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The City of Vancouver keeps dropping cleverly-compiled Spotify playlists

"Some music as you contemplate your weekend plans?"
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Looking for a new playlist to fire up this weekend? 

If so, the City of Vancouver has you covered. 

The City (yes, the same one that's responsible for approving all of those temporary patio applications, buying expensive office furniture and dealing with property rezoning) recently dropped a series of pandemic-themed playlists that don't just include a variety of genre-spanning tunes, but also carry some not-so-hidden messages. 

Each of the three playlists are titled using emojis only, presumably in an effort to let the song titles speak for themselves. 

The first playlist in the trio, named "๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ‚" and posted to Twitter Thursday, includes (in a very particular order) the tracks: 

  • "September" by Earth, Wind & Fire 
  • "Mood" by Felix Cartal 
  • "Keep Ya Head Up" by 2Pac 
  • "Hands Clean" by Alanis Morissette
  • "Distance" by Yebba 

The songs on "๐Ÿ—ฃ๐Ÿ—ฃ๐Ÿ—ฃ" meanwhile, are:

  • "House Party" by Sam Hunt 
  • "Stop & Think It Over" by Compulsive Gamblers
  • "I Know" by Sharon Van Etten
  • "You Are" by Lionel Richie
  • "Stronger Than That" by Bahamas
  • "Let's Call It Off" by Drake, feat. Peter Bjorn and John

That playlist was posted to the City's official Twitter account on Friday alongside the caption, "We know we sound like your Mom, but ๐Ÿ‘€."

A third playlist posted to Twitter Saturday afternoon is simply titled "๐Ÿงผ + ๐Ÿคฒ = ๐Ÿ™" and appears to be inspired by one notable Provincial Health Officer, in particular. 

In order, the songs are: 

  • "Go Where You Wanna Go" by the Mamas & The Papas
  • "Wash." by Bon Iver
  • "Your Hands" by GRAE 
  • "Be Kind" by Marshmello and Halsey 
  • "Be Calm" by fun. 
  • "Be Safe" by The Cribs 

Sound familiar?

With the number of COVID-19 cases continuing to rise across younger age groups, it's not a stretch to interpret the playlists as a subtle attempt to connect with some Vancouverites who might be in need of an occasional reminder about the importance of proper physical distancing. (For example, remember when Vancouver Coastal Health launched a TikTok campaign last month?) 

But whatever the reasoning behind these playlists might be, we can't deny their cleverness. 

In conclusion, we humbly offer our sincere props to whichever City staffer thought up this idea, and kindly request that you keep 'em coming.