Join the Virtual Choir of Lean On Me


World Singing Day is teaming up with the World Children’s Choir to create a virtual choir of the 2023 WSD Song-of-the-Year Lean On Me.

We invite all ages to participate in the recording of this video, using the simple and free Easy Virtual Choir website. Recordings are due by October 7, 2023.

First, register for the project here.

Then you will be sent links to the mp3, sheet music, and learning videos for your part.

If you have questions, email Sondra at sondra.harnes(at sign)


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.

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




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?!