Great Yarmouth joins Glasgow in 'Auld Lang Syne' streaming top five

Millennials are shunning the traditional way of ringing in the New Year
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Sung while standing in a circle and holding crossed hands with your nearest and dearest, it has been sung on New Year's Eve for generations.

The song, based on the Rabbie Burns poem, was the most-played track in the ten minutes between 11.55pm on New Year's Eve 2017 and 12.05am on January 1 this year, according to the streaming service.

And new figures have revealed that "Auld Lang Syne" is still a firm favourite in Great Yarmouth, despite younger listeners largely shunning the singalong anthem.

A traditional New Year ballad is still proving a hit in Aberdeen, despite research showing it is losing popularity with younger listeners.

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Of the general population just three per cent of people in the United Kingdom know all the words, it found, with the majority only able to recall the chorus and the first few lines but then failing after that. The version we sing now is a newer version of Robert Burns' adaptation of the folk song.

He sent a copy of the song to his friend, Mrs Agnes Dunlop, exclaiming: 'There is more of the fire of native genius in it than in half a dozen of modern English Bacchanalians!' In fact, Robert Burns - the renowned 18th Century poet who popularized the song - promoted it at a time when Scottish traditions were falling away as his country became increasingly absorbed into the culture and customs of England.

The song remains popular in Glasgow, the location of the most streams.

The phrase "Auld lang syne" translates to "times gone by" and is a Scottish folk song.

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