What a year this has been. Some don’t want to see it come to an end, others can hardly wait for the New Year’s countdown to begin. Whatever your take on this past year may be, time waits for no one. No matter where you celebrate your New Year’s Eve festivities you will, no doubt, hear such annual New Year’s Eve song standards as; Prince’s 1999, Europe’s The Final Countdown and possibly even, U2’s New Year’s Day. But when the clock strikes midnight, in every club and home, on every television and radio, you will most certainly hear the song that has become the anthem of every New Year’s Eve, Auld Lang Syne. As we prepare to bid adieu to 2008 and ring in 2009, with all of it’s excitement and uncertainty I have selected a New Year’s Eve Song Playlist sampler for those who are looking for some song playlist suggestions.
1. ‘Shout’ by the Isley Brothers, released in 1959 as a response to Jackie Wilson’s ‘Lonely Teardrops’.
2. What A Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong
3. Waiting On The World To Change by John Mayer
4. Get The Party Started by Pink
5. You Should Be Dancing by the Bee Gees
6. Beautiful Day by U2
7. Last Dance by Donna Summer. It won an Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1978.
8. I’ve Had the Time of My Life by Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes. It won an Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1987.
9. Everybody Have Fun Tonight by Wang Chung
10. The Dance by Garth Brooks
11. Dance, Dance by Fall Out Boy
12. I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing by Aerosmith. From the film, Armageddon, it was written by Diane Warren originally for Celine Dion.
13. Let’s Get It Started by Black Eyed Peas
14. Changes by David Bowie
15. 1999 by Prince. Yes, I had to include this one on my playlist.
16. December 1963 (Oh, What A Nigh)t by Frank Valli and the Four Seasons
17. Dance To The Music by Sly & The Family Stone
18. Rock and Roll All Night by Kiss
19. The Party Song by Blink 182
20. Celebration by Kool & The Gang
21. All Night Long by Lionel Richie. He performed this song at the closing ceremony of the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles CA.
22. Get Down Tonight by KC and the Sunshine Band
23. Good Vibrations by The Beach Boys
24. New Year’s Day by U2
25. Auld Lang Syne by James Taylor
So, there you have it. My selections for a New Year’s Eve Song Playlist for 2008.