There is much that can be said about Saturday. For instance, there are a lot of people out there who would consider it to be their favorite day of the week. After all, Saturday is a part of the weekend in most places, thus making it either a day of rest or a day of enjoyment depending on one’s personal preferences. Meanwhile, it is also amusing to note that Saturday is a bit odd when it comes to its name. In English, the days of the week tend to be named for Germanic deities, which is a direct consequence of the days of the Roman week having been named for Roman deities. Sunday honors the Sun; Monday honors the Moon; Tuesday honors Tyr; Wednesday honors Odin; Thursday honors Thor; and Friday honors Frigg. Curiously, Saturday is named for the Roman god Saturn. Presumably, this is because there wasn’t a Germanic god that was similar enough, with the result that people decided to just leave Saturday as Saturday. In any case, the day stands out, so it makes sense that there have been a lot of songs written about it.
10. “Saturday Love” – Cherrelle
Cherrelle is a R&B singer-songwriter who became famous in the 1980s. “Saturday Love” is pretty much exactly what it sounds like, which is to say, a song about a young couple who are spending their Saturday together. It doesn’t have a particularly novel topic, but it does handle its topic quite well, thus making it more than worthy of inclusion on this list.
9. “Night Fever” – The Bee Gees
The Bee Gees were huge in the late 1960s and early 1970s. However, their influence extends far beyond that particular period of time. For instance, “Night Fever” was a very successful song that came out in 1978. It tends to be associated with Saturday Night Fever, which makes sense because it was specifically written for inclusion in said movie’s soundtrack.
8. “Saturday Sun” – Vance Joy
For something easygoing, interested individuals might want to check out Vance Joy’s “Saturday Sun,” which was the fourth single from his second studio album. Apparently, it was inspired by a couple of things. One was the desire to continue seeing someone with whom the viewpoint character feels very compatible with. The other was a very pleasing stretch of highway on the Californian coast.
7. “Sober Saturday Night” – Chris Young
Country music has a reputation for being more somber than most music genres. However, those sentiments are powerful ones, meaning that they are more than capable of fueling remarkable music. Consider the example of “Sober Saturday Night,” which is an unusual duet between Chris Young and Vince Gill that nonetheless works very well.
6. “Say Amen (Saturday Night)” – Panic! At the Disco
“Say Amen (Saturday Night)” is a pop rock song with a bit of influence from hip-hop as well as a bit of influence from electronica. As a result, one could say that it is familiar while still being at least somewhat interesting in its own right. It was the lead single for Panic! At the Disco’s 2018 studio album. Moreover, it managed to make quite an impression, seeing as how it managed to hit the top of the Billboard Alternative Hits charts. Something that was a first for the band.
5. “When Saturday Comes” – Def Leppard
“When Saturday Comes” is a very upbeat rock song that is quite good at lifting people’s mood. This is good because it is clearly one of those songs that are supposed to be played on Saturdays whether people are planning to head out or spend some time at home with their friends. Something that is perhaps unsurprising considering that it is a song by Def Leppard.
4. “Saturday Nights” – Khalid
Speaking of which, Khalid’s “Saturday Nights” is another great example of the feel-good songs that have been penned about Saturday. It is the product of a different genre as well as a different time. However, “Saturday Nights” nonetheless exudes the same positive energy as its immediate predecessor on this list.
3. “Dark Saturday” – Metric
Of course, Saturday-themed songs don’t necessarily need to be positive and upbeat. For proof, consider Metric’s “Dark Saturday,” which was the first single from the indie rock band’s 2018 studio album. The song’s lyrics more than live up to the song’s title, which are particularly striking because they contrast so much with the general idea of the day. However, it is the vocals as well as the distorted guitar-playing that really sell the intended mood.
2. “Saturday In the Park” – Chicago
“Saturday In the Park” was released by the band Chicago way back in the early 1970s. As the story goes, it was inspired by filmed footage of a Saturday in Central Park, which featured a lot of people just enjoying each other’s company. Certainly, “Saturday In the Park” manages to sound like it, being a remarkably pleasant song despite how much music and musical tastes have changed over the subsequent decades.
1. “Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting)” – Elton John
Amusingly, “Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting)” is another song about going out to have a good time on Saturday. However, its idea of having a good time isn’t quite the same as some of the other songs included on this list. After all, the bit about fighting in the title is quite literal because the song was inspired by fistfights at the local pub in considerable part. In any case, “Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting)” is one of Elton John’s most famous songs, which is no small feat considering everything that the legendary musician has put out over the course of his career. As such, it has also been covered by a lot of rock bands over the years, many of which have managed to make their covers stand out in an interesting way.