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New Year songs may pale in comparison to the Christmas canon but they’ll ensure you have a ball as you ring it in.

 

Happy New Year Tracklist

Harry Connick Jr. – What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?
Bing Crosby – Let’s Start The New Year Right
B.B. King – Bringing A Brand New Year
The Heartbeats – After New Year’s Eve
Otis Redding, Carla Thomas – New Year’s Resolution
Abba – Happy New Year
Slade – Here’s To (The New Year)
Donna Fargo – What Will The New Year Bring
Jo Ann Campbell – Happy New Year Baby
Mikey Wax – And A Happy New Year
Tori Amos – Our New Year
Carole King – New Year’s Day
Auld Lang Syne from ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’
U2 – New Year’s Day
The Walkmen – New Year’s Eve

With Christmas entering its second week what everyone really needs is another celebration to raise flagging spirits. And the end of year celebrations achieve this role with gusto and razzmatazz amid the endless sound of popping corks. So grab the person beside you and be merry together because we have the rest of the year to retreat into mundanity.

‘Auld Lang Syne’ is the big daddy of them all at this time of year but there are plenty of other sonic pleasures to enjoy as we approach that special countdown on the 31st of December. Sadly, Abba never recorded a Christmas song as a quartet but they did produce a classic ode to the 1st of January. U2 are another act to hold the mantle of the biggest band in the world and they also got in on the act. The song will be forever remembered for its visuals that featured the Dublin band on horseback waltzing through the snow.

There are vintage performances aplenty on this playlist with Carole King adding the necessary class. Bing Crosby himself, who is so readily associated with the festive season, delivers a bright message of hope for the next year. Slade also ensured their presence extended beyond traditional yuletide gatherings by recording ‘Here’s To…’. It may not have captured the public imagination in same the way that their ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’ did but it’s still blessed with a sense of noisy devilment.

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