Songs to sing while washing your hands: HBCU edition

Screenshot of the playlist made by Vanessa Ferguson. All songs on the article can be found there. Link below to the playlist:

COVID-19 has infected more than 2.3 million people around the world as of Sunday. The virus has now killed more than 40,000 people in the U.S., nearly a quarter of all deaths from COVID-19 across the globe, according to Johns Hopkins University.

As COVID-19 spreads across the United States, health officials say hand washing continues to be one way people can protect themselves from pathogens and the spread of infectious diseases. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends washing your hands after sneezing, before eating and using the bathroom with soap and water for at least 20 seconds — or sing “Happy Birthday” twice.

But “Happy Birthday” can become an annoying ear worm. Rattlers haven’t been on campus in a while, so here are some well-known songs you can sing instead that will make you feel closer to campus.

1. Knuck If You Buck-Crime Mob (featuring Lil’ Scrappy)
The energy this song brings is going to make you forget we’re in a global pandemic.

2. Swag Surfin- F.L.Y (Fast Life Yungstaz
There is no rule against dancing when it comes to washing your hands.

3. Be Faithful-Fatman Scoop, The Crooklyn Clan
The go-to party anthem is this song right here. This high energy banger can most definitely help us get through the pandemic.

4. This Is How We Do It- Montell Jordan
This 1995 classic is about having a good time and turning up on a Friday night. Such an upbeat song to clean your hands to. Discover the true meaning of Friday night.

5. Got to Be Real- Cheryl Lynn
This song is guaranteed to keep you moving, pandemic or no pandemic. The energy is always real with this song.

6. Before I Let Go- Maze, Frankie Beverly
Let go, relax and get into this HBCU vibe and BBQ classic.

7. Wipe Me Down- Lil Boosie

8. Dream and Nightmares- Meek Mill
The song that defined the decade. This song is more about the turn up. Need a confidence boost? Look no further than Meek Mill.

9. When I See You- Fantasia
What’s a FAMU event without this song being played?

Whether it’s singing a song or watching the clock, keep 20 seconds in mind when your hands are lathered with soap. Whether on FAMU’s campus or not, singing these songs will remind you of our beloved HBCU.