Loverboy sang, “everybody’s working for the weekend / everybody wants a new romance / everybody’s going off the deep end / everybody needs a second chance.” Whether you work your butt off each week until “Friday (you’re) in love,” or if you simply look forward to the weekends because that’s when your circle of friends is free, it’s nice to have a good playlist going to get you revved up or relaxed for those Saturdays, Sundays and Friday Nights. So, here are the top ten songs about the weekend. Feel free to add your own!
Number Ten: “Friday Night” by Girl Talk. “Friday Night” is a song by Girl Talk, off of his 2006, third studio album, Night Ripper. As you probably know by now, Girl Talk specializes in mash-ups and sampling, so it’s a bit pointless to post lyrics here. Nonetheless, this track will get you pumped for your Friday night out. The track begins with samples from The Notorious B.I.G, James Brown and Public Enemy, followed by samples of songs like “The Stroke” by Billy Squier, “Nuthin’ But a ‘G’ Thang” by Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, “I Know What Boys Like” by The Waitresses, “Return of the Mack” by Mark Morrison and “Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg” by TLC.
Number Nine: “Weekend Wars” by MGMT. “Weekend Wars” is a song by MGMT, off of their 2007 debut, Oracular Spectacular. Lyrics include, “evil S I yes to find the shore / a beach that doesn’t quiver anymore / where we can crush some plants to paint my walls / and I won’t try to fight in the weekend wars / was I, I was too lazy to bathe / or paint or write or try to make a change / now I can shoot a gun to kill my lunch / and I don’t have to love or think too much” and “instant battle plans written on the sidewalk / mental mystics in a twisted metal car / tried to amplify the sound of light and love.” Some say this song is about a relationship where the couple fights during the weekends, while others say it’s about the breakdown of civilization, and how it’s easier to let the world crumble around you than “try to make a change.” Whatever your take on it, MGMT paints an interesting picture with these lyrics, going back and forth between almost-apocalyptic, antiquated ideas and the ageless notion of “light and love.”
Number Eight: “Come Saturday” by The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. “Come Saturday” is a song by indie-pop band, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, off of their 2009 debut, self-titled album. The song begins with the lyrics, “I can’t stand to see your picture / on the dress where I left you / another sunny day / and you’re 80 miles away, Tuesday.” The chorus is the following: “But come Saturday, you’ll come to stay / you’ll come to sway in my arms / who cares if there’s a party somewhere / we’re gonna stay in / come Saturday, you’ll come to say / maybe there’s no harm / in a wasted summer with no drummer / we’re gonna stay in.” Some say this song contains puns about sex, while others say it’s simply about longing for someone in a relationship. Either way, this is a highly underrated track from a highly underrated band, and even if you don’t want to “stay in” this weekend, this song is perfect driving music (in the same vein as upbeat tracks from The Jesus and Mary Chain and Ride.)
Number Seven: “3 Day Weekend” by Rise Against. “3 Day Weekend” is a song by Rise Against, off of their 2001 debut album, The Unraveling. The song begins with the lyrics, “aside from the name that holds us together / now I think we’d fall apart / it’s the years we’ll pretend we’ve forgotten / what separates our hearts.” The song continues, “and I don’t remember the way this was / but the pictures prove I knew you once / and where is the source of our mistakes / I’m afraid one day we’ll drift so far / we’ll wake up not knowing where we are / these words accomplish nothing if I’m gone.” This song seems to be either about a family member or a spouse who the narrator feels disconnected from in some way. Only the band knows why they chose the title- perhaps it represents a time when the relationship was going well. Whatever your interpretation, this is a short but sweet song to rock out to for this, or any, weekend.
Number Six: “Sunday” by Sonic Youth. “Sunday” is a song by Sonic Youth, off of their 1998 album, A Thousand Leaves. This track was the only single off of the album, while a different version of the song was featured in Richard Linklater’s 1997 film, Suburbia (Interestingly, one of the single’s b-sides, “Moist Vagina,” was originally a Nirvana song, as both bands were friends and toured together.) The song begins, “Sunday comes alone again / a perfect day for a quiet friend” and ends with, “Sunday comes and Sunday goes / Sunday always seems to move so slow / to me- here she comes again / a perfect ending to a perfect day / a perfect ending what can I say / to you- lonely Sunday friend / with you- Sunday never ends.” Perhaps the best lines in the song can be found in the middle: “I guess it’s true it’s never too late / still I don’t know what to do today / oh why- can’t I set you free / will you- do the same for me.” Whether this song is about drug use, or moreover, an addictive relationship, this song will seduce you and put you in a trance; and if it doesn’t, all you have to do is watch the voyeuristic music video starring Macaulay Culkin and a bunch of spinning ballerinas.
Number Five: “Out on the Weekend” by Neil Young. “Out on the Weekend” is a song by Neil Young, off of his 1972 album, Harvest. Lyrics include, “think I’ll pack it in and buy a pickup / take it down to LA / find a place to call my own and try to fix up / start a brand new day” and “the woman I’m thinking of, she loved me all up / but I’m so down today / she’s so fine / she’s in my mind / I hear her callin’.” The chorus goes, “see the lonely boy, out on the weekend / trying to make it pay / can’t relate to joy, he tries to speak and / can’t begin to say.” While this song is pretty downbeat, and many think it’s a sad song, perhaps the “joy” the “lonely boy” can’t speak of is actually a feeling indescribable- an emotion even greater than joy. This would make one wonder why the boy is lonely in the first place, but perhaps it’s all in the contrast. Overall, this song should inspire you to “pack it in” and take a road trip this summer, or at the very least, enjoy some R&R this weekend.
Number Four: “Saturday Night Special” by The Runaways. “Saturday Night Special” is a song by The Runaways, off of their 1979 album, And Now…The Runaways. The song begins, “let’s talk about women / let’s talk about love / let’s talk about bitchin’ / and the comin’ I’ve done / I live for the weekend / it’s part of my script / you pray for an angel / well, hey this is it.” The chorus goes, “she’s a Saturday night special / a two two caliber bore / she’s a Saturday night special / you caught me dreamin’ before / she’s a Saturday night special / I’m young and easily bored / she’s a Saturday night special / and you know I’m kinda special / and you know that you’ll be back for more.” Any song by The Runaways will surely get you psyched up for the weekend, but this one in particular should get you ready for Saturdays in particular.
Number Three: “Dancing Through Sunday” by AFI. “Dancing Through Sunday” is a song by AFI, off of their 2003 album, Sing the Sorrow. The first verse goes, “will you join me in this dance, this dance of misery / cradled in inposs…impossibility / swooning, I am swept away / swept off my feet, with step by step by step / we take the lead as drop by drop, we start to bleed.” The second verse goes, “will you lend yourself to beauty that will horrify / let me hide within your black, the still inside your eyes / deafened, caught within a cry / so sensual, as step by step by step, I separate / as breath to breathe, as I suffocate.” The main lyric of the chorus is, “swept off our feet by our misery / we’re swept into the shadows.” While this song may easily be about the tango or “dance” between two lovers, it could also be about the unity shared by those in the mosh-pits at the band’s concerts. Whatever your take on it, it’s definitely a fun song to get you amped up for the weekend.
Number Two: “It’s Saturday” by Marcy Playground. “It’s Saturday” is a song by Marcy Playground, off of their 1999 album, Shapeshifter. Supposedly, the original title of this song was “Teenage Hypochondriac,” which perhaps makes the song make a bit more sense lyrically. The song begins, “mom I’m dyin’ / I’m dizzy and fryin’ / my throat hurts / I think I should stay in bed.” The song continues, “but I’ve got some kind of disease / and there are no remedies / think I’ll join Timothy Leary / in a cryogenic freeze / next Saturday.” The song ends with the lines, “shoulda listened when you said beware / of horny girls with New Jersey hair / last Saturday.” So, whether this song is about someone anxious about their health or someone who perhaps has caught an STD, the semi-yodeling that occurs throughout this fun, quirky track is enough to get you on your feet and get excited about the weekend.
Number One: “Easy Like Sunday Morning” by Faith No More. “Easy Like Sunday Morning” is a song by Faith No More, off of their re-release of 1992’s Angel Dust (the song was originally released by the Commodores in 1977.) Technically, three versions of the song were released by Faith No More, depending on the country it was released in and if it was the single version from the album. The song peaked in the US, Australia and the UK- in the latter country it charted at #3. The biggest difference between this cover version and the original is that Faith No More chose to leave out the second verse- who knows why. Anyway, this is an excellent cover song that should get you in the mood for those lazy Sunday mornings.