Happy New Year!!  It's been a great year for music and I always like to start my new year with two special playlists. One being a "Best of" playlist and the other a "New Year" themed playlist. I'll be sharing both of these playlists later today on my blog.  In the meantime, here are a few of my favorite New Year themed songs as well as two new releases that I'm sure you're going to want to add to your playlists soon!

The first song, Auld Lang Syne by the Red Hot Chili Peppers is a rockin', short and sweet version of the traditional New Years song.  It starts out slow and builds throughout the two minutes so your legs should follow suit.  I like that you can use this one as a working song, but there are many slower versions you can use as a cool down/stretch.  Check out 10 excellent versions of the song here.

The second song, New Year's Day-Ferry Coston Remix, is one that I know most of us have used if we've made a New Years playlist in the past.  If you haven't seen this remix though , it's got more of a beat to it and can be used as a hill, seated or standing at around 68 RPM's. The Spotify link is for a 4:37 version, the iTunes link is a version that clocks in at 9:41.

And the last song is one of my favorites to pull out each New Year.  I've used it as both a flat road and a warm up, but I particularly like it for a warm up because I just love the lyrics, and it's a great way to start both the new year and your workout!

"Another year you made a promise
Another chance to turn it all around
And do not save this for tomorrow
Embrace the past and you can live for now."

iTunes links:

New Year's Day remix

This is the New Year

Finally, I'd like to share a few new releases to help you ring in the new year:

Her Fight Song was one of my favorites from 2015, and I'm excited about using this one as a heavy climb.

iTunes link

Another climb at around 65 RPM's.  If you enjoy house music with a driving beat every once in a while, then this one is definitely for you: (sorry, I was unable to find an iTunes link)

Have a great new year and here's to more great music in 2016!

What was your favorite song in 2015?

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