33 Songs About Being Lazy
Just Kick Back and Relax
Lazy People Enjoy Life in the Show Lane
On the scale of lazy slug to hard driver, where do you fall? If you're like me, it's towards the industrious end, although I would never pass up the opportunity for a nap.
Slothful friends among us understand that not everything needs to be accomplished at warp speed. Or at all.
All those idle people who have two speeds—slow and slower—may have had well-kept secrets they weren't sharing. They get work done through others. They adjust their expectations. Laziness forces them to be creative.
They also appreciate the passage of time. Instead of taking time to simply smell the flowers, they lay down in them and take a nap.
Unfortunately for them, however, they don't outlive the rest of us. A well-regarded longitudinal study that looked at almost 9,000 people found to the contrary; having a conscientious, hard-working personality can extend one's life by an average of two to three years.1 But wait. Is that a lazy person's trick? Maybe they don't want to hang around to bury the rest of us.
Whether you're genuinely lazy or simply aspire to be, make a playlist of pop, rock, country, and R&B songs about taking it easy. Then kick back and relax. We have a long list of songs to start you out.
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1. "The Lazy Song" by Bruno Mars
Ever feel like doing absolutely nothing? This irreverant pop song became an international hit in 2010 and describes a guy who just wants to lay around in his birthday suit and watch MTV.
Don't bother phoning him because he's too lazy to pick up today. From the sound of it, tomorrow doesn't look any better.
2. "Ain't Your Mama" by Jennifer Lopez
The woman in this 2016 pop song has had it up to here with her partner throwing his dirty socks and underwear on the ground. Sound familiar, ladies?
She's called a time-out on cooking for him while he plays video games all day. The take-charge girlfriend issues orders to her lazy lover to get his sorry act together because she's his gal pal, not his mama.
3. "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" by Alan Jackson & Jimmy Buffett
It's only lunchtime, but the working fella in this 2003 country song has had more than he can take of his job and his boss. It's mid-July and he's calling it a day by cooling off with some nice cold adult beverages, knowing he'll have to pay the consequences tomorrow. Our slacker justifies his work-averse choices by claiming that it's five o'clock somewhere.
4. "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" by Otis Redding
Redding's R&B song epitomizes relaxation, with the narrator sitting on the docks of the San Francisco Bay all day watching time pass, the ships come in and the waves roll in and out again.
This international chart-topper was released in 1968, only weeks after the singer died. His plane crashed in a Wisconsin lake. Six other passengers and crew died with him that day.
5. "I Don't Wanna Work" by Todd Rundgren
The bum in this 1982 song is allergic to work. He's an unabashed lazy man who just wants to bang on his drums until he gets blisters on his hands. At least he knows what he loves!
6. "Margaritaville" by Jimmy Buffett
The idle protagonist in this 1977 Buffett classic has escaped to the laid-back life of the islands for the summer to heal his heartbreak. While downing margaritas, he watches tourists, munches on sponge cake, and tries to recall how he got his new tattoo. If you're of a certain age, you still recall what a "pop top" is.
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7. "Pinch Me" by Barenaked Ladies
Perhaps the point of this 2000 rock song—which perperformed well on the US charts—was to demonstrate how lazy songwriters could be. It reminds be of the 1990s tv show, Seinfeld, the show about nothing.
The song's narrator is bored, sleepy, and yawning:
It's the perfect time of day
To throw all your cares away
Put the sprinkler on the lawn
And run through with my gym shorts on.
Take a drink right from the hose
And change into some drier clothes
Climb the stairs up to my room
Sleep away the afternoon.
8. "Nothing In Particular" by The Lacs
In case you're wondering, "Lacs" is short for Loud A*s Crackers, and in this 2014 cross between Southern rock and rap, they share what it's like to hang out redneck style.
Tired of working all week, the guy in the tune just wants to hang out. He's cleared his schedule for the weekend, and this is what he has penciled in:
Nothing in particular, and I'm doin' it all day long
A hot grill and a cooler of beer and a CD of my favorite songs
A lotta nothing in particular
And I do it well, so much of nothing on the schedule now
And I'm invitin' all of ya'll to help.
9. "I Don't Have to Be Me 'Til Monday" by Steve Azar
Ever play hooky from work? In this country song from 2001, a man makes it an early three-day weekend so he and his honey can take a little vacation out of town. Give the lazy guy a break. Friday's the least productive work day anyhow.
10. "All the Lazy Boyfriends" by They Might Be Giants
Consider this 2015 rock song fun unless it reminds you of someone important to you, like your own boyfriend who is in his 30s and still lives with his mother. Then, we can understand the buyer's remorse that you feel about his lack of ambition and direction with his life.
The song asks all the lazy boyfriends who are contemplating change (always contemplating, nothing more) these in-your-face questions:
- So who's good for nothing?
- Did you say out loud that you think you've lost your edge?
- Who needs a direction?
11. "Killin' Time" by Clint Black
After a full day of drinking to get an ex off your mind, it either works or you feel worse for wear. The cowboy in this 1989 country song finds that just killin' time with liquor all day is killin' him, but he's too lazy to switch strategies.
12. "Lazy Love" by Ne-Yo
I try not to choose lyrics videos when good choreographed videos are available, but with this ditty, there was no real choice. (The video's actors were lazy, looking like they were consummating their union through their clothes while the videographers and editors were lazy by not editing the whole thing more artfully.)
Anyhow, the trifling player in this 2012 R&B song is locked up in a hotel room, running two hours late because of a booty call. He showers what he calls "that lazy love" off his body then considers another go-round. Stop it and go to work.
13. "Lazy Bones" by Green Day
As he rolls over and plays dead, the sad sack in this 2012 rock song claims that he wants peace of mind rather than sympathy. However, he's very detailed about how blasé he feels about his life:
I'm too tired to be bored
I'm too bored to be tired
And the silence is so deafening
It's like picking at a sore.
Light a fire under that fella. This is what being lazy too long does to you.
14. "Pretty Good at Drinkin' Beer" by Billy Currington
You know this ol' boy's mama is proud. In this 2010 song, Billy Currington—a country singer who is apparently too lazy to shave his neck right or button his shirt—sings about how he's terrible at a lot of things. He can't dig deep holes, pave roads, or make motors crank, but he tips back the Budweiser with the best of them. Girls, can you believe this one's still on the market?
15. "Lawn Chair Lazy" by James Barker Band
How would you spend the day if it's 95 degrees outside? The guy in this country song from 2017 must be a glutton for punishment because he's outside in the hot sun, sunglasses on, sitting in his lawn chair, and drinking beer after beer. You can bet I'd be inside in the cool air conditioning watching Netflix doing my own version of lazy, but that's just me.
16. "Lazy" by NOFX
If you've ever had one of those periods when time moved slowly and your ambition seemed to lag, then this 2002 rock song should resonate. The narrator describes his laziness and procrastination as well as his desire to do nothing to change his ways.
17. "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problem" by Kenny Chesney
After working six days a week, it's about time this man took a vacation in Mexico where he could just chill. This 2003 country song features a working man who has traded in his boss and stress for sun, sand, and and some flip flops. He's enjoying his laziness and has forgotten all his problems.
18. "Wasting Time" by Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats
Think of all the time, time, time. This 2015 rock song urges us to think of all the time spent that is unfocused, struggling, wasted. Time is something we can never get back.
19. "Lazy Lies" by Capital Cities
Both members of this dysfunctional couple are sick and tired and want to see a change in their relationship in this 2013 alternative rock song. The narrator's lover is treating him dismissively. She's also not being candid about her feelings. Instead of coming clean, she offers only "lazy lies" which is not fair to either of them.
20. "Sleep All Day" by Jason Mraz
Let's face it: sleeping all day, lying around with the one you love best often beats accomplishing the most important task. Sometimes you know what you need to do, but you procrastinate for a good reason. This early Jason Mraz 2002 rock song describes the loving loafer in all of us.
Even More Songs About Being Lazy and Taking It Easy
21. Lazy Day Afternoon
Plain White Ts
22. Sip It Slow
Colt Ford (featuring Lee Brice)
24. Sunny Afternoon
25. Wasting Time
26. Do Nothing
27. Sassafras Roots
Little Big Town
29. Beer in Mexico
30. Island in the Sun
31. What Have You Done For Me Lately
32. Takin' Care of Business
33. Too Much Time On My Hands
1Pappas, S. (2011, March 15). Hard-working and Prudent? You'll Live Longer. Retrieved from https://www.livescience.com/13258-hard-workers-live-longer.html
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