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Happy New Year: The Playlist

Dig out your party hats! Ten Elbphilharmonie employees reveal their favourite New Year's hits.

1. Victor Silvester and his Ballroom Orchestra: Charmaine

Jan Reuter (Press): »This piece sounds like New Year's Eve to me, because as the opening melody of ›Dinner for One‹, it's broadcast dozens of times on TV on 31 December. It's also fitting that the artist's surname is ›Silvester‹ – the German word for New Year's Eve.«

Dinner for One

2. PHIL COLLINS: IN THE AIR TONIGHT

Claudia Nethge (Logistics & Hire): »Start playing ›In the Air Tonight‹ by Phil Collins 44 seconds past 23:56. Then the drum beat at 3 minutes and 16 seconds is timed perfectly for midnight. I know some people who have managed this – I've failed every time. That's why I recommend a rehearsal run!«

Phil Collins

3. ULRICH TUKUR: EVELYN

Charlotte Beinhauer (Education): »We listen to this song every New Year's Eve. It's about the perishability of life's beautiful things. In this song Tukur highlights his very creative solution to counteract this and keep Evelyn a fountain of youth. We bought this CD to practise the opening tango for our wedding. A few years ago we took it with us on holiday – more by accident than anything else – and listened to it (together with the kids) at a wild party on New Year's Eve. Since then, we can't imagine New Year's Eve without the CD – especially this song.«

Ulrich Tukur und die Rhytmus Boys

4. ABBA: HAPPY NEW YEAR

Fränz Kremer (Editorial Office): »The great thing about New Year's: there's so much going on outside at midnight that you can turn up the volume without feeling bad. Man, that feels good! Start playing this hit at 23:59:14 – at home on your balcony or on the street with a Bluetooth speaker. Main thing: loud and with champagne at the ready.«

5. WES: ALANE

Pauline Hahn (Digital Communication): »This song is an absolute favourite in my circle of friends.«

SPOTIFY PLAYLIST

Elbphilharmonie | New Year's Playlist

6. ALICIA KEYS: EMPIRE STATE OF MIND (PART II) BROKEN DOWN

Nataly Bombeck (Development): »Well, then you have to believe in this song now – because of Times Square and Big Apple Countdown. I love Kitsch as Kitsch can!«

New York

7. GISBERT ZU KNYPHAUSEN: NEUES JAHR

Patrick Kotzur (Production): »Melancholy meets happiness«

8. ALDO VANUCCI: YOU’RE ALL SHOW (FEAT. KYLIE AULDIST)

Nele Buß (Stiftung Elbphilharmonie): »I celebrate New Year's with friends and we love listening to this song – it just puts you in a good mood!«

9. IDRIS MUHAMMAD: COULD HEAVEN EVER BE LIKE THIS

Timo Rust (Digital Communication): »One of the most beautiful songs on earth – and you can play the best air trumpet to it!«

10. PINK MARTINI: AULD LANG SYNE

Anastasia Päßler (Press): »This is the danceable version of the classic ›Auld Lang Syne‹. I've been ringing in the New Year with this song together with my childhood friend Paula for years now. Grab the champagne bottle, turn up the music and: Happy New Year!«

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