Country Throwback: Alabama Rings in Century With ‘New Year’s Eve 1999’

by Emily Morgan

If there was ever a year to rival the weirdness of 2020, it has to be 1999. 

While many people looked forward to the new century, people were also fearful that the world would come to a disastrous end. Sound familiar?

Even if that was true, the legendary country band, Alabama, was here to lead the celebration. The band helped calm nerves when they performed the appropriately titled song, New Year’s Eve 1999.”

The band turns the song into a soft and soothing tune, making it enjoyable to listen to even in 2020. Even though it’s been two decades since its release, “New Year’s Eve 1999” remains a regular part of many New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Alabama Calms ‘Y2K’ Nerves With Decades-Old Tune

Penned by Nashville songwriter Gretchen Peters, her lyrics seamlessly captured the feeling of nervousness and anticipation in “New Year’s Eve 1999.” Surprisingly, Peters wrote the song years before its title date.

In an interview with Songfacts, Peters said she wrote the song a decade before 1999. She also added that the idea for “New Year’s Eve 1999” randomly came to her one day when she realized the millennium was on the horizon.

“I remember thinking, ‘What a nice idea to think about projecting into the future that far, between two people,'” she said.

In the song, a couple discusses how they will celebrate the millennium’s arrival on New Year’s Eve in 1999, even though the date is far off in the distance. 

For years, Peters’ song went unrecorded. Finally, Alabama picked it up in 1996 in preparation for the new millennium.

The legendary country group released “NewYear’s Eve 199” as the final track on their Christmas album titles, Christmas Vol. II. The band turned the decades-old song into an instant country classic.

While New Year’s Day has come and gone, you can still kick off your 2021 right by giving a listen to Alabama’s holiday tune.