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Happy birthday and the ABC’s get old when you’re constantly washing your hands! 

According to the CDC, one of the most important precautions people can take to minimize the spread of the coronavirus is the same thing it recommends for every flu season: Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. This advice has been echoed all over the news, accompanied by the old trick of timing the 20 seconds out by singing Happy Birthday twice, or your ABC’s. While this is all good advice, these song suggestions could use a bit of work. Thankfully, Jen Monnier has acknowledged the need for other ideas, and put together a thread of roughly 20 [second] choruses to sing instead.


Some of the songs on her thread include:

Dolly Parton’s Jolene, Prince’s Raspberry Beret, Toto’s Africa, and Fleetwood Mac’s Landslide, but also choruses to more recent tracks such as Truth Hurts by Lizzo and Beyonce’s Love on Top.

Of course twitter chimed in with other suggestions running from Goodbye Yellow Brick Road by Elton John to Cher’s Believe,” and, Lou Bega’s Mambo No. 5.


What song would you add?