The 2024 New Year’s playlist

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Celebrate the entry into 2024 with 10 pieces from diverse artists and musical sensibilities in a festive atmosphere with WECB!

U2 – New Year’s Day

A 1983 classic from the album War, “New Year’s Day” has for several years been an essential for transitions from one year to another. If its serious subject, inspired by the fight of the Solidarność movement in Poland, its bass characteristic of Adam Clayton makes it as festive as it is serious.

Kool & the Gang – Celebration

Festive standard and only single from Kool & The Gang, “Celebration” is also a must-have for parties in general, especially end-of-year ones. If Kylie Minogue’s cover can be tempting, the original retains a certain charm.

Eagles – Funky New Year

Festive singles represent a real market in the music industry, particularly in the United States. Eagles made no mistake and took advantage of the resounding success of the album Hotel California (and its essential eponymous track) to record the friendly Funky New Year in 1978, whose title speaks for itself.

Bon Jovi – New Year’s Day

No, Bon Jovi did not cover the standard of his Irish counterparts, but wrote a song with a similar title on his 2016 album, entitled This House Is Not For Sale. Single typical of the group’s current ambitions, it deals in particular with the cohesion of the members among themselves.

NOFX – New Year’s Revolution

The end of year celebrations are not lost on anyone, including punks. Rather than violently rejecting them, the American group NOFX embraced them in its own way in 2013 by releasing the double-single Xmas has been X’ed, which includes the track that interests us here: “New Year’s Revolution”.

Death Cab For Cutie – The New Year

From the 2003 concept album Transatlanticism, The New Year places itself in the bittersweet tradition of Death Cab For Cutie. Regarding its subject, Ben Gibbard remains evasive: “This piece is about a person who contacted me one day and who wanted me to write a song about them. So it’s not really my story, but rather his. »

Depeche Mode – Black Celebration

Giving its title to the Basildon band’s 1986 album, ‘Black Celebration’ has since risen to fan favorite status. If it is not played as much in concert as some of the group’s other essentials, the bittersweet side of its text mixed with its solemn atmosphere always has its effect when the group decides to perform it.

AC/DC – Have a Drink on Me

Although the consumption of alcohol is not always recommended and vigilance is required, including during parties, AC/DC nevertheless invites you to toast for New Year’s Eve. A track from Back In Black, which still occupies second place among the most commercially successful albums of any era, it makes hard rock explode like never before. Be careful not to spill your drink when tapping your foot.

Pale Waves – New Year’s Eve

First track from the first EP of the indie pop group Pale Waves, “New Year’s Eve” adds a little bitterness to the end-of-year holidays. It nevertheless remains deliciously modern and danceable.

Europe – The Final Countdown

It’s hard to talk about the final end-of-year countdown without thinking of the Swedish hard rock band’s deliciously kitsch standard. Its signature keyboard and unstoppable chorus go a long way in losing your voice before moving on to the next year.


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Christopher Johnson

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