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19 Different Hand Washing Songs for the Coronavirus Outbreak

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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.

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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 …

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Build Me Up, Buttercup, The Foundations

Toilet paper is like, “Why do you stock me up?”

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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 …

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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.

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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.

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The Pina Colada Song, Rupert Holmes


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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 to help.

Cars, Gary Numan

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… “In Cars!”

Sweet Dreams, Eurythmics

Who are we to disagree with this?

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Our House, Madness

Our house … has a lot of toilet paper.

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The 90s

These are more our speed. Pardon our corniness.

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Barbie Girl, Aqua

At least it’s about washing … kinda.

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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.

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Hair Metal Songs to Wash Your Hands

Got a mullet? Try these tunes for washing up.

Enter Sandman, Metallica

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Pour Some Sugar On Me, Def Leppard

Pro tip: Use soap, not sugar.

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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.

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Mommas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys, Willie Nelson

A classic from Willie.

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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 …

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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

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La Bamba, Los Lobos

You’re like, “blah blah blah blah blah La Bamba.”

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Rick Roll Hand Washing

Had to include it …

Never Gonna Give You Up, Rick Astley

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  1. Christine Trynosky Willis

    March 15, 2020 at 5:38 pm

    Great idea.

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