Five Alternative Versions of Auld Lang Syne to See in the New Year!

No matter where you are, no matter who you’re with, no matter what you’re doing, we here at Games, Brrraaains & A Head-Banging Life wish you the happiest of New Years. 2019 is right around the corner and chances are you’re going to hear Auld Lang Syne come midnight.

Auld Lang Syne is a Scots-language poem written by Robert Burns in 1788 and set to the tune of a traditional folk song. It has become associated with the New Year and has seen many, many versions over the years but not so much in the rock and metal world.

There have been a few though and we figured we’d give you a few suggestions to play instead of the more traditional song.


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Coming from rock newcomer, Diamante, this version of Auld Lang Syne is a tribute to her fans. To accompany the track, she created a unique video with the help of her fans to show her appreciation for the support they have given her throughout the year. It’s a sweet version that really hits the mark if the video is watched at the same time.

Less Than Jake

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Taken from their Greetings and Salutations compilations album, this is prime Less Than Jake as it doesn’t resemble the original at all. That being said, it’s a catchy number that hits all the right ska beats to get a room full of people dancing.



The Tossers

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The second track on The Tossers Merry Christmas EP released at the end of 2018, the blue-collar anthem rockers deliver a classy cover. Capturing the feel of spending New Years with loved ones. One of the things I like about this version is that it doesn’t do what many others do. Which is speed up near the end. Instead The Tossers keep things at the same pace and it has way more impact.


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A bonus track on certain editions of We Wish You A Metal Xmas and a Headbanging New Year. One of the more famous holiday cover albums within our genre. Girlschool bring us a dirty and groovy version of the famous poem. It’s easily one of the better versions you’ll hear.

Die Toten Hosen

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An absolutely great version from the German punk band, this version matches up the original perfectly while still sounding so punk. It’s a banger of a cover, likely to bring a tear or two as well as smile come midnight.