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20 (and 15) Songs About New Year's
What are you doing New Year's Eve? Whatever your party plans, Billboard has the perfect music mix to accompany the arrival of 2015.
To paraphrase Adam Sandler in "The Chanukah Song," there are a lot of Christmas songs out there, but not too many songs about New Year's.
Actually, there are.
To help ring in 2015, here are 20 tracks to help you celebrate ... plus 15 more. Happy new year!
Auld Lang Syne (The New Year's Anthem)," Mariah Carey
Thanks to a comprehensive radio edit featuring clips of historic news events of the 20th century, Kenny G's rendition of the holiday's most recognizable song soared to No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2000. Carey's version is from her 2010 album Merry Christmas II You.
"Bringing in a Brand New Year," Charles Brown
"Celtic New Year," Van Morrison
"Christmas Ain't Christmas, New Years Ain't New Years," O'Jays
"Congratulations - A Happy New Year Song," Pink Martini
"Funky New Year," Eagles
"Gonna Make It Through This Year," Great Lake Swimmers
"Happy New Year," Abba
The cut arrived on the iconic Swedish pop group's first album of the '80s, Super Trouper, which reached No. 17 on the Billboard 200 in 1981. Reflecting on its '70s heyday, the act sings, "It's the end of a decade / In another 10 year's time, who can say what we'll find? / What lies waiting down the line, at the end of '89?"
"Happy New Year," Judy Garland
"Happy New Year," Kid Rock
"Happy New Year B," "Rent" Original Cast
"Have a Very Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year," TLC
"It's Just Another New Year's Eve," Barry Manilow
Based on a melody from Johann Sebastian Bach's "Goldberg Variations," Manilow's melancholy, yet hopeful, song reached No. 33 on Adult Contemporary in 1977. The legend owned the format at the time: this song's holiday cameo marked the only of his first 23 chart entries to fall short of the top 10.
"Jay Z's New Year's Story," Aziz Ansari
"Let's Start the New Year Right," Bing Crosby
"A Long December," Counting Crows
"Maybe Baby (New Year's Day)," Sugarland
"Merry Christmas & Happy New Year," Jimi Hendrix
"My Dear Acquaintance (A Happy New Year)," Regina Spektor
"The New Year," Death Cab for Cutie
"New Year's Day," Mary Chapin Carpenter
"New Year's Day," U2
The single from War marked the beginning of U2's storied Hot 100 discography, reaching No. 53 in 1983. It peaked at No. 2 on Mainstream Rock Songs. While its lyrics were inspired by Poland's political landscape, "My job is to find an image that sort of evokes the music," Bono has said. "And, it was easy with 'New Year's Day.' The piano notes on the song were icy, and Adam's bass line told you it's outdoors, not indoors."
"New Year's Eve," Snoop Dogg featuring Marty James
"New Year's Eve 1999," Alabama with Gretchen Peters
"New Year's Eve Party," George Thorogood
"New Year's Prayer," Jeff Buckley
"New Year's Resolution," Otis Redding and Carla Thomas
"Next Year," Foo Fighters
"Nothin' New for New Year," Harry Connick, Jr. featuring George Jones
"Our New Year," Tori Amos
"Same Old Lang Syne," Dan Fogelberg
The late singer-songwriter's bittersweet story song of a holiday rendezvous with a former flame reached No. 8 on Adult Contemporary and No. 9 on the Hot 100 in 1981. The track, which sports a sax sample of "Auld Lang Syne" courtesy of Michael Brecker, was autobiographical for Fogelberg; "It's a memory that I cherish," said the song's real-life female lead, Jill Greulich, the singer's high school girlfriend. "I'll always have a place in my heart for Dan. Dan would be a very special person to me even without the song.".
"This Is the New Year," A Great Big World
"What Are You Doing New Year's Eve," Ella Fitzgerald
"What Will the New Year Bring?," Donna Fargo