In 2007, country music took over NBC’s Sunday Night Football opening theme. Faith Hill replaced singer P!nk that year to sing “Waiting All Day For Sunday Night.” After several years of Hill leading the charge, superstar Carrie Underwood made her debut as the Sunday Night Football theme singer in 2013.
The “Cry Pretty” singer continued on the tradition of singing “Waiting All Day For Sunday Night,” which is a reworking of the Joan Jett song “I Hate Myself For Loving You.” After a few years of performing the Sunday night staple, the song changed to “Oh, Sunday Night,” a song inspired by Underwood’s duet with Miranda Lambert, “Somethin’ Bad.”
Like previous years, the song’s lyrics always changed a bit each week to be about the two teams that were gearing up to play each other that night.
The theme changed up again in 2018, with a new song called “Game On.”
Despite the rave reviews of “Game On,” NBC changed the opening song for the 2019 season due to it being the 100th anniversary of the NFL. And for the centennial celebration every Sunday night, Underwood was joined by legendary singer Joan Jett.
Every summer, we wonder if Underwood will return for the fall football season to sing the intro for Sunday Night Football and on August 23, we got our answer – she will!
“Here we go — year 9 with Sunday Night Football on NBC and I think we’ve created the best opener yet,” she wrote. “We’ve got some pretty awesome technology for this one and I can’t wait for you all to see it on September 12 on NBC and Peacock TV.”
We can’t wait to see it!