Put down that turkey sandwich and switch off ‘The Brave Little Toaster’ – Christmas is so over, and it’s time for the second most stressful day in December: New Year’s Eve! You might have managed to plot your escape from London, or find a party to go to in our idiot-proof NYE guide. You might even be staying in with Jools (in which case, congratulations: you’re officially old and boring). Or you might be doing the smart thing and hosting your own party, thus combining the fun of New Year’s Eve with the convenience of not going more than a few metres from your bed.
If that’s the case, then everything else is simple: people + booze + music = fun. Simple, that is, except for the music bit. Some people believe that the way you start the new year is an omen for the next 12 months, so midnight song choice is crucial. What track can you drop to welcome in a whole new year?
We wanted to know, so we asked Spotify for the most played songs in London at midnight for the last three New Year’s Eves. Then we crunched the numbers and filtered out all the different versions of ‘Auld Lang Syne’ (there are way more than you’d think). Here are the results – London’s top ten favourite New Year’s Eve songs since 2011.
1. ‘1999’ – Prince
2. ‘The Final Countdown’ – Europe
3. ‘Big Ben Chimes 12’ – Tony Evans
4. ‘Happy New Year’ – Björn Ulvaeus
5. ‘Happy New Year’ – ABBA
6. ‘Celebration’ – Kool & The Gang
7. ‘Firework’ – Katy Perry
8. ‘We Found Love’ – Rihanna
9. ‘Gangnam Style’ – Psy
10. ‘What’s My Name?’ – Rihanna
Our analysis: London, you should be ashamed of yourself. Psy? Rihanna twice? And two different versions of ABBA’s crappest song? Clearly you’re in need of a floor-filling party playlist. And conveniently, we have just the thing: our bumper list of the top 100 party songs ever. Press play, pour yourself a drink and party your way into 2015.