National Day songs were first created to help evoke a sense of national identity.
By MALINI NATHAN
National Day theme songs were first introduced in the 1980s. Many are sung every year during the grand finale of the parade, in what has come to be known as the Sing Singapore Medley.
Stand Up For Singapore was first sung in 1984. With its catchy rhythm and positive lyrics, it spread the message for Singaporeans to be “prepared to give a little more”.
In the 1986 parade, Count on Me Singapore, sung by Clement Chow, reminded Singaporeans that they must, and can, achieve excellence.
In 1990, the song titled One People, One Nation, One Singapore, penned by Jim Aitchison with music by Jeremy Monteiro, was sung by people at the Swing Singapore Party 1990 held in Orchard Road as confetti rained down on them. It was also sung in the 1990 parade, commemorating Singapore’s 25 years of independence.
Over the past few years, National Day theme songs have become more modern, incorporating pop elements. They have also been performed by popular home-grown talent.
Some favourites include Home, sung by Kit Chan from 1998; Where I Belong by Tanya Chua (left) from 2001; and Reach Out For The Skies performed by Taufik Batisah and Rui En from 2005.
This year’s National Day theme song is entitled What Do You See. Performed by local rock band Electrico, the song aims to foster community spirit and pride in Singaporeans. The Mandarin version will be sung by Chen Wei Lian.
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