Well, this was the year we just had...
It's got to get better next year. Right?
I always hated New Year's Eve when I was younger. It seemed one of those nights of the year expressly designed to highlight your loneliness and make you realise how all your dreams were still unaccomplished. I spent all of my teenage New Year's Eves alone in my bedroom, and most of my twenties alone in a radio studio, having volunteered to work the night no one else wanted to. Now that I'm a father, I'll be celebrating New Year's Eve as I have for the last three years... in bed by 10, hoping not to get woken up by the fireworks.
Still, if you are going out singing Auld Lang Syne on New Year's Eve, here's ten songs to take with you. I called it Volume 1 because there's plenty more where these came from. If we're all still here next year, maybe I'll throw together a Volume 2...
10. Spearmint - New Year Song
Another song from the recently mentioned Oklahoma! Particularly apt...
It's been such a bad year9. Camera Obscura - New Year''s Resolution
Put it behind us now
It's a New Year
This year will be a better year
It seems we just get over one thing
And then get knocked down by another
Round and round my head they fly
And what are the chances
Of us both getting through this...?
Traceyanne Campbell has a resolution for music bloggers everywhere...
New year's resolution - to write something of valueI guess most of us will settle for the second one while occasionally aiming for the first.
New year's resolution - to write something would be fine
See also Happy New Year - Camera Obscura obviously have a thing about this time of year.
8. Otis Redding & Carla Thomas - New Year's Resolution
Otis and Carla have a different kind of resolution though... who can apologise the most?
7. First Aid Kit - New Year's Eve
Tell me, First Aid Kit... did it hurt when you fell out of heaven?
Now I have a lot to learn and I'm starting tonight,A few resolutions the world could take heed of there...
Got to stop looking at things like they're black and they're white.
Got to write more songs of a little more, treat my friends better.
Got to stop worrying about everything to the letter.
6. Kid Rock - Happy New Year
Most people though, celebrate New Year like Kid Rock.
I’ll quit smokin’, I’ll quit eatin’If I ever did throw a New Year's party, this is the band I'd book to perform.
I’m not jokin’, I’ll quit cheatin’
I’ll quit cursin’, I’ll quit drinkin’
I’ll be a better person, but tonight I’m thinkin’
Let’s get shit faced, let’s get shit faced
Let’s get into trouble, let’s get outta this place
And I’ll have faith in the coast that you clear
Say you love me, Happy New Year...
5. Tom Waits - New Year's Eve
I can't think of any other song that captures the ramshackle chaos of a New Year's party where everyone's had too much to drink and anything could happen.
Nick and Socorro broke upAnd Tom's voice is perfect here: he always sounds like he's had a skinful.
And Candice wouldn't shut up
Fin he recorded the whole thing
Ray he said damn you
And someone broke my camera
And it was New Years
And we all started to sing
Should auld acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind
4. Motion City Soundtrack - Together We'll Ring In The New Year
On the other hand, Motion City Soundtrack describe perfectly every New Year's party I've ever been to...
Why did I comeSad to read that MCSt called it a day earlier this year after almost 20 years as a band. Still, maybe they saw the writing on the wall for us all...
Oh why did I come here?
These humans all suck
I'd rather be home feeling violent and lonely
I'm not trying to sound so insincere
But the postcard that's taped to the freezer reads "wish you were here"
How I wish I could disappear
3. Deacon Blue - Queen of the New Year
Deacon Blue were a great pop band. Not open to debate. Gotta feel sorry for Ricky though - on top of everything else this year, it sounds like he's had trouble with the mother-in-law...
Now I'm telling you this2. Abba - Happy New Year
In a difficult year
Oh, your mother
She gave me problems!
And here's another great pop band... hell, one of the greatest. If you don't believe that, I have three things to say to you:
1) Agnetha's voice is up there with Kate Bush's;
2) Elvis Costello's biggest hit was inspired by Dancing Queen;
3) Blue eyeshadow rocks.
1. Frank Turner & John Snodgrass - Happy New Year
Over on Amazon, someone described the album this comes from thus:
"It's not a real album, it's two blokes and a recorder and lots of alcohol."
Well, I take issue with that statement for a couple of reasons. Firstly... you just described the songwriting process of probably 75% of recorded popular music over the last 50 years. Secondly... Frank & Jon never promoted this as a real album (certainly not in the way that Frank promotes his normal records), it was always supposed to be a couple of buddies jamming and having fun. And it doesn't get more fun than Happy New Year, a song that never fails to make me smile... especially the bit where Frank has to explain to his American pal what Boxing Day is...
Call up your buddies
Get them to bring the beer
Thin Lizzy on the stereo
No fights, no tears
If I could be anywhere
I'd wanna be here
Have a Happy New Year!
Whether you're out partying till dawn... or in bed by ten... have a great New Year's Eve. Here's hoping 2017 is a whole lot better for all of us...