16 Songs to Make Coronavirus Hand Washing Fun (Especially If You’re Tired of ‘Happy Birthday’)

Coronavirus Prevention Hand Washing Songs

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It’s no secret that 20 seconds of hand washing is one of the best ways to keep yourself and others safe from COVID-19. In order to make sure you’re scrubbing your mitts for the appropriate length of time, experts recommend singing the “Happy Birthday” song twice. But if you are tired of wishing yourself (or your pets) a happy birthday, don't fret. There are plenty of pop songs with choruses roughly 20 seconds long.

You might already know the words to Prince’s iconic “Raspberry Beret.” Good news! Just belt that chorus and you'll fulfill the 20 seconds necessary to properly cleanse your hands. But if tunes from the 80s aren’t your jam, there are plenty of other bops to choose from—including Beyonce’s “Love on Top” and Lizzo’s “Truth Hurts.”

Scroll down for songs with choruses that are 20 seconds long to help aid in your coronavirus prevention pursuits. Then, learn the lyrics and be prepared to have a lot more fun washing your hands.

Hand washing is one of the best forms of coronavirus prevention. Experts recommend washing them for 20 seconds—roughly the length of the “Happy Birthday” song twice.


If you're tired of wishing yourself (or your pets) a happy birthday, try singing one of these pop hits.


“Raspberry Beret,” by Prince


“Love On Top,” by Beyoncé


“Truth Hurts,” by Lizzo


“Karma Chameleon,” by Culture Club


“My Shot,” from Hamilton


“Love Shack” by The B-52's


“Livin' On a Prayer,” by Bon Jovi


“Stayin' Alive,” by The BeeGees


“Landslide,” by Fleetwood Mac


“Toxic,” by Britney Spears


“Jolene,” by Dolly Parton


“Africa,” by Toto


“Unwritten,” by Natasha Bedingfield


“Bad Romance,” by Lady Gaga


“A Hard Day's Night,” by The Beatles


“All Star,” by Smash Mouth


h/t: [Los Angeles Times, TODAY]

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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