Traditional new year's song, written in 1788 by Scottish poet Robert Burns (1759-1796). Till the end of the 18th century another melody was used. Nowadays it's set to The Duke Of Bucclugh's tune (1687). Words and actual melody first connected in 1799. Even Beethoven used variations on this melody. In the 1870s it was rewritten as an ode to General Ulysses Grant (Should Brave Ulysses Be Forgot). When Emile Berliner was testing his new gramophone & phonograph inventions, Auld Lang Syne was the first song he could think of. Saved for a collection of oldest discs 1888-1901.
Diamond Four [on Berliner]
Beatles [on their anual X-Mas flexi for the fanclub]
Jean Redpath [in the way Robert Burns would have liked it]
Tannahill Weavers [Scots among Scots]
Chas & Dave [on soundtrack Party Party]
André Hazes & het Nederlands Elftal [as Wij Houden Van Oranje]
Cliff Richard [as Millennium Prayer n°1 UK]
Tom Waits [in New Year's Eve]
It is even translated in Chinese (as You Yi Di Jiu Tian Chang - Friendship Forever).