Saturday, February 12, 2011

Top 5 New Year Songs

What guitar pieces do you play at a New Year celebration? There are very few "traditional" New Year songs, with the exception of course of Auld Lang Syne, and even fewer songs that are available to be played on acoustic guitar. But don't despair, we've put together a list of our five favorite New Year songs for acoustic guitar; five pieces that you can add to your repertoire and play to impress and inspire on New Year's Eve.

#1 - Imagine by John Lennon
What better time of the year to Imagine a world without hatred and war than on New Year's Eve? "Imagine" by John Lennon has long been considered to be the penultimate song of hope and so it only seems appropriate that it should be played on New Year's, even though it is not by definition a New Year song.
#2 - Here We Come A Wassailing by Kate Rusby
"Here We Come A Wassailing" is an old English song to wish good health and to bestow blessing on the listener for the New Year. The word wassail comes from the old English which means just that "good health". This particular version, sung and played by Kate Rusby, is by far the most interesting rendition of the song and lends the traditional Yuletide carol a new life.
#3 - Time in a Bottle by Jim Croche
American singer and songwriter Jim Croche released six studio albums and eleven singles between 1966 and 1973. "Time in a Bottle" was released in 1973 on the album "You Don't Mess Around With Jim" and became an overnight success. The wistfulness of the song touches the heart at any time of the year, but at New Year's especially when we think of those we love and how much we'd like to spend more time with them.
#4 - Life is Wonderful by Jason Mraz
American singer and song-writer Jason Mraz is quoted as saying that the song "Life is Wonderful" is his favorite of all the songs he has ever written. The song is simple and easy to play, but the words are astoundingly profound. It makes you think; it emphasizes the fact that life is never perfect because without the bad things that we encounter, there would be no way to enjoy the good that life brings us, a very timely message for every New Year.
#5 - Cats in the Cradle by Harry Chapin
Time is a fleeting thing, and this is never as clear as it is on New Year's Eve when we usher in another new year, and wonder how the old one passed so quickly. This song, "Cat's in the Cradle" has touched the lives of millions with its simple tune and heart piercing lyrics about one man's regret for not having spent more time with his son. Some would say that this song is too sad to play on New Year's which, traditionally, is a time to celebrate hope and change; but in a way it is perfect, because it reminds us of what is really important in life and why we should always keep our priorities straight.
As you can see, a song doesn't necessarily have to have the words "new year" in it to be considered a New Year song, so be creative!
Find more information about New Year Songs for Guitar and tabs on my website.
Suzanne Z is a guitar enthusiast who loves to write about acoustic guitar. Her website helps thousands of musicians each day find the best beginner acoustic guitars, free online lessons and 100+ free, printable chords.

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