How to sync rock's best songs for the perfect New Year's Eve countdown

News 30/12/2019

If you want to bring in the new year, and new decade, to the perfect moments in your favourite classic rock songs, The Sound has you covered.

Thanks to the internet, we've found the exact moments to start 10 of classic rock's greatest hits to have maximum impact when the clock strikes 12 on New Year's. You'll be belting out the best lines or rocking out to the solos at just the right moments:

1. Phil Collins - In the Air Tonight
Start this track at exactly 11:56:44 pm on New Year's Eve, so you'll be bringing in the new year to that classic drum fill at midnight.

2. Toto - Africa
Queue up this iconic track at 11:56:56 to have "the rains coming down" at the stroke of midnight.

3. Simon & Garfunkel - The Sounds of Silence
If you're in more of a reflective state of mind, start up this track at exactly 11:59:57 pm on New Year's Eve to bring in the new year to "Hello darkness, my old friend" first thing in 2020.

4. The Who - Won't Get Fooled Again
Wanting to welcome in the new year to the sound of Roger Daltrey letting loose with one of rock's greatest howls? Start this track at 11:52:15pm. 

5. Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody
It wouldn't be a party without this iconic tune blasting, so get it started at 11:55:53 and get ready to head bang along like a character in Wayne's World.

6. Metallica - Enter Sandman
After a harder entrance to the new decade? Start Metallica's 1991 signature hit at 11:59:01.

7. Boston - Foreplay/Long Time
Start playing this track at 11:57:30 if you want to kick off the new decade to one of classic rock's biggest guitar lead lines.

8. Lynyrd Skynyrd - Free Bird
Sync up the big solo of this track with the start of 2020 by pressing play at 11:55:05.

9. Bruce Springsteen - Born to Run
Start Springsteen's breakthrough song at 11:57 exactly, so you can bring in the new year to get the incredible build up and the "The highway's jammed with broken heroes..." line coming in at midnight. 

10. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - American Girl
Start this track at 11:57:27 to bring in the new year to the best moment of the late Tom Petty's early hit.