Good news stories from around the world: musical parody edition

Apr 6 2020, 5:59 pm

Sometimes catching up on daily news can be a daunting task; with a multitude of negative, fear-inducing headlines, it’s enough to make anyone feel discouraged.

While staying informed on both local and international news is necessary, it’s essential to remind ourselves that it’s not all bad in this world.

To assure you that all is not doom and gloom, we’ve rounded up a few hilarious musical parodies that are sure to give you a laugh.

“Hello (from the Inside)” – Adele parody

YouTuber Chris Mann took Adele’s classic 2015 ballad “Hello,” twisted it to apply to physical distancing and self-isolation, and created “Hello (from the Inside).” This fun parody touches on missing life’s simplicities, such as going out for a cheeseburger, interacting with neighbors, and the trying situation of having children and having to switch the TV from the news to Finding Dory so the kids can watch it, again.

“Stayin’ Inside” – Bee Gees parody

Inspired by a song that promotes the message of “Stayin’ Alive,” Brent McCollough and friends took this beloved Bee Gees classic and revamped the lyrics to reflect the crucial importance of staying inside, maintaining physical distancing, and washing your hands. “Stayin’ Inside” is a groovy tune that will no doubt get stuck in your head. Also, that falsetto though!

“Quaranqueen” – ABBA parody

It’s safe to say that we are all “Quaranqueens” at this point, but David Scott of The Kiffness has embraced the lifestyle wholeheartedly. The video shows Scott living his best life with a hair wrap, bathrobe, and box of wine, singing about his latest series binge, Tiger King. This parody will no doubt have you singing along in your apartment as you unashamedly click “continue watching” when Netflix inevitably asks.

“Songs for Social Distancing” – parody medley

One song was not enough for Penn of The Holderness Family. This hysterical video uses a parody of Britney Spears’ “Oops!…I Did It Again” to discuss absentmindedly touching your face, a parody of the Backstreet Boys’ classic “I Want It That Way” urging listeners to “go six feet that way,” as well as the frustrations of helping children with homework in a parody of Kelly Clarkson’s “Since You’ve Been Gone” parody with lyrics changed to “Since You’ve Been Home,” to name a few. You’re sure to find one, or many, parodies that are as relatable as they are hilarious.

“‘U Can’t Touch This’ COVID-19 Edition”- MC Hammer parody

Not only are the lyrics creative in this musical parody, but the beat and melodies are created using only healthcare products, including a roll of paper towel, tissues, and Lysol spray. Nick Savino‘s parody of MC Hammer’s classic 1990 hit “U Can’t Touch This” takes the song’s title quite literally, encouraging viewers to stay safe, clean, and at home. Additionally, the message of Savino’s parody is for everyone to not to panic, but instead, work together to “save our planet.”

“One Week of COVID-19” – Barenaked Ladies parody

Inspired by lyrics written by Twitter user DaniAWESOME, YouTube creator
Pepper Coyote brought this Barenaked Ladies parody cover to life with his animated facial expressions, slightly altered wording, and hilarious hand wash break. His fast-talking rendition covers all the bases from staying inside to washing your hands to the importance of tipping food delivery workers, as well as helping one another through initiatives such as donating food.

“The Epic Hand Washing Parody” – parody medley

Utilizing his voice and acapella prowess, Peter Hollens creates a diverse and wildly entertaining parody medley featuring his altered renditions of massive pop hits, including “High Hopes” by Panic! At The Disco, “Bad Guy” by Billie Eilish, “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift, and “Girls Like You” by Maroon 5. The parodies include key messaging that emphasizes the importance of practicing good hygiene habits, including washing your hands for 20 seconds, refraining from touching your face, coughing and sneezing in your elbow, and staying home.


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