ESSENCE.com's New Year's Day Playlist

ESSENCE.com's New Year's PlaylistNew Year's Day PlaylistThe 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 LaBellePatti LaBelle shows us how to get a new attitude in the new year. Listen."Survivor" by Destiny's ChildDestiny's Child gave us the strength to carry on with this song.Listen"No More Drama" by Mary J. BligeMary J. Blige takes a stand and ends the drama. Listen."Second Chance" by El DebargeEl Debarge shows us all why second chances are so important. Listen."Work to Do" by Vanessa WilliamsTake a peek at Vanessa William's power song "Work to Do." Listen."Still Standing" by Monica featuring LudacrisMonica proves she's a strong woman on this track from her 2010 album "Still Standing." Listen."Superwoman" by Alicia KeysAlicia Keys knows how to lift every woman. Check out "Superwoman" on her "As I Am" album. Listen"Rock Steady" by Aretha FranlkinThe 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 MaryHave a listen to Gospel duo Mary Mary's "Get Up" — it'll get you moving for sure! Listen."Stronger" by Kanye WestKanye West gets the blood pumping with "Stronger" off "Graduation." Listen"I'm Doin' Me" by FantasiaFantasia lifts the soul with "I'm Doin' Me" off "Back to Me." Listen"Lovely Day" by Bill WithersWhat 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 SimoneCheck out this old school song, "Feeling Good" by Nina Simone. Listen."His Eye is on the Sparrow" by Marvin GayeR&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 CareyMariah Carey gives a little encouragement and inspiration on this song off "The Emancipation of Mimi." Listen"Just Fine" by Mary J. BligeMary always knows how to best get you motivated. Check out "Just Fine" off her "Growing Pains" album. Listen."Free" by Destiny's ChildDestiny's Child sings the importance of being "Free" and clearing your mind to make way for a better day. Listen."Golden" by Jill ScottAs 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 FranklinGospel 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 WashingtonListen to Dinah Washington's rendition of "What a Difference a Day Makes." Listen."I'm Every Woman" by Whitney HoustonHere's to another woman empowerment song, this time by the one and only Whitney Houston. Listen."Three Little Birds" by Bob MarleyThe legendary Bob Marley delivers a great message on "Three Little Birds" off his popular album, "Exodus." Listen."I Can See Clearly Now" by Jimmy CliffHave 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 MayfieldCheck out Curtis Mayfield's "Move on Up." Listen."New Religion" by Alice SmithHave a listen to Alice Smith's great song, "New Religion." Listen."I Feel Good" by James BrownThere'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 RihannaT.I. and Rihanna show you how to live your best life. Listen."Love Like This" by Faith EvansListen to Faith Evans' "Love Like This." Listen."No One" by Alicia KeysAlicia Keys creates feel good music, check out her number on hit "No One" to jump start your year. Listen.

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!

Patti LaBelle shows us how to get a new attitude in the new year. Listen.

Destiny's Child gave us the strength to carry on with this song.Listen

Mary J. Blige takes a stand and ends the drama. Listen.

El Debarge shows us all why second chances are so important. Listen.

Take a peek at Vanessa William's power song "Work to Do." Listen.

Monica proves she's a strong woman on this track from her 2010 album "Still Standing." Listen.

Alicia Keys knows how to lift every woman. Check out "Superwoman" on her "As I Am" album. Listen

The queen of soul was a trailblazer in uplifting music. Check out "Rock Steady." Listen.

"Alright" by Janet Jackson off her "Rhythm Nation" is just what you need in the new year. Listen.

Have a listen to Gospel duo Mary Mary's "Get Up" — it'll get you moving for sure! Listen.

Kanye West gets the blood pumping with "Stronger" off "Graduation." Listen

Fantasia lifts the soul with "I'm Doin' Me" off "Back to Me." Listen

What song could bring a broader smile to your face in the new year? Check out Bill Wither's "Lovely Day." Listen.

Check out this old school song, "Feeling Good" by Nina Simone. Listen.

R&B legend Marvin Gaye shares his gift and encourages everyone on his version of "His Eye is on the Sparrow." Listen.

Mariah Carey gives a little encouragement and inspiration on this song off "The Emancipation of Mimi." Listen

Mary always knows how to best get you motivated. Check out "Just Fine" off her "Growing Pains" album. Listen.

Destiny's Child sings the importance of being "Free" and clearing your mind to make way for a better day. Listen.

As bright as the sun, Jill Scott sings about why she's living her life like it's golden. Listen.

Gospel music leader Kirk Franklin and God's Property give some musical inspiration on "The Storm is Over." Listen.

Listen to Dinah Washington's rendition of "What a Difference a Day Makes." Listen.

Here's to another woman empowerment song, this time by the one and only Whitney Houston. Listen.

The legendary Bob Marley delivers a great message on "Three Little Birds" off his popular album, "Exodus." Listen.

Have a listen to Jimmy Cliff's inspirational song, "I Can See Clearly Now" which appeared on the "Cool Runnings" soundtrack. Listen.

Check out Curtis Mayfield's "Move on Up." Listen.

Have a listen to Alice Smith's great song, "New Religion." Listen.

There's no excuse not to feel good in 2011 — especially with tunes like James Brown's "I feel Good." Listen.

T.I. and Rihanna show you how to live your best life. Listen.

Listen to Faith Evans' "Love Like This." Listen.

Alicia Keys creates feel good music, check out her number on hit "No One" to jump start your year. Listen.

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