Carrie Underwood Drops Epic Teaser of ‘Sunday Night Football’ Opening: ‘Been Waiting All Year’

by Jacklyn Krol

Carrie Underwood has been waiting all year for Sunday Night Football to return!

This will mark the country songstress‘ ninth year singing the theme song, “Waiting All Day For Sunday Night.” For the last ten years, NBC’s Sunday Night Football has been the No. 1 program in primetime television.

The new music video intro was shot at Industrial Light & Magic’s LED sound stage. The tech company was responsible for the Disney+ Star Wars series The Mandalorian. They utilized the cutting-edge technology called StageCraft LED virtual production technology. The new opening is different from years past and not just because of the new tech. It will feature a virtual football tailgate. Fans submitted videos of themselves at pre-game tailgates to use in the virtual tailgate. Along with the fans and Underwood, current NFL players will also be spotlighted.

“Shooting the new show open for Sunday Night Football is one of the highlights of my year,” Carrie Underwood said.  “I just love the fact that we get to reinvent it every year. The team behind these shoots is incredible and it’s always a really fun day, especially this year getting to work with such amazing state-of-the-art technology.” 

Carrie Underwood’s Music Taste

Although she’s a country musician and adores the genre, Carrie Underwood enjoys heavy rock and metal music.

According to The Boot, the Sunday Night Football theme song was based on Joan Jett’s hit “I Hate Myself For Loving You.” Jett’s track was used in the 2006-2007 season through 2016. Additionally, the classic rocker was brought in for a collaboration

In 2019, to mark the 100th season of the National Football League, Jett and Underwood collaborated on the theme song.

“I’ve always been a fan of Joan Jett … I will use any excuse I can to work with Joan Jett,” Underwood told the outlet. “It’s intimidating being in the studio with someone like Joan. She’s a legend!”

Earlier this year, Carrie Underwood spoke to CBS Sunday Morning, about her taste in music.

“[While] working out, I honestly listen to like metal or super hard rock music. I like the band I Prevail,” she said.

Underwood revealed that I Prevail’s album Trauma is her go to record that she will listen to on repeat.

“There’s a lot of not-children-friendly words on it. That’s important to note,” she added. “But I’m like, ‘Don’t go buy, you know, [my Christian record] My Savior and then go buy Trauma and be like, ‘Carrie Underwood told me to.’”

Carrie Underwood also enjoys heavier subject matter. Her 2x Platinum hit “Two Black Cadillacs” was actually inspired by a Stephen King novel. The music video referenced one of the horror legend’s famous characters.

 “I had this idea… if the car did the killing — a la ‘Christine,’ the Stephen King book,” Underwood explained. “I just thought that would be a cool little twist to the story.”

She then got King’s approval to “give his blessing.”