Songs About Olympic Sporting Events

As the 2012 Olympic Games in London are in full force, I kinda thought it might be fun to do a relatively small random list of  some rather interesting songs that feature sporting events held at this summer’s current world games in London. I have listed, in no particular order, an eclectic variety of songs that feature an Olympic sport/event in the title or within the lyrics of the song. The lyrics may only reference a sporting event, but not necessarily have anything to with it other than use it as a metaphor to get across other subject matter.

Videos have been provided for each listing. This is by no means a complete list, just a sampling of some of the more interesting and diverse music out there. Enjoy…….and feel free to comment at the bottom of this post…… including any other song suggestions you wish I would or should have included.

The Swimming Song – Vetiver

Basketball – by Kurtis Blow

Dive – by Steven Curtis Chapman

Sailing – by Rod Stewart

Rowboat – by Johnny Cash

Anyone For Tennis – by Cream

The BMX Song – by The Bouncing Souls

The Gymnast High Above The Ground – by The Decemberists

Equestrian – by U.S. Royalty

Cupid – by Sam Cooke [Archery]

Just A Song About Ping Pong – by Operator Please

Stars of Track & Field – by Belle & Sebastian

La Copa De La Vida (The Cup of Life) – by Ricky Martin [Soccer/Football]

Shooby Doo (The Waterpolo Song) – by Skau del Sol

Mama Said Knock You Out – by LL Cool J [Boxing]

Swimming – by Florence & The Machine

Bicycle Race – by Queen

Little Arrows – by Leapy Lee [Archery]

Sailing – by Christopher Cross

Eye of The Tiger – by Survivor (from the motion picture “Rocky”) [Boxing]

Run Like Hell – by Pink Floyd [Track]

Songs For Leap Day

Well… it’s that time again… that strange extra day we’re given on the calendar every four years. LEAP DAY happens like clockwork every four years. The month of February gains an extra day at the end of the month, February 29th to be specific, though still remains the shortest month of the year. Those lucky ones (or unlucky ones depending on your outlook) who were born on this date, also known as “leaplings”, theoretically have found the “Fountain of Youth” , so to speak, by aging just a ‘notch’ with a birthday (as far as the calendar shows) once every four years. Some choose to celebrate it on February 28th or March 1st during those ‘in-between’ years.

Another interesting tradition about Leap Year and/or Leap Day, is that women are obliged , according to old Irish or Scottish folklore, to propose to their fiance on February 29th giving a spike in engagements as well as weddings on this date every four years. This particular day is also known and celebrated as “Sadie Hawkins’ Day”, when women may propose to men. Many high schools stage Sadie Hawkins Day School Rallies and Evening Dances on this date where the girl asks the guy to go to the dance.

As far as music goes, there are countless songs themed towards many other holidays and special days such as Valentine’s Day, Halloween and Christmas, but nothing really comes to mind on Leap Day or during Leap Year. So after some time doing a lot of searching for songs with a LEAP DAY theme, I decided to put together a slightly unusual list of songs with the word ‘leap’ or ‘jump’ in the title as well as a couple of other miscellaneous songs that mention ’29’ or ‘strange day’ in the title. I hope you enjoy the weird compilation mix here and I’ve included audio/videos of some so you can sample them. As in all of my other theme lists, you’ll find a wide genre mix here to hopefully satisfy your taste in music.

Songs For Leap Day

  1. “Leap Year” by Maria Taylor 
  2. “Jump” by Van Halen 
  3. “Leap Year Blues” by Big Bill Broonzy
  4. “Jump Jive An’ Wail” by Brian Setzer Orchestra
  5. “Look Before You Leap” by Suicide Machines 
  6. “Jump” by Madonna  
  7. “One More Day” by Diamond Rio 
  8. “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” by The Rolling Stones 
  9. “A Strange Day” by The Cure 
  10. “Jump (For My Love)” by Pointer Sisters 
  11. “Waiting for the Great Leap Forwards” by Billy Bragg 
  12. “Get Up & Jump Around” by Red Hot Chili Peppers 
  13. “29” by Ryan Adams
  14. “Jump For Joy” by Duke Ellington 
  15. “Sadie Hawkins Dance” by Relient K 
  16. “Leap of Faith” by Bruce Springsteen 
  17. “Jump Into The Fire” by Harry Nilsson 
  18. “One Leap” by Joshua Radin 
  19. “One O’Clock Jump” by Count Basie & His Orchestra 
  20. “Another Day” by Paul McCartney 
  21. “Leap of Faith” by Lionel Cartwright 
  22. “Jump Around” by House of Pain 
  23. “Leap Day” by Mark Humphreys
  24. “29” by Gin Blossoms 
  25. “Leap” by The Cave Singers 
  26. “Jump On It” by Sir Mix-A-Lot 
  27. “Here Today” by The Beach Boys 
  28. “Jump Into The Fog” by The Wombats 
  29. “Jump” by Girls Aloud  
  30. “Another Day” by Pomplamoose 

Songs About Feeling Lazy or Wasting Time

Ever have one of those days that you simply feel unmotivated?  Maybe wanting to escape the everyday rat race of  being on the go all the time? Wanting to sleep in , turn off the constant noise and interruptions of everyday life (such as work, school, TV, radio, the internet, the spouse or significant other, the kids, the parents, the family pet – you get what I mean). Or maybe you’re just a slacker or downright lazy? Go Ahead – Admit it – we all get to feeling that way occasionally… some people actually more than others! 😛 And it’s OK and even healthy as well as therapeutic to be that way once in awhile, as long as it’s not an everyday lifestyle. It can help you relax, relieve stress and even rejuvenate.

Well, if this is the mood you just happen to be in at the moment, you’ve come to the right place to find some tunes to help give credibility to your thought process 😛 Sometimes it can be fun to channel an apathetic or lethargic mood into ‘something productive’, so to speak. You can even create your own personal soundtrack or mp3 playlist to this LAZY theme. The following list gives a whole array of ‘being lazy’, ‘doing nothing’, ‘slacking off‘ and ‘wasting time’ songs to choose from. With some of these songs you may have to put blinders on and totally ignore what the song is actually about – After all, listening does require some motivation 😛 – deciding to include the song based on it’s title alone.

Feel free to add your own favorite lethargic lyrics, tired tunes, melodies of malaise and sleepy song choices in the comments at the bottom of this post.

Turn off the lights, pull down the shades and enjoy……….

Songs About Being Lazy, Feeling Lazy or Wasting Time

  1. Bang The Drum All Day – Todd Rundgren
  2. Busy Doin’ Nothin’ – The Beach Boys
  3. Busy Doing Nothing – Bing Crosby (from the 1949 film ”A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court”)
  4. Busy Doing Nothing – Peter & The Test Tube Babies
  5. Down By The Lazy River – The Osmond Brothers
  6. Drunken Lazy Bastard – The Pogues
  7. Fabulously Lazy – Franz Ferdinand
  8. Feeling Lazy – Lightning Seeds
  9. Get Out of Your Lazy Bed – Matt Bianco
  10. I’m A Lazy Sod – Sex Pistols
  11. I’m Only Sleeping – The Beatles
  12. Killin’ Time – Clint Black
  13. Lazy – Marilyn Monroe (from the 1954 movie “There’s No Business Like Show Business”)
  14. Lazy – Deep Purple
  15. Lazy – Suede
  16. Lazy – Tony Joe White
  17. Lazy – Low
  18. Lazy – X-Press 2 featuring David Byrne
  19. Lazy Bird – John Coltrane
  20. Lazy Bones – Ted Lewis, The Mills Brothers, Bing Crosby, Jonathan King, Leon Redbone
  21. Lazy Countryside – Margaret Whiting
  22. Lazy Day – Bing Crosby
  23. Lazy Day – Spanky & Our Gang
  24. Lazy Day – Left Banke
  25. Lazy Day – The Moody Blues
  26. Lazy Day Afternoon – Plain White T’s
  27. Lazy Days – Enya
  28. Lazy Days – Robbie Williams
  29. Lazy Elsie Molly – Chubby Checker
  30. Lazy Guy – Slobberbone
  31. Lazy Louisiana Moon – Guy Lombardo & His Orchestra
  32. Lazy Mary – Lou Monte
  33. Lazy Music – Captain Beefheart
  34. Lazy Old Sun – The Kinks
  35. Lazy River – Bobby Darin
  36. Lazy Summer Night – Four Preps
  37. Lazy Sunday Afternoon – Small Faces
  38. Lazy Girls – Jill Cunniff
  39. Lazy Weather – California Ramblers
  40. Pinch Me – Barenaked Ladies
  41. Sassafras Roots – Green Day
  42. Sittin’ On The Dock of The Bay – Otis Redding
  43. Sunny Afternoon – The Kinks
  44. That Lucky Old Sun – Louis Armstrong
  45. The Importance of Being Idle – Oasis
  46. The Laziest Gal In Town – Nina Simone
  47. The Lazy Song – Bruno Mars
  48. The Lazy Sunbathers – Morrissey
  49. Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer – Nat King Cole
  50. Up The Lazy River – A jazz and pop standard recorded by  many – here are some of the better ones over the years… Hoagy Carmichael, Benny Goodman & His Orchestra, Woody Herman & His Orchestra, Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra, The Mills Brothers, Nat King Cole Trio, Rosemary Clooney, The Ames Brothers, Sammy Davis Jr., Harry Connick Jr., Michael Buble
  51. Wasted Time – The Eagles
  52. White & Lazy – The Replacements
  53. Who May Be Lazy – M. Ward

►►► You may also want to check out a previous post I did back in late 2009 titled “Songs About Dreams” that include, among others, daydreaming type songs which could easily translate to laziness, boredom or wasting time – The link is HERE

Songs About Clouds

With so many metaphorical options, the concept of “clouds” are a favorite theme for songwriters. Clouds can represent an array of feelings or interpretations. On one hand, white clouds can represent peacefulness and beauty or even elation as in “being on cloud 9” or “having your head up in the clouds”. Then again, on the other end of the spectrum, darker clouds can represent gloominess, danger, sadness or being in some sort of term-oil. Somewhere in the middle can be like being in a dream state, mental fogginess or a feeling of uncertainty.

I started off originally wanting to list only those songs with the word cloud or cloudy within the title but I realized there were a number of other songs that came to mind with clouds or a form of the word cloud that stands out prominently somewhere within the lyrics. So I present to you a plethora of cloudy tunes to choose from for a common theme for your next event, or maybe for a personal playlist, or maybe just simply that you’re in the mood to hear something when the feeling strikes you…..

Songs About Clouds

  1. A Walk In The Clouds – from the movie soundtrack
  2. Above The Clouds – Paul Weller
  3. Both Sides Now – Judy Collins, Joni Mitchell
  4. Cloud Nine – The Temptations, George Harrison
  5. Cloud Number Nine – Bryan Adams
  6. Cloud On My Tongue – Tori Amos
  7. Cloudbusting – Kate Bush
  8. Clouds – David Gates
  9. Clouds – Kitaro
  10. Clouds – The Jayhawks
  11. Clouds – The Go-Betweens
  12. Clouds Across the Sun – Firefall
  13. Clouds In My Heart – Duke Ellington
  14. Clouds Over California – Devildriver
  15. Clouds Race Across the Sky – Joe Satriani
  16. Cloudy – Average White Band
  17. Cloudy – Simon & Garfunkel
  18. Cloudy Skies – Ugly Kid Joe
  19. Dark Cloud – Holmes Brothers
  20. Far Above The Clouds – Mike Oldfield
  21. From The Clouds – Jack Johnson (brand new release)
  22. Get Off My Cloud – Rolling Stones
  23. Heavy Cloud No Rain – Sting
  24. In The Clouds – The Cult
  25. Kickin’ The Clouds Away – George Gershwin (from the 1925 Broadway Musical “Tell Me More”)
  26. Little Cloud – The Incredible String Band
  27. Little Fluffy Clouds – The Orb
  28. Liza (All The Clouds’ll Roll Away) – George Gershwin – Chick Webb, Al Jolson, Ella Fitzgerald (1929)
  29. Mighty Clouds of Joy – BJ Thomas
  30. No More Cloudy Days – The Eagles
  31. Obscured By Clouds – Pink Floyd
  32. Piano Above The Clouds – Jim Brickman
  33. Till The Clouds Roll By – June Allyson  & Ray McDonald (from the 1946 Broadway Musical)
  34. Uncloudy Day – Staple Singers
  35. Wait ‘Til The Clouds Roll By – Uncle Dave Macon (1939)
  36. White Fluffy Clouds – Camper Van Beethoven
  37. You’re So Vain – Carly Simon

Songs About Religion & Spirituality Featuring God & Jesus

Welcome to an interesting song list this time around – Unlike most of the other song lists I have done in the past, this particular subject contains both positive and negative interpretations of the topic of religion. The songs in this particular post represent the entire spectrum of religion and spirituality or might even do the opposite and bring into question it’s existence. Some even use the word religion, God, Jesus, Lord, Holy Spirit or supreme being in an entirely different context. Even though I consider myself to be a believer in a higher power, a Christian my entire life, I’m not trying to advocate or preach religion to anyone reading this, only offering a wide array of songs with similar words in the title or verse within the song. Some of these songs might even be a great source of inspiration, hope and  an inner peace to those listening carefully. Others may be cynical about the existence of a higher power or the Almighty God.

I’ve intentionally tried to avoid songs that were traditional church hymns and songs of praise that are typically found in various Christian religions unless they had crossed-over to mainstream radio or concert performance by mainstream artists…..  Exceptions being songs like Amazing Grace and The Lord’s Prayer. Now, with that being said, I need to clarify that I have nothing personally  against those type of spiritual songs as many of them are quite beautiful and meaningful but my focus here was on mainstream genres including rock, country, R & B and many others as well….. the stuff you’d hear on your favorite radio stations or in concerts. Also Christmas songs I have stayed away from as many of them focus on the birth of Jesus and core Christian values – once again nothing wrong with them – just not including them in this particular post.

Enjoy and may you find what you’re looking for in compiling a music playlist with a theme for an event or for your personal listening pleasure. Any additions or comments are always welcome and appreciate at the bottom of this post.

Songs About Religion & Spirituality

Featuring God & Jesus

  1. Act of God – Prince
  2. All Around Me – Flyleaf
  3. Amazing Grace – Mahalia Jackson, Judy Collins, Aretha Franklin, Joan Baez, Royal Scots Dragoon Guards (beautiful bagpipe & drum instrumental), Elvis Presley, Rod Stewart, Johnny Cash (one of the most covered songs ever written that crossed over from a Gospel Standard to mainstream)
  4. Amen – Paula Cole
  5. American Pie – Don McLean
  6. Are You Gonna Go My Way – Lenny Kravitz
  7. Awesome God – Rich Mullins
  8. Bad Religion – Godsmack
  9. Believe – Disturbed
  10. Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show – Neil Diamond
  11. Counterfeit God – Black Label Society
  12. Day By Day – Godspell (from the Broadway Musical)
  13. Dear God – XTC
  14. Dear God – Avenged Sevenfold
  15. Dust In The Wind – Kansas
  16. Every Grain of Sand – Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris
  17. For The Greater Good of God – Iron Maiden
  18. Gates of Eden – Bob Dylan
  19. Get Right With God – Lucinda Williams
  20. Get Together – The Youngbloods
  21. God – John Lennon
  22. God – Tori Amos
  23. God Bless The Child – Billie Holiday, Shania Twain
  24. God Bless The USA – Lee Greenwood
  25. God Blessed Texas – Little Texas
  26. God Gave Rock N Roll To You – Argent, Kiss
  27. God Must Have Spent A Little More Time On You – Alabama, N Sync
  28. God of Thunder – Kiss
  29. God Only Knows – The Beach Boys
  30. God Put A Smile Upon Your Face – Coldplay
  31. God Save The Queen – Sex Pistols
  32. God Shuffled His Feet – Crash Test Dummies
  33. God’s Comic – Elvis Costello
  34. Hallelujah – Leonard Cohen, John Cale, Jeff Buckley, Rufus Wainwright, Bob Dylan, kd lang, Alexandra Burke, Justin Timberlake, Jason Castro, Lee DeWyze (one of the most covered songs of all time but the ones listed here were either released as hits or major cover versions)
  35. He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands – Laurie London
  36. Help Pour Out The Rain (Lacey’s Song) – Buddy Jewell
  37. I Believe In Father Christmas – Emerson Lake & Palmer
  38. I Don’t Know How To Love Him – Helen Reddy (from the Rock Opera Jesus Christ Superstar)
  39. I Knew Jesus (Before He Was A Superstar) – Glen Campbell
  40. I Saw God Today – George Strait
  41. I Saw The Light – Hank Williams, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
  42. If I Give My Heart To Jesus – Billy Joe Shaver
  43. In The Presence of The Lord – Blind Faith
  44. Imagine – John Lennon
  45. It’s A Sin – Pet Shop Boys
  46. Jesus Christ Superstar – Original Cast from the Rock Opera
  47. Jesus He Knows Me – Genesis
  48. Jesus Is Just Alright With Me- The Byrds, Doobie Brothers
  49. Jesus Just Left Chicago – ZZ Top
  50. Jesus Take The Wheel – Carrie Underwood
  51. Jesus Walking On The Water – Violent Femmes
  52. Jesus Walks – Kanye West
  53. Let It Be – The Beatles
  54. Little Green Apples – OC Smith, Roger Miller
  55. Living In Sin – Bon Jovi
  56. Long Dark Train – Josh Turner
  57. Lord Mr. Ford – Jerry Reed
  58. Losing My Religion – REM
  59. Me & God – Josh Turner
  60. Mighty Clouds of Joy – BJ Thomas
  61. Morning Has Broken – Cat Stevens
  62. Mrs. Robinson – Simon & Garfunkel
  63. My City of Ruins – Bruce Springsteen
  64. My God – Jethro Tull
  65. My Jesus Told Me So – Marshall Tucker Band
  66. My Sweet Lord – George Harrison
  67. Oh Happy Day – Edwin Hawkin Singers
  68. One of Us – Joan Osborne
  69. One Tin Soldier – Coven
  70. One Toke Over The Line – Brewer & Shipley
  71. Only God Knows Why – Kid Rock
  72. Only The Good Die Young – Billy Joel
  73. People Get Ready – Curtis Mayfield & The Impressions
  74. Personal Jesus – Depeche Mode, Johnny Cash, Marilyn Manson
  75. Put Your Hand In The Hand – Ocean
  76. Rebel Jesus – Jackson Browne
  77. Redemption Song – Bob Marley
  78. Reverend Mr. Black – Kingston Trio, Johnny Cash
  79. Rivers of Babylon – The Melodians, Boney M, Sublime
  80. Saint of Me – The Rolling Stones
  81. Signs – Five Man Electrical Band, Tesla
  82. Sinner – Drowning Pool
  83. Solsbury Hill – Peter Gabriel
  84. Somebody Touched Me – Ferlin Huskey, Bob Dylan, Bruce Cockburn
  85. Something To Believe In – Poison
  86. Spirit In The Sky – Norman Greenbaum
  87. Stairway To Heaven – Led Zeppelin
  88. Stoney End – Barbara Streisand
  89. Thank God For Believers – Ronnie Milsap, Mark Chesnutt
  90. Thank God I’m A Country Boy – John Denver
  91. That’s The Way God Planned It – Billy Preston
  92. The God That Failed – Metallica
  93. The Lord Knows I’m Drinkin’ – Cal Smith
  94. The Lord’s Prayer – Sister Janet Mead
  95. The Man Comes Around – Johnny Cash (one of Johnny’s last songs he wrote & sang before his death and quite powerful – highly recommended)
  96. The Preacher & The Bear – Jerry Reed
  97. There’s A Higher Power – Louvin Brothers, Buddy Miller
  98. This Is God – Phil Vassar
  99. Three Wooden Crosses – Randy Travis
  100. Turn, Turn, Turn – The Byrds
  101. Unanswered Prayers – Garth Brooks
  102. Watching You – Rodney Atkins
  103. Way Down In The Hole – Tom Waits
  104. Whenever God Shines His Light – Van Morrison & Cliff Richard
  105. Where Were You When The World Stopped Turning – Alan Jackson
  106. Why Me Lord – Kris Kristofferson
  107. Will You Be Ready At The Plate (When Jesus Throws The Ball) – Elmo & Patsy
  108. With God On Our Side – Bob Dylan
  109. Would Jesus Wear A Rolex – Ray Stevens

Along with the list above you could probably include a number of additional songs by a select few very successful ‘crossover’ artists. These feature artists who either crossed over from Christian or Gospel music to mainstream or vice-versa include – the most well known include Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, BJ Thomas, Aretha Franklin, The Staple Singers, Al Green, Amy Grant, Randy Travis. Then there are a few others with a more heavy metal or alternative sound that emerged from Christian music roots and crossed over to mainstream hard rock/heavy metal/post grunge but still kept a Christian element in their lyrics such as Stryper, Creed, Lifehouse, Sixpence None The Richer and P.O.D. Jars of Clay, Third Day and Mercy Me have also received a lot of attention in recent years as mainstays of Christian rock that have gained some mainstream crossover appeal.