These 10 Coronavirus Songs Bring Some Levity to the Worldwide Panic
The world is reacting to the very frightening COVID-19 with silliness.
Often when things get the darkest, you simply need to have a great morbid laugh. As researchers and governments across the globe scramble to find a vaccine for the quickly spreading out COVID-19 infection that has eliminated more than 4,000 individuals and contaminated over 114,000 worldwide, there are, naturally, some countries attempting to avoid a possible panic with a bit of levity.
Specifically, the federal governments of Vietnam, China and Mexico are amongst those trying to take anxious people’ minds off the endless news updates through music, as are a number of independent and parody artists who have actually welcomed the frightening infection with ridiculous tunes ( note: some of the songs below consist of material that some might discover offending).
In China, the nation where the infection came from, an all-star group of film and music icons– consisting of Jackie Chan, Wang Leehom, Xiao Zhan and others– have banded together for the skyrocketing ballad “Believe Love Will Triumph.”
The “We Are the World”- design anthem from Chinese state media consists of the lyrics ” For you, I combat with my life even in the face of a rains of bullets/ Through the door of life and death, I assure not to leave/ The hardest thing is to let it go/ I will stay calm for you.”
By now you’ve most likely seen the dancing infections in the Vietnamese Health Department’s “Jealous Coronavirus” animation, which blends humor and excellent information about how to stop the march of the disease that is spread out through beads in the air produced when a contaminated person coughs or sneezes.
While “Strange Al” Yankovic has specified that he will not dip his toe into the parody pool on this very severe topic, that hasn’t stopped joke-loving physician Dr. Zubin Damania (aka ZDoggMD) from, obviously, turning The Propensity’s “My Sharona” into “My Corona.”
” Oh, my little Wuhan one/ Viral one/ Comin’ to crowd my lungs/ Ay Corona!” he sings over the tune’s bouncy rhythm amid a screen filled with close-ups of the virus and stock video of China.
Dominican dembow vocalist Yofrangel 911 dropped what is most likely the only true COVID-19 banger to date with the urgent “Corona Infection,” whose chorus includes a series of phony sneezes. The singer is revealed shaking in the back of an ambulance as he reminds fans to “cover your mouth” in the middle of a list of typical signs.
Danial Kheirikhah, an artist from Iran– one of the other epicenters of the virus’ spread– weighed in with a silent film-style music video set to dramatic classical music in which he intensely shows correct hand cleaning method.
Mexico’s Mister Cumbia tape-recorded “La Cumbia Del Coronavirus,” which advises individuals to be mindful, clean their hands and to not touch their faces. The tune is so irresistible that a group of nurses in the nation produced a dance to choose the track.
Hong Kong-based singer/actress Kathy Mak flipped Natalie Imbruglia’s “Torn” into an anthem about the rigors of staying safe during these unpredictable times. “I disinfect, I sterilize, my hands are constantly freakin’ dry/ There’s just so lots of things/ That I can’t touch, I’m torn/ How do I use the lift?/ How do I get the door?” she sings while acting out the day-to-day changes in her life.
Irish singer/songwriter Andy Conway cut out the intermediary with his frank acoustic ballad, “Don’t Sneeze on Me Ye Gobshite (Coronavirus Tune),” whose frank lyrics about self-quarantine include the lines, “Don’t sneeze on me ye gobshite/ Do not ya cough on me ye fool/ Lock yourself away up until it’s gone/ Don’t ya breathe on me ye bollocks/ Get the f– er outta swimming pool/ You’ll have all of us contaminated we’ll be done.”
Singaporean entertainer Alvin Oon took a swing at Simon & Garfunkel’s “Noise of Silence” with “Battle the Infection,” a civil service announcement-style acoustic ballad with lyrics such as, “We hear of theories how it grew/ From snakes and bats became a flu/ Passing the sickness kind guy to male/ Now it’s growing, leaving hand/ It’s an infection that has actually taken a trip far and wide/ Corona/ We need to combat the infection.”
And do not count the Philippines, which weighs in with comedian/singer Mikey Bustos’ insta-parody of Girl Gaga’s “Dumb Love” with “Stupid Cough.” The dancey track includes the lyrics, “I’m remaining locked up in my house/ Don’t come near me/ If you require me/ Whatsapp! Viber!!/ Don’t want no foolish cough, cough,” over pointers from Bustos about washing hands, eating right, utilizing hand sanitizer, avoiding cruises and not being racist.
For helpful details about the spread of COVID-19, how to prevent infection and the most recent updates, go to the World Health Organization’s Corona hub