14 Time-Related Songs to Help Ring in Daylight Savings Time
Because you know you're excited about that extra hour of sleep.
Daylight Savings Time kicks in during the early morning hours of Nov. 6, and although it means winter is coming (don’t remind us, Jon Snow), we couldn’t help thinking of songs to listen to before time moves back an hour. Many of these have deeper meanings that aren't actually as time-related as their titles suggest, but then again, Daylight Savings Time isn't actually a holiday -- so does it matter how fitting they technically are? They're all jams in their own right.
So while you relish in that extra hour of sleep (or partying, or however you utilize the magical "25th hour"), turn up some of these tunes, turn back your clocks and enjoy.
“It’s Time,” Imagine Dragons
With meaningful lyrics and a huge bassline, this Imagine Dragons hit makes you want to belt out the line “I’m never changing who I am” as much as it inspires you to live those words out.
“Take Your Time,” Sam Hunt
Many songs with the word time in the title revolve around love in some way, but Sam Hunt’s may be one of the smoothest croons of them all. Flipping the meaning of the nonchalant phrase “take your time” into a way to ask a girl out? Brilliant.
“Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?”, Chicago
Starting off with a line about a man asking another if he has the time, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers' golden oldie about what time it is actually has more to do with living life to the fullest. Still, it's definitely the song that is most literally about time on this entire list.
“Time,” Hootie & The Blowfish
Darius Rucker and his band come in a close second to Chicago's track with this one, asking "Time, why you punish me?" and thinking that time is not their friend. Maybe gaining an hour back will make Hootie think differently.
“What Time Is It?”, High School Musical 2 cast
While this is probably the biggest joke of the bunch, it's actually one of the most time-related ones (after Chicago and Hootie, of course). The HSM cast isn’t asking for an actual time, but rather asking the question “What Time Is It?” to remind each other that it’s summer break. Since it’s now winter, this song can at least provide a little bit of that exciting summer feeling.
“Time In a Bottle,” Jim Croce
Sometimes we all wish we could put time in a bottle, so Jim Croce just decided to sing about it in a rather heartbreaking acoustic ballad.
“Time Warp,” Rocky Horror Picture Show cast
If you’re looking for a little jig to do while you enjoy your extra hour of the weekend, might as well do a jump to the left and then a step to the right. Oh, and throwing in a good ol’ pelvic thrust will really get the Daylight Savings Time party going.
“3am,” Meghan Trainor
Unfortunately Meghan Trainor’s tune is one hour off from the official clocks-turning-back time of 2 a.m., so it’s not quite qualified to be the Daylights Savings Time song. But realistically, that wouldn’t be the case anyway, as her song about a specific time is actually about her regretful decision to contact a no-good-for-her ex in the middle of the night.
“Time After Time,” Cyndi Lauper
This classic ‘80s ballad is definitely more about romance than it is about literal time, but it sure is timeless. Cue the disco ball.
“4 Minutes," Madonna
Who would’ve ever thought singing about a specific amount of time could be so catchy? This Madonna/Timberlake team-up made for one club banger back in 2008. And the “tick-tock, tick-tock” hook is just too good (not to mention perfectly fitting for this "holiday").
In reality this song hardly has anything to do with time, but it felt like a necessary addition to the Daylight Savings Time track list simply because of its iconic piano hook. Just the beginning of the song would provide a great soundtrack for that exciting “change your clock” moment.
Fall Out Boy, “7 Minutes In Heaven (Ata Van Halen)”
Considering the frisky meaning of this phrase probably lost its thrill once you graduated high school, listening to this Fall Out Boy track may bring back some old memories of one of the best (or maybe worst) times of your youth.
Drake, “6PM in New York"
Not only does Drake sing about a particular time on his If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late track, but he even makes a wish in the song that is pretty relevant to Daylight Savings Time: “Some nights I wish I could go back in life / Not to change s---, just to feel a couple things twice.” Consider your wish granted this Nov. 6, Drizzy.
Alan Jackson, "It's Five O' Clock Somewhere"
So this might be more about drinking than it is about time, but again, must we get technical? There’s no denying this is a classic.