33 Songs About Being Lazy

Updated on August 1, 2018
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If you're work shy, enjoy relaxing and leisure, why not make a playlist of pop, rock, country, and R&B songs about laziness? Put your feet up and relax.
If you're work shy, enjoy relaxing and leisure, why not make a playlist of pop, rock, country, and R&B songs about laziness? Put your feet up and relax. | Source

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.

"It's true hard work never killed anybody, but I figure, why take the chance?" Ronald Reagan, 40th U.S. President
"It's true hard work never killed anybody, but I figure, why take the chance?" Ronald Reagan, 40th U.S. President | Source

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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Practice relaxation techniques and enjoy these health benefits. Source: Mayo Clinic

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.

"Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired." Jules Renard, French author
"Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired." Jules Renard, French author | Source

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.

"The world is full of willing people; some willing to work, the rest willing to let them." - Robert Frost, American author
"The world is full of willing people; some willing to work, the rest willing to let them." - Robert Frost, American author | Source

Even More Songs About Being Lazy and Taking It Easy

Song
Artist
Year Released
21. Lazy Day Afternoon
Plain White Ts
2005
22. Sip It Slow
Colt Ford (featuring Lee Brice)
2015
23. Alfie
Lily Allen
2006
24. Sunny Afternoon
The Kinks
1966
25. Wasting Time
Blink-182
2015
26. Do Nothing
The Specials
1979
27. Sassafras Roots
Green Day
1994
28. Pontoon
Little Big Town
2012
29. Beer in Mexico
Kenny Chesney
2005
30. Island in the Sun
Weezer
2001
31. What Have You Done For Me Lately
Janet Jackson
1986
32. Takin' Care of Business
Bachman–Turner Overdrive
1973
33. Too Much Time On My Hands
Styx
1981
Know a song about being lazy or taking it easy that should be on this playlist? Make a suggestion in the Comments Section below!

Notes

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

Just Do It ... Tomorrow
Just Do It ... Tomorrow | Source

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      • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR

        FlourishAnyway 

        14 months ago from USA

        Devika - I hope you have a chance to do so. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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        DDE 

        14 months ago

        Lazy moments make me want to listen to such songs.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        15 months ago from USA

        Mamerto - Glad you enjoyed this. Take a little time for yourself.

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        JR Mamerto 

        15 months ago from Cabuyao

        They are lazy songs, but the message resonates to a hyper person like me. I mean I think I need to lay back a bit and relax :)

      • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR

        FlourishAnyway 

        15 months ago from USA

        Larry - Thanks! I added TCB as #32. Hope you are doing great and withstanding the heat.

      • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR

        FlourishAnyway 

        15 months ago from USA

        Cynthia - Hey, you did the laundry! Thanks for sharing your day with us. Have a wonderful week ahead.

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        Cynthia 

        15 months ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

        So, today I had a lazy day.... washing and hanging up laundry while my husband took the grandkids to a local river to swim. Listening to this roundup of songs made me feel a strange mix of guilt, anxiety, and happiness. I love your theme song articles.

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        Larry Rankin 

        15 months ago from Oklahoma

        Two songs come to mind that might work: CCR "Looking Out My Backdoor" and "Taking Care of Business".

        Great read!

      • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR

        FlourishAnyway 

        15 months ago from USA

        Thank you, sweet Geena, for your nice compliment. May you have the most relaxing Sunday!

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        Genna East 

        15 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

        Love the title...you are amazing in the many ways you come up with these themes. I am in awe, my friend. And now I'm enjoying wonderful music on this Sunday morning. (Otis wins my vote.) Thank you.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        15 months ago from USA

        Rasma - It is nice to be lazy sometimes. I'm glad you enjoy doing so. Have a wonderful Sunday.

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        Gypsy Rose Lee 

        15 months ago from Riga, Latvia

        Really enjoyed this. Nice to just lay back and daydream sometimes. My all time favorite is It's five o'clock somewhere because I have often felt that way when my nerves get tight and who in the world is going to drink before 5 but....

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        FlourishAnyway 

        15 months ago from USA

        Linda - Laziness is a nice change of pace from time to time. Have a great weekend!

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        Linda Crampton 

        15 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

        It's nice to be lazy sometimes! It's not good when it goes on too long, though. Thanks for another interesting article, Flourish.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        15 months ago from USA

        Heidi - I imagine we are both overachievers. Anyone with a doctorate can only be so lazy. Thank you for the song suggestion. I have added it at #31. And of course it was your comment on another song article that prompted me to do this one! Have a wonderful weekend and don't work too hard.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        15 months ago from USA

        LInda - I also stack items on the stairs (either the top to go downstairs or the bottom to go upstairs). I prefer to think of it as smart! That Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay guy sits there all day long, sun up to sun down. I call him lazy! Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend and take it easy!

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        Heidi Thorne 

        15 months ago from Chicago Area

        Love this! Glad to see that I'm a Slacker Hacker.

        I knew that J. Lo tune would be a good addition to this topic. One more I'd add it Janet Jackson's "What Have You Done for Me Lately?"

        Okay, I know you're not lazy, but I hope you have a relaxing weekend!

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        Linda Lum 

        15 months ago from Washington State, USA

        OK, so I have a two-story house. Rather than go up and down the stairs countless times during the day (to put things away) I let them pile up in a basket and then make one trip. Lazy or efficient? And I'm the one who will struggle to carry 6 bags of groceries from the car to the house rather than make several trips. Lazy or just working on my biceps?

        Never thought of Sittin' on the Dock as a song about being lazy but I love this hub and the list of tunes is great.

      • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR

        FlourishAnyway 

        15 months ago from USA

        MsDora - I'm sure you're doing ok on the industriousness chart! Thank you for stopping by!

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        FlourishAnyway 

        15 months ago from USA

        Mary - That sounds like a good idea if it were an indoor hammock. It's sooo hot here! Stay cool and take it easy!

      • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR

        FlourishAnyway 

        15 months ago from USA

        Debangee - Thank you for sharing your love of laziness. I'm glad you enjoyed the playlist.

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        Dora Weithers 

        15 months ago from The Caribbean

        Fighting laziness is a ritual when I'm alone, but according to your quiz, I'm not doing too badly. Great theme and opportunity to take inventory.

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        Mary Wickison 

        15 months ago from Brazil

        I don't think I fall into the lazy category but you have an interesting collection of songs.

        Perhaps I should take the afternoon off and crash out in the hammock with my headphones or a book.

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        DEBANGEE MANDAL 

        15 months ago from India

        I surely fall in the list. I really feel lazy at times and there is a serious need of songs which would suit my mood. Thanks for giving me so many options . I loved the collection.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        15 months ago from USA

        stevarino - Thanks for the suggestion!

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        FlourishAnyway 

        15 months ago from USA

        Bill - That does go a long way back, friend!

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        FlourishAnyway 

        15 months ago from USA

        Louise - I love Alan Jackson too. He's so much classier than all the new male country music stars who can't really sing and sing about nothing. Now they are lazy!

      • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR

        FlourishAnyway 

        15 months ago from USA

        Kyriaki - To be honest, I woke up at noon today (after the cats woke me up for the first time at 4 a.m. and I went back to bed at 6 a.m.). It's so hot that there's no way I'm going out of the house unless I have to. I hope your cookout is wonderful!

      • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR

        FlourishAnyway 

        15 months ago from USA

        Ryan - Thank you for stopping by! I always appreciate it!

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        Steve Dowell 

        15 months ago from East Central Indiana

        Well, or course, "Lazy" by Deep Purple!

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        Ryan Fuller 

        15 months ago from Louisiana, USA

        Yes another song list you could dedicate to me. Nothing like a good lazy day. I usually call those Sundays. Great list of songs. Fun and entertaining as usual.

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        Kyriaki Chatzi 

        15 months ago

        Today I don't feel like doing anything, Lalala Lalala

        I just wanna lay in my bed....

        A perfect start for a lazy day playlist!

        Thank you for sharing, Flourish!

        It looks like the cookout I am hosting this weekend already has a soundtrack. :)

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        Bill Holland 

        15 months ago from Olympia, WA

        I'm going to show my age again...Lazy Day by Spanky and Our Gang.....yes, I'm old. :)

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        Louise Powles 

        15 months ago from Norfolk, England

        I love this list of songs! I am lazy sometimes lol. I love Alan Jackson. He's got a beautiful voice.

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