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It’s August, and you know what that means, if the multitude of red and white flags hanging everywhere is any indication—National Day season! To celebrate this special day in even more extraordinary circumstances, the Sick Beats team brings you our ranking of nine National Day songs old and new. Have a listen to feel as patriotic as you would attending a physical NDP, from the comfort of your home (and television)!

  1. Home (1998)

Perhaps the most well-known from our list, Home brings warmth to our hearts whenever we hear it. It is no wonder that this song has been played time and time again during NDP parades. Listen to it, and you will feel surging pride for this beautiful, warm country that we call home. Oops, pun totally intended.

  1. Song For Singapore (2010) 

A criminally underrated gem, this song evokes nationalistic pride and nostalgia from even the most cynical of listeners, with lyrics describing how “With every generation, there’s more to be grateful for”. Its lyrical, flowing melody is simple, making it accessible for everyone to sing, yet grand—effortlessly and beautifully realised by Corrinne May, a local singer-songwriter residing in Los Angeles. They don’t write NDP songs like these anymore, do they?

  1. One Singapore (2013) 

Whenever this song begins to play, it is inevitable that we would all stand up and dance together, laughing at each other’s attempts at the rap and proudly singing “woah, oh-oh-oh!” together. The song’s fun and upbeat rhythm makes it a must-sing at every school’s National Day celebration and is by far one of the best NDP songs from the 2010s.

  1. One People, One Nation, One Singapore (1990) 

When schools used to give out song sheets for National Day, this song will inevitably show up. Its patriotic tune, easy-to-remember lyrics and andante tempo, this song is a national favourite sung at almost every NDP Parade and school celebration. There is just something about this song that makes us all proud of being a Singaporean, and being able to celebrate it together as one country. 

  1. Count On Me, Singapore (1986) 

A country is only as good as its people are. So, don’t worry, Singapore, you may count on us. A song that rouses the people to serve the country together, for we are Singapore. Definitely a classic favourite of the older generation, while still being relevant for us in the present and future.

  1. We Are Singapore (1987) 

With the pledge incorporated into the song as a bridge, it is a truly memorable song that reminds us of how Singapore has progressed as a nation since our independence and has brought Singaporeans together, regardless of race, language and religion. A truly sentimental and classic NDP song.

  1. What Do You See (2009) 

The opening description of Singapore and our visions are so beautifully crafted into fitting lyrics for this song. While this song may be of a slightly slower tempo than some other National Day songs, this can also be seen as one of its strong points as it makes this tune more emotionally impactful for fellow Singaporeans that are listening to it.

  1. Where I Belong (2001) 

The artist’s gentle voice paired with words of loved ones and sweet memories of home really soothes the soul. Your body might unconsciously start to sway as you listen more and more. For us, the best part was when the beat started to pick up and the song transformed into one of nostalgia and evoked a sense of belonging.

  1. Everything I Am (2020)

Unfortunately, this year’s song was our least favourite. While its down-tempo beats, muted instrumentals and of course Nathan Hartono’s honeyed voice may render it enjoyable for some, we found it to be slightly lacking in the emotional weight that a good ballad possesses, no thanks to its indistinct and meandering melody, which makes it difficult to remember and sing for most. Recent years have seen a trend of similarly low-energy NDP songs, which we hope to see changed.

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