Is it too early to ask? Or too late? These things are so complicated.

“What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve” by Frank Loesser, sung by The Orioles in the original 1949 recording:


Video posted by MusicProf78

According to the Songfacts blog, this is the second most popular song for the end of the year, and it is

the kind of ballad that is usually sung in a melancholy tone because the singer instinctively knows the answer (you’re probably busy).

So let’s undercut the lyrics with this playful version sung by Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt:


Video by HelloGiggles/Zooey Deschanel

Maybe it’s that they’re clearly having so much fun, or maybe it’s that it’s a duet, but one way or another they clearly expect the answer to be, “Spending it with you, you idiot!”

Deschanel’s note is wrong about one thing, though–the original isn’t by Nancy Wilson, whose recording of the song came out in 1965. “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve” was written by Frank Loesser in 1947 as a stand-alone song, and it was first recorded by The Orioles a couple of years later.