New Year’s Eve Party songs

It’s New Year’s Eve and you’re in charge of picking out the music for the big night. There are the New Year’s Eve classic tunes to pick from and then there are some newer tunes you might consider. Here are some celebratory songs that will sound just right as you and family and friends ring in the New Year.

Kool and the Gang – Celebration – This one is a time-tested classic that everyone will enjoy.

Prince – 1999 – At the risk of sounding dated, you may consider including this Prince classic cut.

Johnny Mathis – What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve – This crowd pleaser will go over big time on New Year’s Eve, especially for the older folks.

Beatles – In My Life – Be prepared to shed a tear as you slow dance to this Fab Four ballad.

Auld Lang Syne – This quintessential New Year’s Eve classic should be in your playlist.

Europe – The Final Countdown – If there are some ‘80s hair-metal rockers in your New Year’s Eve party crew, fire this song up and see if they don’t react.

Black Eyed Peas – Let’s Get it Started – No matter when you play this awesome BEP track, it is bound to generate some energy in the room.

Abba – Happy New Year – Did you know the original title of this 1980 song by Swedish vocal acrobats, Abba, was “Daddy, Don’t Get Drunk on Christmas Day?” It sure was!

Frank Sinatra – It Was a Very Good Year – Someone better play this on New Year’s Eve or else some legs are going to get broken. Seriously, someone play this song, now.

Dan Fogelberg – Same Old Lang Syne – If your New Year’s eve crew was around in the 1980s or happened to meet their loved one in a supermarket, they will enjoy hearing this track.

Other New Year’s Eve songs you might consider for your playlist: BB King “Bringing in a Brand New Year”; Louis Armstrong “What a Wonderful World”; Lady Gaga “Just Dance”; Donna Summer “Last Dance”; Rihanna “Umbrella.”

Best drinks and cocktails for New Year’s Eve party

Ah, the holidays. You just wrapped up a week of family food, football and … now it’s time for New Year’s Eve! Alcohol! Booze! Champagne! Toasts! You can have a perfectly pleasant New Year’s Eve without alcohol, but popular tradition in the U.S. is to toast and throw back a drink when the clock strikes midnight.

Champagne – The classic drink of choice for New Year’s Eve is to pop the cork on a bottle of bubbly. For a twist, drop in a raspberry and top it off with raspberry liqueur.

Midnight martini – If you love coffee and plan on celebrating way into the night, the Midnight Martini might be the drink to keep you going. Coffee vodka and liqueur with a twist of lemon.

Midori Melon Ball Drop – If you’re in a wintry part of the world, you can think tropical with this cocktail. Midori Leon Liqueur, SKYY Infusions Citrus, Elderflower Liquor and lemon juice. Delightful!

Brandy Eggnog – For this holiday cocktail, you’ll need some brandy and all the fixings for Eggnog and a shaker to prepare.

Martinelli’s Sparkling Apple Juice (N/A) – Have some non-alcoholic sparkling juice on hand for those guests who are designated drivers on New Year’s Eve.

Red Bull and vodka – Combining alcohol and overly caffeinated drinks isn’t recommended because it can mask the influence of alcohol and cause people to misjudge their level of intoxication.

Wine – If you’re out at a bar on New Year’s Eve, you may need some help selecting the right bottle of vino to help you celebrate. If that’s the case, check out these tips on picking the right wine. Otherwise, stick with what you know and love.

Sparkling wine – Celebrate New Year’s Eve with bubbles. If you’re not the champagne type, try ringing in the New Year with a glass of sparkling wine. Yellowtail makes an affordable sparkling white wine that is both fun and flavorful.

Hot Cider – Hot cider is a great New Year’s drink, especially if you’re celebrating in a cold cabin somewhere. Admittedly, the likelihood of that scenario is slim, but if it happens to ring true to you, be sure to put a nip of something in your cider when the ball drops.

Water – If you’ve been drinking all night on New Year’s Eve, at some point you’re going to want to migrate over to water to start rehydrating yourself. Hate to be party poopers, but your body will thank you the day after.