As the nation faces unprecedented times, Brits have been told to stay home and to regularly wash their hands for 20 seconds at a time to save lives and protect our healthcare services.

Though the population is complying, the suggestion of singing Happy Birthday through twice to time your hand wash runs the risk of becoming tedious for many weeks into the crisis.

Some will also have become complacent about proper hand hygiene as the extended routine becomes less of a novelty.

Pall Mall Medical has compiled a list of other musical options with twenty-second choruses for all ages to consider singing whilst giving their hands a good wash.

These ‘handwashing hit’ songs comprise:

  • For babies and toddlers; Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
  • For primary school kids: Happy, by Pharrell Williams
  • For high school kids: I Don’t Care, by Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber
  • For students: Thank U, Next, by Ariana Grande
  • For millennials: Mr Brightside, by The Killers
  • For the middle aged: Don’t Look Back in Anger, by Oasis
  • For older Brits: Let’s Twist Again, by Chubby Checker
  • And two timeless classics for all ages: Stayin’ Alive, by the BeeGees and Hey Jude, by The Beatles

“Hand hygiene is vitally important during the current crisis, but after weeks of singing Happy Birthday and less trips outdoors thanks to self-isolation, many Brits will have become complacent as to how thoroughly they should wash their hands.

We hope our fun playlist of alternative hits that are the perfect length for the ideal hand wash will help families keep on top of their hygiene as well as provide some respite from a tune that may now feel annoyingly omnipresent!”

(Trisha Adams, Director of Clinical Services at Pall Mall Medical)

For more information on Pall Mall Medical click here.

The lyrics to each of Pall Mall Medical’s 20 second ‘handwashing hits’ are below.

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Twinkle, twinkle, little star
How I wonder what you are
Up above the world so high
Like a diamond in the sky
Twinkle, twinkle little star
How I wonder what you are

Happy- Pharrell Williams

Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like that’s what you wanna do

I Don’t Care- Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber

‘Cause I don’t care when I’m with my baby, yeah
All the bad things disappear
And you’re making me feel like maybe I am somebody
I can deal with the bad nights
When I’m with my baby, yeah
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh

Thank U, Next- Ariana Grande

Thought I’d end up with Sean
But he wasn’t a match
Wrote some songs about Ricky
Now I listen and laugh
Even almost got married
And for Pete, I’m so thankful
Wish I could say, “Thank you” to Malcolm
‘Cause he was an angel

Mr Brightside- The Killers

Jealousy, turning saints into the sea
Swimming through sick lullabies
Choking on your alibis
But it’s just the price I pay
Destiny is calling me
Open up my eager eyes
‘Cause I’m Mr. Brightside

 Don’t Look Back in Anger- Oasis

And so, Sally can wait, she knows it’s too late as we’re walking on by
Her soul slides away, but don’t look back in anger I heard you say

Staying Alive- Bee Gees

Whether you’re a brother or whether you’re a mother
You’re stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive
Feel the city breakin’ and everybody shakin’
And we’re stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive
Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive
Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin’ alive

Hey Jude- The Beatles

Hey Jude, don’t make it bad
Take a sad song and make it better
Remember to let her into your heart
Then you can start to make it better

 Let’s Twist Again- Chubby Checker

Come on let’s twist again
Like we did last summer
Yeah, let’s twist again
Like we did last year
Do you remember when
Things were really hummin’?
Yeah, let’s twist again
Twistin’ time is here


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