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Coronavirus Parody Songs Net YouTube Musicians Millions of Views

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By    |   Tuesday, 07 April 2020 02:32 PM

Neil Diamond’s "Sweet Caroline” parody on not touching hands during the coronavirus outbreak isn’t the only musical parody going viral.

Amateur and professional singers are turning to YouTube to post their own coronavirus parody songs. Many are enjoying their moment in the spotlight as millions sheltered at home view their videos.

Minnesota resident Jon Pumper told The Hill he was creating YouTube videos as a side gig a month ago. As he began self-quarantining in his home since mid-March, he had an idea to create something funny. 

What came to the music director of a church was “My Corona Home,” sung to the tune of the Beach Boys hit “Kokomo.” 

The song details going through a bout of cabin fever. Lines of the song include, “We’re in quarantine, in our own corona homes/That’s where you have to go to stay away from it all.”

Pumper sings, “Dinners from a can, afternoons coloring with crayons/It’s been 13 seconds since I last went to go wash my hands,” in another verse.

His finished product has received more than 1.2 million views in YouTube since he posted it a few weeks ago.

A former contestant on NBC’s “The Voice” singer Chris Mann said creating “My Corona” a parody of “My Sharona” helped him vent about a frustrating trip to the grocery store. 

“I need toilet paper, toilet paper, toilet paper. I’m out of toilet paper — it’s my corona,” Mann, 37, sings while wearing a face mask and gloves. 

The video has been viewed more than 5.3 million times on YouTube. "My Corona" was just the first of his parody hits.

Since that video went live, he has been working on completing about one new parody a week. Others include “Hello (from the Inside),” an Adele parody with 9 million views, and a nod to Madonna with “Stay Home Vogue.” 

His most recent song “Thank U Frontline” is an ode to people battling the pandemic set to Alanis Morissette’s “Thank U.” Mann’s father, a pharmacist, makes an appearance in the video

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