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Songs to Play When You’re Trying to Focus but Your Town is on Fire

The California wildfires have been dominating the headlines… and my playlist.

Editor’s note: As part of CMN’s ongoing music journalism program, we asked our team of music writers to come up with a list of songs around a theme. They definitely rose to the challenge. You can see all the lists by browsing our music section

As someone who lives very close to the areas ravaged by the California wildfires, the tragedy has touched my life in a direct way. But as in any stressful situation, listening to music helps. Here are some songs that have been on my mind:

In Motion by Allday

Ganja Burn by Nicki Minaj

Bloodstream by Ed Sheeran

Levitate by 21 Pilots

Neon Gravestones by 21 Pilots

Rivers In Your Mouth by Ben Howard

Nothing Arrived by Villagers

Girls in the Suburbs Singing Smith Songs by Goody Grace and G-Eazy

Wings by Mac Miller

Elegy by Tycho

Odeum by Gin Wigmore

Stuck with Me by the Neighbourhood

Yeah, I Said It by Rihanna

Tennage Fever by Drake

Aqua Blue Honda by TYLER xCORDY

All’s Well The Ends by Rainbow Kitten Suprise

Campfire 2017  (Sons of Maria Retouch) by Dinka

Dreams of William by Daughter

It’s Not Love by Lontalius

In the Stream by S. Carey

Friendly Fires by Silversun Pickups

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