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The Top 10 Best New Year's Eve Songs

by DannyGallagher   December 20, 2010 at 10:00AM  |  Views: 62,322

Another year is about to disappear into dust and in order to properly celebrate this annual occurrence of man’s tragic mortality, you need the right music to accompany it. Try simply popping one of these classic end-of-time tunes in your electronic music spitter to get the party started right.

By Danny Gallagher

10. Prince - “1999”

Source: Warner Bros.

The high-pitched squeals of the artist formerly known as “the artist formally known as” have long been a clutch catch for parties of all varieties (bar mitzvahs, graduation dances, pre-funeral wakes).

New Year's Eve, however, has carved out a special part of itself for this party ballad that calls for every celebration to celebrate like it's the end of an era. That just makes it twice as special and poignant on the actual New Year's Eve night that celebrates the end of an old decade or the start of a new one.

Who’s It For At Your Party?: The 40-plus cougars who pray for the days of “Partying like it’s 1999” because they actually wish it was “1999.”

You can get it here.

9. KISS - "Rock and Roll All Nite"

Source: Casablanca

Remember when you were young and dumb and so full of life (or whatever coy euphemism you had for it back then) that you could literally spend an entire night celebrating the recklessness of human life? Me neither. I was usually so toasted that I could never remember why my hair kept smelling of raw chicken.

The only group that looks better with their goth punk makeup on can help transform any dull and calm soiree into a raucous, headbanging bash by breathing the life of uncaring youth in them once again. This pounding classic rock rhythms of this party staple seem to slow the fast treadmill of time by reminding them of an era when music didn’t require a 30-piece orchestra and a vocoder to make it sound good, but lots of whiskey and headbanging helped.

Who’s It For At Your Party?: The aging hipsters who thank God their time didn’t have Facebook so the world could see what they look like in glitter glam rock makeup or the bitching unicorn they spray-painted on their van.

You can get it here.

8. Journey - “Don’t Stop Believin'”

Source: Columbia

Sure, Journey still holds the reigning title of “Whitest Anything Loved By the Whitest of the Whitest People Ever,” but this particular tune in the band’s discography can make the most multi-ethnic person in your crowd tap their horrified toes to the beat.

It’s bellowing notes of hope for peace and new opportunities implore, nay, demand that all of humanity sing along in a chorus of unrepentant optimism. It’s like a tolerable, heavier version of “We Are the World.” It’s also the perfect way to celebrate the New Year, especially this year since dread and despair seem to hide around every corner of our lives. But at least dread and despair have jobs and are keeping our unemployment rate from bleeding into double digits.

Who’s It For At Your Party?: The party sad sack who needs something to bring his or her spirits up, other than actual spirits.

You can get it here.

7. Black Eyed Peas - “Let’s Get It Started”

Source: A&M

Dance tunes aren’t designed with guys in mind. Our bodies just aren’t designed to dig into any dance floor. If God meant for man to dance, he wouldn’t have given us pride.

Women, however, were built to “cut a rug” by more than a few yards. Even the worst female dancer on the floor gets more drooling looks from guys than a pack of wild dogs looking at a tin of Spam. The best song, by far, to get the ladies showing the world what their mothers made for them is this party anthem from the Black Eyed Peas that tells women what to do right in the title, long before the track skips over to it on your CD player. It’s the Pied Piper’s call for party chicks and skanks, only the rats probably carried less undiagnosed diseases.

Who’s It For At Your Party?: Guys who want to watch sexy women dancing without having to dance themselves or don’t have enough money for the strip club.

You can get it here.

6. Any Andrew W.K. Song

Source: Island Records

It’s hard to name a single best song from Andrew WK’s library of party tunes, mainly because no one can understand the lyrics. If you even try to get a title off the album jacket, it just reads “(musical gibberish, loud screaming, banging piano) Party (something).”

It still works in a party setting, especially at that point when everyone is just about to reach the peak of their party buzz and explode all over the room in a volcanic joy-gasm. They’re all loud, raucous, and contain the word “Party” in the title or the chorus. You can’t ask for more than that at any end-of-year celebration, if you exclude naked chicks, free catering, and a special appearance by the entire starting line-up of the Lingerie Football League, but we’re trying to keep the party small. The building’s super is already mad at us for starting that fire during our last Oscars brunch.

Who’s It For At Your Party?: The long-haired punk who either needs an excuse to headbang or is trying to get a lit cigarette ember out of one of the knots in his long locks.

You can get his stuff here.