Of all the famous party days of the year–Mardi Gras, Fourth of July, Election Day (sometimes)–New Year’s Eve is one of the best. It’s a time when you can promise yourself that you’ll be optimistic about the future and forget about whatever bothered you in the previous year. If you party hard enough, you’ll at least forget about whatever bothered you the previous night.
If you’re in charge of hosting a New Year’s Eve celebration this year, it will be your duty to select a playlist that will keep the spirits high. We here at BeatCrave have come up with a playlist of our own to help you make sure your guests are satisfied!
10.) Prince – “1999″
We all suspected that this song would lose it’s touch after the turn of the millennium, but it’s still a party classic that deserves a spot on your playlist. Why break with a New year’s tradition? This is the ultimate party-starter song for a reason, after all, and you’re unlikely to find one that does the job any better.
9.) LCD Soundsystem – “I Can Change”
With a new year on the way, everyone is already thinking about change anyway, and seeing as it’s a party, everyone is definitely thinking about dancing. This track from LCD Soundsystem combines both of those impulses into a great song for your playlist. Plus, the project may no longer exist soon, so this makes for a nice farewell.
8.) R.E.M. – “It’s the End of the World as We Know It (and I Feel Fine)”
For some bizarre and morbid reason, ringing in the new year always seems to get us thinking about the end of the world, even when there isn’t a Y2k virus threatening to send us back to the Stone Age. Luckily R.E.M. has this upbeat tune to take that anxiety and turn it into a reason to dance.
7.) Flogging Molly – “The Kilburn High Road”
It’s not a New Year’s song, but it’s lyrics–”Toasts to tears of times past glories”–are close enough for us, and the anthemic quality of the chorus is just what you need to convince the last New Year’s wallflower to get moving. Top it all off with a shot of Jameson and you’ll be doing the song justice.
6.) The Limousines – “New Year’s Resolution”
Give sensitive synth rock its due with this selection here, which may not be recognizable to as many listeners but obviously fits well with the New Year’s theme. It’s a nice, softer track for when you’re starting to feel reflective.
5.) Michael Jackson – “Billie Jean”
With a few so-called “new” songs this year tarnishing the legacy of the King of Pop, restore some of the respect listeners had for him with this fun party tune. It’s one of the few songs so catchy that it is welcome at any kind of party, be it New Year’s or otherwise. Just don’t try imitating any of Michael Jackson’s signature dance moves. Not everyone has that kind of skill.
4.) Counting Crows – “A Long December”
Take a break from dancing with this familiar ’90s song from Counting Crows. It seems strangely fitting for a celebration with friends. Anyway, everyone looks forward to the start of the new year with the hope that it will be a good one, and as Adam Duritz sings, “Maybe this year will be better than the last.”
Although it’s been quite a long time since that man had anything close to a good year. He could really use the recognition.
3.) Frank Sinatra – “New York, New York”
Another New Year’s favorite. Sure, it has little to do with starting a new calendar year, but it has a lot to do with starting a new life and getting ready to make positive changes. On top of that, by this point in the night you may be tipsy enough to try and do your best Sinatra impression, sure to entertain guests (just not for the reason you think).
2.) Auld Lang Syne
Some traditions are there for a reason, and honestly, it just doesn’t feel like the beginning of a new year without this favorite. If you manage to time your playlist perfectly so that this song begins playing right at the stroke of midnight, pat yourself on the back, then do your best to sing along with family and friends.
1.) U2 – “New Year’s Day”
And finally, we close it out with this popular U2 track, simply because if you have partied hard enough, you’ll certainly hope that Bono is correct when he sings, “All is quiet on New Year’s Day.”
What other songs would you put on the playlist? Tell us in the comments!