We are at the end of the first day of 2019, so I thought that now would be a great time to share some of my favorite music for entering a new year. For all of the songs in one pin-able graphic, scroll to the bottom of this post!
1.) “Only Time” by Enya
Even though this song was a meme for a brief period of time, it still is one of the most timeless pieces of 21st century music (pun completely intended). Everything from the vocalizations to the beautiful Alto II lines to the modulation at 2:24 makes this song as stunning as ever.
“Who knows? Only time.”
2.) “Salvation” by Gabrielle Aplin
Gabrielle Aplin’s breathy vocals and incorporation of bold string and horn sections with the song’s piano-driven harmony is just the amount of beauty to capture the spirit of winter.
“You are the snowstorm; I’m purified… and let the band play out as I’m making my way home again. Glorious, we transcend into a psychedelic silhouette.”
3.) “Healer” by Kari Jobe
Whenever I’m going through it, this song always puts me in a calm(er) mindset. The lyrics are great ones to keep in mind if you are anxious at all about the coming year.
“You hold my every moment. You calm my raging seas. You walk with me through fire and heal all my disease. I trust in You. Lord, I trust in You… nothing is impossible for You. You hold my world in Your hands.”
4.) “Wasted” by Carrie Underwood
From Carrie Underwood’s very first album, this is a beautiful song about how short and precious life is.
“I don’t want to keep on wishing; missing the still of the morning, the color of the night.”
5.) “Hope is What We Crave” by For KING & COUNTRY
This is a remake of the duo’s song from their first album of same name, Crave. This one is a little bit more uplifting and changes some of the lyrics, making it perfect for the hopeful spirit of the new year.
“To live, to die, to lose, to get, to rise above, to love again.”
6.) “Shake it Out” by Florence + The Machine
“I am done with my graceless heart, so tonight I’m gonna cut it out and then restart.”
7.) “Light it Up” by For KING & COUNTRY
“Yes, it can be a beautiful morning.”
8.) “Gravel to Tempo” by Hayley Kiyoko
This song is about a teenage Hayley prior to coming out as lesbian. Although I am fairly straight, this is still a song that I find encouraging for anyone trying to understand themselves better in the coming year.
“I don’t feel adequate thinking I’m a monster in disguise. We’ve gone down every list, stuck but I have got to begin to resist. Caught up with the fact that life will be dark… I’ll do this my way… I gotta be on my own.”
9.) “On and On” by Chasen
“I’ve tried my way; it always ends up being a mistake, but You’re right when You say that You set the time for the plans You’ve made… so I’m here, I’m waiting, because I believe… I know that Your love is strong. It goes on and on and on and on.”
10.) “I’ll Be Your Breeze” by Andrew Belle
If you listen to this song and then one from one of his more current albums, you will be shocked that it is the same songwriter. All of his albums are good, but this old EP always has a special place in my heart.
“I know we all play our part in this thing. We’ve all got a song we were put here to sing.”
11.) “Growing Pains” by Deas Vail
Deas Vail is one of my favorite bands from the time I was a preteen, and this is at least in my top five of favorite songs of theirs. It has everything– a beautiful mirroring of piano and violin solos, pumped-up percussion, and thought-provoking lyrics.
“Pages turn and then unfold to show us where we’ve been as the signs along the road to lead us home again.”
12.) “Go Do” by Jonsi
“We can always know that we can do everything. Go do.”
13.) “Let ’em Say” by Lizzo and Caroline Smith
“Let ’em say what they’re gonna say. They’re gonna feel what they gonna feel.”
14.) “Dance in the Graveyards” by Delta Rae
This is not supposed to be ominous or anything; I promise that it’s an uplifting song.
“I don’t want to rest in peace; I want to dance in joy… and while I’m alive, I don’t wanna be alone.”
15.) “Dare You to Move” by Switchfoot
I would also like to suggest Jayesslee’s cover, which is what I usually listen to. It can be found on Spotify.
“Move like today never happened before.”
16.) “Love Out Loud” by Jaci Velasquez
“Take His love to the streets, show compassion to a soul in need… the touch is loving more than words; it’s reaching out for all to see the Light that shines through me.”
17.) “Who You Say I Am” by Hillsong Worship
While I am honestly mostly attracted to this song’s bassline, it still has such a powerful message. Also, fun fact, my friend knows this in sign language.
“Who the Son sets free… is free indeed. I’m a child of God, yes I am!”
18.) “God is Able” by Hillsong Worship
“Greater than all we seek, greater than all we ask. He has done great things.”
19.) “Easy” by the Commodores
This is, quite literally, an easy-going song about just letting go of others’ expectations and kind of just doing your own thing. It also has a beautiful (yet brief) modulation at 2:40. That eight-second interlude is actually my favorite part, although the guitar solo is obviously a close second.
I believe that this song carries an energy that all of us should carry into 2019 and the rest of our lives.
“I wanna be free, just me.”