So, the Xmas Music Xtravaganza has finished for another year, but we aren’t quite into January, so that must mean it’s the day we pull our New Year’s music out of the vault and play it. For this list, I combined my lists from last year and from 2017.
- Ella Fitzgerald, "What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?" A classic New Year’s song from a classic jazz singer.
- Barry Manilow, "It’s Just Another New Year’s Eve" God bless Barry Manilow: he hasn’t had a hit record in years, but he’s still out there plugging away.
- Pentatonix, "New Year’s Day" Pentatonix, for me at least, came out of nowhere and became my favorite a capella singing quintet.
- Abba, "Happy New Year" A song that’s become a classic, mostly because there really aren’t that many good New Year’s songs.
- Joyce Paultre, "Happy New Year Song (na, na, na, na, na)" Speaking of not many good New Year’s songs, Joyce Paultre says in the comments for this song, "I couldn’t find a silly new year’s song that made me feel like singing at the top of my lungs, so I wrote one. It’s just a fun way to welcome the new year!" I think she did pretty well, don’t you?
- The McGuire Sisters, "Happy New Year" The McGuire Sisters were a popular singing trio until it became known that Phyllis McGuire was keeping company with Chicago mob boss Sam "Momo" Giancana. Considering how good they sound together, I wouldn’t have minded if she had been dating Al Capone.
- George Harrison, "Ding Dong, Ding Dong" George did this for his 1974 album Dark Horse, and it was the first single from that album released in the UK and second in the US after the title track. He was inspired by something he found at his home in Friar Park, once owned by a Sir Frank Crisp, who had poetry and aphorisms engraved everywhere. Wikipedia suggests that he might also haev been inspired by a couple of glam-rock songs that were popular at the time, Slade’s "Merry Xmas Everybody" and Wizzard’s "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday."
- Charlie Robison, "New Year’s Day" A retired country singer from Houston, Charlie comes from a family of singer-songwriters, with his brother Robert and sister Robyn also writing songs. This is from his 2004 album Good Times.
- Charles Brown, "Bringing In A Brand New Year" Blues pianist and singer Brown gives the day a bluesy treatment. This was recorded in 1961 but not released until 1964 as the B side to "Christmas Comes But Once A Year," probably his best-known song.
- Bing Crosby, "Let’s Start The New Year Right" From the 1942 movie Holiday Inn, this was released as part of an album called Song Hits From Holiday Inn, which came out in the days before the LP.
- Guy Lombardo & His Royal Canadians, "Auld Lang Syne" Guy passed away in 1977, but his rendition of the old Robert Burns song remains the most popular of all time. Somewhere they’ll be playing this at midnight on Tuesday.
From all of us here at The Sound of Typing, Happy New Year! Wishing you the best for 2020.