10 Must-Have New Year’s Eve Party Songs


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”

1999 from PRINCE on Myspace.

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.


New Year’s Eve 2011-2012 w/ Big Freedia & Turquoise Jeep: The Aftermath

Ringing in the new year with the Queen of New Orleans bounce, Big Freedia, and the ridiculous Turquoise Jeep crew made for one of the most epic nights ever.

The names have been changed in order to protect the innocent… Also, here’s some video!

First up, Turquoise Jeep (the guys who brought you the viral video “Lemme Smang It”), came out hot, with Flynt Flossy doing a freestyle.

Another Flynt Flossy track, “Did I Mention I Like To Dance,” got everyone doing just that. I don’t think I’ve danced so hard in my entire life. The Turquoise Jeep crew even had a dance-off on stage. Flynt’s moonwalk definitely took the cake.

And of course, the Queen Diva, Big Freedia, gets everyone shaking their booties with her track, “Azz Everywhere.” She loves to get the audience involved, including letting them come shake it on stage, but she still dominates when it comes to bouncin.

New Year’s Eve w/ N.A.S.A. @ Seaholm Power Plant!

Out of the unbelievable amount of New Year’s events going on tonight, the party at Seaholm Power Plant is getting us the most excited. The renovated power plant itself is a really cool environment for a party, and adding Dj duo N.A.S.A. as headliners makes the deal even more sweet. Oh, and did we mention Ladytron is doing a DJ set as well?

If you haven’t heard N.A.S.A. before, their debut album, The Spirit of Apollo, had cameos from virtually everybody who’s anybody in music. From David Byrne, Chuck D and George Clinton to Santigold, Amanda Blank and Kanye West, the album was chocked full of legends and up-and-comers alike. And for their live set, they bring out go-go dancing aliens and monsters that look straight out of an old Godzilla flick.

NYE Dance Party: Live at Seaholm

Last New Year’s Eve we imagined attending an enormous dance party with beautiful mash ups and crossed our fingers in hopes to heave ourselves on stage to dance with the DJ; and we experienced it all.  We spent the night picking up random noise makers and party hats along 6th street and ended up at the Mohawk where DJ Cars Stereo (Wars) threw down an awesome set.

We knew CSWars music prior to the show, but we were stoked that he would be mixing the best of the best and creating the soundtrack for ringing in our new year.   We jumped on stage and requested “Ghostface Observatory” which mixes Ghostland Observatory and Ghostface Killah; one of Merch’s personal favorites.

At Fun Fun Fun Fest we were lucky enough to catch an interview with Chris of CSWars which we played on-air several weeks ago.  If you didn’t catch it during our show, we will be posting the audio/video soon.

To sum it up, CSWars will be performing THIS New Years Eve as well!  Rare Magazine is continuing their live music stride with an event at the Seaholm Power Plant in Austin with performances by Flosstradamus, Car Stereo (Wars) and WOXY’s DJ SHIV.  During ACL, the Power Plant was turned into a live music venue with a performance by Broken Social Scene.  On December 31st the Power Plant will be transformed once again to celebrate Live at Seaholm: 2010 Uncorked, so make sure you check out the Web site for details.  The tickets include complimentary hors doevres from Austin’s best restaurants, and champagne to toast at midnight.  Lights shows and lounge areas, and a view of the downtown fireworks will set the scene for a brilliant dance party.

Merch will be attending the event, so if you spot her taking photos or dancing like mad on the floor make sure to say hey!  She will be posting awesome coverage of the event, so stay tuned.

To get a taste of what’s to come, here are a few tracks to practice your moves: