Happy New Year’s (songs)!
Since Dolly took over for us just one week ago for the Christmas holiday, I’ll give her a break and actually do my job. Today will likely be a day of rest and recovery–either from the boozing you did last night, or just from the hectic holiday season. To that end, I’ve assembled a list of New Year’s Day songs. What constitutes a New Year’s Day song, you ask? Songs that talk about new beginnings, resolutions, or starting over. Enjoy! And feel free to add any songs you associate with the first day of the year in the comments section.
“Blackbird” by The Beatles
Such a humble, simple song, but one that speaks to beginning again after pain or hardship. So if 2012 was a rotten time for you, perhaps this will give you hope for 2013.
“Long December” by The Counting Crows
One of my favorite Counting Crows songs, and I think the first line is one of the best lyrics in modern music: “It’s been a long December and there’s reason to believe/maybe this year will be better than the last.”
“Changes” by David Bowie
Classic Bowie. This always struck me as a good song for celebrating graduation–“And these children that you spit on as they try to change their world/are immune to your consultations, they’re quite aware of what they’re going through.” Perhaps a little…harsh…but a song that definitely embodies change and resolution.
“The Promise of a New Day” by Paula Abdul
Forgive me, but I had to include this. I LOVE Paula Abdul’s album Spellbound. It was her second album, and while the songs from her first album are still better known, I think this is the better recording. Delightful, fun pop music. And this video is pretty entertaining, too, though not necessarily on purpose.
“You’ve Got the Love” by The Source featuring Candi Staton
The final tv episode of Sex and the City featured this song about the power of love to see us through good times and bad. I thought it was a perfect complement to the montage of all the ladies’ lives, and a good representation of the show as a whole. Super uplifting and fun (also great to work out to if getting in shape is a resolution for the new year).