The New Year's Eve song, explained

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  • Published on:  Monday, December 31, 2018
  • The US associates "Auld Lang Syne" with the New Year, but not everyone does.

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    After the ball drops in Times Square on New Year's Eve, the crowd cheers, couples kiss, confetti flies and the song you hear is "Auld Lang Syne." For Americans this song is associated with another year passing, but it means something else entirely in other cultures. Since the Scottish poet Robert Burns first published the words to the song in the 18th century, the melody has been adapted as a soccer ballad in the Netherlands, a graduation song in Japan, and more.

    This video explains how an obscure Scottish folk tune took on new life around the world and how Guy Lombardo solidified it as the sound the US hears at the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve. is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out

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  • Vox


     8 months ago +1689

    Here's our last video of 2018! Happy New Year everyone 🍾✨✨

  • Aulid Kawsar

    Aulid Kawsar

     6 days ago

    Rabindranath Tagore - Purano sei diner Kotha (Bangla)

  • Roddy Moohan

    Roddy Moohan

     14 days ago

    Auld Lang Syne is best played on the the pipes I don’t care what the world says . Caledonia a tha beò fada! 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

  • Cassandra


     1 months ago

    I dinnie Ken why ya all needed ta video? This seems pretty easy to me what are you all eijitds?

  • Cassandra


     1 months ago

    Yas Scotland making our way into every corner of the world!!

  • John Houghton

    John Houghton

     1 months ago

    It's more a poem, but ok

  • Daddy Pig

    Daddy Pig

     1 months ago

    It’s funny because I’m Scottish and I went to America last year. We were at this festival thing and they performed Auld Lang Syne and watching everyone butcher the lyrics was hilarious. My American friends were astounded hearing that I knew all the lyrics and actually knew what the song meant lol

  • pyro flame kid

    pyro flame kid

     1 months ago

    Am I the only who didnt know this song

  • Brandon Stennett

    Brandon Stennett

     1 months ago

    Hey ,favor could you guys explain the NO BAIL SWEDEN SITUATION ? would help us ASAP.

  • Jayde R

    Jayde R

     2 months ago

    south koreas theme song until 1948?..

  • Anton Beaumont

    Anton Beaumont

     2 months ago

    In Taiwan this is a song played only at funerals!!

  • SiLvEr BuLlEt 9000

    SiLvEr BuLlEt 9000

     2 months ago

    You forgot Korea

  • Lovely Angelique

    Lovely Angelique

     2 months ago

    I can’t wait for the next New Year’s Eve to come. I’m in love with this song 😍

  • Azharie Raemy

    Azharie Raemy

     2 months ago

    hey in malaysia its called "bertemu dan berpisah" which means "meets and split ups"

  • BigDog12345 X XL The Great

    BigDog12345 X XL The Great

     3 months ago

    As songs through songs through songs we go high! _LOL_!
    I'm writing a parody on this song for Bowser Army (NOT DOUG BOWSER, THE OTHER BOWSER!!!) in the Super Mario Franchise.

    Verse 1
    Forevermore we always know
    The Koopa King Will Reign Always!
    Forevermore it's time to
    Celebrate his mighty reign!


    All Hail The Koopa King, Bowser!
    All Hail The Koopa King!
    He's powerful, long may he reign!
    All Hail The Koopa King!

  • TheTed Blox

    TheTed Blox

     3 months ago

    What is the name of it ?

  • Sydney Crystal

    Sydney Crystal

     3 months ago

    wh.. who didnt know that there was a new years song

  • Why Not?

    Why Not?

     4 months ago

    The first wave of emmigrants to what would become the USA were Scots-Irish-German-English...

  • Marshan Thomas

    Marshan Thomas

     5 months ago

    Towards the n of the video was that shot at Mariah Carey bc she didn't know her own song lol.

  • Marshan Thomas

    Marshan Thomas

     5 months ago

    2019 has jump fast smh.