If you’re ready for a new theme song for “Sunday Night Football,” then get ready because according to “Entertainment Tonight” Carrie Underwood will be replacing the Faith Hill tune “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night,” which was set to Joan Jett's 1988 song “I Hate Myself For Loving You.” Hill’s cut has been the “Sunday Night Football” theme since 2006.
You might have heard a snippet of Underwood’s new tune titled “Oh Sunday Night” during the 2016 Olympics, and if it sounds familiar that’s because it’s an updated version of her song with Miranda Lambert called “Somethin’ Bad. If you recall, the cut was off Lambert’s fifth studio album “Platinum,” which reached the No. 1 spot on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart in 2014.
In the teaser clip for the song, Underwood sports a black sequined dress and sings “Oh, Sunday night, Oh Sunday night,” while fans cheer, players take the field and a huge American flag is rolled out. As far as the backing music, it starts slowly but quickly builds with a thump of a bass drum that fits perfectly behind Underwood’s soaring vocals.
In a press release for the new cut, Fred Gaudelli, who’s NBC’s executive producer for both “Sunday Night Football” and “Thursday Night Football,” said Underwood came up with the idea of creating something new for the NFL.
“We’re excited to kick off our second decade of ‘Sunday Night Football’ on NBC with a new opening theme,” he said. “Earlier this offseason, Carrie said she had a special idea for a new ‘Sunday Night Football’ open song. When we got into the recording studio in Nashville, the song instantly came to life and will be a dynamic addition to our show.”
Underwood said she’s also excited about the new tune and is eager for people to hear the full version of it. “I love being part of the ‘Sunday Night Football’ family and can’t wait for the fans to hear the new theme song,” she said in the press release.
The first game of the NFL will be between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos on Thursday night, Sept. 8, at 8:30 p.m. EST. The new “Sunday Night Football” song from Underwood will premiere on Sept. 11.