It’s the end of the decade as we know it, and we feel fine because we’re expecting another round of the roaring 20s.
The robots haven’t completely taken over yet, and the predictions of doom and gloom that accompanied Y2K still haven’t happened.
But it’s always a good idea to party like it’s your last, and as one decade ends and another one begins, we have nine songs for your New Year’s playlist.
The tracks feature themes about being unsure of the future, longing for the past, or making the most of the present – in the title, lyrics, or both.
R.E.M. - It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
This track by the Athens, GA alt icons always works and we're digging it out for the end of 2019.
FALL OUT BOY - Where Did the Party Go
How many times have you heard someone say something to the effect of "things aren't as good as they used to be?" That's what this song is about.
STYX - Mr. Roboto
From the polarizing 1983 concept album Kilroy Was Here, it imagines a future where "evil" rock stars are thrown in jail.
U2 - Until the End of the World
A fictional conversation between Jesus and Judas can't help but take on ominous overtones. The song appears on the band's 1991 gem Achtung Baby.
THE FLAMING LIPS - Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Pt. 1
I mean, they tell us some day we're going to war with robots. Better get a primer now. But there's also a theory that "pink robots" is a metaphor for something else.
DEF LEPPARD - Armageddon It
This song is not about a nuclear war, singer Joe Elliott once announced in introducing the song. But the lyrics describe what happens at a lot of parties.
DAFT PUNK - Robot Rock
The lead single from the French electronic music duo's 2005 album Human After All provides the perfect backdrop for a journey into the future.
EUROPE - The Final Countdown
For those moments when you just went to get off this rock (and head for Venus), it was a huge hit for the Swedish metal band.
PRINCE - 1999
The ultimate call to party like it's your last. Like the R.E.M. track at the top of the list, this one always works.