We're ringing in 2019 with a seven-song playlist to celebrate the start of another year. Hip Hip Hooray!
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Written by Frank Loesser in 1947, What Are You Doing New Year's Eve? was first recorded by The Orioles in 1949. Ella Fitzgerald released it on her 1960 Christmas album. Rod Stewart included a virtual duet with Ella, which also features trumpeter Chris Botti, in 2012 on Merry Christmas, Baby.
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Written by Robert Burns in 1788, Auld Lang Syne is a Scottish poem set to a folk song. Roughly translated as "for old time's sake," it's commonly sung on New Year's Eve as a call to remember long-standing friendships. Many artists have covered it, including Ingrid Michaelson for Songs for the Season (2018).
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New Year's Day is from U2's 1983 album, War. Written about the Polish Solidarity movement, the song was released as the album's lead single and became the band's first hit in the UK and internationally, including in the U.S. where it peaked at No. 53 on Billboard Hot 100.
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Written by Don Henley and Glenn Frey, the Eagles originally released Funky New Year as a 7” vinyl single in 1978 as the b-side to Please Come Home for Christmas. The band performed Funky New Year to ring in the year 2000 in LA as part of their 1999 Millennium Concert.
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Originally released in 1982, 1999 is the title track of Prince’s album, 1999. Though it wasn’t meant as a New Year’s song, it’s frequently associated with the holiday. It was Prince’s last Top 40 hit before he died after it re-entered the charts in December 1998.
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Celtic New Year is from Van Morrison’s 2005 album, Magic Time. It was released as a single promo in Europe, Poland, Spain, and the UK only. The song is classic Morrison and features him on the acoustic guitar, Foggy Lyttle on the electric, and Paddy Moloney on the whistle.