [email protected]


* Did you know: “Nothing Compares 2 U” was originally written by Prince.