New Year’s Music: The Best Instrumental Songs

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Here are some of the best instrumental songs to help ring in the New Year!


Most people associate New Year’s Eve with fireworks, champagne, and parties. But for some, the occasion is a time for reflection and contemplation. If you’re one of those people who prefer a more subdued celebration, or if you’re simply looking for some good background music for your New Year’s Eve party, we’ve got you covered with this list of the best instrumental songs for ringing in the new year.

Best Songs of 2020

The year 2020 has been quite a rollercoaster ride and we’re all looking forward to 2021. As we say goodbye to 2020, let’s reflect on the good moments with some of the best songs of the year. This New Year’s playlist is filled with beautiful instrumental songs that will help you relax and reflect on the past year.

“Circles” by Post Malone

This song was released in late 2019 but continued to gain popularity throughout 2020. It is a hauntingly beautiful song that Post Malone wrote about the death of his friend Mac Miller. The song is surprisingly upbeat considering the subject matter, and the lyrics are both sad and uplifting.

“Good as Hell” by Lizzo

Good as Hell is a 2016 song by American singer Lizzo. It was released on April 8, 2016, through Nice Life Recording Company and Atlantic Records, as the lead single from her third studio album, Coconut Oil (2016). Written by Lizzo and produced by Ricky Reed, the song is a trap-soul inspired anthem with elements of hip hop and R&B. The song’s accompanying music video was directed by Andy Muschietti and inspired by the film The Purge (2013).

The song peaked at number 23 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), denoting two million equivalent song units in the country. Internationally, Good as Hell peaked at number 19 in Australia and number 39 in Canada.

“Savage” by Megan Thee Stallion

Megan Thee Stallion’s “Savage” is one of the best songs of 2020. It’s a great choice for any New Year’s playlist.

The song was released in April 2020, and quickly rose to the top of the charts. It has a great beat and Megan Thee Stallion’s lyrics are amazing. “Savage” is the perfect song to get you pumped up for a night out.

“Watermelon Sugar” by Harry Styles

According to Spotify, “Watermelon Sugar” was the ninth-most streamed song of 2020.

The song is the lead single from Styles’ second album, Fine Line. The album debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart and the US Billboard 200, and has been certified platinum in both countries. In the UK, it was the fastest-selling vinyl album of the decade.

“Watermelon Sugar” is a mid-tempo pop and R&B song with a retro sound. The lyrics are about experiencing newfound romance and sexual liberation.

The song received positive reviews from critics, who praised its retro sound and Styles’ vocals. It was also a commercial success, reaching number one in several countries, including Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. In the United States, it peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 and was certified quadruple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

“Blinding Lights” by The Weeknd

“Blinding Lights” is a song recorded by Canadian singer The Weeknd from his second studio album, After Hours (2020). The song was released on November 29, 2019, as the album’s second single. “Blinding Lights” peaked at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming The Weeknd’s fourth US number-one single. Additionally, it reached number one in Canada, Denmark, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Lebanon, the Netherlands, Scotland, Slovakia and the United Kingdom; and reached the top 10 in Australia, Austria, Belgium (Flanders and Wallonia), Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Lithuania, Malaysia, Poland, Portugal and Singapore.

Best Albums of 2020

The year 2020 has been a tough one for many of us. We could all use a little pick-me-up, and what better way to do that than with some great music? This list of the best albums of 2020 has something for everyone, whether you’re looking for some upbeat tunes or something a little more mellow.

“Fetch the Bolt Cutters” by Fiona Apple

Apple’s much-anticipated return after eight years is an exorcism of her demons, told with furious beats, howling dogs and a cathartic release of anger. It’s also one of the most experimental mainstream rock albums in recent memory, with Apple and her collaborators using anything they can get their hands on — from squeaky toy noises to phrases recorded off TV — to create a record that sounds like nothing else.

“Hollywood’s Bleeding” by Post Malone

“Hollywood’s Bleeding” is the second studio album by American rapper and singer Post Malone. It was released on September 6, 2019, by Republic Records. The album features guest appearances from Swae Lee, Young Thug, Ozzy Osbourne, Travis Scott, Lil Baby, Future, Halsey, Khalid andMeek Mill. Hollywood’s Bleeding received positive reviews from critics and debuted atop the US Billboard 200.

The album was nominated for Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album at the 2020 Grammy Awards.

“Fine Line” by Harry Styles

Harry Styles’ album “Fine Line” was released in December 2019 and is one of the best albums of 2020. The album has a mix of slower and faster songs, all with great instrumentals. Some of the best tracks on the album are “Watermelon Sugar”, ” Adore You”, and “Falling”.

“Map of the Soul: 7” by BTS

BTS’s “Map of the Soul: 7” is one of the best albums of 2020. The album features a wide range of styles, from the upbeat “Boy With Luv” to the more pensive “Black Swan.” There are also several tracks that feature members rap-singing in both English and Korean.

The album’s title track, “ON,” is an anthemic ode to self-love and empowerment, while “Idol” is a celebration of BTS’s fans. Other standout tracks include “Make It Right,” a ballad co-written by Ed Sheeran, and “Mikrokosmos,” a beautiful, gentle track that showcases the group’s vocal harmony.

“Map of the Soul: 7” is a masterful album that showcases BTS’s immense talent and artistry. It’s sure to be one of the year’s biggest hits.

“Evermore” by Taylor Swift

Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album. Swift also won four other awards, including Song of the Year for “Beautiful Ghosts”, which she co-wrote for the film Cats (2019).

“Evermore”‘ is the ninth studio album by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift. It was released on December 11, 2020, through Republic Records, two months after its predecessor, “Folklore”. Upon its release, “Evermore” received widespread critical acclaim from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 87 based on 33 reviews. The album also debuted at number one on Billboard 200 in the United States, selling 403,000 units in its first week. In doing so, Swift became the first woman in history to have seven albums debut atop the Billboard 200 chart.


We hope you’ve enjoyed our list of the best instrumental songs for celebrating the New Year! Music has the power to create atmosphere and set the mood, so make sure to choose wisely depending on the kind of party you’re throwing. From classical pieces to modern anthems, there’s sure to be something here that will get you and your guests in the celebratory spirit. Whatever you choose, we wish you a very happy New Year!

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