Quarantine (Blink-182 song)

"Quarantine" is a song recorded by American rock band Blink-182. The song was released on August 7, 2020, through Columbia Records. The fast-paced punk number explores boredom during the self-imposed lockdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. It was written by bassist Mark Hoppus, who sings solo vocals on the track. Additional songwriting is credited to drummer Travis Barker and songwriter Brian Lee, both of whom also produced the song.

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Single by Blink-182
ReleasedAugust 7, 2020 (2020-08-07)
RecordedMay 2020
  • Travis Barker
  • Brian Lee
Blink-182 singles chronology
"Not Another Christmas Song"

Background and compositionEdit

"Quarantine" was written about the COVID-19 lockdowns imposed in March 2020. Hoppus opens the song expressing boredom at life in lockdown, acknowledging his place in life: "I guess I'm blessed to be this fucking bored," he sings. He goes on to suggest he would rather be elsewhere, including commonly-cited tedious tasks such as going to the DMV. The lyrics take a political turn, referencing President Donald Trump's belief that the virus would "disappear in April".[4] The song was recorded in May 2020.[5]

Hoppus wrote the song with drummer Travis Barker and musician Brian Lee, a songwriter best known for his work with pop artists such as Camila Cabello, Post Malone, and Justin Bieber. Although guitarist Matt Skiba is not credited on the song, he does appear in the music video.[4][6] During an Instagram live, Hoppus explained that Skiba refused to go to the studio to record to stay in quarantine, as he suspected to have been in close proximity to someone who was diagnosed with Covid-19 and did not rejoin the band in the studio until after the song had been completed.

This song has been described as punk rock and skate punk by critics.


Credits adapted from the official YouTube audio.[7]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Behold blink-182's COVID-19 Punk Rock Anthem 'Quarantine'". Wall Of Sound.
  2. ^ Carter, Emily. "LISTEN TO BLINK-182'S NEW SKATE PUNK SINGLE, QUARANTINE". Kerrang!.
  3. ^ Sacher, Andrew. "blink-182 return to skate punk on new song "Quarantine" (listen)". Brooklyn Vegan.
  4. ^ a b Blistein, Jon (August 7, 2020). "Blink-182 Curse Lockdown and COVID in New Song 'Quarantine'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  5. ^ "Blink-182's Unleash 'Quarantine' From Upcoming EP". Spin. August 7, 2020. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  6. ^ Rettig, James (August 7, 2020). "Blink-182 – "Quarantine"". Stereogum. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  7. ^ "Quarantine". August 7, 2020. Retrieved August 7, 2020 – via YouTube.