Wash your hands to ‘Flawless’ by Queen B and other songs thanks to washyourlyrics.com
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You’ve probably seen friends posting those infographics of lyrics to sing while you wash your hands. They’ve been popping up on social media for a few days. Britney, Lizzo, even Radney Foster songs have gotten the treatment as a way to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.
It’s thanks to William Gibson, a 17-year-old living just above Oxford, England. He came up with Wash Your Lyrics, a site that lets you input almost any song lyrics and turn them into an infographic on how to wash your hands. He came up with the idea after seeing it done with the song “Money Machine” by experimental duo 100 Gecs in a similar format. It was ready to go in 24 hours and went up less than a week ago.
“I wanted to create posters for all my favorite songs, but copying and pasting lyrics into Photoshop would’ve been so boring,” he says. “I wrote a script to automate the process, which I then turned into a web app after it worked really well. I unveiled it on Sunday by sending it to a couple of my friends and also tweeting it out.”
— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) March 10, 2020
Gibson was surprised to wake up the next day to articles in Wired and Mashable about his site. It has been used, incredibly, by Troye Sivan, McDonald’s, YouTube and Miley Cyrus, who input lyrics to her song “The Climb.”
I’m not a huge Miley fan apart from the songs she did as Ashley O from ‘Black Mirror,'” Gibson says. “But it’s Miley Cyrus!”
As of Thursday afternoon, 424,858 individual posters had been created. The top song is “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen.
We tried it with some Houston faves, from Beyoncé to The Suffers to “Barre Baby.” And a few RodeoHouston performers.
The CDC recommends washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. Doing it while singing is optional.
Click through above to see some of our song picks to wash your hands to.
Joey Guerra is the music critic for the Houston Chronicle. Follow him on Twitter. Get experts’ picks for concerts, kids’ stuff, fine arts, movies and more by subscribing to the Preview entertainment newsletter.