Hopefully everyone is enjoying the Christmas break and that those ten festive songs I suggested for your parties were a hit. I’m back again with ten tracks to play on New Year’s Eve. Play these songs at that rager you are attending or in the bomb shelter you built after it looked like things in 2016 couldn’t get worse after about May but then did because…2016.
This year though. What happened? Did anyone have a good year? Anyone? Seriously. What. Happened? I kicked off 2016 feeling good and excited for a fresh start. I had ended a fairly crappy 2015 with a night of pizza and Star Wars with my favorite person in the galaxy and kicked off 2016 with what might be my best Facebook profile picture to date. I had Batman V Superman and a new album from Kanye to look forward to. Beyoncé made my year when she surprise released LEMONADE which became the soundtrack to 2016. Despite this, 2016 was the worst year of my life (I have to remind myself to say “worst year of my life…so far”; thanks to Homer Simpson) and it really wasn’t that great for many people I know.
With that said, I’m still hoping to have plans to cap off this year. I ended up mentioning The O.C. a couple of times in my last article and I’m about to do it again. In the season one episode that was set during New Year’s, Summer says something along the lines of “the way you spend New Year’s Eve is the way you spend the entire year” and that always stuck with me for some reason. It’s not looking so great at the moment though in terms of plans and Summer’s wisdom has not always rang true for me but I have ten more songs that you can add to your playlist for New Year’s Eve should you have plans to attend a party or even if you are staying in and calling your local radio station and making a request and claiming to be Justin Timberlake; which I have definitely never done…
1. Counting Crows- A Long December
This is a sobering start to the list but long December? More like long year! It is definitely normal to do some reflecting about the previous 364 days on the last one of the year. The song is a little slow but also hopeful. A good way to kick off the night.
2. Finley Quae- Dice (feat. William Orbit & Beth Orton)
So another song I heard on The O.C. I don’t really think it has much to do with NYE but it plays at the end of the season one episode called “The Countdown” and I have always equated it with the last night of the year. It’s the great soundtrack for rushing to a swanky hotel party to kiss your significant other, leaving a swingers party, or finally getting together with your crush…at least that is what happened on the show.
3. Justin Timberlake- Suit & Tie (feat. JAY Z)
This one goes out to anyone who is partying it up in a big way on the last day of the year. A toast to a fancy evening where you’re all dressed up and celebrating. JT’s music has become pretty universal and is a great choice for any party.
4. Prince- 1999
A song about the end of the world has never sounded so upbeat has it? This is another great choice to please just about anyone. We said goodbye to Prince this year among many other well-respected celebrities but I would have included this song on this list anyway. Why not party it up at the end of the year since you don’t know what’s in store?
5. Will Smith- Will 2K (feat. K-Ci)
This song is a bit dated but I suppose so is Will Smith’s music; that being said I still enjoy it. The lyrics about Y2K and the new millennium won’t really apply but the rest of the song us about partying on New Year’s Eve and samples “Rock The Casbah” so what’s not to like?!
6. Jennifer Lopez- Waiting For Tonight (Hex’s Momentous Radio Mix)
Another song where the video counts down to the year 2000. Remember when that was a thing? At twelve years old, I was legitimately scared the world would end when the clock struck midnight and we entered the new millennium… sixteen years later I’m super jaded and would be like “Yeah right world….”. Anyway, this song fits great on a NYE playlist because obviously if you have plans you are waiting for the night and this remix is pretty epic and you can dance you face off to it.
7. Beyoncé- Countdown
What party playlist is complete without Queen Bey? She has literally been the soundtrack of my 2016. ”Countdown” is perfect to play just before the clock strikes 12. She literally counts down here and the song is definitely a fun one to dance to.
8. Drake- Fireworks (feat. Alicia Keys)
Nothing says New Year’s Eve like some Fireworks right? This is a pretty chill song but still good to play at a party. Hopefully, all you see in 2017 is fireworks. (You know, because they look nice and are put off during a celebration and that would be a great way to spend your year- celebrating).
9. Kanye West- FACTS
For the past two years, Kanye West has gifted us with a new song on New Year’s Eve/New Year’s Day. First, it was “Only One” and last year it was “FACTS”. (My fingers are crossed for a new song this year but I am doubtful given the unfortunate situation Yeezy has found himself in at the end of the year). “FACTS” is the perfect song to kick off the year with swagger and confidence. Perfect for boasting about how great you are and which couch you should buy and how you can jump over Jordan.
10. New Year’s Day
“All is quiet on New Year’s Day”. I generally find this to be true as I often end up spending the first day of the year partaking in a family meal of deep fried turkey. It is also a time of a bit of reflection and hope for the coming year. I love this song (because I love U2) but is sort of sums up the theme of reflection and hope. There is also something really romantic about the lyrics “I want to be with you/Be with you/night and day/Nothing changes on New Year’s Day…”
There you are. I hope that however you spend your New Year’s Eve, it is exactly the way you want it to be. To quote JAY Z (which I have done quite a bit this year) “may the best of your todays be the worst of your tomorrows”. Happy New Year Tint of Ink.