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:

2018 Song of the Year

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.

The Sing-along Revolution is here

The Sing-along Revolution is here

Hundreds of people are gathering in the streets and pubs to sing together in cities around Australia. Beer choirs are springing up across the United States. Thousands of people are coming together to sing songs in Canada and Israel. Mass karaoke is breaking out in the United Kingdom. Over 200,000 Belgians gather in cities each summer to belt out songs from ABBA to The Beatles. And every year on the third Saturday in October people around the globe are coming together to sing and celebrate their common humanity on World Singing Day.

There’s a musical movement happening but it has nothing to do with competition or performance. It’s a joyful celebration springing up around the world through the simple act of singing together as a community. It’s a singalong revolution.

Peter Sharp and The Liberators from Perth, Australia, leaders in creating public events of authentic human connection, have organized a number of public singalong events, from people singing a Bob Marley song on the way to work in dozens of countries to inviting unsuspecting shoppers to sing along to classic pop and rock songs in the streets of Perth.

Massaoke (for mass-karaoke) is a live band singalong clubbing sensation that’s sweeping the UK, from the Glastonbury Festival and Edinburgh Fringe Festival to London and Liverpool.

In Toronto, Choir!Choir!Choir! is a weekly drop-in singalong event that began in 2011. It is equal parts singing, comedy and community building. People get a lyric sheet at the door, are taught the vocal arrangements, and then sing in a video. Everyone has a ball and goes home feeling great. Here’s the group singing “Hallelujah” with Rufus Wainwright.

Koolulam is a social-musical initiative aimed at bringing together people from all corners of the diverse, multi-cultural Israeli society. The idea is to stop everything for a few hours and just sing – together. The project enables its participants to enjoy the feeling of togetherness through a deep communal experience – their sounds and voices coming together to create a social choir, full of hope and optimism. Here’s what 3,000 people with an hour of learning the song can create: “One Day

Australia’s Pub Choir believes music belongs to everyone and that everyone can sing. They pack hundreds of strangers into a pub, teach a song in 3-part harmony in 90 minutes, and then film themselves perform it.

Beer Choir, from the US, is about making the world a little better by singing and drinking together. As their theme song says “The Beer Choir is the choir that sings while drinking beer. So bottoms up, cheers, let’s sing while drinking beer.”

Singalongs to popular movies are becoming more and more popular, where people attend special showings in movie theaters where the lyrics are displayed on the screen during the movie (karaoke style) and everyone sings along. Popular singalong movies include The Greatest Showman, Grease, Mamma Mia, The Sound of Music, Frozen, Rocky Horror Picture Show, and Moana.

And perhaps the biggest and longest running singalong event in the world is Belgium’s Vlaanderen Zingt (Flanders Sings) which, for over 20 years, has been gathering people in town squares in the Flemish part of Belgium during the summer and singing everything from ABBA to the Beatles. Over 200,000 people gather each year in dozens of cities to sing their hearts out.

There’s nothing quite like singing together to bond people quickly and to soothe the soul. Imagine the millions of people who already love to sing, gathering on the same day each year and encouraging their friends and neighbors to join them in singing together. What a global celebration that would be.

There’s a singalong revolution happening. And World Singing Day is leading the way.

100 Sing-along Songs

100 Sing-along Songs

In addition to singing the World Singing Day Theme Song and the Song of the Year, here are song suggestions for sing-along songs in English. As a rule, good sing-along songs are usually in a major key, have repetitive choruses, and have lyrics and melodies that are easy to sing.  

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