Playlist of the Week: New Year/New Beginning to Add to Your Music Therapy Repertoire

It's hard to believe it is almost 2019! I wanted to share a list of 15 songs that are either about new years or new beginnings that may be useful for music therapists to add to their repertoire during the holiday season. I hope you find some of these applicable to a variety of populations you are working with.

On another note, while you do some of your own reflection as the new year rolls around - you may want to use music to help guide or support you. As I do my own journaling, I find myself listening to a lot of Enya! What are you listening to or playing to support your end of the year reflection?


1. New Year's Day - U2

Lyric: Nothing changes on New Year's Day On New Year's Day

I will be with you again

2. What Are You Doing New Year's Eve? - Ella Fitzgerald

Lyric: Wonder whose arms will hold you good and tight When it's exactly twelve o'clock that night Welcoming in the New Year, New Year's Eve?

3. Auld Lang Syne - The Tenors

Lyric: Should auld acquaintance be forgot,

And never brought to mind?

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,

And auld lang syne

4. Let's Start the New Year Right - The McGuire Sisters

Lyric: One minute to midnight, one minute to go One minute to say goodbye before we say hello Let's start the new year right, twelve O'clock tonight

5. New Year's Resolution - Otis Redding & Carla Thomas

Lyric: Let's turn over a new leaf

And baby, let's make promises

That we can keep

And call it a New Year's resolution, mmm

6. Celtic New Year - Van Morrison

Lyric: I said, oh won't you come back?

I have to see you my dear

Want you come back in the Celtic New Year?

In the Celtic New Year

7. Funky New Year - Eagles

Lyric: Went to a party just last night

Wanted to bring the year in right

Woke up this morning I don't know how

Last night I was a happy man, but the way I feel right now

8. It's Just Another New Year's Eve - Barry Manilow

Lyric: Don't look so sad,

It's not so bad you know.

It's just another night,

That's all it is, it's not the first,

9. New Year's Prayer - Jeff Buckley

Lyric: Fall in light, fall in light. Feel no shame for what you are

10. Feeling Good - Nina Simone

Lyric: It's a new dawn It's a new day It's a new life for me, ooh And I'm feeling good

11. Closing Time - Semisonic

Lyric: So gather up your jackets, and move it to the exits

I hope you have found a Friend.

Closing time

Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end.

12. Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' - Michael Jackson

Lyric: I said you want to be starting something

You got to be starting something

I said you want to be starting something

You got to be starting something

13. Pretty Good Year - Tori Amos

Lyric: And Greg he writes letters and burns his CDs