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Incredibly, American TikTok star, social media personality, content creator, and Instagram influencer, BENSON BOONE rose to fame without ever having to leave his home. As is the case with many others, he created his TikTok account in January of 2020. Ironically, his early social life had nothing to do with music. Boone was quickly developing a following as a comedian, with accents and lip-syncing. His popularity grew when most schools were shut due to the epidemic. With a captive audience at home, his internet celebrity status blossomed. He already had 1.2 million followers on TikTok before he discovered that he could sing and play instruments. Check out this month's Music Alive! cover story to learn more.

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Hear the Music: This monthly playlist accompanies every issue of Music Alive!

  1. GHOST TOWN Benson Boone 3:14
  2. I'm A Honky Tonk Girl Loretta Lynn 2:18
  3. La Cumparsita (Tango) Victor Young & The Castlians 2:57
  4. Me Voy A Morir Anthony Santos 5:41
  5. Oye Como Va (Remastered) Tito Puente 4:32
  6. ROOM FOR 2 Benson Boone 2:32
  7. Smoky Mountain Rain Ronnie Milsap 3:43
  8. Tu Sonrisa Elvis Crespo 4:35
  9. Vivir Mi Vida Marc Anthony 4:12
  10. El Baracatán Pacho Kasave 2:32
  11. Black Magic Woman / Gypsy Queen Santana 5:20
  12. El Rey Vicente Fernández 2:34
  13. Para Qué Margarita La Diosa De La Cumbia 4:07
  14. The Great Speckled Bird Roy Acuff 2:43
  15. La Bamba Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán 3:17
  16. My Blue Ridge Mountain Boy Dolly Parton 3:29
  17. Pan-American Blues De Ford Bailey 2:59
  18. Birth Of The Blues Chet Atkins & Les Paul 3:05
  19. La Bamba Ritchie Valens 2:07
  20. La Copa de la Vida (La Cancion Oficial de la Copa Mundial, Francia '98) (Spanglish Radio Edit) Ricky Martin 4:37
  21. Corcovado João Gilberto 1:58
  22. Five Feet High and Rising Johnny Cash 1:45
  23. Rumba Guajira Arsenio Rodríguez 2:55
  24. Corazones Daddy Yankee 3:30