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This month Ben Ofoedu & Kule T our music experts bring 5 Modern Classics to Welcome in the New Year….


As we bid farewell to the old and welcome the new, the resonance of music plays a vital role in setting the tone for the upcoming year. While timeless classics like “Auld Lang Syne” continue to echo through the night, a new wave of New Year’s anthems has emerged, capturing the spirit of celebration and hope. Let’s explore five modern classics that have seamlessly woven themselves
into the fabric of our New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Happy” by Pharrell Williams (2013):
Bursting with infectious energy and positivity, Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” quickly became a global phenomenon. Released as part of the “Despicable Me 2” soundtrack, the song’s upbeat tempo and feel-good lyrics make it an irresistible choice for New Year’s celebrations. As the clock strikes midnight, the jubilant chorus of “Because I’m happy” becomes a collective anthem for revelers worldwide.

“New Year’s Day” by Taylor Swift (2017):
While Taylor Swift is renowned for her storytelling prowess in the realm of pop and country, “New Year’s Day” stands out as a poignant ballad. Featured on her “Reputation” album, the song reflects on the aftermath of a wild New Year’s Eve celebration, emphasizing the importance of genuine connections and love. Swift’s introspective lyrics provide a moment of reflection amidst the revelry, making it a modern classic for the quieter moments as the year turns.

“Can’t Stop the Feeling!” by Justin Timberlake (2016):
Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” radiates pure joy and optimism. Featured in the animated film “Trolls”, the song’s catchy melody and Timberlake’s smooth vocals make it an uplifting addition to any New Year’s playlists. Its message of unbridled happiness and the irresistible urge to dance encapsulate the festive spirit of bidding adieu to the old and embracing the possibilities of the new.

“Good as Hell” by Lizzo (2016):
Lizzo’s “Good as Hell” exudes confidence, resilience, and self-love. While not explicitly a New Year’s song, its empowering message makes it an ideal anthem for those looking to step into the new year with a positive mindset. The infectious rhythm and Lizzo’s powerful vocals make “Good as Hell” a standout choice for celebrating the journey behind and the possibilities ahead.

Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars (2014):
“Uptown Funk” is a funk-infused, dance-inducing hit that has become a staple for New Year’s Eve parties. Mark Ronson’s masterful production combined with Bruno Mars’ charismatic vocals creates an electrifying atmosphere. The song’s celebratory vibe and funky beats make it impossible not to hit the dance floor, making it a perfect choice for counting down to the new year with style.

As we usher in a new year, these modern classics provide a diverse soundtrack to our celebrations. Whether you’re dancing the night away or reflecting on the year gone by, these songs capture the essence of embracing the future with optimism, joy, and a touch of nostalgia. So, as the clock ticks down and the fireworks light up the sky, let these tunes be the soundtrack to your New Year’s festivities, creating memories that will linger long after the countdown ends. They are the best songs to step (0r dance) into the new year with a positive mindset.

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