2019 Song of the Year

2019 Song of the Year

Each year we choose a World Singing Day Song of the Year that we invite people around the world to sing at their WSD sing-along event. This year we wanted to pick a song that was joyful, well-known, easy to sing along to, and irresistible to dance to. This year’s Song of the Year is “Twist and Shout.”

We invite you to sing along to The Beatles version, or at least sing it in the same tempo and key (D).

 For more details on this year’s Song of the Year and how to submit your video, click here.

So you think you can’t sing?

So you think you can’t sing?

By Scott Johnson, Founder, World Singing Day

I hear it all the time when I tell people about World Singing Day: “You don’t want me to sing. I’ll scare everybody away,” they say with a sheepish smile.  

And I reply “You’re exactly the person we want singing with us on World Singing Day. If you can speak, you can sing.”

It’s time we embrace singing as a universal human activity – a joyful experience for everyone, regardless of talent, experience or ability. 

Many people who say they can’t sing often had a friend, parent or teacher say something derogatory about their singing when they were young. And then out of embarrassment or shame, they simply stopped singing.

World Singing Day addresses those fears and concerns by providing a safe, inviting environment – a participatory experience for people of all singing abilities, where everyone is welcomed. It’s not about performing or competing but rather bringing people together for, as one participant said, “one of the most life-affirming experiences I have ever had.”

World Singing Day participants sing along to the recordings of popular songs played loud enough where individual voices aren’t necessarily heard, but where the group as a whole can be heard loud and clear.

“We humans are hard-wired to sing,” says singing guru Deke Sharon. “Throughout history, singing has been fundamental to the human experience, with people feeling a powerful connection to others through song.” 

Think of our ancient ancestors sitting around the fire and singing together. Everyone sang. Not just a select few. And this ancestral activity of communal singing is becoming a singing revolution of sorts, with groups springing up all over the world, from Australia and the United Kingdom to Belgium, Israel and the USA.

So you think you can’t sing? Well I’m here to tell you, yes you can. And each year on the third Saturday in October, people of all singing abilities around the world will be joining others in their communities for the pure joy and camaraderie of singing together. Join us.

WSD Spotlight on Malaysia: Meet Shareen Yong Yong

WSD Spotlight on Malaysia: Meet Shareen Yong Yong

Each year, volunteers from around the world serve as catalysts for positive human interactions as they host public sing-alongs on World Singing Day. Each host finds a place, sets a time and makes a playlist of their favorite songs so people can gather and experience the joy that comes from singing together. 

Last year in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, host Shareen Yong Yong recruited a few of her students from the polytechnic school where she works to host a local sing-along. Shareen, who works full-time as an English language lecturer at the school, not only recruited some of her own students, but ended up recruiting over 20 students from different departments to be involved in organizing the event. 

Shareen and her “KL WSD Crew Family” worked together and involved other local groups in organizing their public sing-along at a local shopping mall. The team worked for weeks and months leading up to the event, creating signs, building decorations and even preparing a flash mob dance for their six-hour sing-along. They had team members assigned to different tasks, from going live on Facebook to putting up signs in the area. Their event brought hundreds of people together to sing. 

One woman, who showed up after the event had ended, was welcomed by Shareen’s crew as they sang three more songs together, including the 2018 WSD Song-of-the-Year. One student stepped up to help boost the woman’s spirits by buying her a World Singing Day t-shirt. She was moved to tears.  

Congratulations to Shareen and the entire World Singing Day Malaysia Kuala Lumpur 2018 Crew (pictured below) for creating such a joyful and inclusive sing-along. Each member played an integral part in bringing people together from all walks of life to experience the feeling of togetherness through singing and supporting the mission of World Singing Day: “Sing together. Unite the world.” Keep up the good work over there in Malaysia!  

Click here to see a photo gallery from the 2018 event. 

Click here to see a fun video from the 2018 event.  

Click here to visit their 2019 event page. 

Interested in hosting a World Singing Day event? Click here.

2018 LOT10 Kuala Lumpur WSD Crew Family (photo above)

Top row: Shafeeq, Ahmad, Leonard, Patterson, Md, Azhar (Mechanical Engineering)
Third row: Nur (Electrical Engineering), Shareen Lee Yong Yong (English Language Lecturer)
Second row: Nur (Civil Engineering), Abdul (Mechanical Engineering), Khairunnisa (Electrical Engineering), Nur (Business Management), Nur (International Business Studies), Nur (Electrical Engineering), Mahariee, Alif, Ilham, Hadi (Mechanical Engineering)
Front row: Siti, Puteri (Electrical Engineering), Nur (Packaging Engineering), Imran, Mirza (Mechanical Engineering). Camera person: Aiman

Our new website – it sings!

Our new website – it sings!

We’re happy to announce the new World Singing Day website, designed to be easier to use, quicker to navigate, and more helpful for those planning to sing on World Singing Day.

With a clean, simplified interface that works smoothly on mobile devices and desktops, the new World Singing Day website makes it easy for you to decide how you would like to participate in this global sing-along, held annually on the third Saturday in October.

We have downloadable toolkits for people wanting to organize their own sing-along party in their home with family and friends, or a larger public sing-along for your whole city. There are resources and lesson plans for educators, videos for inspiration, and all you need to participate this year.

We invite you to explore our new site and get inspired to join us in singing together with the world.

Another incredible World Singing Day

Another incredible World Singing Day

On 20 October 2018, thousands of people sang together in cities all  around the world. Our global montage videos are currently in production. Tune in to World Singing Day on Facebook and Instagram to see images with the hashtag #worldsingingday. Mark your calendars for October 19, 2019 for our next global sing-along!

Interested in hosting an event in your community next year? Email us at music (at sign) worldsingingday.org.

People in over 45 countries and 220 cities and on 6 continents participated in World Singing Day 2018. Big events include:

  • Over 1,000 people singing in Perth, Australia on Yagan Square and other venues around the city
  • Over 1,000 people singing in the center of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, with two separate events led by Girl Guides and students and by a local choir in shopping malls
  • Over 1,000 people singing in the city center of Boulder, Colorado in the U.S.
  • Over 6,000 people singing this year’s WSD Song of the Year “Ode to Song” at the final day of the Sweet Adelines international convention in St. Louis, Missouri.

Here are some people in Perth, Australia, who were warming up for the big day:

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