December 5, 2012
Whether you're hosting a full-blown party or just in need of some tunes to primp by before heading out for the night, look no further than these song recommendations from RedEye's Sound Board.
"We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" - Taylor Swift
Laugh if you want, but you have to admit that this song does nothing if not embody a desire for a new beginning. And as midnight approaches and one drink becomes two becomes five, everyone will be joining in with Taylor. --Matt Pais
"Polish Girl" - Neon Indian
Trust me: It just sounds like New Year's Eve after the ball has dropped. --Ernest Wilkins
"All My Friends" - LCD Soundsystem
Because, hopefully, you also are at a house party surrounded by all your good friends. --Sara Stewart
"Get Down" - P.O.S.
A standout track from the Minneapolis rapper's excellent new album "We Don't Even Live Here," "Get Down" will throw all cares aside. Commence bodies bumping, sometimes into each other. --MP
"Countdown" - Beyonce
If you just want to shake your tail and not think about it too hard, this is a fine choice for the holiday season. --Dana Moran
"1999" - Prince
Sure, it's the cliche New Year's Eve song-- and, yes, it's not 1999, although Prince wrote it in, like, 1982-- but it is unequivocally a jam that will get your party movin'. --Brian Moore
"The Final Countdown" - Europe Prince"The Final Countdown" - Europe"Keep It Up" - Milt
How could you count down to the new year without playing this song about ... an actual countdown? Besides, everyone knows it: It'd be a great sing-along. --BM
"Keep It Up" - Milton Wright
This old-school slow jam should be played as your party winds down. --EW
"It's The End of The World As We Know It" - R.E.M.
You can't go wrong with the classic, right? Best when paired with Death Cab for Cutie's "The New Year," since they represent opposites. I'm always more inclined to agree with Death Cab that "I don't feel any different." --DM
"Colours" - Grouplove
Just in case 2012 is a year you'd like to forget. With lyrics like "No need to be sad/It really ain't that bad," you can look forward to a fresh start in 2013. --SS
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