To help ring in 2011, check these songs about the new year. HAPPY NEW YEAR! “New Year’s Day,” U2
The single from “War” marked the beginning of U2’s storied Hot 100 discography, reaching No. 53 in 1983. It peaked at No. 2 on Mainstream Rock. While its lyrics were inspired by Poland’s political landscape,
“My job is to find an image that sort of evokes the music,” Bono has said. “And, it was easy with ‘New Year’s Day.’ The piano notes on the song were icy, and Adam’s bass line told you it’s outdoors, not indoors.”
“Auld Lang Syne (The New Year’s Anthem),” Mariah Carey
Thanks to a comprehensive radio edit featuring clips of historic news events of the 20th century, Kenny G’s rendition of the holiday’s most recognizable song soared to No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2000.
Carey’s version from her new album, “Merry Christmas II You,” bowed last week at No. 5 on the Dance Singles Sales chart.
“Happy New Year,” Abba
The cut arrived on the iconic Swedish pop group’s first album of the ’80s, “Super Trouper,” which reached No. 17 on the Billboard 200 in 1981.
Reflecting on its ’70s heyday, the act sings, “It’s the end of a decade / In another 10 year’s time, who can say what we’ll find? / What lies waiting down the line, at the end of ’89?”
Abba has perhaps its most to celebrate this New Year’s: the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March.
“It’s Just Another New Year’s Eve,” Barry Manilow
Based on a melody from Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Goldberg Variations,” Manilow’s melancholy, yet hopeful, song reached No. 33 on Adult Contemporary in 1977.
The legend owned the format at the time: this song’s holiday cameo marked the only of his first 23 chart entries to fall short of the top 10.
“Same Old Lang Syne,” Dan Fogelberg
The late singer-songwriter’s bittersweet story song of a holiday rendezvous with a former flame reached No. 8 on Adult Contemporary and No. 9 on the Hot 100 in 1981.
The track, which sports a sax sample of “Auld Lang Syne” courtesy of Michael Brecker, was autobiographical for Fogelberg; “It’s a memory that I cherish,” said the song’s real-life female lead, Jill Greulich, the singer’s high school girlfriend. “I’ll always have a place in my heart for Dan. Dan would be a very special person to me even without the song.”
“Bringing in a Brand New Year,” Charles Brown
“Celtic New Year,” Van Morrison
“Christmas Ain’t Christmas, New Years Ain’t New Years,” O’Jays
“Congratulations – A Happy New Year Song,” Pink Martini
“Funky New Year,” Eagles
“Gonna Make It Through This Year,” Great Lake Swimmers
“Happy New Year,” Judy Garland
“Happy New Year B,” “Rent” Original Cast
“Have a Very Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year,” TLC
“Let’s Start the New Year Right,” Bing Crosby
“A Long December,” Counting Crows
“Maybe Baby (New Year’s Day),” Sugarland
“Merry Christmas & Happy New Year,” Jimi Hendrix
“My Dear Acquaintance (A Happy New Year),” Regina Spektor
“The New Year,” Death Cab for Cutie
“New Year’s Eve,” Snoop Dogg featuring Marty James
“New Year’s Eve 1999,” Alabama with Gretchen Peters
“New Year’s Eve Party,” George Thorogood
“New Year’s Prayer,” Jeff Buckley
“New Year’s Resolution,” Otis Redding and Carla Thomas
“Next Year,” Foo Fighters
“Nothin’ New for New Year,” Harry Connick, Jr.
“Our New Year,” Tori Amos
“What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve,” Ella Fitzgerald
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