Time to Choose Your Favourite Coronavirus Songs. So far…..

Sod it. I know these are horrible times for everyone out there, but the Covid-19 pandemic is producing some fine music videos, and anyway, Eurovision has been cancelled and we could probably all do with a laugh or some inspiration (or both), so please welcome Coronavision….

Firstly, when I tweeted and asked for people’s favourites, a number of you thought I meant ‘suitable soundtracks’, of which the Police, Don’t Stand So Close to Me, was the clear favourite. But I meant new stuff, and you came through with top suggestions from most continents, so here goes (in no particular order).

Two categories:

  • Category One: Public Safety Songs
  • Category Two: parodies/rewrites of famous tunes.

And I think we’ll have a vote – not as if we have much else to do, right? Over to you – let’s pick the corona-viral anthem (so far)……

Public Safety Songs

As a really terrible salsa dancer, I couldn’t sit still to this one from Cuban American musician Yendrys Cespedes: (ht Jonathan Fox):

Then there’s a much poppier version from Vietnam (ht half the world):

From Sierra Leone, Africa Best Rappers (ABR) ht Erin Polich:

Lastly, this Corona Virus Alert by Bobi Wine from Uganda:

Update: Bobi Wine just put the link on Facebook, and he has a lot of followers. Could explain why he now has 99.1% of 8500 votes…. In 12 years, the blog has never traffic like this. Thanks Your Excellency, but could you possibly ask your followers to stop leaving comments? I’m spending most of my time approving them on WordPress! The vote on Category Two is much closer, btw.

Update to the Update: So it seems the person behind the amazing turnout for Bobi Wine was not the man himself (sorry, got that wrong – thanks Menya for setting me straight) but one of his biggest fans, Facebook Blogger Ashburg Katto (Bobi even visited him at the police station during a recent arrest). Thanks for the plug Ashburg, but there’s something we’d better clear up. Despite what you said on Facebook, the winning entry is not ‘going to be the official WHO soundtrack for sensitizing about sanitizing’. Sorry!

Category Two: Parodies/Rewrites of the Famous

Adele gets the treatment from Chris Mann (ht Erin Polich again):

Daniel Matarazzo goes all Mary Poppins – superb musicianship; great lyrics:

Coronavirus Rhapsody has wonderful lyrics by Dana Jay Bein. Various people have put it to music, but this one’s my favourite (gets closest to the original):

Kathy Makattack got in early with this parody of Natalie Imbruglia:


Featured Image: Detroit rapper Gmac Cash disinfects everything—and everyone—in sight in his “Coronavirus” music video. (Gmac Cash/YouTube)

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416 Responses to “Time to Choose Your Favourite Coronavirus Songs. So far…..”
  1. Salma

    Because of powerful information,,i vote Corona virus Alert by bobi wine,,,we all accept, we need patriotism to win this pandemic,,everyone is a potential victim and everyone is a potential solution #unitedAgainstCoronaVirus

  2. Kyaligonza Charles

    It’s a short song containing all what one would love to listen to and do about the pandemic covid 19 moreover in the simplest language all of us understands

    • Jamal

      What a mature composition from Bobi wine x Nubian Li !!
      “It’s a global pandemic we can never take it For granted Buli omu yebereremu”.
      Corona virus alert massive tune

  3. Phiq

    Bobiwine $ Nubian Li’s song combined all the problems and the solutions about the corona virus……We only need to listen and put into consideration…. much respect my president.

  4. Bobi wine original names Robert kyagulanyi ssentamu sung a very good messege and in a very uniting language/toungue because if you are to go neck to neck to his rylics, there is maturity in them, unity, awarenessing on the possible preventive measures..etc so it is a uniting song ….I really like his song.✊

  5. Divine Namande

    BW & NL best PSA, no gimmicks just a straight short message with very distinct subtitles while afrobeat melody makes it a very good vibe. BWine is a genius. Bravo to ya all – Hon, Nubian Li & crew

  6. Eddy Wheezy

    “The bad news is that Everyone is a potential victim,but the good news is that Everyone is a potential solution, Sensitise the masses to sanitise keep a social distance and quarantine” …..Bobi wines PSA song was so detailed ,short and precised..It’s a yes for me …..#UnitedToFightCovid-19

  7. LUNANI Moses Dickens

    Because of powerful information,,i vote Corona virus Alert by bobi wine,,,we all accept, we need patriotism to win this pandemic,,everyone is a potential victim and everyone is a potential solution and the video is translated #unitedAgainstCoronaVirus

  8. Hussein Muhammad Ali Deen Lusiba

    I am a Ugandan, but in my heart I feel like Bobi Wine was sent on this planet as a blessing to the Republic of Uganda. His intellectual, intelligence, knowledge, ambitious strategies which are never intolerant by other leaders of the world. Of course he deserves to be the next President of the nation.
    His song Corona Alert, is a brief 1:54 mins but with a billion message, empowerment, encouragement, care and live towards mankind. It’s incomparable!

  9. Muwonge Zainudin

    Bobi wine’s song has real issues which can be embarked on to curb down the spread of the pandemic Covid-19. Long live bobi wine. The ongoing president of the republic of Uganda

  10. Nze Famer

    The most never ever seen before my life, elite, disciplined, humble,I intelligent, rich in all aspects; BOBI WINE ,next Uganda’s 10th president. Novel Corona Virus Alert. No other. Thank you my pres. ROBERT KYAGULANYI SSENTAMU.

  11. ZUKUKA Uganda

    MY BOBI WINE,MY 10th PRESIDENT,my future,&my Patriot, HE ,LIVES IN OUR COUNTRY uganda but we also keep on getting supprises from him since he started growing up (some people say that he was born for a purpose because this man bobi wine is really different trust me,..in God we trust,, For God and my country,,God protect BoBi wine, PP

  12. Mulendwe Abbey

    It’s very attouching song which is aimed at sensitising the whole world. Big up to Lee and bobi great composers of all time peace
    And may Almighty Allah protect us from this pendemic.

  13. He is genuine in his lyrics and the message targeted both youth and elders coz he was precise and concise. The language of communication is formal and at an extent he uses his mother language coz he is worried to what may happen to her motherland. “He deserve a due respect”.

    • Ronnie kim

      It’s a globle pandemic we can never take for granted killa mtu must be alart bobi wine HE ft Nubian Lee the genius simple priciest and understandeble . I there for vote for corona virus alert # United against covid 19/corona virus

  14. Ssenyonga Alex Kirimanyi

    The introduction only, sends a clear message about what he’s about, very brief but with effective message. Thanks so much Mr President. BOBIWINE

  15. Ronnie kim

    It’s a globle pandemic we can never take for granted killa mtu must be alart bobi wine HE ft Nubian Lee the genius simple priciest and understandeble . I there for vote for corona virus alert # United against covid 19/corona virus

  16. Mawanda Benjamin

    To be sincere the message in His Excellency the Ghetto President’s song #Corona_virus_alert is precise, clear and direct to the point
    Above all its short for anyone to listen to so I urge each one of u to share this awareness all over the globe

  17. MugishaWatsyBrianz

    “The bad news is that we’re all potential victims but the good news that we’re all potential solution of this pandemic disease, corona virus alert by #BobiWine

  18. Lisa D

    You cannot stop passionate people power, the will continue to comment as their fake gov oppresses with 30+ years of same president. Bobi is people’s choice so they have to get the word out. Thank you for patience and spread the love!

  19. Martin Kiggundu

    Bobiwine’s Alert is the best because it holds all the recommended message by health specialist which protects and prevents the wide spread of Corona Virus COVID-19 worldwide.

  20. Martin Kiggundu

    Bobiwine’s Alert is the best because it holds all the recommended message by health specialist which protects and prevents the wide spread of Corona Virus COVID-19 worldwide. Being the next President of the Republic of Uganda come year 2021 he cares much about life of all. Each one’s life matters.

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