While Sunday is technically the first day of the week, let’s be honest, it’s really the last, and some songs are all too aware of this fact. Etta James’s soulful “A Sunday Kind of Love”, No Doubt’s “Sunday Morning”, Lonely God’s “Sunday”, Earl Sweatshirt and Frank Ocean’s “Sunday”, and The Strokes’ “Why Are Sundays So Depressing” all portray Sunday as a metaphorical last leg: the latter days of a life, a situation, or a relationship. All of these Sunday songs acknowledge the passing of time, and most are pretty much downers. The best Sunday song is the hyper-relevant, 1983’s “Sunday Bloody Sunday” by Irish rock band U2. It was written in response to violence against civil protesters in Northern Ireland, however, in wake of the BLM movement, COVID-19, and American politics, the lyrics are extremely reflective of our current age. They sing, “I can’t believe the news today / Oh, I can’t close my eyes and make it go away… How long, how long must we sing this song?” The sentiments of the song are clear: the people are tired. It’s a beautiful song about struggle, frustration, and railing against systemic violence perpetrated daily. This one certainly hits close to home.
So, Sunday might be a day for mourning or regrets, however there are also songs that portray Sunday as a day to relax or hang out with family. “Sunday Morning (Feat. Josie Dunne)” by Matoma, the momentarily viral “Sunday Best” by Surfaces, the sweet love song to grandmas “Sunday Candy” by Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment, and “Sunday Vibe” by Cisco Adler and G. Love & Special Sauce are all a lot more upbeat. These songs seem to say if you’re tired on Sunday, rest, but know there’s another week right around the corner.
Of course, anything can happen on any day of the week. These songs don’t dictate how you should feel about a day or what you should do on that day. However, when the days start to bleed together and it seems nothing changes, it’s fun to listen to music that diversifies and individualizes each day. If these songs don’t do it for you, and if you are so inclined, come up with a random key word, plug it in to Spotify, and listen to the songs it pulls up, you’ll definitely hear something you’ve never heard before.
Ultimate Weekday Songs:
- Monday: “Rainy Days and Mondays”, by the Carpenters
- Tuesday: “Tuesday Feeling (Chose To Stay),” by Blood Orange and Tinashe
- Wednesday: “Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M.” by Simon and Garfunkel
- Thursday: “Thursday in the Danger Room (Feat. Kamasi Washington)” by Run the Jewels
- Friday: “Friday, I’m in Love” by The Cure
- Saturday: “Saturdays in the Park” by Chicago
- Sunday: “Sunday Bloody Sunday” by U2