20-Second Songs You Can Sing While Washing Your Hands Kung Sawa Ka Na Sa 'Happy Birthday'

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In light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, health officials highly urge people to wash their hands every chance they get. If there’s one thing your grade school health classes have taught you, it’s that you’re supposed to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds—about the time it takes to sing “Happy Birthday” twice. 

Pero syempre, nakakasawa naman kung puro “Happy Birthday” lang, ‘di ba? So, here are 10 songs you can sing instead:

“Love On Top” by Beyonce

Go on, ‘wag ka na mahiya. Belt this out while washing your hands, baka sabayan ka pa nung officemate mo.


The lyrics: Baby it's you / You're the one I love / You're the one I need / You're the only one I see / Come on baby it's you / You're the one that gives your all / You're the one I can always call / When I need to make everything stop / Finally you put my love on top

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“Hit Me Baby, One More Time” by Britney Spears

Imagine mo na lang na nasa "Hit Me Baby, One More Time" music video ka. Dapat bigay na bigay, ha!

The lyrics: My loneliness is killing me (and I) / I must confess I still believe (still believe) / When I'm not with you I lose my mind / Give me a sign / Hit me, baby, one more time

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“S2pid Luv” by Salbakuta

Okay, so technically, this isn’t the chorus of the song, but still! Your OG karaoke song’s intro is long enough to get rid of the germs on your hands. Admit it: Memorize mo ‘yan by heart. 

The lyrics: Nang ma-in love ako sa'yo / Kala ko'y pag-ibig mo ay tunay / Pero hindi nag-tagal lumabas din ang tunay na kulay / Ang iyong kilay mapag-mataas at laging namimintas / Pero sarili kong pera ang iyong winawaldas / Para kang sphinx ugali mo'y napaka-sting / Kung hiyain mo ko talagang nakaka-shrink / Girlie biddy bye bye don't tell a lie / Bakit mo ako laging dini-deny

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Tala” by Sarah Geronimo

Since this song was literally *everywhere*, there's a big chance na alam mo pa yung lyrics but we’re still putting it here just in case. Careful, baka mapa-sayaw ka while washing your hands!

The lyrics: Tila ako'y nakalutang na sa langit / Ngunit nalulunod sa 'iyong mga ngiti / At kung hanggang dito lang talaga tayo / Hindi pababayaan ang daang tinahak na kapiling ka / At kung umabot tayo hanggang dulo

Araw-Araw” by Ben&Ben

If you’re in the mood for a senti song, this one's for you. 

The lyrics: Kay tagal ko nang nag-iisa / And'yan ka lang pala / Mahiwaga / Pipiliin ka sa araw-araw / Mahiwaga /Ang nadarama sa'yo'y malinaw

“Truth Hurts” by Lizzo

In case heartbroken ka, kantahin mo ‘tong anthem ni Lizzo. Note to self: you’re 100 percent THAT b*tch. ;)

The lyrics: Why men great 'til they gotta be great? / Don't text me, tell it straight to my face / Best friend sat me down in the salon chair / Shampoo press, get you out of my hair / Fresh photos with the bomb lighting / New man on the Minnesota Vikings / Truth hurts, needed something more exciting / Bom bom bi dom bi dum bum bay

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“Stayin’ Alive” by Bee Gees

Fun fact: This song doubles as a CPR massage technique. Grabe, this song has two health uses!


The lyrics: 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

“Best Song Ever” by One Direction

Kung former Directioner ka na umaasa pa rin that they’ll reunite eventually, sing one of their greatest hits while making sure your hands are clean.


The lyrics: And we danced all night to the best song ever / We knew every line, now I can't remember / How it goes but I know that I won't forget her / 'Cause we danced all night to the best song ever / I think it went oh, oh, oh / I think it went yeah, yeah, yeah / I think it goes (ooh)

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“Wannabe” by Spice Girls

Ugh, this one is a ~*classic*~! Bonus points if you sing it with your office barkadaextra girl group vibes.


The lyrics: I'll tell you what I want, what I really, really want / So tell me what you want, what you really, really want / I wanna, (ha) I wanna, (ha) I wanna, (ha) I wanna, (ha) / I wanna really, really, really wanna zigazig ah / If you wanna be my lover, you gotta get with my friends (Gotta get with my friends) / Make it last forever, friendship never ends / If you wanna be my lover, you have got to give / Taking is too easy, but that's the way it is

“Sorry Sorry” by Super Junior

Check out this video of Siwon teaching us how to wash our hands properly—complete with the choreo pa!

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The lyrics: Sorry, sorry, sorry, sorry / Naega naega naega meonjeo / Nege nege nege bbajyeo / Bbajyeo bbajyeo beoryeo baby / Shawty, shawty, shawty, shawty / Nuni busyeo busyeo busyeo / Sumi makhyeo makhyeo makhyeo / Naega michyeo michyeo baby

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