Best National Day Songs


It’s August, and you know what that means. Red-and-white flags hung from HDB corridors, fireworks galore, and of course, National Day Songs. Even the most sotong Singaporean would have heard of newer classics like “Reach Out For The Skies”, that resurge on radio during this time of year.

From singing along in primary school to watching them performed live during the NDP, you gotta admit that we’re suckers for these local jams. We rounded up the 10 best National Day songs – see what made our #1 below.

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10. Everything I Am (2020)


NDP 2020 Theme Song - Everything I Am [Official Music Video]
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NDP 2020 Theme Song - Everything I Am [Official Music Video]

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Sung by: Nathan Hartono

The Singapore story: Following some Internet furore whether Nathan Hartono’s national identity warranted him to sing this year’s theme song (for the record, he is Singaporean), we’ve grown to enjoy this ballad that reflects the somewhat-sombre state of this year’s affairs.

From the opening shot of a brooding close-up, our favourite Milo ambassador sets the tone for the reflective narrative with lyrics like “Teacher, teach me to be kind / Quick to embrace and slow to close my mind”. Filled with snippets of everyday Singaporeans adapting to the Circuit Breaker and eventually celebrating our nation’s birthday in the heartlands, it’ll leave you optimistic that things will get better.


9. Where I Belong (2001)


NDP 2001 Theme Song: Where I belong by Tanya Chua
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NDP 2001 Theme Song: Where I belong by Tanya Chua

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Sung by: Tanya Chua

The Singapore story: Ahh, rewind to the era of guitar-driven songs and soaring choruses – here’s a tune by none other than one of SG’s favourite songbirds Tanya Chua. 

The music video perfectly captured that indescribable feeling of hopping into a taxi at Changi Airport right after a trip overseas, with scenes of everyday Singaporean life – like joggers and cyclists passing by – complementing the lyrics of finally coming home. 


8. Song For Singapore (2010)


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NDP 2010 Theme Song - "Song for Singapore" by Corrinne May!

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Sung by: Corrinne May

The Singapore story: There’s just something about Corinne May’s voice that tugs at your heartstrings effortlessly – remember this song? Ugh, a classic for 90s kids. 

She does the same on 2010’s theme song “Song For Singapore”. Featuring scenes of Singapore’s kampung days in sepia tones slowly progressing into hyperlapse shots of modern day Orchard Road, it really showed how much we grew together as a nation.


7. Stand Up For Singapore (1984-1985)


Stand up for Singapore (1984)
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Stand up for Singapore (1984)

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Lyrics and music by: Hugh Harrison

The Singapore story: If Singapore was a Broadway production, this would be our opening number. It is after all, one of the first few National Day theme songs and was even used 2 years in a row.

The upbeat and rousing song not only literally gets us up on our feet every single time, but the chanty, commanding chorus remains as one of the funnest lines to sing along to till today.


6. Reach Out For The Skies (2005)


NDP 2005 Theme Song: Reach out for the Skies by Rui En & Taufik
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NDP 2005 Theme Song: Reach out for the Skies by Rui En & Taufik

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Sung by: Rui En and Taufik Batisah

The Singapore story: What’s better than having 1 teenage icon on an NDP song? How ‘bout 2.

Channel 8 princess Rui En and OG Singapore Idol Taufik Batisah joined forces for this uplifting 2005 number about chasing dreams and aiming for success. The MV was filled with easy-to-follow dance moves that let’s be real, got everyone from kids to ah mas jiving along too.


5. Tomorrow’s Here Today (2016)


NDP 2016 Theme Song: Tomorrow's Here Today by 53A
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NDP 2016 Theme Song: Tomorrow's Here Today by 53A

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Sung by: 53A

The Singapore story: To be honest, I didn’t even know this was an NDP song when I first heard it back in 2016  – having assumed it was from one of those alternative-pop bands like Sheppard or Walk The Moon.

That just goes to show how much crossover appeal this song had as a proper radio hit. The catchy tune and colourful visuals for the music video also easily appealed to younger audiences, where they likely jumped along watching it in their living rooms. Another impressive takeaway? The music video was filmed in 1 continuous take! 


4. What Do You See? (2009)


NDP 2009 Theme Song - What Do You See
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NDP 2009 Theme Song - What Do You See

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Sung by: Electrico

The Singapore story: The National Day Parade is pretty much our very own Superbowl minus the sport, which is why it deserves a stadium-ready rock band as a headliner too. And that 2009 accolade went to Electrico.

The rock influence and “The Killers” vibes on the song divided audiences though. While some loved the refreshing change in pace, others felt it was starkly different from the usual style of NDP songs. It’s a hit in our books, and we can only hope that more alternative-leaning artists like Gentle Bones and Jasmine Sokko take on the honors in future years. 


3. We Are Singapore (1987)


We Are Singapore - NDP 1987 Theme Song
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We Are Singapore - NDP 1987 Theme Song

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Sung by: Jonathan Tan, Roslinda Baharudin, Anne Weerapass and Robert Fernando

The Singapore story: Oof…what. a. throwback. You can’t not know this one. Despite having the most straightforward lyrics and melody of any other song in this list, “this is my country / this is my flag / this is my future / this is my life”, you could not deny your local pride when this song came on. It even weaved in the pledge for the song’s hook – we stan a multitasking kween!

Heads up: the video will hit you right in the nostalgic feels that will make you reminisce a much simpler time, but also make you feel really old. 


2. We Will Get There (2002)


NDP 2002 - We Will Get There by Stefanie Sun
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NDP 2002 - We Will Get There by Stefanie Sun

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Sung by: Stefanie Sun

The Singapore story: 2002 was a momentous year – the first Spider-Man movie, Avril Lavigne’s debut album and the 20GB iPod were all released. But it also marked a serious contender for best NDP song of all time.

Stefanie Sun’s “We Will Get There” is undoubtedly one of the catchiest earworms our country has produced, complete with strings arrangement, lyrics about solidarity and aerial shots of the then-newly built Esplanade.


1. Home (1998)


NDP 1998 Theme Song - Home
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NDP 1998 Theme Song - Home

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Sung by: Kit Chan

The Singapore story: Admit it, you probably scrolled all the way down to make sure this topped the list. And for good reason. We wouldn’t dare put any other song at #1 tbh.

The song encapsulates what it’s like to call Singapore home to a T, and by the time you sing the final this is where I won’t be aloOooOne”, you’d be forgiven for choking up and having a tear in your eye.


Bonus: Get Better (2020)


Get Better | We wrote a 2020 NDP song!
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Get Better | We wrote a 2020 NDP song!

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Music by: TheSmartLocal team

The Singapore story: Fine, this might not be an official NDP song, but the aim and messaging of our original is just the same. 

“Get Better” was crafted with the intention of not only recognising the resilience of our frontline workers like healthcare providers, but also to offer some heart and hope in what has been a challenging year for many of us. Interwoven with a romance storyline, it’s a love song dedicated to Singapore and each other as a sign to not give up during difficult times. 


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National day songs are reminders of our local culture, heritage and progress from a small fishing village to the modern day titan of a country we are today. 

And as we continue to persevere through the COVID-19 pandemic and a recession as one, it’s in music that keeps us having hope and happiness. Happy birthday, Singapore!

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