Songs to Help Ring in the New 'Roarin' Twenties'

Lisa Tate

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The new Roarin’ Twenties is upon us, and hopefully everyone is celebrating in style this year, likely with 1920s themed parties. If you’re looking for some soundtrack music beyond “The Charleston,” here are some suggestions to mix up the party and ring in the new Twenties.

“Sing Sing Sing” Electro Swing Remix by Mellison

This Louis Prima’s song didn’t come out until the 1930s, and was made most popular during the Big Band era of the 1940s, but it is such an eternal party piece, you gotta include it. This Mellison remix really gives it a classic speakeasy vibe, too.

“Ain’t Misbehavin’” by Leon Redbone

One of the most popular songs of the 20s was this 1929 hit made famous by the likes of the great Fats Waller and Louis Armstrong. It has inspired its own musical and countless covers. Here is it by an artist we lost in 2019: the amazing Leon Redbone.

“Red Right Hand" (Choose Your Artist)

The insanely popular BBC organized crime drama Peaky Blinders takes us to the 1920s through the eyes of the Shelby family, and it is hard to separate it from its gritty theme song by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. Over the show's five seasons, various covers have been discovered including soundtrack regular PJ Harvey, as well as Artic Monkeys, Pete Yorn (from the original movie Hellboy), Karliene, and of course Snoop Dogg.

“Love Is Blindness” by Jack White

Another of the frequent Peaky Blinders music contributors is Jack White, and this U2 cover song was featured on another popular 1920s vehicle: Baz Luhrmann’s interpretation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.

“Roarin’ 20s” by Panic at the Disco

Finally (and I got this one from my music obsessed teen), if you start this song at 13 seconds past 11:59 p.m., Brendon Urie will wail, “This is My Roarin’ 20s,” right at midnight!

I’m not one of those to disparage the past years with a grumbling “good riddance,” but a new decade is upon us, and it is time to start a new, fresh outlook on life.

Ring it in with a Roar!

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