Pandemic Playlist: Our Top 5 tracks to play air guitar to while in quarantine

Need something to keep you entertained since you can't go out and play? Let our daily Pandemic Playlist give you some company!


                            Pandemic Playlist: Our Top 5 tracks to play air guitar to while in quarantine
Singer Jennifer Hudson indulges in some air guitar (Getty Images)

Ah, jeepers and jumper cables. Here we are again, my noble music-loving steeds. We're now embarking on the second week of this unfortunate worldwide lockdown, thanks to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and honestly, it looks like it might just continue for a few more weeks. How are you holding up? Feeling bored? A wee bit sick? Need to vent and scream a bit? Well, if you're feeling frustrated or cooped up and need to expend all that restless energy, then this is your time to shine, my friend! Why sit around all day pointlessly twiddling your thumbs, when you could rock out to some outrageously great tunes and twiddle your thumbs however hard you pleased? So crank up these fiendishly ferocious tracks all the way up to 11, and get ready to hone your long-dormant air guitar skills, courtesy of some incredibly gifted rock guitar gods. Feel free to headbang while you're at it too, that's one surefire way to get the blasted coronavirus out of your system! [Please note I'm a music writer, not a medical professional.]

Pandemic Playlist - Air Guitar Edition!

'Sweet Child of Mine' - Guns N' Roses

 



 

Every aspiring guitarist knows this tasty guitar riff instantly, and every single wannabe vocalist has probably tried to sing like Axl Rose at some point. That sweet, chiming guitar intro sears itself into your soul from the moment you hear it, and if that doesn't make you strum along with it instantly, the memorable guitar solo from Slash surely will. This one's a perennial classic from one of the greatest living guitarists on the planet.  

'Back in Black' - AC/DC

 



 



 

'Back in Black' is one of the best hard rock songs of all-time, featuring the yelping, snarling rock phenoms AC/DC, whose guitarist Angus Young was fabled for his curled-lip sneer, meme-worthy duck walk, and incendiary guitar skills. Many an amateur guitarist has tried and failed to keep up with the legendary axe-wizard, but you'll definitely be able to stay in sync with him on your trusty air guitar! 

'All Along The Watchtower' - Jimi Hendrix

 



 



 

Jimi Hendrix was a force of nature, an alien warlock sent from the future to teach us how to write some funky blues jams. Considered by many to be the greatest guitarist who ever lived, Hendrix's passion and guitar pyrotechnics are on full display here. Even though the song is Bob Dylan's, the great man himself said the song now belonged to Hendrix, considering he made what is probably the definitive version of this masterpiece. So get your bandana on and get ready to pluck with your teeth as well as your fingers!

'Paranoid Android' - Radiohead 

 



 



 

Art rock legends Radiohead have made some of the best guitar music on the planet since they first burst onto the scene in the early '90s. The twin-guitar effect of Ed O Brien's trippy modulations and Jonny Greenwood's aggressive guitar attack was both transcendental and revolutionary for its time. The prog-rocky 'Paranoid Android' is up there with some of their finest work to date, and Greenwood's physics-defying guitar solo will leave you dazed and delirious, but in a totally non-COVID-19 kinda way. Let the furious fretting begin!

'Echoes' - Pink Floyd

 



 

 

When it comes to guitar gods, David Gilmour from Pink Floyd comfortably makes the Top 10 list of all-time greats. The sweet-voiced, baby-faced, six-string deity is to psychedelic rock what Henry Ford was to automobiles — he effectively helped spawn a plethora of wannabe string-bending imitators, but none were as remarkable as the genuine article himself. 'Echoes', considered one of Pink Floyd's greatest works, is a spacey tour-de-force from start to finish, and it is sure to get your picking digits working overtime. Enjoy!

Pandemic Playlist is a daily list of songs that will keep you entertained instead of feeling drained while you're isolated at home. Look out for a fresh selection of great tunes from MEAWW to refresh your mood every day!

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