National Day weekend is approaching — and that usually comes with a blip of nostalgia for many of us.
The crux of that fleeting feeling is the songs that have clouded our memories of past televised parades. Where else in the year would Singaporeans happily drift along with the soaring choruses of ‘Where I Belong’ or the honeyed balladry of ‘Home’?
Songs like these — with hooks that pack an instant dopamine rush — were also imbued with a not-so-subtle attempt at fostering patriotism. It’s a national holiday, so we embrace it (at least for a day).
But what about the rest of the year? For many of us, the Singaporean experience isn’t centered around the joy of being in this country as much as the complications that come with it. On the 55th year of Singapore, we’ve mixed some of our beloved Singaporean artists — with their incredible music over the years — onto one handy playlist to commemorate this.
With the limit of songs kept at 55, many of our personal favourites didn’t make the cut, but we think this gives a good inkling of the vital power that exists within our heartlands. Stream the playlist below.