Goodbye and Good Riddance, by Rich Paschall
When 2020 finally comes screeching to a halt, no one is going to say what a wonderful year it was. No one will wish to live it again. There is nothing good to say about the last 10 or 11 months, except it is over. What you might want to say, we likely can not print. I do think we spy a few of you waving goodbye with just one finger.
No one will be singing 2020’s praises but plenty of people have sung about the New Year. It is with this in mind that I have written out one more Top Ten list for your enjoyment. Before the ball crashes to the bottom of Times Square, we might as well have a few holiday-themed tunes.
We know that some of you will be dancing in front of your television while waiting for Ryan Seacrest to get frostbite. If you are thinking of joining him and big-name performers, forget it. Times Square will be closed to the public. Meanwhile, we will be Bringing In A Brand New Year. It will not be the Same Old Lang Syne. Maybe Baby, New Year’s Day will bring us a sigh of relief. There will be a light at the end of this long tunnel when we proclaim This Is The New Year.
Eat the leftover fruit cake, grab the rest of the gingerbread cookies, finish off the sweet potato pie, and grab a glass of something sparkling. Here are our Top Ten New Year’s Eve songs.
10. Happy New Year, Judy Garland. This 1957 song might be a rarity but we brought it out of the vault just for you.
09. Let’s Start The New Year Right, Bing Crosby. This Irving Berlin song is from the movie, Holiday Inn, starring Crosby and Fred Astaire.
08. Celtic New Year, Van Morrison. Two thousand years ago the Celts may have celebrated the New Year around November 1st, but Van Morrison is celebrating it now with this 2005 release.
07. New Year, Kate York. An upbeat tune from the original motion picture soundtrack for New Year’s Eve is a keeper. The star-studded movie was a bomb.
06. Funky New Year, The Eagles. If you turn over your 45 RPM record from 1978 of Please Come Home For Christmas, you will find this on the B side. They later released a live recording from a concert on the last day of 1999 which you can enjoy here.
05. New Year’s Day, Pentatonix. The original song by the a cappella group is about kissing the past goodbye and starting anew. That is something we need this year more than ever. This was first released in 2015.
Tomorrow morning when we wake
This town will be a different place
And the past will wash away like coffee stains
04. On The Last Night Of The Year, Chicago. This tune was included on the 2011 album O Christmas Three, aka Chicago XXXIII. Founding member Robert Lamm is on lead vocals.
03. It’s Just Another New Year’s Eve, Barry Manilow. This 1977 song was written by Manilow and Marty Panzer. According to Panzer, “We wrote the song on Monday… it was orchestrated on Tuesday… and recorded on Wednesday.” You may have seen it. Manilow performed it many times on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.
02. What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve? Margaret Whiting. This 1947 song was written by the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, Frank Loesser. Whiting was the first to record it. Many big-name artists have recorded it since. It was tempting to pick one of the others, but this excellent recording was provided to YouTube this year.
01. Auld Lang Syne, The Tenors. “Should old acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind?” Certainly, 2020 should be. The tune is based on the 1788 Scottish poem by Robert Burns. The title literally means Old Long Since, but you may consider it as “Long, long ago.” The song was made popular in the US by Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians. Before we were rockin’ in the New Year, Lombardo and his band were on television playing the familiar tune. A lot of groups have recorded the song since Lombardo’s 1939 version. This one by The Tenors is guaranteed to move you.
And there’s a hand my trusty friend
And give us a hand o’ thine
We’ll take a cup of kindness yet
For auld lang syne