Carrie Underwood kicked off her eighth season with NBC’s Sunday Night Football this weekend, with her latest version of the theme song “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night,” a reworking of Joan Jett’s “I Hate Myself for Loving You.”
The video starts off with heavy drums and loud electric guitars just before Underwood’s unmistakably powerful vocals begin. The typical shots of packed stadiums were replaced this year with clips of fans across the country supporting their teams from home.
“We all want to make each year feel special and unique,” Underwood explains in a behind-the-scenes video. “More than anything, everybody is just grateful that we get to do this. Fans are gonna get to be a part of the open. With our world today and trying to do things in a socially distanced manner, that lended itself to giving us a new perspective on the open.”
Pink was the first to sing “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night” in 2006 before Faith Hill took over for several years and Underwood began her run in 2013. She has performed multiple theme songs including “Oh, Sunday Night” and “Game On” before “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night” was re-introduced last year. The 2020 show opener featured an entirely new version of the song recorded by Underwood.
Watch Underwood’s performance in the video below.