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The 40th anniversary of New Year's Rockin' Eve: By the numbers

Lady Gaga headlines this year's installment of the Dick Clark show that made the Times Square ball drop synonymous with ringing in the new year

Raise your champagne glasses: Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin Eve turns 40 this year. The program was first conceived in the early 1970s to attract a younger generation of viewers whose only other option was CBS Radio's annual Guy Lombardo and big-band music broadcast. Now, 40 shows later, the annual special is a cultural institution, featuring the day's most popular musical acts and attracting millions of viewers around the globe. Here, a numerical look at the venerable show:

82Iconic media personality Dick Clark's age. He'll co-host this year's show with Ryan Seacrest.

43Dick Clark's age when he began hosting the yearly program in 1972

100 25-watt lightbulbs originally in the Times Square ball — "a bit dimmer than today's," jokes Lauren Effron at ABC News

22,000LED lights embedded in Waterford Crystal for 2011's multi-colored ball, dropped from a flagpole atop a skyscraper at 1 Times Square

About 1 millionPeople who will pack Times Square to participate in the festivities

18.8 million People who watched the broadcast on ABC in 2010 — more than NBC and Fox's New Years Eve audiences combined

2000Pounds of confetti that will be shot into the air in Times Square this year

29Musical performances scheduled for this year, including Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj, and Florence + the Machine

4Musical performances on the first show, including Al Green, Helen Reddy, and Three Dog Night

5.5 Projected hours consumed by this year's broadcast

Sources: 9News.comABC News, Associated Press, NYCGo.com, TIME

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