By now, it's no secret how hyped everyone is about the music of The Beatles being available on Spotify, but I'd just like to reiterate my excitement with a loud whoooop! It's a Christmas miracle, guys! But the holiday is over, so let's focus on the next item we all have on our agendas: New Year's. Thanks to the deal made between Spotify and Apple Music, you can listen to Beatles jams while you sip your champagne or eat your black eyed peas on Dec. 31. What better way to reminisce on the good parts of the outgoing year or prepare to make changes for the parts you weren't as pleased about than by listening to Beatles songs as you do it? Resolutions and goals for the New Year are a huge part of the end-of-year experience (I will hike once a week, I will hike once a week...), but let's be real, so is music.
So this holiday, take some time with one of the world's favorite foursomes and mentally prepare yourself for the newer, better you. The following Beatles songs are the perfect hits to listen to on Spotify and elsewhere while you attempt to get yourself in the spirit of 2016.
1. "Come Together"
First, you should start with a call to arms. Or more specifically, using your arms for hugs. This beloved song is just what you need in the New Year to remind yourself to put aside differences or to accept help from others. You should probably listen to the Across the Universe version also while you're at it. It's (almost) better than the original.
2. "Here Comes The Sun"
I have to throw in some George Harrison love into the mix for all you lovers of the most musically talented Beatle (IMHO). This song is perfect to remind those of us who had a slightly difficult 2015 (I'm looking at you, Jelena) that after "the long cold winter" the sun will come up. Unless you are a Stark, in which case winter is always upon you.
This is one of the most underrated and hilarious Beatles songs, so I had to put it in. Coming from the White Album, this satirical song about the 1% is another example of Harrison being an amazing lyricist and musician. Listen to this song to remind you of all the times "The Man" got you down this year and how in 2016 such behavior won't be allowed.
4. "Can't Buy Me Love"
This fun jam by that best friend duo that makes us all jealous, John Lennon and Paul McCartney, is a good one to listen to if you're looking for love in 2016, or already have it. The crooners will remind you that love is supposed to be enjoyable, not about the things that don't matter.
5. "Twist And Shout"
Is all this philosophy and advice making you tired? Me too. So this next song is a joyous one that will remind you to dance in the New Year and have plenty of fun.
6. "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"
And now back to the sad stuff. This song will remind you that the world isn't perfect and we all need to work to make it better. I had to include it because as I mentioned before, Harrison is a god among men and the lyrics are genius.
7. "With A Little Help From My Friends"
Don't worry, we're back to fun town with this song, featuring Ringo Starr killing it on vocals. This song is a reminder about the importance of friendship, so be sure to use this time of year to hang with your best buddies. A life without friends is unbearable.
8. "Across The Universe"
What better way to think about the universe and your place in it than with a song that has the word "universe" in the title? It's time to gather in the grass with some of your most thoughtful buddies and do some deep New Year thinking.
9. "Let It Be"
I must, of course, end with a mantra of humanity, a song from the boys' final album of the same name. Possibly the most important lesson one can take from an outgoing year is to realize that you don't have control over everything. Horrible things happen, and there is often very little we can do about it — well, except for listening to this song on a loop and crying. Remember, you can't have the good if you don't have the bad.
I wish you all the best in the new year, and hope the songs on this list help you to ring in 2016 with a bang, not a whistle. Enjoy your "pools of sorrow, waves of joy", y'all.