Well, here we are again. Another year gone. But the music lives on. Originally my thought was to compile a list of Rock ‘n Roll songs about New Year’s Day or Eve. But said songs are scarce. So then I opted for songs with years in the title. And I stretched the definition a bit as you’ll see. But I’m quite proud of my selections. Feel free to add these to your New Year’s Eve play list. I mean who I am to stop you. I don’t have copyrights on any of these songs. So grab a bottle of your best Asti Spumante, get your party hat on and without futher adieu, here are my favorite songs with references to “Years” in their title in order of my preference, bottom to top: (Click on the song title to be directed to the YouTube video link)
Summer of ’69 – Bryan Adams. I’m not a big Bryan Adams fan. A few of his songs are all right. This is one of them. I always questioned the lyrics in this one about him starting his first band in 1969. The dude was only 10 years old. How many 10 year olds do you know playing in a rock ‘n roll band? Nonetheless, it makes for a good story line.
2525 – Zager and Evans. Wooo, talk about one hit wonders! These guys were it. This trippy, folksy tale about the future demise of mankind was Z & E’s one foray into the pop charts, back in 1969. Also covered by the new wave band Visage in 1978. Compare and contrast the two. It’s fun!
Eighties – Killing Joke. My friends would probably say that this is my signature song, considering how much I love ‘80’s music. But this is a KICK ASS song. As was the entire album. Give a listen. If you don’t want to put on your Doc Martens and jump in a mosh pit while listening to this one check your pulse.
1979 – Smashing Pumpkins. And just before, or in this case after, the eighties came 1979. This is sleak little number off the Pumpkins “Melancholy and the Infinite Sadness” album. Which was one of the best albums of the ‘90’s in my opinion.
Pop Song 89 – R.E.M. Before Michael Stip got all granolaey R.E.M. once rocked pretty nicely. This is one of the rockin’ tunes they did back in the ‘80’s. It’s got a catchy guitar hook and you can dance to it.
1963 – New Order. Great studio band. Terrible live band. Saw them twice back in the ‘80’s. Very boring live. But they wrote some great dance club tunes. Kind of a depressing song when you listen to the lyrics. You may want to play this one AFTER you’ve rung in the new year.
1984 – David Bowie. Funny how people thought the world was going to be all futuristic and stuff in 1984. Having lived through 1984 I can tell you it wasn’t really all that futuristic. Unless you consider Rubik’s cubes, pegged 501 jeans, and Apple IIc computers futuristic. But David Bowie was pretty spacey when he wrote this back in 1973, so I’ll cut him some slack.
1984 (Sex Crime) – Eurythmics. I’ve always loved, loved, loved this song. But it never got much airplay. Originally Eurythmics were commissioned to the soundtrack for the movie “1984” but then something happened and they were ‘86ed (get it 1984/86’ed, pretty clever eh?) from the project. But they wrote some really good tunes for it. Which for some reason didn’t appear on their first Greatest Hits compilation. That’s a thing that makes you go hmmmmmm.
21st Century Boy – T. Rex. The King of Glam Marc Bolan wrote some really hot tunes in the early ‘70’s. You’ve probably heard this one on commercials. Get out the glitter and best boa when you crank this one up.
20th Century Fox – The Doors. Psychedelic man. Off the Doors debut album, one of the greatest debut albums recorded by any band, this song will get the room spinning just before the clock strikes midnight.
Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five – Wings. This is one of those GREAT songs that again, does not get played enough. Paul McCartney needs no further accolades regarding his song writing skills, the man could write a number one tune in his sleep. Believe it or not THIS was the “B” side to “Band on the Run”. When they had “B” sides. Muy, muy, fantastico!
1999 – Prince. Remember the whole Y2K scare? And what a crock of s@#* it all ended up to be? We were all gonna party like it was 1999 because everyone was freaked about what the year 2000 would bring. As if we’d all just go f’ing berserk because the stop lights were out. Anyway, another great song. Prince at his best. I like the album version with the little “Mommy. Why does everybody have a bomb?” coda at the end. I think my mom played this album until the grooves wore at out after she bought it.
New Year’s Day – U2. Of course I had to place this one at the top of the list. It was the only song with the actual words “New Year’s Day” in the title. Off their “War” album, this was when U2 and Bono were trying to change the world through their music. Now he and the boys just like to dance. I remember seeing them in ’85 on the “Unforgettable Fire” tour. They did this song. I was impressed with Dave Evans going back and forth between piano and guitar on it.
There you have it. If you have others that you feel should be on the list send them to us. We’ll be happy to add them to next YEAR’s list. Happy New Year everyone!!!!!
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