50 New Year’s Eve Songs To Ring In The New Year

Updated on November 22, 2022 | Written by Matthew Campbell (Editor of My Wedding Songs and wedding DJ)

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New Year’s Eve is the day to celebrate the end of a calendar year and also a day to celebrate the beginning and restart of a new year.

The day is celebrated on December 31st when the clock strikes midnight to become January 1st.

What better way to do so than with a list of the top New Year’s Eve songs?

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The beginning of a new year is typically celebrated with fireworks, resolutions, and a kiss. The songs played to reflect the same feelings and events.

Songs about fireworks, about having a party, and songs about hope are all great songs to celebrate a re-start of your life. Out with the old and in with the new.

My Top 10 New Year’s Eve Songs

  1. “Auld Lang Syne” by Mariah Carey
  2. “Firework” by Katy Perry
  3. “Raise Your Glass” by P!nk
  4. “New Year’s Day” by U2
  5. “BANG!” by AJR
  6. “1999” by Prince
  7. “Time of Our Lives” by Pitbull & Ne-Yo
  8. “This Is the New Year” by A Great Big World
  9. “Don’t Stop Believin'” by Journey
  10. “The Motto (Tiësto’s New Year’s Eve VIP Mix)” by Tiësto & Ava Max
 

New Year’s Eve Songs List

Brand New Year – Phil Vassar & Deana Carter

Released in 2022 on the album Brand New Year
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Favorite Lyrics:

Here’s to peace and love
to a brand new year

Next Year – Macklemore feat. Windser

Released in 2021 on the album Next Year

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Favorite Lyrics:

Next year’s gonna be better than this’ causeNew Year’s Eve comin’ with a fresh kiss

New Year – Ross Copperman

Released in 2021 on the album New Year

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Favorite Lyrics:

Come on and open your eyes and see what’s outside
There’s nothing to fear
It’s a new year

The Motto (Tiësto’s New Year’s Eve VIP Mix) – Tiësto & Ava Max

Released in 2021 on the album The Motto

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Favorite Lyrics:

That’s the motto
Drop a few bills and pop a few champagne bottles
Throwin’ that money like you just won the lotto

The Best Is Yet To Come (A Song For The New Year) – Ben Rector

Released in 2021 on the album The Best Is Yet To Come

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Favorite Lyrics:

So raise up your glass here’s to brand new beginnings
And leave in the past all the things that are ending
Cause tomorrow will bring us a new morning sun
My friends, I believe that the best is yet to come

Champagne Night – Lady A

Released in 2020 on the album Ocean

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Favorite Lyrics:

Don’t need a crystal chandelier
To have a real good time
We’re drinkin’ beer on a champagne night
Champagne night

BANG! – AJR

Released in 2020 on the album Bang!

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Favorite Lyrics:

I’m way too young to lie here forever
I’m way too old to try so whatever come hang (come hang)
Let’s go out with a bang
Bang! Bang! Bang!

thank u, next – Ariana Grande

Released in 2019 on the album thank u, next

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Favorite Lyrics:

Say I’ve loved and I’ve lost
But that’s not what I see
So, look what I got
Look at what you taught me
And for that, I say
Thank you, next

 

Memories – Maroon 5

Released in 2019 on the album Jordi

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Favorite Lyrics:

Toast to the ones that we lost on the way
‘Cause the drinks bring back all the memories
And the memories bring back, memories bring back you

Champagne – Lindsay Ell

Released in 2017 on the album The Project

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Favorite Lyrics:

Got me like I’m droppin’ the mic
So natural, a diva, just call me Aretha for real
You make me feel like I’m the champagne
(Feels like) I’m the champagne

3 Minutes ‘Til New Years – Sia

Released in 2017 on the album Everyday Is Christmas
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Favorite Lyrics:

One, two, three, I want you, baby
I want you and we are gonna scream
Balloons to burst, it’s December 31st

In the New Year – The Walkmen

Released in 2016 on the album You & Me

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Favorite Lyrics:

How long will you stay with me
The snow is still falling
I’m almost home
I’ll see you in the new year

New Year’s Day – Bon Jovi

Released in 2016 on the album This House Is Not For Sale

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Favorite Lyrics:

I’m saying seize the day
Come on, let’s live forever
It’s New Year’s Day

New Year’s Day – Pentatonix

Released in 2015 on the album Pentatonix

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Favorite Lyrics:

Take me all the way
Hear me when I say
It’s time to celebrate
Like New Year’s Day

 

The Nights – Avicii

Released in 2014 on the album The Days / Nights (EP)

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Favorite Lyrics:

He said: “One day you’ll leave this world behind
So live a life you will remember”
My father told me when I was just a child
“These are the nights that never die”

This Is the New Year – A Great Big World

Released in 2014 on the album Is There Anybody Out There?
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Favorite Lyrics:

And I would give the world to you
This is the new year
A new beginning

Time of Our Lives – Pitbull & Ne-Yo

Released in 2014 on the album Globalization

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Favorite Lyrics:

Tonight I’ma lose my mind
Better get yours ’cause I’m gonna get mine
Party every night, like my last

Champagne Kisses – Jessie Ware

Released in 2014 on the album Tough Love

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Favorite Lyrics:

When there’s nothing left
Except you and this
Champagne kisses

Happy New Year – Ivor Game

Released in 2012 on the album Happy New Year

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Favorite Lyrics:

I say Happy New Year
I think I’ll open a beer
I bet this one lasts half as long
But from the old one to the new one, bring it on

Can’t Hold Us – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton

Released in 2011 on the album The Heist

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Favorite Lyrics:

Tonight is the night, we’ll fight ’til it’s over
So we put our hands up
Like the ceiling can’t hold us

Countdown – Beyoncé

Released in 2011 on the album 4

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Favorite Lyrics:

We be making love in five (I see you)
Still the one I do this four
I’m trying to make us three
From that two
He still the one

 

Auld Lang Syne – Mariah Carey

(See our list of top Mariah Carey songs)

Released in 2010 on the album Merry Christmas II You, Genre: R&B

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Favorite Lyrics:

Auld lang syne, my dear
For auld lang syne
We’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet
For auld lang syne

New Year’s Eve – Snoop Dogg featuring Marty James

Released in 2010 on the album New Year’s Eve

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Favorite Lyrics:

My special lady
You’re one of a kind
And every time I see you shine
It’s like the lights of midnight

Firework – Katy Perry

(See our list of top Katy Perry songs)

Released in 2010 on the album Teenage Dream, Genre: Pop

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Favorite Lyrics

‘Cause baby, you’re a firework
Come on, show ’em what you’re worth
Make ’em go, “Oh, oh, oh”
As you shoot across the sky

Raise Your Glass – P!nk

(See our list of top P!nk songs)

Released in 2010 on the album Greatest Hits… So Far!!!

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Favorite Lyrics:

So raise your glass if you are wrong
In all the right ways
All my underdogs
We will never be never be, anything but loud

I Gotta Feeling – Black Eyed Peas

Released in 2009 on the album The E.N.D.

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Favorite Lyrics:

I got a feeling
That tonight’s gonna be a good night
That tonight’s gonna be a good night

 

Welcome To The Future – Brad Paisley

(See our list of top Brad Paisley songs)

Released in 2009 on the album American Saturday Night

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Favorite Lyrics:

Look around, it’s all so clear
(Hey) Wherever we were goin’, well we’re here
(Hey) So many things I never thought I’d see
Happening right in front of me

Gonna Make It Through This Year – Great Lake Swimmers

Released in 2008 on the album Hands In Dirty Ground EP

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Favorite Lyrics:

Guess I’ll leave it up to fate
It’s all I’ve got anyway
Gonna make it through this year

My Dear Acquaintance (A Happy New Year) – Regina Spektor

Released in 2007 on the album My Dear Acquaintance [A Happy New Year]

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Favorite Lyrics:

And a happy new year to all that is living
To all that is gentle, young, and forgiving
Raise your glass and we’ll have a cheer
My dear acquaintance, a happy new year

Better Days – Goo Goo Dolls

Released in 2007 on the album Let Love In

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Favorite Lyrics:

I wish everyone was loved tonight
And somehow stop this endless fight
Just a chance that maybe we’ll find better days

Celtic New Year – Van Morrison

(See a list of the top Van Morrison songs)

Released in 2005 on the album Magic Time

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Favorite Lyrics:

I’ve made it very clear
I want you to come back home in the Celtic New Year
Celtic New Year

New Year’s Day – Charlie Robison

Released in 2004 on the album Good Times
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Favorite Lyrics:

It’s ‘New Year’s Day’ here on the border
And it’s always been this way
I never do the things, I oughta

The New Year – Death Cab For Cutie

Released in 2003 on the album Transatlanticism, Genre: Indie Rock

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Favorite Lyrics:

No more airplanes, or speed trains, or freeways
There’d be no distance that can hold us back
There’d be no distance that could hold us back

Nothin’ New for New Year – Harry Connick Jr.

Released in 2003 on the album Harry for the Holidays

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Favorite Lyrics:

Nothin’ new for new year for me
All I wanted was an angel that I don’t expect to see
Nothin’ new for new year for me

One More Time – Daft Punk

Released in 2000 on the album Discovery

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Favorite Lyrics:

One more time, we’re gonna celebrate
Oh yeah, alright, don’t stop the dancing

Bye Bye Bye – *Nsync

Released in 2000 on the album No Strings Attached

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Favorite Lyrics:

Don’t want to be a fool for you
Just another player in your game for two
You may hate me but it ain’t no lie
Baby bye bye bye

Next Year – Foo Fighters

Released in 1999 on the album There Is Nothing Left to Lose

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Favorite Lyrics:

Lighting the way we glide by
Catch me if I get too high
When I come down
I’ll be coming home next year

Will 2K – Will Smith feat. K-Ci

Released in 1999 on the album Willennium

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Favorite Lyrics:

What’s gonna happen?
Don’t nobody know
We’ll see when the clock gets to 12-0-0

 

11:59 (It’s January) – Scrawl

Released in 1998 on the album Nature Film

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Favorite Lyrics:

Why complain
Drink a cup of kindness (yet)
And say goodbye to our regrets
Ooooh, it’s January

New Year’s Prayer – Jeff Buckley

Released in 1998 on the album Sketches for My Sweetheart the Drunk

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Favorite Lyrics:

Feel no shame for what you are
Feel it as a waterfall

New Year’s Eve 1999 – Alabama

Released in 1996 on the album The Classic Christmas Album

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Favorite Lyrics:

Then we’ll go home to our warn winter bed
And tuck in the kids with a kiss on the head
And sing one more chorus of Auld Lang Syne
New Year’s Eve 1999

 

It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) – R.E.M.

Released in 1987 on the album Document, Genre: Rock

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Favorite Lyrics:

It’s the end of the world as we know it
It’s the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine

The Final Countdown – Europe

Released in 1986 on the album The Final Countdown

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Favorite Lyrics:

We’re leaving ground (leaving ground)
Will things ever be the same again?
It’s the final countdown
The final countdown

New Year’s Day – U2

(See a list of the top U2 songs)

Released in 1983 on the album War, Genre: Rock

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Favorite Lyrics:

I want to be with you
Be with you, night and day
Nothing changes on New Year’s Day

All Night Long (All Night) – Lionel Richie

Released in 1983 on the album Can’t Slow Down

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Favorite Lyrics:

People dancing all in the street
See the rhythm all in their feet
Life is good, wild and sweet
Let the music play on

1999 – Prince

(See a list of the top Prince songs)

Released in 1982 on the album 1999, Genre: R&B

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Favorite Lyrics:

Say say two thousand zero zero party over, oops, out of time
So tonight I’m gonna party like it’s nineteen ninety-nine

 

Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey

(See a list of the top Journey songs)

Released in 1981 on the album Escape, Genre: Rock

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Favorite Lyrics:

Don’t stop believin’
Hold on to that feelin’

Start Me Up – The Rolling Stones

(See a list of the top Rolling Stones songs)

Released in 1981 on the album Tattoo You

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Favorite Lyrics:

I’ve been running hot
You got me wrecking gonna blow my top
If you start me up
If you start me up, I’ll never stop

Happy New Year – ABBA

Released in 1980 on the album Super Trouper

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Favorite Lyrics:

Happy new year, happy new year
May we all have a vision now and then
Of a world where every neighbour is a friend

You Shook Me All Night Long – AC/DC

(See a list of the top AC/DC songs)

Released in 1980 on the album Back in Black

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Favorite Lyrics:

And you shook me all night long
Yeah, you shook me all night long
And knocked me out, I said
You shook me all night long

Celebration – Kool & The Gang

Released in 1980 on the album Celebrate!

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Favorite Lyrics:

Celebration
Let’s all celebrate and have a good time
Celebration
We gonna celebrate and have a good time

 

Funky New Year – Eagles

Released in 1978 on the album Please Come Home for Christmas / Funky New Year

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Favorite Lyrics:

It’s gonna be a funky new year
Funky new year
Oh, ah, got to be a funky new year

It’s Just Another New Year’s Eve – Barry Manilow

Released in 1977 on the album Barry Manilow Live

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Favorite Lyrics:

Tonight’s another chance to start again
It’s just another New Year’s Eve
Another night like all the rest
It’s just another New Year’s Eve

Rock and Roll All Nite – KISS

(See a list of top KISS songs)

Released in 1975 on the album Dressed to Kill

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Favorite Lyrics:

You keep on shoutin’, you keep on shoutin’
I wanna rock and roll all night and party every day

After Midnight – Eric Clapton

Released in 1970 on the album Eric Clapton

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Favorite Lyrics:

After midnight
We’re gonna let it all hang out
After midnight
We’re gonna chug-a-lug and shout

Joy To The World – Three Dog Night

Released in 1970 on the album Naturally, Genre: Rock

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Favorite Lyrics:

Joy to the world
All the boys and girls, now
Joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea
Joy to you and me

 

This Will Be Our Year – The Zombies

Released in 1968 on the album Odessey and Oracle

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Favorite Lyrics:

And I won’t forget the way you said
“Darling I love you”
You gave me faith to go on
Now we’re there and we’ve only just begun
This will be our year

New Year’s Resolution – Otis Redding and Carla Thomas

Released in 1967 on the album King & Queen

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Favorite Lyrics:

Let’s try it again
Just you and me
And, baby, let’s see how happy honey, yeah
That we can be
And call it a New Year’s resolution

What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve – Ella Fitzgerald

Released in 1960 on the album Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas, Genre: Jazz

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Favorite Lyrics:

Wonder whose arms will hold you good and tight
When it’s exactly twelve o’clock that night
Welcoming in the New Year, New Year’s Eve?

Shout (Part 1 & 2) – The Isley Brothers

Released in 1959 on the album Shout!

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Favorite Lyrics:

You know you make me wanna
(Shout-wooo) hey-yeah
(Shout-wooo) yeah-yeah-yeah

Happy New Year – Judy Garland

Released in 1957 on the album Alone

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Favorite Lyrics:

I wish you a Happy New Year, darling
May your new love be bright and fair
I hope, he’ll do those special things for you
That I would do if I were there

 

Let’s Start The New Year Off Right – Bing Crosby

Released in 1947 on the album Merry Christmas, Genre: Vocal
The album Holiday Inn by Fred Astaire features this song too.

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Favorite Lyrics:

When they dim the light
Let’s begin
Kissing the old year out
Kissing the New Year in

Wake Up in the New Year

New Year’s Day – Taylor Swift

Released in 1917 on the album Reputation

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Favorite Lyrics:

Don’t read the last page
But I stay when it’s hard, or it’s wrong, or we’re making mistakes
I want your midnights
But I’ll be cleaning up bottles with you on New Year’s Day

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About Matthew Campbell

Wedding Music Expert

Matthew (Matt) Campbell is the founder & editor of My Wedding Songs. He is a veteran wedding DJ and knows the latest music trends to help you pick your wedding songs quickly. His articles will help you find the bangers and romance for your ceremony and party or earbud happiness. He hosts the Wedding Songs Podcast and is the author of the Wedding Music Playlist. Matthew lives in Las Vegas, NV, and loves traveling with his wife in his spare time. Read Full Bio.

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