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Pop Shots – Staying Home on New Year’s Eve
Monday, December 31, 2018

Welcome to your weekly dose of pop world musings. Covering all things pop culture, with today being New Year’s Eve I’ve decided to dedicate Pop Shots to celebrating the holiday right.

There are two distinct schools of thought regarding celebrating New Year’s Eve – there are the folks who want to party the night away, and there are the folks who want to be as far away as possible from the folks partying the night away. Being that most NYE parties are both wildly overpriced, and wildly underwhelming, I choose to stay in. With that in mind, I’ve put together a playlist to help everyone who’d rather be at home on NYE have a great night in. Of course, since this is Pop Shots you know everything is seasoned with a little bit of attitude.


Bruno Mars – The Lazy Song


If you truly want to enjoy the experience of New Year’s Eve at home, you have to embrace your laziest possible self. Bruno Mars’ “Lazy Song” provides step-by-step instructions for making this happen. So start things off by following Bruno’s guidance, and you’ll soon be doing absolutely nothing, and loving every second of it.


HardNox – Pajamas All Day


Some of the least enjoyable aspects of going out on New Year’s Eve involve paying upwards of three digits just to enter a bar you normally walk into for free, insanely overpriced drinks, and being jammed up against drunken douchebags. The worst part, however, is that you have to get dressed up nicely for all this because on NYE every place has a dress code. When you stay at home you can be like HardNox and wear your “Pajamas All Day.”

So grab your favorite PJs and enter the new year comfy as f*ck.


Psychostick – Beer!


Something important to remember if you’re staying in on NYE is that you need to have your fridge fully stocked. Nothing ruins a day of relaxation quicker than walking into your kitchen to find you’re out of cold ones. How are you supposed to enjoy all the bowl games of varying degrees of quality without a brewski?

Let Psychostick’s ode to beer be a reminder to hit the store for a six pack or two. (although you should NOT drive after drinking!)


Fun Lovin’ Criminals – Scooby Snacks


In addition to alcoholic beverages, you’re going to need something to munch on while wasting the day away. NYE is a perfect excuse to break out your favorite comfort foods, like pizza bites, Hot Pockets, or, in the case of Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Scooby Snacks.

Side note – I’m beginning to think the “Scooby Snacks” Fun Lovin’ Criminals are singing about aren’t actually food.


Better Royals – Midnight


New Year’s Eve is a night that culminates at midnight, the exact start of the new year.

The clock striking 12AM has been written about in a plethora of songs over the years – most recently by our good friends Better Royals (if you missed their Stacking The Deck interview, it’s a hilarious must-read), so what better way to mark the end of one year, and the beginning of another, than with their song “Midnight.”


Oasis – Champagne Supernova


Traditionally, people toast a glass of champagne at midnight to celebrate the new year. Maybe you forgot to pick up a bottle, or maybe you poured all of it on a bunch of bikini clad women on your yacht (OK, that only applies to a certain segment of rappers from the late ‘90s and early ‘00s). Regardless, the absolute best champagne to start the new year with is Oasis’ “Champagne Supernova,” so cap off your evening at home with this classic.


And with that, my time is up for the week, but I’ll be back next week with more shots on all things pop.

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