43 Songs You Need on Your New Year’s Eve Playlist, Even if You Have No Idea What You're Doing Yet

So 2020 definitely wasn’t the fantastic year we thought it would be. Yeah, pretty much the opposite, in fact. Buuut we’re not gonna let this dumpster fire of a year stop us from popping the champs and shooing it out the door—in a safe and socially distant way, of course.

Just because you won’t be sweating profusely at some dive bar trying to find a face to make out with at midnight or smushed in a crowd of people in Times Square while freezing your toes off or counting down ’til 12 a.m. with all your friends at some house party doesn’t mean you can’t have a dance party in your room with a bunch of bangers to set off all the right ~vibes~! You gotta stay manifesting.

As sh*tty as this year has been—and wow, has it been sh*tty—there are still things to be grateful for. So ahead, I’ve gathered all the bangers you must put in your queue so you can bid 2020 adieu in the most littiest fashion, even if it’s over Zoom.

1. “Rain on Me,” by Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande

Anybody with me when I say that this song just makes me feel so…ALIVE?! All I wanna do when I hear it is jump up and down with my hands in the air. And personally, this is how I want to feel when I’m listening to music on NYE. Alexa, play this sh*t!!

2. “WAP,” by Cardi B feat. Megan Thee Stallion

This was, without a doubt, the song of 2020. If you want to twerk your way into 2021 (*ahem* who doesn’t?), this piece of musical perfection is the way to go. Thank you, Cardi and Meg, for gifting us with this masterpiece.

3. “Dura,” by Daddy Yankee

Break out your dancin’ shoes (let’s be real, socks) because you’re going to get a workout while listening to this one. This feel-good song will get you on your feet and feeling the music on the last day of the year.

4. “Happy,” by Pharrell Williams

We may not have had the, er, happiest times this past year, but doesn’t mean we shouldn’t celebrate the fact that we are entering a brand new chapter in the book of life. Turn up this song because we all deserve to be happy. 2021 could be The One™️, people! Optimism!!

5. “New Rules,” by Dua Lipa

Went through a breakup this year? I feel you. It happens! Play this song on Dec. 31st and into Jan. 1 to remind you that you got new rules for your love and anybody who wants you has to follow them.

6. “Roses,” Imanbek Remix by SAINt JHN

You know you’ve been listening to this jam nonstop all year thanks to TikTok. Sooo why not add it to the NYE queue? It’s a guaranteed mood booster and it’ll get you moving and grooving and attempting to learn TikTok choreo.

7. “Congratulations,” by Post Malone feat. Quavo

Legit, we *all* deserve kudos for getting through this year. Go ahead and belt this song at the top of your lungs. TBH, I’ll be keeping it on a constant loop.

8. “Death By Sex,” by Kim Petras

Cheers to you getting freaky (in a responsible, socially-distant way or else I’ll be mad at you!!) on NYE this year.

9. “Sorry Not Sorry,” by Demi Lovato

NYE is a time to reflect on all the good times—and the bad—that have happened over the last 364 days. Maybe you did something that you wished you could re-do. NYE is not the time for regrets, bb! Turn this song up and remember that everything happens for a reason!!

10. “For the Night,” by Pop Smoke feat. Lil Baby and DaBaby

We were all jamming out to Pop Smoke’s hits this year. Celebrate the legendary rapper—who passed away earlier this year—and turn this one up to max volume.

11. “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me),” by Whitney Houston

Whether you’re having a celebration with your S.O., roommates, parents, or just you and your bowl of pasta, blast this song and let go! If you just wanna have a dance party and feel happy, jamming to Whitney Houston is the day to do it.

12. “Give Me Everything,” by Pitbull

Like the song says, “we might not get tomorrow.” On that note, let Mr. Worldwide remind you that you should be living life to the fullest because we only get one!

13. “Suit and Tie,” by Justin Timberlake feat. JAY Z

Even though we def won’t be dressing to the nines and heading to a swanky NYE party this year, we can still try to make it *feel* like we’re doing something festive. No one said you can’t put on a cute ‘fit, do your makeup, and hang a disco ball in your living room! Do you.

14. “Savage Remix,” by Megan Thee Stallion feat. Beyoncé

If you’re not hitting the TikTok choreo to this absolute bop all night, then I just don’t think you’re giving any respect to 2020. (Not that 2020 deserves, um, anything, but the dance went viral this year so we must honor thy art of sexy movement.)

15. “I Gotta Feeling,” by The Black Eyed Peas

Like all of us are, if you’re just trying to put all the good energy and juju into the world for what’s to come next year, I’d have this song start your NYE night off.

16. “On the Floor,” by Jennifer Lopez feat. Pitbull

I honestly expect everyone to be dancing their lil booties off on New Year’s Eve—how else are we going to pass the time?! And if you’re in search of a song that will get you goin’, I highly suggest it be this one.

17. “Best Life,” by Cardi B feat. Chance the Rapper

Guys, the whole point of this holiday is to celebrate your life. Nope, it’s not about all the dranks you can down or worrying about who you’ll be smooching when the clock strikes 12. Turn Cardi up to the max volume and give yourself a toast.

18. “Thank u, next,” by Ariana Grande

Whether you had the greatest year to date (asking for a friend, how??) or one you’d like a total refund (hi, it me), it’s always good to find things to be grateful for.

19. “Truth Hurts,” by Lizzo

If you had a man recently who you know didn’t deserve you (they all don’t, just sayin’) because he was a total d-bag, bump to this song with your gal pals (Lizzo still sounds great over Zoom, just sayin’).

20. “Dancing Queen,” by ABBA

I’ll just come out and say it: I love hearing this song after I’ve had a few glasses of bubbly in me. It never disappoints.

21. “Mr. Brightside,” by The Killers

If you already know you love this dive-bar fave when you’re surrounded by strangers who are scream-singing every word (ah, those were the days), then it has to be on your NYE playlist, right?

22. “Countdown,” by Beyoncé

It ain’t New Year’s Eve if there’s no countdown! Say sayonara to the last moments of 2020 with some help from Queen Bey.

23. “Always Be My Baby,” by Mariah Carey

I may be biased, but this is definitely one of the best throwbacks ever. It never fails to put me in my feels, reminiscing on past loves and whatnot. Whether you’re bae-less or boo’d up, throw this one on the playlist because it’s a crowd favorite. Bet mom and dad know it, too, if you’re partying it up with them this year.

24. “Bye, Bye, Bye,” by NSYNC

’90s boy bands *have* to make an appearance on NYE, it’s just a rule. Moving on.

25. “Break Free,” by Ariana Grande feat. Zedd

Let go of all the negativity and heavy energy that’s been weighing you down and let loose, even just for the night. If you wake up with a hangover on January 1, so be it.

26. “Raise Your Glass,” by Pink

Bottoms up, baby!!! Play this oldie but goodie with a drink in hand, ready to cheers away the past year.

27. “The Edge of Glory,” by Lady Gaga

First of all, can we just have a moment of silence for the fact that this song came out EIGHT years ago?! I AM NOT OKAY. If you’re trying to signal to your boo that you don’t want the night to end after just a NYE kiss, this song will make sure they get the hint. 😉

28. “In the Name of Love,” by Martin Garrix and Bebe Rexha

A good one to tell all the people who made this year tolerable, “I LOVE YOU GUYS.”

29. “I Don’t F*ck With You,” by Big Sean feat. E-40

A lovely ode to all the *ahem* haters you’re glad to leave in 2020. Bye-bye now.

30. “Sicko Mode,” by Travis Scott feat. Drake

If you want a full-on mosh pit happening in your teeny apartment, this is your winner. Everybody knows this song and everybody WILL go bonkers, guaranteed, if those are le vibes you want on NYE.

31. “We Found Love,” by Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris

So if 2020 is the year you found love, then I say why not sing this song as loud as you freaking can? It’s the perfect song to remember all the stuff that led you up to this moment with your one and only.

32. “Sucker,” by the Jonas Brothers

Aw, remember how the best thing to happen in 2019 was the JoBros reunion?! What a quaint time.

33. “24K Magic,” by Bruno Mars

We know you’re worth much more than 24K, but for the sake of the song title, you gotta have this playing during your NYE celebrations. Dance it up and remember how much of a baller you are!

34. “Old Town Road,” by Lil Nas X feat. Billy Ray Cyrus

You’re lying if you say you don’t know every single word to this hip-hop-country-hybrid hit. Don’t forget to bring your cowboy hat to your NYE festivities (ahem, your living room) so you can pull it out when this hit comes on.

35. “God’s Plan,” by Drake

Drizzy has all the hits, that’s for sure. This classic Drake song is probably already on all your party playlists, so it def deserves a spot among your NYE tunes.

36. “Money,” by Cardi B

Fingers crossed you and I both secure alllll the bags in 2021. But just to be safe and manifest million$, I’m adding this song to my NYE queue.

37. “Hot Girl Summer,” by Megan Thee Stallion feat. Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign

Okay, yeah, we get it, it’s not summer anymore. But this song will bring you back to a simpler time and for that reason, it deserves some real estate in your eardrums on NYE.

38. “Rather Be,” by Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne

I’m not a fortune-teller but I am comfortable predicting that this song could be a bit of a stretch circa NYE 2020. Even if the lyrics don’t resonate at the moment, at least it’ll make you think of better times?!

39. “Mo Money Mo Problems,” by Notorious B.I.G. feat. P. Diddy and Mase

A legendary crowdpleaser to remind you that life isn’t always about the moola.

40. “Run The World (Girls),” by Beyoncé

’Nuff said. Forever and always, we know who runs this world.

41. “I Don’t Care,” by Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber

If you’re planning to spend a cozy night at home with just your boo, this is basically the musical version of romance and candlelight.

42. “Dancing With a Stranger,” by Sam Smith and Normani

‘Twas the collab we all needed. Maybe you’ll meet the love of your life on NYE over…Zoom? Never thought I’d say this but someone needs to bring back chat roulette.

43. “Don’t Stop Believin’,” by Journey

Sorry, but I’m gonna be a cheeseball one last time. This is the ideal jam to play on NYE because, well, who TF doesn’t know it. It’s a solid nudge to always see the good in everything, and we’re definitely going to need all the positivity we can muster for 2021.

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