Why Is ‘Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve’ Such A Big Deal?

Who needs plans when you’ve already got appointment viewing locked up for New Year’s Eve? Non-shut-ins probably, but a long-running TV institution has done a bang-up job of telling viewers that the most “rockin'” place to be at midnight on December 31st is glued to their local ABC affiliate.

Yes, Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve is the sort of cultural staple that proudly marches on no matter what decade it winds up in, which network it airs on and who takes the reins as host. (Remember: These sorts of shows aren’t as easy to knock out as they look.) Since 1972, this annual offering has combined a savvy host, popular recording artists and that weird feeling of joy that comes from counting down to a new year.

Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve ranks as a pop culture fixture with a legacy that’s worthy of brushing up on, and we at UPROXX have put together a zippy and informative 103 second video with all the key tidbits about the special. This guide looks at the history of this NYE program with bits of trivia, memorable moments and a certain Friends shout-out are all woven into the proceedings. The best part? You don’t have to wait for the ball to drop in Times Square for permission to check it out. Hit play and toss confetti at your own pace.