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Songs to combat the “Sunday scaries”

Raise your hand if you start to feel a little stressed Sunday afternoon or evening about the work waiting for you Monday morning. 

The phenomena that is the Sunday scaries is, sadly, very familiar to most people. We try to hold on to our weekends for every single precious moment, but it’s hard to ignore the doom and gloom of Monday morning creeping in. 

Did you know this is such a common occurrence, there are more than 341 million views on TikTok videos featuring the hashtag #sundayscaries? We like to laugh and commiserate about the things that stress us out, apparently. 

Luckily, for people who want to know what others are finding therapeutic in order to swoop in and copy it, SpaSeekers.com has analyzed the music used in those TikTok videos in order to help those artists get some extra pennies — maybe to alleviate their own stress. 

By analyzing more than 27,000 songs on Spotify to see which tunes help take the scary out of Sunday, the website determined Frank Ocean is the one people turn to to lap away their stress and soothe their nerves, with his songs showing up 300 times on the playlists analyzed by SpaSeekers; followed by Taylor Swift and Mac Miller. 

The most popular scaries soothing song is not from Frank Ocean, or Taylor Swift, or Mac Miller but, instead, “Sunday Morning” by Maroon 5. The second most popular song is “Stick Season” by Noah Kahn, followed by “Cigarette Daydreams” from Cage the Elephant. 

The top 10 song to help keep the scaries at bay also include “Landslide” from Fleetwood Mac, “Lost” by Frank Ocean, “Good Days” from SZA comes in at number six; “Riptide” from Vance Joy takes the number seven spot while “Drops of Jupiter” from Train comes in at number eight, followed by “Iris” by the Goo Goo Dolls and “Banana Pancakes” from Jack Johnson in the 10th position. 

Other popular songs include Zach Bryan’s “Something in the Orange,” Coldplay’s “Yellow,” “River” by Leon Bridges and Etta James’ “A Sunday Kind of Love.” Want more songs to keep the scaries away? Check out the full report here.

Amber Healy

I write about music policy and lawsuits because they're endlessly fascinating.

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