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Tomorrow's Here Today is the 2016 NDP song: Do you remember other theme songs from the past?, Singapore News & Top Stories - The Straits Times

Tomorrow's Here Today is the 2016 NDP song: Do you remember other theme songs from the past?, Singapore News & Top Stories - The Straits Times

Tomorrow's Here Today is the 2016 NDP song: Do you remember other theme songs from the past?

Behind the scenes filming of the music video for the NDP 2016 theme song, Tomorrow's Here Today, in May 2016.

This story was first published on May 7, 2015, and updated on June 20, 2016. 

SINGAPORE - You either love it or hate it. National Day Parade (NDP) theme songs often draw strong reactions - and shrill debate in some cases.

Here's a look back at NDP songs through the years.

2016: Tomorrow's Here Today

The upbeat pop anthem hopes to rally Singaporeans to ponder about the country's futurein tune with this year's futuristic theme of Building Our Singapore of Tomorrow.

It is written by composer Don Richmond, 39, and performed by local band 53A.

It appears to have hit the right note with those who responded to a Straits Times online poll. Of the 240 responses garnered as of June 20, 68 per cent said they like it, with some singing praises about its indie and fun vibe. But some say it lacks a connection with older Singaporeans due to its pop background.

2015: Our Singapore

Composed by singer-songwriter Dick Lee, the theme song was one that looked into the future as the nation celebrated its 50th birthday, and at the same time paid tribute to its pioneers and to founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew. 

2014: No NDP song

Breaking with NDP tradition, there was no theme song because the organisers wanted familiar tunes that resonate with Singaporeans, and decided that the classic NDP songs complemented that year's theme, Our People, Our Home.

2013: One Singapore

The theme song was sung by a choir of 68 ordinary Singaporeans. Netizens slammed it for sounding like a children's song or a nursery rhyme; others questioned the need to have a new song every year.

2012: Love At First Light

Written by Paul Tan and composed by late Iskandar Ismail, the song was performed by Singaporean artiste Olivia Ong and child actress, Natanya Tan. 

2011: In A Heartbeat

Performed by Singaporean artiste Sylvia Rotonel, the first female finalist in the history of reality singing TV show Singapore Idol. 

2010: Song For Singapore

The theme song was composed and sung by US-based Singaporean singer, Corrinne May. 

2009: What Do You See?

The rock tune What Do You See by local band Electrico had mixed reactions. Critics said it lacked broad appeal and failed to strike a chord with people.

2008: Shine For Singapore

The English version was performed by Hady Mirza, the winner of the second season of Singapore Idol. Pop singer Joi Chua sang the Mandarin version.

2007: There's no Place I'd Rather be, and Will You

Sung by Kit Chan, the song was one of the two theme music pieces to the 2007 National Day Parade. 

2006: My Island Home

2005: Reach Out For The Skies

The catchy song was performed by Taufik Batisah, winner of the first season of Singapore Idol, and actress Rui En. 

2004: Home (Remix)

2003: One United People

2002: We Will Get There

2001: Where I Belong

The rocky tune and smooth melody was released as an EP in 2001 by Singaporean singer and songwriter, Tanya Chua. 

2000: Shine On Me

1999: Together

1998: Home

The ballad, sung by Kit Chan, was not written as a National Day theme song. Singer-songwriter Dick Lee first composed it for Sing Singapore. Still, it has won the hearts of many. In an online poll in 2013, Straits Times readers picked it as their favourite National Day song.

1990: One People, One Nation, One Singapore

1987: We are Singapore

1986: Count on Me, Singapore

1984, 1985: Stand Up for Singapore

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