SG50: Putting the Sing into Singapore

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Today we celebrate SG50 – Singapore’s 50th year of Independence. Yes, we’ve come a long way baby. So, as fighter jets zoom across the skies above my HDB flat, I decided to dust the dust off my cassette tape of the 1986 National Day Grand Finale featuring some of the best National Day songs ever written and list down my Top 5 Faves of all-time. And yes, most of them are from the ’80s and ’90s and I tried my best to find the original videos, if not the original song as it was sung.

Happy National Day Jubilee, everybody!
And Happy 50th Birthday Singapore… LOVE YA!

1. Stand Up for Singapore (1984)

Lyrics and music by Hugh Harrison. I dare you not to stand up….

2. Count On Me Singapore (1986)

Lyrics and music by Hugh Harrison. Originally sung by by Clement Chow.
Just simply great to sing with the masses in a huge stadium. Or even in a bus or the MRT, really…

3. We Are Singapore (1987)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QiX8vrlHyiM

Lyrics and music by Hugh Harrison. Orchestration by Jeremy Monteiro.
We will stand together and hear the lion roar!
And you get to sing the pledge for the very first time…

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

Lyrics by Jim Aitchison and Music by Jeremy Monteiro.
A tad corny but then again, great to sing along with the masses…

5. Home (1998)

Lyrics and Music by Dick Lee. Sung by Kit Chan.
This is Home. Truly. ‘Nuff said.

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