Just like emotions, the songs about New Year’s run the gamut from “Woe is me” to “Let’s party!” Here are some of our favorites.
It’s out with the old and in with the new … New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are both all-too-often fraught with intense expectations and emotions, as people review what has happened in their lives over the past year, and what they are looking forward to in the next.
- Pop – Barry Manilow – It’s Just another New Year’s Eve
There have been a lot of people crowned King of Pop, and Barry Manilow is right up there at the top. This melancholy ode to another New Year’s Eve is reminiscent of all of the disappointing evenings spent, anticipating something wonderful, and then remembering that it is a night that tends to both disappoint and yet still make you hopeful for the possibilities of the future.
- Indie Rock – Camera Obscura – Happy New Year
This is one of those songs that didn’t really have to mention New Year’s, but it does. It is a kicky, upbeat song about being optimistic about a relationship despite its bumps, with the singer saying simply that she is willing to work hard to make things work out. The tie in between the optimism and the reference to the New Year makes it a hopeful, fun song.
- Alt Rock – Death Cab for Cutie – The New Year
This song spells out exactly what the depression that so many people experience on New Year’s Eve feels like – it reflects on not being part of the festivities, on being aware that it feel somewhat staged, and wishing that things were better.
- Rock – U2 – New Year’s Day
U2’s anthem to New Year’s Day speaks to the fact that New Years Day is generally a day just like any other, and yet it gives hope of new beginnings; it is a call for change.
- Country – Charlie Robison – New Year’s Day
A kicky country song about a good time had by spending New Year’s Day south of the border, hanging with some cowboys and pretty women.
- Rhythm and Blues – B.B. King – Bringing in a Brand New Year
One of the happiest and most upbeat celebration songs about New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, B. B. rocks it out singing joyfully about celebrating the New Year the old fashioned way, with parades and festivities.