10 Must-Have New Year’s Eve Party Songs

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With everyone releasing their “Top New Year’s Eve tracks” playlists, we figured we should get in on the action. Because, well, they can suck it and we are better. There’s a few on our list that you might expect, and a few that you won’t (Spoiler: That Mariah Carey “Auld Lang Syne” techno-BS is NOT on this list).

10. U2 | “New Year’s Day”

Is this song about changes to come in the New Year? Is it about a soldier trying to get home during WWII? Does anyone really care what Bono is talking about? Who knows. Take whatever meaning you want from the song, but it’s a great rock tune, and it’s been a classic New Year’s song for years. I think everybody forgets that U2 used to play some good rock (a long, long, long time ago).

9. Snoop Dogg feat. Marty James | “New Year’s Eve”

It wouldn’t be a proper song list if there wasn’t a “It’s so bad, it’s good” entry. “New Year’s Eve” is a half-assed attempt at modern hip hop NYE anthem. It has a dumb chorus, and even worse rhymes by Snoop like “11:59 and not a second later// She’s stayin’ in the mix like a crossfader.” Thanks to Snoop Dogg for constantly making terrible songs that we love.

8. Death Cab for Cutie | “The New Year”

I will probably get some shit because Death Cab are not necessarily known for their upbeat songs, or the fact this song was on the “O.C,” but the idea of grabbing this moment and making it what you want is something to be admired. Actually, this is probably one of the most upbeat Death Cab songs ever.

7. Madonna | “Holiday”

I know it’s hard to imagine that there was a time when Madonna made great pop hits and was slutting it up as a hot 20-something (as opposed to slutting it up like a 55-year-old mother of 4). A feel-good dance track about just dropping everything to take a holiday is perfect for NYE. This song is forever a reminder of what Madonna has done for Pop music.

6. Michael Jackson | “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough”

Though almost any song from Jackson’s Off the Wall would make for a good NYE jam, the infectious groove from “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” springs it past all other New Year’s Eve-worthy MJ tracks. I mean, if you had to pick a song to dance to in a sparkly tuxedo, this is THAT song.

5. Daft Punk | “One More Time”

I’m sad that this song doesn’t show up on more NYE party lists. It’s a techno-pop classic, everyone knows the words (there’s only like 3 lines), it’s about dancing and celebrating, what else could make it a more worthy entry? Nothing. So make sure this is on your playlist come midnight!

4. REM | “It’s the End of the World As We Know It”

Half the fun of this apocalyptic rock classic is trying to sing along with it. Make sure to watch everyone attempt a drunken mumble through the spit-fire, nonsensical verses. Nobody will care because it’s New Year’s Eve and they’re all drunk, but God help you if you miss the “Leonard Bernstein” moment.

3. Earth, Wind & Fire | “September”

This is a perfect NYE jam because it not only encompasses reflecting upon fond memories, but it’s also one of the greatest funk songs ever. When this song kicks on, you better be dancing in a stupid hat with a bottle of cheap champagne in your hand.

2. Kool & The Gang | “Celebration”

Probably the #1 choice for NYE party-goers over the age of 50, and for good reason. It’s got a funky groove, an easy to sing chorus, and a part where you can seriously just yell “Ya-hoo!” It’s called “Celebration,” for crying out loud. It may be cheesy, but come 12:01am, you’ll be singing along just like everyone else.

1. Prince | “1999”

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Because I will use any excuse to listen to Prince. End of the old year? Prince. Beginning of the New Year? Prince. If Prince is playing in the background as the world come to a firey end, I will go out with a smile on my face.

The Best of Daft Punk… Remixes & Samples

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It’s been a long eight years since Daft Punk released Human After All, so you know the World was thrown into chaos at the announcement of a new album. Finally, Random Access Memories has been released (officially) TODAY, therefore, making it the greatest day ever… DAFT PUNK DAY!

We’ve compiled 10 (or so) of the best uses of Daft Punk’s music through remixes and samples. Some of them are right on the money for a pop hit, some are completely nuts, but they are all Daft Punk.

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Daft Punk ft. Pharrell & Niles Rodgers | “Get Lucky” Leaked!

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After well over a month of hype which kicked off with a 15-second SNL commercial. Then, over the weekend, ANOTHER, longer teaser video was released for the song “Get Lucky.” It featured the soulful Pharrell Williams, as well as funk-disco legendary producer Niles Rodgers, and the Robots sitting in on bass and drums. And did I mention they were all wearing Michael Jackson-style shiny suits?

Since then, people have been remixing and looping these small clips and trying to pass them off as leaks.

Let me start off by saying this “leak” was played on a Dutch radio station, who stated they believe this isn’t the final mix of “Get Lucky,” (Pharrell’s vocals sound a bit flat) but it’s about as close as we’re gonna get before Random Access Memories drops on May 21. Take what you can get, I always say.

Daft Punk – “SNL Commercial” Remix Edition

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It’s amazing what someone can do with a 15-second music clip. Since Daft Punk debuted the ambiguous ad during Saturday Night Live a few weeks ago, DJs and producers have been remixing the hell out of it. Note that the 15-second ad featured only a Daft Punk logo, some un-named new music, and their two robot heads.


People didn’t know if that meant DP was going to release a new album (it’s been 8 years since Human After All), a new song, or if they were just going on new tour. A few days ago, they announced a new album, Random Access Memories, with a release date of May 21st.

I’ve compiled a few of my favorite remixes of that 15-second clip for your enjoyment.

1) Basic Physics turned the funk down and the Rave up on his remix. It takes a bit to get there, but you’ll be fist-bumping in no time.


2) WarholaFake gave us his interpretation of what the entire song could sound like. I think he’s pretty close to what Daft Punk may have in mind.


3) My personal favorite, Chicago DJs/Producers, The Hood Internet, extended the clip and mashed it with Justin Timberlake’s fantastic, “Suit & Tie.” Awwww yeah.

Funktastic Friday: March 22

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We here at BCandMerch.com are firm believers in letting it all hang out on Fridays. It’s the end of the work week, it’s time to get crunk, and get yo groove on. And what better way to do that than with some funky tunes! So we’ve decided to kick off your weekend with a list of spectacular, bass-filled tunage to get you goin’.

We’ll get it started with some disco-funk, thanks to the lovely Cheryl Lynn.


I had to throw one of my all-time favs, The Brothers Johnson’s “Stomp!” If this song doesn’t get you going, you obviously don’t understand rhythm.


And just for good measure, here’s The Hood Internet’s nice mash-up of JT’s “Suit & Tie” with the Daft Punk mystery track (only 30 seconds of it was aired during Saturday Night Live a few weeks ago).

TGIFF (Thank God It’s Funktastic Friday)

Happy Valentine’s Day: “Lovers” Mixtape

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If you haven’t become completely cynical when it comes to Valentine’s Day, we’ve got the perfect mix of sweet, seductive party jams for all you lovers out there.

Prepare your hearts to be rocked oh so hard with our “Lovers” Mixtape!

Jackie Moon | “Love Me Sexy”

If you haven’t seen the highly underrated Will Ferrell gem, Semi Pro, you are really missing out. For now, we’ll focus on his character’s glorious hit-single, “Love Me Sexy.” The movie is based in the 70s on a basketball team. The team’s owner/power forward (Ferrell’s character, Jackie Moon) steals a song from his mother (a great cameo by Patti LaBelle), which becomes a #1 R&B/Soul hit. It sound convoluted, but it is a Will Ferrell, so what do you expect? Just know that “Love Me Sexy” is completely ridiculous, and utterly awesome… for the ladies.

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