20 Songs About Sunday That Will Liven Up Your Weekend

Unlike Fridays and Saturdays, Sundays aren’t half as much fun. The excitement we feel on Fridays and Saturdays has a lot to do with the upcoming Sunday. But as Sunday comes, we face the long week ahead of ourselves.

While some might still be getting over their late Saturday night, others might prefer some quality family time.

Whatever might be the case, we’ve got you covered. A playlist on ‘Songs about Sundays’ is all you need playing in the background as you go about your favorite activities.

1. Sunday Best – Surfaces (2019)

  • Artist: Surfaces
  • Song Name: Sunday Best
  • Year released: 2019
  • From Album: Where The Light Is
  • Play on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/1Cv1YLb4q0RzL6pybtaMLo

“When you come here on a Monday morning, I want you to be all in.” How would you feel if your boss called you into his office on a Monday morning and told you that?

He points at the calendar and it says Sunday. He keeps tearing at it but to no avail. The calendar keeps showing Sunday after Sunday after Sunday!

The Surfaces show up in the office and the party begins. There are balloons and flower necklaces like it’s Hawaii. The staff is using the Xerox machine as a barbecue grill. The coffee machine at the office is making Margaritas.

We wanted to start this playlist with this Monday blues-burner to get you warmed up for your Sunday Best!

2. Sunday Morning Call – Oasis (2000)

  • Artist: Oasis
  • Song Name: Sunday Morning Call
  • Year released: 2000
  • From Album: Standing on the Shoulder of giants
  • Play on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/0FtnEZlsFOeXsGZKa4e6rF

Noel Gallagher takes on the lead vocals for the first time since ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger.’ Noel wrote this song about the addiction problems of his celebrity friends.

This intriguing song makes you re-think all the people we blame for our problems. Noel has opened up about the song in many interviews. Noel says, “They write a cheque made payable to

The Priory clinic, and six weeks later everyone’s going to come up smelling of roses.”
“Don’t spend 20 grand trying to kick the habit that you can kick by looking in the mirror and saying to yourself, ‘Where did all this go wrong, man?”

3. Sunny Sunday – Joni Mitchell (1994)

  • Artist: Joni Mitchell
  • Song Name: Sunny Sunday 
  • Year released: 1994
  • From Album: Turbulent Indigo
  • Play on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/7duEwoBcTXRhoXXlFUkySJ

Joni Mitchell writes an interesting song about a woman who had a gambler’s attitude to life. The woman would aim at a streetlight from her window every Sunday night.

Missing the target would alarm the dogs every time. But the day she hits, she will leave this place. That was her promise to herself.

In an interview, Joni says, “It’s the story of a woman waiting for some little change to give a new direction. It’s a kind of a mysterious little song. It’s also the shortest song I ever wrote.”

4. Sunday Bloody Sunday – U2 (1983)

  • Artist: U2
  • Song Name: Sunday Bloody Sunday
  • Year released: 1983
  • From Album: War
  • Play on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/4nuUssdgKFy2QyYHHNkZQW

On January 30th, 1972, British paratroopers killed 13 civil rights in Derry, N.Ireland. U2 wrote this peace anthem as a way of overcoming the differences. Wanting to stop having to sing about violence, Bono asks:

“How long, how long must we sing this song?”

Waving a white flag, Bono introduces this song at live shows by saying, “This is not a rebel song.”

In 2003, The Edge inducted British punk act, The Clash into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Edge famously said, “There is no doubt in my mind that ‘Sunday Bloody Sunday’ wouldn’t and couldn’t have been written if not for The Clash.”

5. Sunday Morning – Maroon 5 (2002)

  • Artist: Maroon 5
  • Song Name: Sunday Morning
  • Year released: 2002
  • From Album: Songs About Jane
  • Play on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/5qII2n90lVdPDcgXEEVHNy

This hit song features in the successful ‘Songs about Jane’ album that got Maroon 5 on the map. Selling more than 10 million copies worldwide, the band became a household name.

The song is about a lover wanting to return home to his beloved on a Sunday morning. The happy, singalong music video has people singing with the band in a karaoke bar.

Picked as the album’s fourth single release, ‘Sunday Morning’ was originally the band’s first single. Featuring in films like ‘Love Actually’ and ‘Something’s Gotta Give’, the song is quite recognizable.

6. Sunday Rain – Foo Fighters (2017)

  • Artist: FooFighters
  • Song Name: Sunday Rain
  • Year released: 2017
  • From Album: Concrete and Gold
  • Play on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/1tDM9ElAIOimEPBEnkXqe2

It’s not surprising that this rock’ N’ roll hit sounds as if it’s recorded in the late ’60s. On the drums was the Beatles frontman, Sir Paul McCartney.

As a song about leaving a friend to solve your problems, this song is a rant. The friend asks him to not leave him drowning in the ‘Sunday Rain’ alone.

Switching roles, the drummer Taylor Hawking sang this tune and Sir Paul recorded the drums in two takes flat.

7. Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon – Queen (1975)

  • Artist: Queen
  • Song Name: Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon
  • Year released: 1975
  • From Album: A Night At The Opera
  • Play on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/1tDM9ElAIOimEPBEnkXqe2

There are few things more joyous than lazing on a Sunday afternoon. Freddie Mercury sings us exactly that, filling our hearts with joy.

Freddie is famous for writing songs about his love for bicycles. Queen’s ‘Bicycle Race’ is a very popular tune.

Freddie sings about going to the zoo on a Thursday and painting in the Louvre on a Friday.
Saturday is the funniest of them all.

Freddie sings about how he’s bound to be proposing on a Saturday night. Hilariously, the band supports him by singing:

“There he goes again.”

8. Sunday – David Bowie (2002)

  • Artist: David Bowie
  • Song Name: Sunday 
  • Year released: 2002
  • From Album: Heathen
  • Play on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/7D8BAYkrR9peCB9XSKCADc

This masterpiece by Bowie takes us on a journey through evolution. He sings about the birth of new life forms and the end of old ones. This is the cycle of life. Hence, Bowie sings:

“Everything has changed
For in truth, it’s the beginning of nothing
And nothing has changed.”

The album’s producer Tony Visconti says,”‘Sunday’ is quite stunning. It took a long time to make. Every time we added a layer of sound from either us or a visiting musician, the song grew to be more and more of an emotional experience.”

9. Why Are Sundays So Depressing – The Strokes (2020)

  • Artist: The Strokes 
  • Song Name: Why Are Sundays So Depressing 
  • Year released: 2020
  • From Album: The New Abnormal
  • Play on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/1aOxOpH4AkGAd8OMrKjyNY

This has got to be the cutest Sunday love story on our playlist! The video shows an adolescent boy falling in love with his classmate.

The boy can’t help but freeze in front of his love interest.
The climax of the song occurs when the bold young girl kisses him while clicking photographs. These overlapping lines of the song are a perfect fit:

“I want your time (time, time)
Don’t ask me questions (questions, questions)
That you don’t want (want, want)
The answers to (to, to)”

Unlike other Sunday songs, this one misses the nine to five. Calling idle time evil, our songwriter quite enjoys his daily routine.

Just the video alone is worth ten on ten! The on-screen chemistry on this adorable love song is off the charts!

10. A Sunday Kind of Love – Etta James (1960)

  • Artist: Etta James
  • Song Name: A Sunday Kind Of Love
  • Year released: 1960
  • From Album: At Last!
  • Play on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/0zGLlXbHlrAyBN1x6sY0rb

Make yourself a hot beverage and relax on your recliner chair as this tune is going to massage away all your pain! Covered by countless artists, this slow blues tune is a timeless classic.
The songwriter aches to find a partner to grow old with. She paints a beautiful picture in our minds by imagining ‘A Sunday Kind of Lover’.
You can’t help but cuddle with your beloved as you listen to these lines:

“And my arms need someone
Someone to enfold
To keep me warm when Mondays and Tuesdays grow cold
Love for all my life to have and to hold
Oh, and I want a Sunday kind of love.”

11. Sunday – Sonic Youth (1997)

  • Artist: Sonic Youth
  • Song Name: Sunday 
  • Year released: 1997
  • From Album: SubUrbia

Play on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/5ZNdRdZ2inm4ksA8keadDs?autoplay=true

With so many different perspectives on Sunday, this one has got to be the one that stretches it the most. Most of us may look at Sunday as a day to put our feet up and relax. If you’re among them, Sonic Youth is going to take you on a pleasant trip.

Calling his lover ‘Sunday’, our songwriter asks whether she can provide him with the freedom that Sunday does. Feeling ‘Sunday’ every time he is with her, time seems to move slow.

“Sunday comes and Sunday goes
Sunday always seems to move so slow.”

Referring to ‘Sunday’ as a lover makes this original song quite interesting. He ends by singing:

“To you lonely Sunday friend
With you, Sunday never ends”

12. Raining On Sunday – Keith Urban


  • Artist: Keith Urban
  • Song Name: Raining On Sunday 
  • Year released: 2002
  • From Album: Golden Road
  • Play on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/0NSMyTBtAhxibdKbPU1Sv9

As passionate as a song can get, Keith Urban lays his heart on his sleeve. Keith begins this song by referring to the ticking of a Timex watch. As time passes by, the song grows more and more passionate.

As a way of spending time with his lover, Keith wishes that rains start pouring this Sunday afternoon. By letting go of control, he wishes to purify their love.

“Oh surrender is much sweeter
When we both let it go
Let the water wash our bodies clean
And love washes our souls.”

The guitar solo towards the end brings the passion to its peak. Love-making seems to be an absolute adventure in this country music anthem.

13. My Sunday Feeling – Jethro Tull (1968)

  • Artist: Jethro Tull
  • Song Name: My Sunday Feeling
  • Year released: 1968
  • From Album: This Was
  • Play on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/49pxOInMJgP4K8lGjYfe54

Ian Anderson begins this song with a super-fast flute melody. Before we know what hit us, Ian is on the mic growling this rock N’ Roll tune.

Written about getting over the wild Saturday night hangover, Ian asks for help. He wants someone to guide him to his bed. He thinks one more cigarette might help him get back on his feet.

But it’s already too late. That ‘Sunday morning hangover’ is all over him!

14. Lazy Sunday Afternoon – Small Faces (1968)

  • Artist: Small Faces
  • Song Name: Lazy Sunday Afternoon
  • Year released: 1968
  • From Album: Here come the Nice: Box Set 1967-1969
  • Play on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/5FNiP1ln5Gb4Vb0omAmWjR

This is a happy-go-lucky tune about relaxing on a lazy Sunday afternoon. The video shows the problems faced in a suburban British neighborhood in the ’60s.

The song starts with a traditional old lady banging on Steve Marriott’s door. She breaks a tile on his forehead and starts chasing him.

The carefree lyrics focus on the little joys in life, like enjoying a nice lazy Sunday afternoon. How can problems affect him if he’s got no mind to worry about? That’s the band’s perspective on life.

“Lazy Sunday afternoon
I’ve got no mind to worry
I close my eyes and drift away-a.”

Drifting away in rainbow-cooled worlds of their own, this band is sure to cheer you up this Sunday afternoon.

15. Loving You Sunday Morning – Scorpions (1979)

  • Artist: Scorpions
  • Song Name: Loving You Sunday Morning
  • Year released: 1979
  • From Album: Lovedrive
  • Play on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/5PMMpBCXgfq2i25ZNjC3Ni

It wouldn’t be surprising if you thought this was an AC/DC tune. This tune is full of Malcolm Young-inspired rhythm guitars and Angus Young-like solos. The Scorpions enter early ’70s Rock N’ Roll territory with this tune.

Promising the world to his lover, Klaus Meine asks her to believe in him. With simple lyrics and a familiar classic rock riff, this song is quite relatable.

16. Sunday Morning Coming Down – Johnny Cash (1972)

  • Artist: Johnny Cash
  • Song Name: Sunday Morning Coming Down
  • Year released: 1972
  • From Album: Sunday Morning Coming Down
  • Play on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/4dgLiVlWE9bE6N8nOiq5zG

Another song about a Saturday hangover makes it into our playlist of songs about Sunday. Unsurprisingly, it’s Johnny Cash, the king of love and pain!

Singing about the beer he had at breakfast to get over his Saturday night hangover, Cash walks through the city with a heavy head. Wearing his cleanest dirty shirt, the singer makes his way through town.

Dads are playing with their daughters and delicious chicken is being fried in the city. The city around our singer is full of joy and happiness. He sees what he is missing out on.

Having spent the previous night picking songs and smoking cigarettes, Johnny Cash finally feels alone.

17. A Month of Sundays – Don Henley (1984)

  • Artist: Don Henley
  • Song Name: A Month of Sundays
  • Year released: 1984
  • From Album: Building The Perfect Beast
  • Play on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/5iaKIDFB45PjpHqmKqAeA7

The famous Eagles’ drummer, Don Henley comes up with the most meaningful lyrics on our Sunday playlist. The lyrics show the perspective of an old retired farmer. As he looks at the modern world, he is quite surprised. The wisest lines in the song occur when the old man says:

“Now, it all comes down to numbers
Now, I’m glad that I have quit
Folks these days just don’t do nothin’
Simply for the love of it.”

As a song full of meaningful gems, the lyrics are worth a read.

18. Sunday – Nick Drake (1971)

  • Artist: Nick Drake
  • Song Name: Sunday
  • Year released: 1971
  • From Album: Bryter Layter
  • Play on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/0wQPwZhvz0pAq7ezuYYYkS

The flute melody on this instrumental track is sure to stop you in your tracks. The flute aches with such beauty that it is hard to put in words.

Simple strumming guitars support the lonely flute. A strange synthesizer comes and goes. In less than four minutes, Nick Drake captures our hearts and imagination with his simplicity.

Guaranteed to make you listen to it again, Ray Warleigh’s flute playing is out of this world!

19. Another Sunday in the South – Miranda Lambert (2014)

  • Artist: Miranda Lambert
  • Song Name: Another Sunday in the South
  • Year released: 2014
  • From Album: Platinum
  • Play on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/0nb1lylqpHJsHfPUqHvpSN

This Sunday anthem is sure to fill your hearts with warmth. Simple lyrics about Sundays spent in the south of the United States.

Miranda speaks about some of her favorite memories of Sundays in the south. Overhearing Church bells and mamas calling from their kitchens. Ditching lemonades, she wants to get some adult drinks with her friend.

We hear Miranda mention Shenandoah in the chorus. For those not familiar, Shenandoah had a No.1 Hit in 1989 called ‘Sunday in the South. Shenandoah’s singer Marty Raybon does a guest appearance on this track.

In an interview, Miranda says, “At the heart of my country inspiration is Shenandoah. They created a pure sound that takes you back home every time. And most of us are still trying to replicate that sound today!”

20. Young Girl Sunday Blues – Jefferson Airplane (1967)

  • Artist: Jefferson Airplane
  • Song Name: Young Girl Sunday Blues
  • Year released: 1967
  • From Album: After Bathing at Baxter’s
  • Play on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/7tuovBCEMS2jAzBgXoxMzq

Jefferson Airplane’s sound is fresh in this album as they changed their main songwriter. Paul Kantner replaced Marty Balin for their third album.

As a song from 1968, it sounds just about right. Lyrics on love and life take on a hippie meaning. Voices move around in psychedelic ways. Guitars have recently discovered the magic of overdrive.

The song’s ending lines are sure to remind you of the Beatles and The Doors.

“Sunday blues girl,
Young and new girl,
You’re the only true girl,
Here can please me,
I said, “Please me, yeah!”

John Godfrey

John Godfrey is a music fanatic, as well as the owner of Songpier.com which provides music guides. In high school, he learned how to play the drums which inspired him to learn about rock music. He began to write articles for various music magazines and during this period he realized he had a passion for writing music descriptions. He has a Master's degree in music education from the University of Redlands.