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Best Songs to Ring in 2017

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Everyone has champagne at their New Years party. Not everyone has a kickass playlist to occupy the awkward silences in-between when guests arrive and when the ball drops. Before that fateful countdown, make sure you have some good tunes on or risk ringing out 2016 with enthusiasm fit for a library study room.

For our list, we’ve selected some songs that both honor the past twelve months as well as hurry them out the door as we emotionally prepare for the upswing that we all hope 2017 brings.

10) “A Long December” by Counting Crows

Nothing reminds you of how long this year has been like a sorrowful ‘90s throwback.

9) “1999” by Prince”

What better way to honor the legacy of the incredible musician that we lost this year than by partying like it’s 1999?

8) “Gonna Make It Through This Year” by Great Lake Swimmers

Might as well start 2017 off on a high note of self-determination. If you can make it through 2016, you can do anything. Except repeat 2016. That you cannot under any circumstances do.

7) “Next Year” by Foo Fighters

Say goodbye, say goodbye, say goodbye, say goodbye to 2016. Strap it to a rocket and shoot it into space, we never want to see it again.

6) “New Year’s Day” by U2

Bono might be a kook, but in this song he puts things in perspective while reaffirming what we’re all thinking: “I will begin again.”

5) “The New Year” by Death Cab for Cutie

While everyone’s still champagne drunk, “let’s make believe that we are wealthy for just this once.”

4) Merry Christmas & Happy New Year” Jimi Hendrix

No words, just good tunes. Who else could say it better than Jimi?

3) “My Dear Acquaintance (A Happy New Year)” by Regina Spektor</b?

Odds are you won’t know someone at the party. This one is for them. Make strangers friends this New Year.

2) “New Years Day” by Pentatonix

“We’ll sing along with Auld Lang Syne” but we won’t actually include it on this playlist, because it’s 2016 and we desperately need some new songs about the holiday that are less depressing cause 2016 was a doozy…

1) “Drunk Girl” by Something Corporate

This last one goes out to the inevitable…

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