SINGAPORE - No one can find fault with the National Day song this year - for there will simply not be one, breaking a practice that goes back at least 16 years.
Songs such as the 1980s composition Stand Up For Singapore and the 1998 NDP song Home will be sung instead, said National Day Parade (NDP) organisers, who added they wanted familiar tunes that resonate with Singaporeans.
The executive committee chairman, Colonel Wong Yu Han, said the classic songs complement this year's theme, Our People, Our Home.
Besides celebrating the spirit of independence and caring in Singaporeans, his committee wanted a parade that is "deeply engaging".
"Those songs that we grow up singing together do mean a lot to us," he said.
Since 1998, when Home, composed by singer-songwriter Dick Lee, was performed by singer Kit Chan at the parade, new NDP songs have been introduced for every subsequent celebration.
But in recent years, most of the new tunes have drawn flak for one reason or another.
Last year's NDP song, One Singapore, was panned for sounding like a nursery rhyme, while the video for 2012 song Love At First Light was ridiculed for being out of touch with the average Singaporean.
At a press conference yesterday, Col Wong unveiled this year's logo - the crescent moon and five stars set in a red speech bubble, which represent Singapore and the voices of a nation.
Singapore's 49th birthday bash will be held at the Marina Bay Floating Platform on Aug 9. It will feature the traditional pre-parade and parade ceremony segments, and a four-act show about everyday challenges and opportunities.