Once we arrive at the end of the week, especially the weekend, it’s time to kick back, relax, and rock out to various songs about Saturday. In this article, you’ll find a list of our favorite Saturday-inspired songs—many of which are so enjoyable, you might just find yourself listening to them every single week.
Songs About Saturday You Will Love
Let’s begin with an Elton John song.
Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting) by Elton John
“Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting)” hails from Elton John’s seventh studio album, 1973’s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, along with a stacked track listing that includes many fan favorites like “Candle in the Wind,” “Bennie and the Jets,” and “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.” The album is often given the distinction as Elton John’s magnum opus, as well as one of the greatest albums of all time.
For “Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting),” Elton John and songwriting partner Bernie Taupin set out to write a lively rock n’ roll tune about the pub scene on a Saturday night. The song incorporates an upbeat tempo, the crunchy twang of distorted guitars, and an infectious shouting outro of simply “Saturday! Saturday! Saturday!”
From the vibe of the song to the lyrics, everything about this song makes you wanna get out of the town and live it up. It’s the perfect Saturday tune, hands down.
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Saturday by Fall Out Boy
It’s not really fair to call a gargantuan act like Fall Out Boy “pop punk” since they moved past their roots towards a unique sound that fuses pop, jazz, funk, and rock together. However, their first album, Take This to Your Grave, was standard fare for the Warped tour crowd in the early 2000s and may remain one of the best pop punk albums of all time.
“Saturday” did not perform as well as later singles like “Dance, Dance” or “Sugar, We’re Goin’ Down,” but members of the band have often cited it as one of their favorites to this date. Coming in with only vocals courtesy of singer Patrick Stump, the predictable pop punk power chord train rides into station and drives the verse while Stump dissects their impending high school graduation and what it means for their future.
Stump actually withheld the song from the band initially, fearing it would not be well-received. Little did anyone know, the band would go on to become a massive success in not only the genre but the greater music world as well.
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Say Amen (Saturday Night) by Panic! At The Disco
Panic! At The Disco has enjoyed a history almost as eclectic as their avant-garde musical fusion of pop, vaudeville, showtunes, and alternative rock. “Say Amen (Saturday Night)” throws their roots of dance and pop punk out the window and replaces it with synth, strings, and samples alongside one of the best vocal performances by singer and showman Brendon Urie. It would become the first number single by the band, although the title was earned on the Alternative charts rather than the Billboard Top 100. It wouldn’t be until their next single “High Hopes” for them to finally reach that top spot.
“Say Amen (Saturday Night)” packs a lyrical punch, juxtaposing the vice of Saturday night with the holiness of Sunday morning. Urie is tired of trying to “change into a person [he doesn’t] wanna be,” so instead he’ll “pray for the wicked on the weekends.” Saturday night is his stomping ground and there may be time for repentance later. For now, “oh, it’s Saturday night!”
Saturday Nights by Khalid featuring Kane Brown
“Saturday Nights” was featured on Khalid’s debut EP and performed fairly well before the remix with country singer Kane Brown dropped and blew it out of the water. The song peaked at number 57 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Unlike most Saturday night tunes that celebrate getting out and living life, the tale told in “Saturday Nights” is a tragic one. Khalid sings about a girl for whom he once held great love and knew better than even her parents. Unfortunately, she lives a rough life with two parents that are physically and/or emotionally unavailable, and she works a risqué job to make ends meet. It’s unclear exactly what she’s doing, but images of “Saturday nights, your work shoes are stilettos” hint that she’s a stripper, escort, or possibly both.
The music moves forward at a mid-tempo among arpeggiated clean guitar chords, ambient strings, and a percussive snap. The song has rhythm, but it contrasts the triumphant joy that is associated with Saturday night with profound sadness for a track that doesn’t quite fit the cliche mold of what a Saturday should be. That’s what makes it so great.
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Saturday Nite by Earth, Wind, & Fire
Step into any disco in 1976 and you were bound to hear this funky classic by boogie masters Earth, Wind, & Fire. “Saturday Nite” is a groovin’ tune from the jump with a blaring horn section, a guitar that ranges from percussive plucked muted melodies and funky full chords that supplement the robust slap-accented bass line.
“Saturday Nite” is pure party fuel and a disco inferno, and it’s impossible not to get up and move when you hear this classic come on.
Saturday Night by the Bay City Rollers
It’s been decades but we keep on dancing to the rock n’ roll and fun vibes from this classic tune. This song gets so much right from the chanting intro and refrain, the good time rock n’ roll riff, the thumping bass, and the vocal harmonies that give the song such depth of sound.
While the Bay City Rollers have sold over 120 million records worldwide, making them one of the best-selling artists ever, this song was the only number 1 hit in the States.
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Saturday (Oooh! Ooooh!) by Ludacris featuring Sleepy Brown
Ludacris often gets left out of the cliche conversation about the greatest rappers. Maybe people take him less seriously because of his over-enunciating style and Southern drawl that sometimes sounds absurd in a genre where looking tough is the norm.
Nonetheless, Ludacris remains one of rap’s greatest talents and he shows it on tracks like 2001’s “Saturday (Oooh! Ooooh!)” from his multi-platinum classic Word of Mouf. It was released as a single but was completely eclipsed by classics from the same album like “Area Codes” and “Move Bitch.”
Lyrically, what’s it about? He’s got a “a big weed stash, pocket full of cash, just seen a big ol’ ass.” Getting high, getting out, and getting laid. What else does a great Saturday include?
Saturday by Babyface
“That’s the way love flows, that’s the way it goes on a Saturday night.”
Babyface is regarded as one of the greatest R&B songwriters and producers of all time, but he enjoyed an extensive singing career as well. This song was featured on his third studio album, For the Cool in You, although it was never a single.
“Saturday” is all about enjoying an intimate moment with a lover on the best day of the week, Saturday. Babyface and his girl get a chance to “just unwind” and “lay back on the couch” because they’re “so, so, so much in love.”
Musically, Babyface nails the vibe on this one. From the ambient keyboard, upbeat percussion, and a bassline that sounds great but stays subtle behind the mix of Babyface’s great vocals and harmonies. The bass, kick, and ting of the cymbals move this tune forward for pure dance fuel.
Saturday in the Park by Chicago
“Saturday in the Park” was an immediate success for Chicago upon release, jumping up the charts to settle at number 3 and pushing the album it hailed from to number 1.
Chicago employs a number of little tricks to make this song such an earwig. From the melodic piano that moves it forward to the omnipresent horns in each section, singer Robert Lamm shares an account of a beautiful Saturday spent in the park, possibly on the fourth of July but maybe not, along with all the colorful characters, sights, and sounds that made the day so special.
“Saturday in the Park” reminds us to slow down and take in the scenery. Life is often hectic, and it’s important to stop sometimes, relax, and celebrate the good times.
Another Saturday Night by Sam Cooke
The late, great Sam Cooke brought us this reminder that not every Saturday night is a guaranteed good time. At the time of writing “Another Saturday Night,” Cooke was touring in England and staying in a motel where women were forbidden. It may sound archaic, but this was 1963 after all.
Stuck with money in his pocket and no girls to spend it on, Cooke is “in an awful way.” He boasts that at home he would’ve had “two chicks on [his] arm,” but unfortunately he has had no luck where he’s at now.
It’s a fun song that uses a lot of humor, especially the verse about “Frankenstein,” and it performed well reaching No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. With a catchy chorus and an oldies style horn breakdown, there’s a lot to love about “Another Saturday Night.”
If you’re looking for great songs about Saturday night, trust me, you’ve found it right here with this Sam Cooke jam.
Saturday Night by Misfits
The Misfits are exactly what you’d get if you took the song stylings of 1950s doo-wop and layered it with distorted guitars. “Saturday Night” hails from the band’s fifth studio album and second to feature new vocalist Michael Graves following departure of the infamous original singer, Glenn Danzig.
Many people are familiar with Danzig-era Misfits, but Graves is criminally underrated and he shows why on “Saturday Night.” The song is sung in crooning doo-wop tradition about how Graves once was “runnin’ all around and havin’ a blast” with his lover, but now she’s gone. We get a sense of his longing from the lyrics and the brilliant vocal performance by Graves.
Although the album and song itself never enjoyed the same success as Misfits’ earlier works, “Saturday Night” is an amazing song that highlights the talent that Michael Graves brought to the act after Danzig moved on.
Piano Man by Billy Joel
One of Billy Joel’s most recognizable tunes saunters in with bright piano chords and melodies amidst an iconic harmonica intro. He sets the scene, “It’s nine o’ clock on a Saturday.” Joel is there as a piano player in a dive tasked with lifting the spirits of many lost souls and would-be successes, all victim to something that kept them from living their dreams and instead stuck in an unassuming bar each Saturday night drowning their sorrows in drink.
The imagery and story are vibrant and engaging, filled with detailed characters and plot lines. Joel wrote the semi-biographical song to share his experiences as a piano lounge singer for six months in Los Angeles.
Released in 1973, the single reached a modest No. 25 on the Billboard Hot 100. It would not become the iconic masterpiece and karaoke classic that it is today for many years when Billy Joel would eventually establish himself as one of the greatest piano rock musicians of all time.
Saturday is no doubt one of, if not the biggest, days of the week. You’ll never find someone who dislikes a Saturday, which is partly why there are so many great songs about Saturday in music. Whatever your weekend plans, I hope you’ve found one or two songs on this list to rock out to the next time you’re heading to the beach for a lazy Saturday afternoon, or you’re hitting the club to get down on the dance floor.