Philly Musicians' Songs Help You Wash Your Hands for 20+ seconds too...

Apparently a lot of folks have been realizing they're not washing their hands for long enough with this very long flu season continuing on, and coronavirus (COVID-19) prevention information being communicated around. Besides the basics like singing "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star," the ABC song and repeating "Happy Birthday" twice and getting bored of those ... here are some other options since you can't really set your stopwatch or a timer hourglass to go off every time you wash your hands.

Inspired by the tweet below, I did a little thinking and listening and came up with a variety of styles but nowhere near definitive list of some great songs by Philly bands and artists who you could use the 15-20 second or longer chorus to sing along to while washing your hands and never get bored. Obviously I am probably missing many great songs by Philadelphia area bands and artists with 20 second or longer choruses, so feel free to comment them below or tweet me @phillymusicpod to get included.

Full disclosure, I just used my phone timer when the chorus started, this is an imperfect and not 100% scientific system!

approx 19-20 seconds or longer: (take an extra breath after you finish singing just to be safe!)

Ben Arnold - Astral Freak, Everywhere You Go

Boyz II Men - End of the Road, I'll Make Love to You

Jim Boggia - Several Thousand

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Upon this Tidal Wave of Young Blood

Cold Fronts - This Always Happens

Creem Circus - Rock N Roll Party

David Fantasy & Adult Content - Make Love with Ice Cream

The Districts - 4th & Roebling

Dominy - Hey There, Big Boy

EDO - Upper Darby Gives Me the Creeps

Eve - Let Me Blow Ya Mind

Jac with No K - Jenna Please

John Faye - Into Philadelphia, DNA

Hall & Oates - You Make My Dreams Come True (*but need all the oohs), Maneater, Kiss on My List

Hoochi Coochi - Walkin

Hooters - All You Zombies

The Wonder Years - I Didn't Like Who I Was Then, Sister Cities, Passing Through a Screen Door

Rylan Brooks - Nobody Loves Me Like Myself, Save the Last Ugly One For Me

Santigold - LES Artists

Jill Scott - A Long Walk, The Way

The Stylistics - You Make Me Feel Brand New, Betcha By Golly Wow

George Thorogood - I Drink Alone

The Tisburys - Gin in My Coffee

Almost 20 seconds, these are very close... Go ahead and hum a few extra bars at the end or hold that long note at the end an extra couple seconds. All of these are 15-19 seconds.

Ben Arnold - Stupid Love

Toni Basil - Mickey

Boyz II Men - Motownphilly

Tommy Conwell - I'm Not Your Man

Dave Cope & the Sass - If Your Mama Only Knew

Dr. Dog - Shadow People

G Love - I-76

Hall & Oates - Private Eyes (maybe don't clap while washing though)

Lauryn Hill - Doo Wop (That Thing), Everything is Everything

Billy Paul - Me & Mrs. Jones

Pretty Poison - Catch Me (I'm Falling), Nighttime

Todd Rundgren - I Saw The Light, Hello It's Me

Sheer Mag - Need To Feel Your Love

Will Smith - Gettin' Jiggy with It

Or if you're really stuck, just sing the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song!

Note: I listened to a lot of Dead Milkmen songs but couldn't find any with 20 second choruses. Most of them are in the 6-11 second range and you could easily repeat. Or you could just sing half of the song part of Bitchin' Camaro without the long intro part (that Rodney changes every time live anyway) I did not listen to every Dead Milkmen song with a stopwatch though. So please let us know if you find one.

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