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

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