Ready to play 2015 off the stage tonight? We've got a playlist that's perfect for saying goodbye to the old and hello to the new when the clock strikes midnight. This eclectic mix pulls from decades of pop culture, and each track has some intriguing cannabis roots. Enjoy!
1. Ella Fitzgerald, "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?"
Start slow this evening. There's a whole lot of partying to do before next year dawns at midnight.
To pace yourself, start the celebration with this coyly melancholic tune by Ella. It's perfect for listening by yourself while thinking of rekindling an old flame, or slowly dancing with your date between puffs of Champagne Kush.
But if the tune's too slow for your taste, you can do the Charleston to Ella singing about how she puffs the blues away in "When I Get Low, I Get High."
2. U2, "New Year's Day"
New Year's is a time for sober reflection as well as celebrating. And no one knows how to mix partying with politics quite like U2.
The Irish quartet's rocking New Year's anthem unites the hopes and fears we feel when we're on the verge of a new era, perhaps while relaxing with a puff of U2 Kush. The song was written about political unrest in Poland during the 1980s, but its message transcends that context. However, the band's hairstyles don't:
3. Snoop Dogg, "New Year's Eve"
It's good to reflect on the past while ringing in the new year. But don't let those thoughts get in the way of celebrating the special occasion with your special person. To make the night memorable, dust off your best moves on the dance floor with this jubilant tune from the Doggfather.
4. Bing Crosby, "Let's Start the New Year Right"
Get ready for the countdown with this vintage hit from a classic crooner who's allegedly as old school as can be when it comes to using cannabis. According to Bing Crosby: A Pocketful of Dreams by Gary Giddins, Der Bingle was introduced to cannabis by Louis Armstrong back in the jazz age. And while he didn't smoke it his entire life, Crosby had a wistful look in his eye whenever marijuana - or "muggles" as he called it - was mentioned.
And this song seems to nod that past with the lyrics, "Let's watch the old year die / With a fond goodbye. And our hopes as high / As a kite."
Watch the New Year die? How has this song not been covered by Judas Priest?
5. The Beach Boys, "Auld Lang Syne"
The Beach Boys are synonymous with summer - and cannabis, thanks to their psychedelic masterpiece Pet Sounds. But along with songs about surfing, they also recorded many holiday hits, including this a capella version of Robbie Burns' New Year's standard.
6. The Eagles, "Funky New Year"
If you're feeling a bit rough when you wake up on Jan. 1, take comfort by playing this ode to the aches and pains that follow New Year's Eve. No doubt the band that allegedly hot-boxed Hotel California has woken up feeling much more worse-for-wear than you will on your first day of 2016.
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