Songs and music often become a soundtrack to our lives. It’s important to choose occasion songs appropriately, because studies show they’ll be associated with the memories you create for the rest of your life. Here is SheKnows’ ultimate New Year’s Eve playlist that will have you dancing and laughing until midnight and well into the new year.
This year wouldn’t even be right if we didn’t include Taylor Swift. The pop-country star has delivered some of the hottest tunes ever — not to mention completely inspirational for us girls. We pick her hit single “Red,” which is all about losing in love without regrets — an attitude we should all take with us into the new year.
“What Makes You Beautiful”
We all like to feel beautiful ringing in the new year, and the British heartthrobs of One Direction give us a power tune to say goodbye to 2012 while nonchalantly celebrating our beauty.
“Scream and Shout”
Will.i.am and Britney Spears
We are in love with this new club anthem from Will.i.am and the pop queen herself, Britney Spears. We’re all going to want to scream and shout out our feelings from 2012 to the beat of this new hit.
Because it wouldn’t be a homage to 2012 without “Gangnam Style.” Our dance moves were revolutionized with this one, so let’s pay some respect as we say our goodbyes. Because after all, maybe we’ll never hear it again in 2013.
Ellie Goulding’s hauntingly beautiful voice took over the radio waves this year, and we have a feeling we’ll be hearing more tracks from this fabulous Brit in 2013. One of our favorite songs from the songstress is “Lights” — to match the brilliant lights in Times Square.
Speaking of Times Square, that huge Swarovski-studded ball that drops is a little bit like a diamond in the sky. This powerful ballad from the equally powerful Rihanna is not only empowering, but will make a statement in the last moments of the year.
“We are Young”
“We Are Young” and Fun. Nothing more need be said. You’ll never be younger than you are in this moment, so have some fun and ring in the year celebrating youth and the beautiful life ahead.
“Beauty and a Beat”
Justin Bieber & Nicki Minaj
Another must-listen club ballad from 2012 music by pop stars Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj. Dance away.
“Girl on Fire”
OK, maybe we’re on a little empowerment kick here, but girls just dominated 2012. “Girl on Fire” from Alicia Keys is one of the most goosebump-inducing songs on the charts and it speaks volumes about on what a single girl can do in one year.
“The A Team”
It may be melancholy, but this song (which totally stole our hearts and made Ed Sheeran Britain’s next most eligible bachelor, after Prince Harry) is another powerful tune that encourages positive change. New Year’s resolutions and improving yourself are important, but helping others is important, too.