I picked this song last year as the Throwback Thursday song to closeout the year. 2016 seemed very somber towards the end with the passings of George Michael and Carrie Fisher. Not to mention, the election taking it's toll on everyone.

And now looking at 2017, it has been a trying year as well. Terrible natural disasters, more terrorists attacks, mass shootings and violence.

But as always with any negative there is also positive. Out of all these tragedies we have seen heroes arise.

And as with any new year, I think we all hope that 'This year will be better than the last.'

So it just seemed fitting to end the year once again with The Counting Crows.

"A Long December" by Counting Crows was released in 1996. It was the second single off of their second album, Recovering the Satellites. 

Frontman, Adam Duritz said of the song:

"It’s a song about looking back on your life and seeing changes happening, and for once for me, looking forward and thinking… ya know…things are gonna change for the better ‘maybe this year will be better than the last’ and uh… and so, like a lot of songs on the end of album it’s not about everything turning out great, but it at least is about hope…and the possibilities …”

And I think that's what we all want. Hope and possibilities.

Also, in the video was Duritz' then girlfriend, Courtney Cox. This was during the peak years of Friends, so it was pretty awesome. Duritz also dated Jennifer Aniston from Friends. Crazy, right? I mean, I'm sure he's a nice guy, but Jennifer Aniston eventually married Brad Pitt. Adam Duritz to Brad Pitt.

According to Wikipedia the song charted well. #6 on Billboard's Hot 100, #7 on the Top 40 Mainstream, and #5 on the Modern Rock chart.


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