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Some old ‘New’ songs to start the year

It’s hardly a novel idea, but how about beginning the new year with a few “New” songs?

It’s hardly a novel idea, but how about beginning the new year with a few old “New” songs?

There are a lot to choose from. Here’s a sampler by category:

 A new start
• Appropriately, U2’s “New Year’s Day.”

Some new views
• Patti Labelle offers a New Attitude.”

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• A whistling Roger Whittaker ponders a “New World in the Morning.”

• And so does Mama Cass with “New World Coming.”

• Linda Ronstadt teams with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra on “What’s New.”

• Lots of folks didn’t think Melanie’s roller skate song, “Brand New Key, was as innocent as she originally maintained.

• Dusty Springfield’s “A Brand New Me.”

• The Stylistics’ “You Make Me Feel Brand New.”

• And Tom Jones’ “What’s New Pussycat?” movie theme.

A couple of new friends
Two new acquaintances for the new year:

• Jan and Dean’s “New Girl in School.”

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• The Eagles’ “New Kid in Town.”

Places to visit anew
Next, musical trips to two popular cities — two (of many) songs for each stop:

• Gary “U.S.” Bonds’ rousing “New Orleans” and Freddy “Boom Boom” Cannon’s “Way Down Yonder in New Orleans.”

• Mr. Sinatra’s “Theme From New York, New York” anthem and a forgotten hit by the Tradewinds, “New York’s a Lonely Town.”

… And one gnu song
• Courtesy of the Muppets: “The Gnu Song.”