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The Top 10 Best New Year's Eve Songs

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

5. AC/DC’s - "Back in Black”

Source: Albert/Atlantic Records

AC/DC might be the “Break Glass in Case of Emergency” choice for just about every suburban frat party on the southern side of the Mason-Dixon line, but they earned that for a reason. They f***ing rock.

Sure all you indie-loving pop haters out there are probably trying to use your mind’s will to crush my skull right now, but that doesn’t make it any less true (or my head flatter, because there’s no such thing as telepathic skull-crushing). Just take a mix tape (or if you don’t live in 1986, a burned CD) that includes this life-affirming anthem of rejuvenation and rebirth to any party and watch the crowd turn into a group of headbashing, high voice singing dunderheads as they count down the final minutes of the year. Afterwards, you can still go back to listening to The Apples in Stereo or The Decemberists on your iPod and think about how much better you are than everyone else in the room as they enjoy themselves.

Who’s It For At Your Party?: The beered-up bikers whose favorite game is “Find the Wall Stud With Your Fist.”

You can get it here.

4. The Rolling Stones - “Start Me Up”

Source: Rolling Stones/Virgin

Maybe you’re not the heavy metal type who likes to get his crowd whipped up into a whiplash-inducing headbang orgy because you have a congenitally weak spine or ear drums that bleed at the sound of dog whistles.

The Stones are hard enough to get even the shyest member of your party clan off the bean bag chair and into the toasting crowd but soft enough to keep the riot police from knocking on your door. Their blues-borrowed riffs can help kick off the New Year with just the right balance of optimism and wild recklessness that have become the hallmark of a good New Year's Eve party, right up until the hangover kicks in.

Who’s It For At Your Party?: People who want to “strut” to something without looking stupid or having to endure the Bee Gees.

You can get it here.

3. The Beastie Boys - “Fight for Your Right”

Source: Def Jam/Columbia

Nothing screams "party" like these Brooklyn bomb droppers. If they can’t turn your New Year's Eve party from a casual soiree into an explosion of joyous mayhem, you might want to call a doctor.

No other song in the boys’ bag of tricks represents the spirit of just about any out-of-control party better than this hip-hop pledge of destruction and wanton chaos. It’ll hearken your crowd back to a time when time meant nothing to them and everyone was immortal until they realized they could buy their own beer and cops don’t have a sense of humor.

Who’s It For At Your Party?: The old who want to feel young without injecting hormones or bending the laws of time and space.

You can get it here.

2. REM - “It’s The End of the World As We Know It”

Source: I.R.S.

Of course, not every song in your playlist should be about how the good times are just around the corner or better days are just ahead of us. You’re throwing a party, not an Oprah Winfrey empowerment seminar.

This anti-happy anthem might be about the destruction of the known universe and the punishment man must pay for his crimes against time. However, it still knows that when the world does end, at least there will be a bitching party to go out with it.

Who’s It For At Your Party?: The angry guy who wants to watch the world burn but also loves S’mores.

You can get it here.

1. Me First and the Gimme Gimmes - “Auld Lang Syne”

Source: Fat Wreck Chords

Robert Burns’ poetic anthem of the passing of time may be a classic for the square party-throwers, but that doesn’t mean it has to be boring. After all, we are talking about a song made famous by the Scots who also brought the world the ear-piercing beauty of the bagpipes.

This punk rendition of the timeless New Year's Eye party staple will help you bring down the ball in style and will shut up the one person in the group who wants to sing it but sounds like a stuck porpoise from the first note to the last.

Who’s It For At Your Party?: The smartass who keeps remarking, “What's a guy gotta do to get some ‘Auld Lang Syne’ around here?”

You can get it here.