“Saturday Love” – Cherrelle and Alexander O’Neal
This American R&B jam hit the airwaves in the fall of 1985. Written and produced by the hitmaking team of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, “Saturday Love” appeared on Cherrelle’s sophomore album, “High Priority.” The song peaked at No. 2 on the US R&B charts in 1985 and was a moderate pop hit the following year, climbing to No. 26 on the US Hot 100 and No. 6 on the UK Singles charts.
“Saturday in the Park” – Chicago
With its iconic first line — “Saturday, in the park, I think it was the Fourth of July” — Chicago’s smoothed out jazz-pop “Saturday in the Park” is arguably the most-known Saturday song across all demographics. Off the “Chicago V” album, it was written by Robert Lamm and released in 1972. A massive hit from the moment it dropped, the single reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was certified gold by the RIAA after selling over 1,000,000 records.
“Saturday Night” – Bay City Rollers
Written by Bill Martin and Phil Coulter, the Scotland-based Bay City Rollers’ “Saturday Night” first hit UK music stores in 1973. However, the upbeat party anthem didn’t make it across the pond for two years. It’s an early glam-rock track that climbed its way to the No. 1 spot on US charts in 1975. It appears on the group’s “Rollin’” LP and, over the years, has been redone several times.
“Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting” – Elton John
Elton John’s “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting” was composed by the singer and his longtime writing partner Bernie Taupin. Music historians classify it as a throwback rock-pop track with a glam edge. Taupin’s lyrics were inspired by his teenage years and the bar fights he experienced as a young man growing up in Aston Arms.
A writer for Billboard teased that it may be a parody of the Rolling Stones’s “Street Fighting Man” and praised the track for being a lot of fun.
When it first dropped, “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting” stayed in the top 40 for about nine weeks.
“Saturday Night” – The Herbaliser featuring Fabian and Big Ted
This seminal London jazz-hip-hop-funk track first dropped in 1997 on the “Blow Your Headphones” album by The Herbaliser, the UK duo of Jake Wherry and Ollie Teeba. It’s considered one of the 50 best tip-hop recordings of all time and works well on a lounge mix for a trendy cocktail party.
“Louisiana Saturday Night” – Mel McDaniel
A classic country track recorded in 1980 and released in 1981, “Louisiana Saturday Night” is a Mel McDaniels favorite. Bob McDill wrote the song, appearing on McDaniel’s “I’m Countryfied” album. A remake, “Louisiana Saturday Night” was originally performed by Don Williams in 1977.
The sound is old-school country — as are the downhome lyrics.
“Saturday Sun” – Vance Joy
“Saturday Sun” by Vance Joy — aka James Gabriel Keogh — is off the Australian singer’s second studio album, “Nation of Two.” Released in 2018, Joy wrote the song while staying in California. Dave Bassett also has writing credits on the track. An indie pop diddy, “Saturday Sun” is a hopeful song about “meeting someone really great and not wanting to miss the chance of seeing them again.”
In addition to the instrumental LP version, Joy also released an acoustic track.
“Saturday Night Experience” – Jody Watley
A late-90s dancehall favorite, Jody Watley’s “Saturday Night Experience” was a huge hit on the London scene that eventually crossed the pond a few years later. It marked the artist’s departure from a strict R&B sound and was initially released as an exclusive in Japan and Australia. In 2002, “Saturday Night Experience” hit North American clubs — and remains a dancehall staple to this day.
“Another Saturday Night” – Sam Cooke
This early-60s hit from Sam Cooke is off the artist’s “Ain’t That Good News” album. It peaked at the No. 1 spot on the US R&B charts and No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. Cooke wrote the song; Hugo & Luigi — the famous music industry cousins — produced it. In 1974, Cat Stevens did a remake of Cooke’s classic that did well on the easy listening charts.
“Saturday Night Is the Loneliest Night of the Week” – Frank Sinatra
Old Blue Eyes put out a library’s worth of great tunes, and “Saturday Night Is the Loneliest Night of the Week” ranks among them. The big-band classic is super for swinging around the house in pajamas with a banana microphone when no one else is looking!
And there it is – a hand-picked list of the best Saturday songs that’s got a little something from various genres. Enjoy your weekend with the list of best songs about Saturday we’ve gathered for you.
Born and raised in Austin, David is a dedicated writer and avid fragrance lover. When he's not trying out perfumes, he enjoys traveling and exploring new restaurants.