Your VE Day music playlist – songs to celebrate the 75th anniversary


On Friday (eighth Might) a wide range of celebrations are being held – largely behind closed doorways thanks to the pandemic – starting from ‘keep at house’ events to a live performance with no viewers in the Royal Albert Corridor.

For those who’re trying to maintain your personal little occasion it’s possible you’ll be questioning what well-liked music, tunes of the time, or basic songs can be applicable to play to mark VE Day – the day WW2 ended.

Music can deliver again reminiscences, give us a way of nostalgia and throw us proper into the temper for a celebration or a extra reflective celebration.

For those who’re in search of a ready-made VE Day Playlist there’s additionally VE Day songs on YouTube. Spotify additionally has a playlist for the VE Day Celebration.

Listed here are a number of songs in your VE Day playlist – no matter the type of your occasion.

Absolute Radio’s 1940 station

The radio station launched a ‘pop up’ 1940s-themed station to mark VE Day throughout the nation. You possibly can tune in all through the day to hear the tunes of the time.

Dame Vera Lynn’s We’ll Meet Once more

Dame Vera Lynn is an indication of hope thanks to her wartime tunes – and he or she’s doing job throughout the present pandemic to rally our spirits. It’s becoming that in the VE Day live performance at the Royal Albert Corridor we’ll all be requested to singalong to We’ll Meet Once more in an indication of group. Lynn launched the track once more with Katherine Jenkins not too long ago to elevate cash for the NHS. You’ll be hard-pressed to discover a extra uplifting track – and it was usually performed on the radio throughout wartime broadcasts to elevate folks’s spirits.

Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony

Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony grew to become an emblem for the Allied Forces throughout the warfare. All of us recognise it as quickly as we hear that four-note intro. Enjoyable truth: the short-short-short-long sample matched the Morse code to the letter ‘V’ for victory, a hand gesture oft utilized by Winston Churchill.

Doris Day, A Sentimental Journey

Launched at the finish of WW2 in Europe, Doris Day’s A Sentimental Journey grew to become an unofficial anthem of these returning house. It hit No 1 in 1945 and stayed round the US Billboard chart for 23 weeks.

The Dam Busters Theme

The Dam Busters Theme or March grew to become successful at the time because it featured in the British warfare movie in 1955 – in fact, named The Dam Busters. Eric Coates rating is usually linked to flypasts in the UK and is usually performed throughout them.

Judy Garland’s Someplace Over the Rainbow

Whereas it’s not war-related, Someplace Over the Rainbow is a haunting tune written by Harold Arlen for The Wizard of Oz, launched in 1939. It’s very of the time, however hopeful in its lyrics and really feel, making it a becoming play for VE Day.

Dame Vera Lynn’s White Cliffs of Dover

In fact, we had been going to add multiple Dame Vera Lynn on right here! The White Cliffs of Dover might not be We’ll Meet Once more (which resonates strongly proper now), however it’s honest, hopeful lyrics make it track to hear to on VE Day. It guarantees good will finally come.

Billie Vacation, I’ll Be Seeing You

One other well-liked track of the time Billie Vacation’s I’ll Be Seeing You grew to become successful in 1944.

Irving Berlin’s That is the Military, Mr Jones

Extra comedic in tone, the track comes from That is the Military, a movie directed by Michael Curtiz and starring George Murphy. The comedy movie aimed to enhance morale – and did simply that.


VE Day 75: The Folks’s Celebration

Okay, we all know this isn’t a track, however the VE Day Live performance is packed stuffed with musical performances from the Royal Albert Corridor. The full line-up for The Folks’s Celebration will embrace Katherine Jenkins, Adrian Lester, Anton Du Beke, Beverley Knight, Helen George, Sharon D Clarke, Shane Richie and Emma Barton. Sophie Raworth presents the occasion placed on by the BBC and the Royal British Legion in thanks to the veterans. All of it kicks off at 8pm and ends round 9pm with the nation singing We’ll Meet Once more collectively.

To seek out extra radio stations taking part in VE Day music, or to discover out what to watch as we speak take a look at our TV Information and Radio Information. 

We’ve additionally put collectively our personal VE Day timetable, with occasions and TV specials for you to tune in for in addition to our VE Day info web page. 


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