New Year’s is about a few things. Parties. Dick Clark. Drinking. Confetti. Bowl Games. Drinking. Parties. Drinking. Well, you get the picture. But to go along with that picture, you need a soundtrack, i.e. a great mix of party tunes that may or may not be about New Year’s, or parties. Happy New Year to all, and to all a good shitface.
“Let’s Get it Started,” Black Eyed Peas (Elephunk)
This song might be a bit played out, especially since the NBA made it the theme song to its playoffs two years ago. But you can’t deny the ability it has to get you in the mood for anything that involves debauchery.
“Get the Party Started,” Pink (Missundaztood)
Yes, Miss Pink, we’ll get this party started as soon as you come up. But only if you stop doing those stupid intros to Sunday Night Football.
“Fight for Your Right,” Beastie Boys (Licensed To Ill)
This song has just the right combo of old school punk rock, rap, and lyrics that make you want to do bad things.
“I’m Too Sexy,” Right Said Fred (Up)
There has to be one song on here that makes straight dudes act gay. And you know that in some weird way that’s going to turn some chicks on, especially if they’ve had too much to drink.
“Margarita,” Spin Doctors (Nice Talking to Me)
Not only does this song have an upbeat, party vibe, but its message revolves around a tequila drink. And there isn’t a liquor on the market that’s more aligned with parties.
“Blankest Year,” Nada Surf (The Weight Is a Gift)
Here is how the chorus begins: “Ah, fuck it / I’m gonna have a party.” Need I say more?
“Dead Man’s Party,” Oingo Boingo (Dead Man’s Party)
Maybe this song is more appropriate for Halloween, but what the hell. Dead people have to party too.
“Party out of Bounds,” the B-52’s (Wild Planet)
Take your pick, this or “Rock Lobster” are both guaranteed to make you shimmy like a drunken belly dancer, times 10 on New Year’s Eve.
“Butterfly,” Crazy Town (The Gift of Game)
When I hear this song, I can smell strippers. And strippers are about two things: taking your money and partying.
“Are You Gonna Be My Girl,” Jet (Get Born)
This is one of those tunes that are guaranteed to make a dull party lively, and a lively party off the hook.
“Daft Punk is Playing at My House” by LCD Soundsystem (LCD Soundsystem)
This song was made to blast at parties. It’s got raunchy acid punk mixed with electronica, all with a thumping bass line that’s going to make two things shake: that chick with the double D’s and your house.
“Hey Ya,” Outkast (Speakerboxx/The Love Below)
If you don’t include an Outkast song on a party mix in 2006, chances are your haircut du jour is a mullet.
“Party,” Boston (Don’t Look Back)
This song is for those dudes (and chicks) who just read the last entry, looked in the mirror, and realized I was referring to them.
“Closing Time,” Semisonic (Feeling Strangely Fine)
Yes, at some point the party has to end. Did this Minneapolis one-hit wonder find a niche with this song or what?
“New Year’s Day,” U2 (War)
The smell of stale beer, strangers passed out on your floor, and the only thing left of a party soundtrack is the thumping in your head. It’s time for Advil, bloody Marys and bowl games. Happy New Year!