When it comes to ringing in the New Year, music should inevitably be a part of your New Year’s Eve party celebration. So, given that we know a thing or two about music here at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Vegas, we’ve put together a few of the best party songs from dance music classics to upbeat funk and punk, to help you reflect on 2018 and celebrate the start of 2019.

Don’t drop the ball on your New Year’s party playlist. Press play on these songs to set the mood at your New Year’s Eve party:


‘Auld Lang Syne’ by Mariah Carey

Genre: R&B

The New Year’s Anthem is a staple to any New Year’s party. The iconic song has been sung by many from Prince to The Muppets, but it’s Ms. Carey’s powerhouse vocals that make us like this version the best – not to mention the upbeat ending.


‘New Year’s Day’ – Pentatonix

Genre: R&B, a cappella

Letting the past go and starting new. That’s the sentiment of this song according to Mitch Grassi, the group’s tenor. The American a cappella group from Texas is best known for their pop-style arrangements with vocal harmonies and beatboxing. Include this song on your list and plan to start 2019 committed to starting new.


‘1999’ by Prince

Genre: Funk

The song is considered a defining moment in the musician’s superstardom status. The upbeat party anthem peaked at No. 44 on the Billboard Hot 100 and at No. 1 on the Billboard Dance Club Songs in 1982.


‘New Year’s Day’ by U2

Genre: Post-punk

The song was a milestone in U2’s career, becoming the band’s first international hit. With its pumped-up guitar riffs, this is the perfect song to keep the energy flowing all the way to midnight.


‘I Gotta Feeling’ by The Black Eyed Peas

Genre: Hip house, dance-pop

Another upbeat must-have for the list. This single debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and later reached the top spot on the U.S. chart. It won the Grammy award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.


‘Raise Your Glass’ by P!nk

Genre: Dance-rock

The lead single of P!nk’s first compilation album, the song celebrated the singer’s first decade as an artist and was dedicated to her fans. The track reached the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100.


‘What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” by Ella Fitzgerald

Genre: Vocal jazz, Christmas music

Another classic to the playlist, this song has been recorded by several artists over the years, but it’s Fitzgerald’s version that we love best.


If you’re planning your own New Year’s Eve party, we hope these songs make your New Year’s Eve playlist and help you set the mood. And if you’re still looking for a party, we invite you a join us inside 35 Ultra Lounge (it’s free admission!) for hand-crafted cocktails and DJ entertainment – all weekend from Dec. 28-31. Doors open at 7 pm Friday-Sunday and 8 pm on Monday, Dec. 31.


And it wouldn’t be right to talk about music if we didn’t talk about our music. Tickets are still available for the American comedy rock duo Tenacious D inside The Joint on Sunday, December 30, the Eve of New Year’s Eve.


So, go party folks and raise your glass to a great 2019.