The complete Singapore NDP Song List (English and Chinese)



Are you ready for National Day Parade?

NDP  is the most appropriate occasion to belt out your favourite national day song and showcase your singing talents. Every Singaporeans should be familiar with crowd favourites such as Home, One People,One Nation,One Singapore , Count on me ,Singapore and  Stand up for Singapore.



Here is the complete list of Singapore NDP songs from 1984

List of National Day songs (Source - National Libary board)

1984: “Stand Up for Singapore” (music/lyrics: Hugh Harrison)

The song that kicked off the NDP Song tradition. Patriotic and full of gusto , this is one song created to promote the idea of Nationalism. Stand up for Singapore ,everyone!


1986: “Count on Me, Singapore” (music/lyrics: Hugh Harrison; performer: Clement Chow)

A less mellow tune but the same nationalistic pride is infused in the song. After all, count on me, Singapore!

1987: “We are Singapore” (music/lyrics: Hugh Harrison; performers: Jonathan Tan Teck Meng, Roslinda Baharudin, Robert Fernando and Anne Weerapass)

If you think this is similar to the first 2 songs in theme, it will not be too far off. This is written by the same songwriter Hugh Harrison who dominated NDP song scene for the past 3 years. His songs have a chest thumping feel that one would find familiar.


1990: “One People, One Nation, One Singapore” (music: Jeremy Monteiro; lyrics: Jim Aitchison)

The first local NDP songwriter. It focused on building a nation and staying as one. The number ONE had never sound so good.



1997 : "Future in My Dreams " (music/ lyrics : SAF Music Drama)*

There was a hiatus of NDP songs for the past 7 years. This was not an official NDP song, but part of the sentimental tune probably gave inspiration to the organisers to  bring NDP songs to the parade.


 

1998: “Home” (music/lyrics: Dick Lee; performer: Kit Chan)

A befitting song to kick start the tradition of yearly NDP songs. Home would go on to become the most favourite NDP song and is a constant feature in recent NDPs. There should be a petition to make this THE NDP SONG.

Period.


There was also a Chinese Version of the same song 家




1998 : "City for the World" ( Lyrics : Roger Jenkins)

Do you know that there was another NDP song for 1998. This lesser known song was sung by children.


1999: “Together” (music/lyrics: Ken Lim; performers: Evelyn Tan and Dreamz FM)

Written by Ken Lim who was better known as Singapore Idol Judge. A soft tune and one that was less sang in comparison to the other fellow judge (Dick Lee) songs.


  Chinese version of the song 心连心



2000: “Shine on Me” (music/lyrics: Jim Lim; performers: Mavis Hee and Jai Wahab)

There were 2 versions of the same song. The English one was sang by Jai Wahab and the Chinese version by Mavis Hee. We reckon the latter was the better version.



 Chinese Version 星月


2001: “Where I Belong” (music/lyrics/performer: Tanya Chua)
This tune was actually quite soothing . Unfortunately it did not hit the heights of Home. The song featured both English and Chinese Version. The video below is the extended one with both versions.





2002: “We Will Get There” (music/lyrics: Dick Lee; performer: Stefanie Sun)
Ok , Stefanie Sun is one of my favourite Singer. With her hitting the right notes on a Dick Lee Song, it never felt more right.



Chinese version


2003: “One United People” (music/lyrics: Joshua Wan; performer: Stefanie Sun)

Stephanie Sun returned on a back to back edition . It was a first for a performer for NDP song and we are not complaining.
Chinese version


2004: “Home” (remix; music/lyrics: Dick Lee; performers: Young Voices)
The official MV featureed young voice. Kit Chan and JJ Lin performed the songs during NDP Parad.


2005: “Reach Out for the Skies” (music: Elaine Chan; lyrics: Selena Tan; performers: Taufik Batisah and Rui En)

Taufik Batisah , the newly minted Singapore idol, sang the song with Rui En.


Rui En had her own Chinese Version of the song 勇敢向前飞



2006: “My Island Home” (music/lyrics: Joshua Wan; performer: Kaira Gong)

Honestly I cannot recall this song, but hey, there were 2 versions of it. 


Chinese version  幸福的图形


2007: “There’s No Place I’d Rather Be” (music/lyrics: Jimmy Ye; performer: Kit Chan)

The return of Kit Chan.

This was a tad disappointing with a controversial lyrics. There were mentions of Cairo, Bombay, Eiffel Tower, Great Wall, Big Ben, Thames, Hollywood , River Kwai but NO Singapore. Uh oh...




2007: “Will You” (music/lyrics: Jimmy Ye; performers: Janani Sridhar, Asha Edmund, Emma Yong, Lily Yong Rahmat, Jai Wahab, Shabir Mohammed, Sebastian Tan and Gani Karim)

Another song that was hard to remember. We do like the multiculture vibes on this song😄


2008: “Shine for Singapore” (music/lyrics: Benny Wong; performers: Joi Chua and Hady Mirza)

2008 marked the starts of forgettable tunes. Can you remember this?
Song was sang by another Singapore Idol Winner, Hady Mirza.



Joi Chan Chinese version 晴空万里



2009: “What Do You See?” (music/lyrics/performers: Electrico)

First Rock inspired NDP song. Did not seat well with the conservative masses.


2010: “Song for Singapore” (music/lyrics/performer: Corrinne May)

The lyrics were good, but something was amiss. 


2011: “In a Heartbeat” (music: Goh Kheng Long; lyrics: Haresh Sharma; performer: Sylvia Ratonel)

Raise up your hand if you can remember this. ✋
We miss Home...


2012: “Love at First Light” (music: Iskandar Ismail; lyrics: Paul Tan; performers: Olivia Ong and Natanya Tan)

This was much better. An updated modern song with lyrics that people can relate. At this stage, it was not about struggles or nationalistic fervor. Instead , the focus was on appreciating what we have. Nice Song.


2013: “One Singapore” (music: Elaine Tan; lyrics: Selena Tan; performers: Sing A Nation choir, comprised of 68 ordinary Singaporeans)

Whenever we hear this song, workout sessions like zumba comes to mind.. Must be the Whoo ho-oh oh and the dance routine throw into the mix.


2014 : "We Will Get There & One People , One Nation, One Singapore (Crica 1990)

2014 was a confusing year, there weree no new 'official NDP songs. Instead, old NDP songs were remixed and use. One of the reason why was because there were complains (yes we locals do that a lot!) that the previous renditions of NDP songs since 2008 were quite forgettable. For the record  One People, One Nation, One Singapore first appeared in 1990.


2014 : " Home" - Updated Version(Circa 1998)
Another update to Home. This time , Dick Lee actually sang part of the song together with a host of local singers . Kit Chan and JJ Lin were back to do their part too.



2014 : "What Do you See?" (Circa 2009)
Some had mistaken this for a new NDP song. They had forgotten that it was the NDP song 5 years ago.




2015 : "Our Singapore"(music/lyrics : Dick Lee ; performer : Dick Lee/ JJ Lin )

Being the 50th birthday, NDP 2015 brought back Singapore's favourite composer Dick Lee for this song. It may not hit the heights of Home, but it was pretty meaningful. It was a song that rightfully paid tribute to pioneers. A fitting song to appreciate our nation's short history.

As Dick Lee sang ...The best is yet to come.


2016 : "Tomorrow's Here Today (music / lyrics : Don Richmond ; performer 53A)
We loved the catchy and cheery tune. It echoed what dreams may come.


2017:" Because It's Singapore ( music/lyrics : Jay Lim , Lee Wei Song ; performer Jay Lim)

It had Singapore, it had home, it had one nation. With lyrics pinched from past NDP songs, surely it will be a hit?

Unfortunately, it sounded too cliche and missed the real vibes of life in Singapore. There seemed to be a disconnect with the masses.  The opinions were pretty diverse on this and the verdict is still out if it would be a crowd favourite through the passage of time.



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Fun facts about NDP Songs
  • Before NDP songs, Singaporeans sang Singapura , Chan Mali Chan, Di Tanjung Katong and Munnaeru . These old school songs were not official NDP songs but they were sang occasionally during NDP (even till this day) . NDP songs were mooted due to the lack of National Songs.
  • The first local songwriter for a NDP song was another Jazz Pianist, Jermey Monterio. The song was One People, One Nation, One Singapore. Compared to earlier versions of NDP songs, it had a more mellow and soothing tone to it.
  •  There was a hiatus from 1991to 1997 with no new NDP songs.
  • The 1997 song, Future in my dream was not an official song, rather it was part of the first musical done for NDP. Nonetheless, it probably lead to the revival of NDP songs from 1998
  • Not all NDP songs will include Singapore in the lyrics. Take for example Shine On Me (2000), Where I Belong (2001), We Will Get There (2002), There's No Place I'd Rather Be (2007),  Love at First Sight (2012)  and  Tommorrow's here today . Being Singaporeans, there will always be someone complaining about this.
  • There was not one, but two NDP songs in 1998. In spite of Home popularity, there is another lesser known song, City for the World. This is repeated in 2007 with There's No Place I'd Rather Be and Will You.
  • Singapore's favourite  NDP song would be Home. It was as voted as such in a poll in 2013. Personally we think it should be the made the official NDP song to be played in the yearly parade. It is almost a crime not to do so.
  • Home was originally written for Sing Singapore festival instead of NDP 
  •  Not every year will we get an NDP song. Sometimes we will reuse old familiar favourites. Home was used in 1998, 2004 and 2014. 2014 also featured a compilation of past NDP Songs featuring One People, One Nation, One Singapore , Home and What Do You see.
  • For a period (1998  to 2008), There were English and Chinese versions of NDP songs
  • Since 1998, there will be a new NDP song every year or in the case of 2004, a remix version of Home. In 2014 , the organisers decided to forgo NDP song and created a big hooha as it broke a 16 year tradition . A melody of past songs was used instead for the year. The irony of this decision was because Singaporeans complained that the recent NDP songs were uninspiring. It proved one thing- we should not complain too much.
  • Dick Lee wrote the most NDP songs (4) .He gets credits for Home (1998) We Will Get There (2002) , Home Remix (2004) and Our Singapore(2015).
  • There is no NDP song that incorporate the 4 major languages of Singapore (English, Chinese, Malay, Tamil). An idea for the future?
  • The only NDP song that will be sang every year is the Majullah Singapore. Oh wait, that is our National anthem.

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