The cult of the 20 second chorus

These are serious times.

The spread of coronavirus across the globe isn't something to be taken lightly, leading to the lockdown of entire countries.

That said, we shouldn't let alarmist headlines translate into everyday anxiety - for the majority of us, our lives have to continue as normal.

Health services have advised that regularly washing hands for 20 seconds under warm water will help prevent the spread of the virus.

Thankfully, the 20 second chorus is a common pop trope - so here's a handy guide to some of the songs best suited for combatting coronavirus.

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The Bee Gees - 'Stayin' Alive'

What better message to stem health-related anxiety...? Part of the Gibb brothers' imperial run, 'Stayin' Alive' is an immaculately pieced together disco banger, the kind of absolute pop perfection that can only come from mathematical deducation.

The chorus is almost exactly 20 seconds long, and it's the perfect pick me up for these troubled times:

"Got the wings of heaven on my shoes / I'm a dancin' man and I just can't lose..."

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Rage Against The Machine - 'Killing In The Name'

The spread of coronavirus has already has a catastrophic impact on live music, with SXSW forced to cancel at the cost of tens of millions of dollars.

Speculation currently surrounds the fate of Coachella, where Rage Against The Machine will be making their comeback after a decade-long hiatus.

So, all these cancellations getting you down? Feel like letting off some steam? 20 seconds of 'Killing In The Name' should do the trick.

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Foals - 'Wash Off'

The past 18 months have seen Foals release two studio albums, claim a Mercury nomination, and waltz away with the BRIT Award for Best British Group.

Clearly, it's the Oxford band's time to shine, and your hands could shine brightly if you follow the routine Foals have set out for their album cut 'Wash Off'.

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So Solid Crew - '21 Seconds'

UKG collective So Solid Crew turn 21 this year, with the entire crew reforming for a one off show at London's Kentish Town Forum.

Calculated with mathematical exactness, '21 Seconds' is neatly split into different segments, meaning you can time you wash exactly to proto-grime bars, UK R&B vocals, and belting 2-step production.

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Kano - 'Ps And Qs'

Kano's 'Hoodies All Summer' won our Album Of The Year in 2019, and recently returned to Newham for a very special East London show.

Fresh from his Top Boy slot, it feels like all-eyes are on the MC, with his catalogue retaining its vitality even as the years pass. 'Ps And Qs' is a modern British classic, an unassailable banger that still remains a key part of Kano's live set.

Thankfully, the first verse - up until "pop, pop, pop!" - lasts for exactly 20 seconds.

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Here's a longer playlist of 20 second wonders...

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