Surely, you’ve heard one of the best ways to prevent the spread of any infectious disease, including COVID-19 coronavirus, is to wash your hands regularly.
In Pennsylvania, Health Sec. Rachel Levine reminds residents that a great way to wash your hands is to use one of the most popular hand washing songs: Happy Birthday.
You’re supposed to sing Happy Birthday to yourself twice while washing up with soap and water.
Well, we’re tired of singing that song already. And honestly, it’s a little creepy to hear someone singing Happy Birthday in the bathroom. If you didn’t know any better, you’d have to question just what the hell is going on in there.
Hand Washing Songs Alternatives
Apparently, we’re not the only ones sick of the song, too.
17-year-old British chap William Gibson said he felt “sad” singing Happy Birthday to himself repeatedly as he washed his hands. So, the ingenious kid created an app that makes hand washing infographics with lyrics to your favorite songs.
His site is called “Wash Your Lyrics” and you can make an infographic with your favorite tunes’ lyrics synced with the proper hand-washing steps.
You can make your own but we’ve created a few off our favorite playlists to save you some time. We stopped before the year 2000 in order to focus on audiences most susceptible to catching coronavirus.
Boomer Hand Washing Tunes
Here are some great songs from the 50s and 60s to wash up to, starting with our favorite …
Build Me Up, Buttercup, The Foundations
Toilet paper is like, “Why do you stock me up?”
Iko Iko, The Dixie Cups
Here’s a chance to find out what the hell they’re saying in this one that everyone thinks they know …
I Want to Hold Your Hand, The Beatles
This is one we’d love to hear wit’ a t’ick coal region accent. In our collective head, it’s hilarious.
Yacht Rock Songs for Washing Up
Wash up and chill with these great yacht rock hits.
Sailing, Christopher Cross
It may be hard to wash your hands to, but no list of Yacht Rock anything is complete without Mr. Cross.
The Pina Colada Song, Rupert Holmes
New Wave 80s Hits for a Good Hand Washing
Still stuck in the 80s? Perfect. The decade provides plenty of catchy tunes to which you probably don’t know the lyrics but we created these posters with the help of washyourlyrics.com to help.
Cars, Gary Numan
… “In Cars!”
Sweet Dreams, Eurythmics
Who are we to disagree with this?
Our House, Madness
Our house … has a lot of toilet paper.
These are more our speed. Pardon our corniness.
Barbie Girl, Aqua
At least it’s about washing … kinda.
We Like to Party (The Vengabus), Vengaboys
This is an easy one. And it’s impossible to get unstuck from your brain.
Alt-Rock Hand Washing Songs
The alternative eventually became the mainstream. Here’s one we thought appropriate for the season:
It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine), REM
Don’t worry, it’s not the end of the world. Just wash your damn hands.
Hair Metal Songs to Wash Your Hands
Got a mullet? Try these tunes for washing up.
Enter Sandman, Metallica
Pour Some Sugar On Me, Def Leppard
Pro tip: Use soap, not sugar.
Best Country Hand Washing Songs
This is for the folks out in Pine Grove. Here’s a great selection of country hits that make perfect hand washing songs.
Boot Scootin’ Boogie, Brooks & Dunn
You know the end part, probably, but the beginning may trip you up a bit. Remember, you’ve got time to learn it and it’s not as if you should suddenly stop washing your hands once we’re clear of coronavirus.
Mommas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys, Willie Nelson
A classic from Willie.
Corny Hip Hop Song for Washing Your Hands
Everyone knows (some of) the lyrics to these classics.
The Humpty Dance, Digital Underground
I like my oatmeal lumpy …
Songs En Espanol
Here are a couple tracks where you know the English words and you’ll mumble the rest. Hey, in 2 weeks, you might actually learn the other words.
Macarena, Los Del Rio
La Bamba, Los Lobos
You’re like, “blah blah blah blah blah La Bamba.”
Rick Roll Hand Washing
Had to include it …
Never Gonna Give You Up, Rick Astley
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