The opening to “Sunday Night Football” is going to be different this fall.
Not completely different though – Carrie Underwood will still be performing the theme song to broadcast TV’s top-rated program.
Only now that tune will be based on one of the country superstar’s own hits, rather than the ’80s pop rock song the show has used the last 10 years.
The new theme for “SNF” will be entitled “Oh, Sunday,” based on the 2014 song “Somethin’ Bad,” which Underwood performed with Miranda Lambert.
With lots of enthusiastic requests for the listeners to “stomp your feet, start clapping,” the song seems like it will easily translate into an anthem for prime time football. My guess is the “Whoa, something bad” part that’s repeated throughout will probably be turned into “Oh, Sunday night.”
“It has such a great stomp-clap, a `We Will Rock You’ kind of feel to it,” Underwood said of the reworked tune. “This is such a high energy song.”
Since “Sunday Night Football” started in 2006, the theme song has been a variation of Joan Jett’s 1988 hit “I Hate Myself for Loving You.”
That theme song, called “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night,” was performed by Pink and then Faith Hill before Underwood took over the singing duties in 2013.
“The song had lasted 10 years, but I didn’t know how much more we could stay with the song without it feeling routine,” said Fred Gaudelli, NBC’s executive producer of “Sunday Night Football” and “Thursday Night Football.”
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