20 Songs About Being Lazy

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Written By Julia Mehalko

Julia is a music journalist with a passion for retro songs. She holds a degree in journalism from University of Nevada.

We can all be a bit lazy from time to time. And there’s nothing wrong with that! Lazy days are necessary, regardless of what others might say. 

If you’re in a lazy mood, we’ve got 20 songs below for you. Now, these songs are all about the various stages of being lazy. So, you’ll find positive songs — as well as songs where the artists call out laziness!

1. “The Lazy Song” by Bruno Mars

“The Lazy Song” by Bruno Mars is definitely one of the best songs about not wanting to do anything! The song opens with the memorable lyrics, “Today, I don’t feel like doing anything

I just wanna lay in my bed / Don’t feel like picking up my phone / So leave a message at the tone.”

2. “Lazy River” by Bobby Darin

“Lazy River” by Bobby Darin, first released in 1960, follows the singer as he wants to take things slow and relax with the one he loves. The song begins with the lyrics, “Up a lazy river by the old mill stream / Lazy river in the noonday sun / Linger awhile in the shade of a tree / Throw away your troubles, dream with me.”

Darin goes on to sing that everything will be alright. As long as he has his love, nothing else matters!

3. “Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer” by Nat King Cole

1963’s “Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer” by Nat King Cole is the song to listen to as you prepare for summer! In this old song, Cole sings about the wonderful little things we all get to do in summer. He longs for the season to appear so he can have fun and be lazy!

So, he sings, “Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer / Those days of soda and pretzels and beer.”

4. “Lazy Days” by The Byrds

“Lazy Days” by The Byrds is a great classic rock song about relaxing. The singer doesn’t want to do anything else all day — other than relax and have a lazy day! He refuses to think about his responsibilities and the things that stress him out.

The band sings, “It’s a lazy day, I’m down with nothing else to do.”

5. “The Sweet Escape” by Gwen Stefani & Akon

While “The Sweet Escape” by Gwen Stefani and Akon mainly deals with a romantic relationship that struggles after a fight, Stefani does sing about being lazy in the song! Stefani sings, “So baby, times get a little crazy / I’ve been gettin’ a little lazy / Waitin’ on you to come save me.”

6. “Laughing In the Wind” by Van Morrison

1998’s “Laughing In the Wind” by Van Morrison is about being tired and feeling lazy. Morrison sings about how he just wants to relax, though he’s also clearly struggling with what appears to be a problematic relationship. He just wants the one he loves, or his fans, to listen to his song.

So, he sings, “And it’s hazy lazy / Waitin’ for springtime / Roll along, roll along / And all you gotta do is / Listen to the song.”

7. “Lazy Afternoon” by Barbra Streisand

“Lazy Afternoon” by Barbra Streisand is about the joy of spending a lazy day with the one you love. Nothing beats these moments! The song opens with Streisand singing the lyrics, “It’s a lazy afternoon / And the beetle bugs are zooming / And the tulip trees are blooming / And there’s not another human in view / But us two.”

8. “Lazy” by Deep Purple

1972’s “Lazy” by Deep Purple follows the singer as he sings about someone who is lazy and who he loves. He feels this person wouldn’t even save themselves if they were drowning, as they don’t want to live or work. As a result, the band sings, “You’re lazy, just stay in bed / You don’t want no money, you don’t want no bread / If you’re drowning, you don’t clutch no straw.”

9. “Home” by Dolly Parton

“Home” by Dolly Parton follows the country singer as she expresses her deep sadness that she’s not home. She misses where she’s from. So, she sings about all the lovely things in her hometown — as well as all the lazy memories she can have there.

She sings, “Home / Where the warm wind’s blowing / And the river’s flowing along / Like a lazy bum in the mid-day sun.”

10. “Mañana (Is Soon Enough for Me)” by Peggy Lee

In “Mañana (Is Soon Enough for Me)”, Peggy Lee sings about her life, her friends, and her family. Instead of worrying about all of her issues — or all of the issues her loved ones have — Lee just wants to deal with it all later.

As a result, she sings, “My mother thinks I’m lazy, and maybe she is right / I’ll go to work mañana but I gotta sleep tonight.”

11. “Honey Pie” by The Beatles

“Honey Pie” by The Beatles, which appears on the band’s 1968 self-titled album, follows the band as they sing to the one they love. The singer explains that he loves a girl who doesn’t live near him, as she’s traveling all around the United States. The singer loves her so much. However, he’s not going to follow her around to try to win her over — as he’s lazy!

The band sings, “Honey Pie, you are making me crazy / I’m in love, but I’m lazy / So, won’t you please come home?”

12. “Beware the Dog” by The Griswolds

“Beware the Dog” by The Griswolds explores what it’s like to lose a friend and someone you love to addiction. The band is upset that this person they love has lost their way. Now, they can’t do all the things they loved to do together. They explain by singing, “We used to go where the cool kids go / But now you’re just too lazy.”

13. “Slap” by Ludacris

In “Slap”, Ludacris explores the many annoying emotions that can appear during a particularly bad day when nothing goes right. He explains that he’s lazy at work and annoyed with his boss. Ludacris just wants to slap someone or something to feel better, as he has so many emotions bottled up inside during this terrible day.

He also says, “Is it cause I’m wasting my time away? (too lazy) / Wasting my time away? (I can’t help it!).”

14. “You Know Me Better Than That” by George Strait

George Strait’s “You Know Me Better Than That”, first released in 1991, follows the country singer as he sings to an ex. He explains that he’s moved on and found a new girl. This woman thinks that he’s amazing and the perfect man. However, he sings that his ex knows the truth — and knows that he’s nothing close to perfect!

He sings, “But you know me better than that / You know the me that gets lazy and fat / How moody I can be, all my insecurities.”

15. “Once In a While” by Madeleine Peyroux

In “Once In a While”, Madeleine Peyroux sings about wanting to move on from a past relationship. She admits that she can’t completely forget this romance — even if she wants to. But she will only allow herself to think of her ex every once in a while!

When describing her emotions and state of mind, she also mentions how she’s lazy. She sings, “I don’t know what love is, I’m selfish and lazy / And when I get scared, I can act like I’m crazy / When I think of your kisses, I’m still gonna smile / I’m still gonna miss you once in a while.”

16. “100 Years Ago” by The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones’ song “100 Years Ago”, which appears on their 1973 album Goats Head Soup, explores the life of a youngster to one who has grown up. Lead singer Mick Jagger reminisces about his youth and how things were just so much better. He didn’t stress and worry about everything.

Now, both he and his friends seem always to be worried about things. He also sings about laziness and boredom in his life, singing, “Call me lazy bones / I ain’t got no time to waste away.”

17. “I Miss Us” by Kenny Loggins

“I Miss Us” by Kenny Loggins explores a romantic relationship that seems to be struggling. Therefore, this song could be either about Loggins missing an ex — or missing the easier times he used to have with his partner, who he’s still with. Regardless, Loggins wishes he could return to the lazy days he used to share with this person.

So, he sings the lyrics, “I miss Sunday mornings free and easy / Lazy days and endless evenings / I really thought somehow / That I’d be over it by now.”

18. “Bad Boy” by Ringo Starr

1978’s “Bad Boy” by Ringo Starr sings about how he’s not a good man. Instead, he’s just a “bad boy.” He explains all the ways he’s like this, as well as how others see him. As a result, he sings, “I can see all the folks / They’re laughing at me / Cause I’m just a naturally, crazy, lazy.”

19. “(That’s What I Like) In My Woman” by Joe Cocker

In 1975’s “(That’s What I Like) In My Woman”, Joe Cocker sings about all the things he likes in his partner — and he thinks that he’s found her. He also expresses his desire to stop looking around for someone to be with. He believes that he’s found the woman he wants, regardless of what others may think about it!

So, he ends up singing the lyrics, “And I think I’m gettin’ crazy / I might be gettin’ lazy / I just don’t want to look anymore / ‘Cause I found you.”

20. “The Importance of Being Idle” by Oasis

“The Importance of Being Idle” by Oasis follows the band as they talk about their own laziness. They’re idle, and they don’t care that everyone else in their life calls them out on this! They’re going to live their life and enjoy it as long as they have a place to rest their head at the end of the night!

The band sings, “It ain’t no place to be killing time / I guess I’m just lazy.”