With the daunting prospect of a new year upon us, we inevitably turn to music to gain some comfort in the forms of some of the best new year anthems ever penned.
From party anthems providing the soundtrack to any new year’s eve celebration to the solemn tracks that look ahead to a fresh start, read on to see which stars have devoted a song to the dawn of a new era.
You can put good money on tracks such as Prince‘s “1999″ and Kool & The Gang‘s “Celebration” getting any new year’s eve party in full swing, whilst Europe‘s infamous “The Final Countdown” will unify parties all over the world in 80s synth heaven.
The track saw 6,911 listeners the week after new year’s eve last year, compared to 5,411 listeners at the start of July, when only Independence Day has a coutdown to kick things off.
Those looking to have a more relaxing new years eve party with a neat whiskey and a cigar may look to the smooth sounds of Ella Fitzgerald‘s “What Are You Doing On New Year’s Eve?” for accompaniment into the new year.
Traditional classics such as “Auld Lang Syne” have been revamped by artists such as Mariah Carey with “Auld Lang Syne – The New Year’s Anthem” from her recent album Merry Christmas II You. The album was released on November 2nd and the track has so far gained 20,268 scrobbles, which will almost certainly increase tonight.
And those who want to have the sound of guitars define their new year’s soundtrack will probably seek noise in Death Cab For Cutie‘s “The New Year” from the album Transatlanticism (the track with the highest scrobble count in this list with 2,115,325), U2‘s “New Years Day” from their 1983 album War and Counting Crows’ “A Long December”
However you decide to bring in your 2011, make sure you do so with Last.fm, and Happy New Year form all of the Last.fm Trends team.