As we count down the hours to 2023, we also close out 2022 and celebrate making it through another year.
Of course, in the country genre, the last 12 months were filled with all kinds of great music, which we somehow managed to narrow down to our top 40 favorites, so make sure you check that out if you haven’t already.
And one of my favorite songs to listen to on New Years Eve is the tried and true classic, “Auld Lang Syne.”
It was written by Robert Burns as a Scots-language poem in 1788, but was actually based on an older, classic Scottish folk song. In 1799, it was set to a traditional tune, and has since become standard across the board.
The title translates literally to mean “old long since,” but less literally, means something like “days gone by,” “times long past” or “old times,” and the chorus translates loosely to “for the sake of old times,” which is why you’ll often hear it on New Years Eve.
While it’s been covered countless times by tons of artists over the years, one of my favorite renditions comes from the Pistol Annies, who included a gorgeous a cappella version on their most recent record.
And while it mostly includes original songs, as well as a great cover of Merle Haggard’s “If We Make It Through December,” you simply can’t beat their beautiful harmonized vocals on this track for New Years Eve.