ESSENCE.com's New Year's Playlist
New Year's Day Playlist
The beginning of a new year is always exciting and it's the time to wipe away your old drama, issues and problems and start fresh for 2011! Here are few songs to help you feel encouraged and empowered on the first day of what promises to be a more prosperous, happy and amazing year!
"New Attitude" by Patti LaBelle
Patti LaBelle shows us how to get a new attitude in the new year. Listen.
"Survivor" by Destiny's Child
Destiny's Child gave us the strength to carry on with this song.Listen
"No More Drama" by Mary J. Blige
Mary J. Blige takes a stand and ends the drama. Listen.
"Second Chance" by El Debarge
El Debarge shows us all why second chances are so important. Listen.
"Work to Do" by Vanessa Williams
Take a peek at Vanessa William's power song "Work to Do." Listen.
"Still Standing" by Monica featuring Ludacris
Monica proves she's a strong woman on this track from her 2010 album "Still Standing." Listen.
"Superwoman" by Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys knows how to lift every woman. Check out "Superwoman" on her "As I Am" album. Listen
"Rock Steady" by Aretha Franlkin
The queen of soul was a trailblazer in uplifting music. Check out "Rock Steady." Listen.
"Alright" by Janet Jackson
"Alright" by Janet Jackson off her "Rhythm Nation" is just what you need in the new year. Listen.
"Get Up" by Mary Mary
Have a listen to Gospel duo Mary Mary's "Get Up" — it'll get you moving for sure! Listen.
"Stronger" by Kanye West
Kanye West gets the blood pumping with "Stronger" off "Graduation." Listen
"I'm Doin' Me" by Fantasia
Fantasia lifts the soul with "I'm Doin' Me" off "Back to Me." Listen
"Lovely Day" by Bill Withers
What song could bring a broader smile to your face in the new year? Check out Bill Wither's "Lovely Day." Listen.
"Feeling Good" by Nina Simone
Check out this old school song, "Feeling Good" by Nina Simone. Listen.
"His Eye is on the Sparrow" by Marvin Gaye
R&B legend Marvin Gaye shares his gift and encourages everyone on his version of "His Eye is on the Sparrow." Listen.
"Fly Like a Bird" by Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey gives a little encouragement and inspiration on this song off "The Emancipation of Mimi." Listen
"Just Fine" by Mary J. Blige
Mary always knows how to best get you motivated. Check out "Just Fine" off her "Growing Pains" album. Listen.
"Free" by Destiny's Child
Destiny's Child sings the importance of being "Free" and clearing your mind to make way for a better day. Listen.
"Golden" by Jill Scott
As bright as the sun, Jill Scott sings about why she's living her life like it's golden. Listen.
"The Storm is Over Now" by Kirk Franklin
Gospel music leader Kirk Franklin and God's Property give some musical inspiration on "The Storm is Over." Listen.
"What a Difference a Day Makes" by Dinah Washington
Listen to Dinah Washington's rendition of "What a Difference a Day Makes." Listen.
"I'm Every Woman" by Whitney Houston
Here's to another woman empowerment song, this time by the one and only Whitney Houston. Listen.
"Three Little Birds" by Bob Marley
The legendary Bob Marley delivers a great message on "Three Little Birds" off his popular album, "Exodus." Listen.
"I Can See Clearly Now" by Jimmy Cliff
Have a listen to Jimmy Cliff's inspirational song, "I Can See Clearly Now" which appeared on the "Cool Runnings" soundtrack. Listen.
"Move On Up" by Curtis Mayfield
Check out Curtis Mayfield's "Move on Up." Listen.
"New Religion" by Alice Smith
Have a listen to Alice Smith's great song, "New Religion." Listen.
"I Feel Good" by James Brown
There's no excuse not to feel good in 2011 — especially with tunes like James Brown's "I feel Good." Listen.
"Live Your Life" by T.I. featuing Rihanna
T.I. and Rihanna show you how to live your best life. Listen.
"Love Like This" by Faith Evans
Listen to Faith Evans' "Love Like This." Listen.
"No One" by Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys creates feel good music, check out her number on hit "No One" to jump start your year. Listen.