Songs

2018 Song of the Year

“We’re the ones to make the magic
And we’ve only just begun.
Sing along and just imagine
How the world can be as one.”
– Ode to Song
(WSD 2018 Song of the Year)

Each year for World Singing Day we have at least one song that we invite people to sing together, to promote a sense of global unity. People send in their videos to create global montage videos of people from around the world singing the same song.

The challenge is finding, or writing, a song that people in many different countries can sing easily. What language do you write it in? What musical genre? What should the message be? Then there’s the issue of copyright if you use a song not in the public domain.

One of the most well-known melodies around the world is the fourth movement of Beethoven’s Symphony #9, “Ode to Joy.” Millions of people know the melody but not as many know the German lyrics. What if we changed the lyrics to something more people would be familiar with. And why not take phrases from popular songs and write a coherent lyric that’s in line with the spirit of World Singing Day?

That’s what we did for this year’s WSD Song of the Year, “Ode to Song,” which is a tribute to the power and magic of song. Can you identify the 20 song references?

We invite you to listen, learn, and sing “Ode to Song” with others on, or leading up to, World Singing Day, the third Saturday in October. Film and share it on social media using #worldsingingday and #odetosong.

“Sing along and just imagine how the world can be as one.”

Click here for the lyrics, sheet music and MP3s.

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100 Sing-along Songs

Good sing-along songs are usually in a major key, have repetitive choruses, and have lyrics and melodies that are easy to sing. Here are some suggestions for sing-along songs in English.

  1. All About That Bass
  2. All Star
  3. American Pie
  4. Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine
  5. Barbara Ann
  6. Beat It
  7. Bennie & the Jets
  8. Beyond the Sea
  9. Blue Moon
  10. Bohemian Rhapsody
  11. Brown Eyed Girl
  12. Bye Bye Love
  13. Call Me Maybe
  14. Can’t Help Falling In Love
  15. Close To Yo
  16. Dancing in the Dark
  17. Dancing Queen
  18. Daydream Believer
  19. Don’t Stop Believin’
  20. Drift Away
  21. Edelweiss
  22. Eight Days A Week
  23. Faith
  24. Fire and Rain
  25. Friends In Low Places
  26. Fun Fun Fun
  27. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
  28. Good Vibrations
  29. Hallelujah
  30. Happy
  31. Happy Together
  32. Help Me Rhonda
  33. Hey Jude
  34. Hound Dog
  35. I Got You Babe
  36. I Love Rock ‘n Roll
  37. I Want it That Way
  38. I Want to Hold Your Hand
  39. I’m a Believer
  40. Jessie’s Girl
  41. Johnny B. Goode
  42. Joy to the World (Three Dog Night)
  43. King of the Road
  44. La Bamba
  45. Lean On Me
  46. Leaving On A Jet Plane
  47. Let It Be
  48. Let It Go
  49. Living on a Prayer
  50. Lola
  51. Love Shack
  52. Mamma Mia
  53. Margaritaville
  54. Mellow Yellow
  55. Mony Mony
  56. Mrs. Robinson
  57. My Favorite Things
  58. My Girl
  59. My Way
  60. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
  61. Oh, Pretty Woman
  62. Over the Rainbow
  63. Piano Man
  64. Proud Mary
  65. Purple Rain
  66. Respect
  67. Rocky Mountain High
  68. Save the Last Dance For Me
  69. Say a Little Prayer for You
  70. Shout
  71. Single Ladies
  72. (Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay
  73. Stand By Me
  74. Sugar Sugar
  75. Summer Nights
  76. Sweet Caroline
  77. Sweet Home Alabama
  78. Take Me Home Country Roads
  79. Thank You For Being a Friend
  80. That’ll Be The Day
  81. That’s Amore
  82. The Lion Sleeps Tonight
  83. The Wild Rover
  84. Theme from New York, New York
  85. Thinking Out Loud
  86. Three Little Birds
  87. Twist and Shout
  88. Under the Boardwalk
  89. Uptown Funk
  90. Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go
  91. We Are Family
  92. We Will Rock You
  93. What A Wonderful World
  94. What Makes You Beautiful
  95. What The World Needs Now
  96. Yellow Submarine
  97. YMCA
  98. You Are My Sunshine
  99. You’re Sixteen
  100. You’ve Lost that Loving Feeling
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BELGIANS DO IT BEST

Belgium. It may conjure up thoughts of beer, chocolate and waffles. Maybe the famous cyclist Eddy Merckx, the painter Rubens,  the cartoon TinTin, the singer Jacques Brel. Audrey Hepburn was born there. (OK, if you live outside Europe, you may be thinking, “Where exactly is Belgium?” It’s between The Netherlands and France.)

But singing?!

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10 Best Sing-Along Songs (in English)

By Scott Johnson
What makes a great sing-along song? Why are some songs sung year after year for decades around the world?
The songs in the list below of the best 10 sing-along songs in English tend to have some common themes and characteristics.

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