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Auld Lang Syne (The New Year’s Anthem): Mariah Carey’s Transformative Ode to Tradition

Step into the enchanting world of Mariah Carey’s ‘Auld Lang Syne (The New Year’s Anthem)’ as we explore the magic behind this iconic New Year’s Eve soundtrack.


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As the festive season continues to sparkle, Mariah Carey extends the celebration with a timeless gift for the New Year. The music legend invites us to dance into the future with her classic rendition of “Auld Lang Syne,” ensuring the transition to the new year is filled with joy and unforgettable moments. Join Mariah in embracing the spirit of the season and ushering in the new year with a perfect blend of music and merriment.

Mariah Carey’s Modern Twist: Auld Lang Syne Redefined for New Year’s Eve

Mariah Carey, our vocal virtuoso, redefined New Year’s celebrations with “Auld Lang Syne (The New Year’s Anthem)” from her 2010 album, “Merry Christmas II You.” Collaborating with Randy Jackson and Johnny “Sev” Severin, Carey revamped the classic Robert Burns poem, infusing it with a contemporary house music vibe.

Crafting a house masterpiece required meticulous effort. Severin, Gretlein, and Garten contributed to the recording, while Phil Tan and Damien Lewis handled the mixing. Severin performed most instruments, showcasing his musical prowess.

Melonie Daniels, Sherry McGhee, and Onitsha Shaw delivered captivating background vocals. The song falls under Rye Songs, managed by songs of Universal (BMI)/Hope Faith Destiny Music Group (BMI); 2101 Songs Admin. By Sony/ATV (BMI), with Johnny “Sev” Severin representing RedOne Productions.

Featured as the thirteenth and final track on the standard listing of Merry Christmas II You (2010), the song took on new life with Carey’s release of an Extended Play on December 14, 2010. This EP featured nine remixes, including five by Ralphi Rosario and four by Johnny Vicious, available as a digital download on iTunes.

“Auld Lang Syne (The New Year’s Anthem)” takes on a distinct house sound, characterized by a “thumping” instrumental, as described by Rich Juzwiak of The Village Voice. The track spans three minutes and forty-seven seconds, and at one point, Carey playfully interjects, asking, “Does anybody really know the words?”

Critics, including Mike Diver of the BBC and Caryn Ganz from Rolling Stone, expressed disapproval of “Auld Lang Syne (The New Year’s Anthem).” Diver noted Carey’s restraint throughout most of the album but criticized the final track for being “slathered in cheesy beats.” Ganz questioned the promised “extra festive” element, particularly disliking the awkward dance beat. Rich Juzwiak added his critique, labeling the song as “robotic.”


Auld Lang Syne: Exploring the Timeless Tradition of Farewell in Song

“Auld Lang Syne” is a widely embraced song, resonating especially in the English-speaking world. Rooted in Scottish tradition, this song holds a prominent place in bidding adieu to the old year, marking the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve or Hogmanay. Beyond New Year’s celebrations, its melodic strains are a poignant accompaniment to farewells, serving as a musical backdrop at funerals, graduations, and various other significant events. Its versatility extends to the Scouting movement, where it is a cherished choice for closing jamborees and other gatherings. Penned by Robert Burns in 1788, the Scots-language poem finds its origin in an older Scottish folk song and was later set to a traditional tune in 1799, now considered standard. Ranked as numbers 6294 and 13892 in the Roud Folk Song Index, “Auld Lang Syne” translates to “old long since” or more loosely, “long long ago,” evoking a sense of nostalgia for days gone by.

The resonance of “Auld Lang Syne” extends beyond Burns’ rendition, finding echoes in the works of Robert Ayton, Allan Ramsay, and James Watson, as well as older folk songs predating Burns himself. Its enduring quality is reflected in the modern usage by Matthew Fitt, who employs the phrase “in the days of auld lang syne” akin to “once upon a time” in his retelling of fairy tales in the Scots language. In essence, “Auld Lang Syne” encapsulates not just a song for New Year’s revelry but a timeless ode to shared memories and the enduring passage of time.


Charting the Success of a New Year’s Anthem

Emerging as the album’s second single on December 14, 2010, complete with a remix EP, the song found a spot on the US Holiday Songs chart, reaching a peak at number nine. Despite facing criticism for its departure from tradition, it stands resilient as a musical gem.

The music video, unveiled on December 15, 2010, portrays Carey, pregnant amidst bursting fireworks, infusing a personal touch into the New Year’s anthem. This accompanying music video, despite criticism, showcases Carey’s theatrical flair. Pregnant Carey, limited in movement, captivates with dramatic hand gestures against a green screen depicting exploding fireworks.

As we approach another New Year’s Eve, “Auld Lang Syne (The New Year’s Anthem)” resonates, currently boasting 8 million streams on Spotify and almost 10 million views on YouTube. It may not have achieved numerical milestones, but its presence as the perfect countdown soundtrack suggests a growing appreciation for Carey’s artistic reinvention.

In conclusion, Mariah Carey’s rendition of “Auld Lang Syne” stands as a testament to the transformative power of music. Seamlessly blending tradition with modernity, she crafted a New Year’s anthem that pays homage to the past while embracing the promise of the new—a sentiment that remains timeless. It won’t be a shock if the song starts building an annual momentum over time, becoming a staple for New Year’s celebrations. We’ll keep an eye on it and, of course, keep you updated.

As we bid adieu to the old and embrace the new, let the soul-stirring notes of “Auld Lang Syne (The New Year’s Anthem)” echo the promise of a splendid year ahead. To all the devoted fans of Mariah Carey, may your New Year be adorned with melodies of happiness, harmonies of success, and a crescendo of unforgettable moments… and hopefully a new album! As the clock strikes midnight, let the magic of Mariah’s voice usher you into a year filled with love, laughter, and endless possibilities. Happy New Year to the ever-growing Mariah family! 🌟🎵

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