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18 songs guaranteed to make your brunch better

You bring the mimosas and Bloody Marys; we'll bring the tunes. Whether you’re feeling more decaf or double espresso, these tracks are the the perfect side for your weekend eggs, biscuits and bacon.

Don't forget to scroll down to the bottom for a ready-to-play list of all of the songs below.

1. Prince: “Let’s Go Crazy”
The 80s anthem is perfect track for jump-starting your weekend.

2. Sturgill Simpson: “Living the Dream”
“Ain’t no point getting outta bed if you ain’t living the dream/It’s like making a big old pot of coffee when you ain’t got no cream.” The modern day outlaw has a point.

3. Cigarettes After Sex: “Sweet”
Play this moody, ambient track for those breakfast in bed kind of mornings.

4. Sylvan Esso: “Coffee”
A funky, electronic-inspired track from the Durham-based duo that will perk you up as quickly as that second cup of java.

5. Otis Redding: “Cigarettes and Coffee”
“I don’t want no cream and sugar, cause I’ve got you now darling” sings Redding in this sultry tune dedicated to his love--and his two vices.

6. Michael Kiwanuka: “Tell Me a Tale”
A lesser-known single from the contemporary English soul singer with a throwback voice that goes over as easily as your eggs.

7. Angus & Julia Stone: “Chateau”
This escapist track from the Australian indie-pop darlings is perfect for daydreaming — and day drinking.

8. Kasey Musgraves: “Biscuits”
Musgraves, known for her pointed and cheeky lyrics, belts out: “Mind your own biscuits and life will be gravy,” a life philosophy we endorse — weekends and beyond.

9. Tom Waits: “Eggs and Sausage (In a Cadillac with Susan Michelson)"
A jazzy ode to diners and all of your favorite brunch foods — eggs, sausage, toast, coffee, hash browns and more — as only Tom Waits can sing it.

10. Amos Lee: “Sweet Pea”
An easy-like-Sunday-morning brunch kind of song.

11. Commodores: “Easy”
The lyrics of this Motown classic speak for themselves.

12. Drake: “One Dance”
Technically more of a Saturday night song, but one that plays just as well the morning after.

13. Rayland Baxter: “Bad Things”
The perfect hangover song from the Nashville-based alt-country artist.

14. Amy Winehouse: “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?”
Winehouse’s haunting cover of this 1960s classic is the perfect drowning-your-dating-sorrows-in-mimosas-the-day after track.

15. Etta James: “Sunday Kind of Love”
In a modern world of ghosting and swiping, James’ lyrics about finding lasting love still resonate.

16. Valerie June: “Astral Plane”
A beautiful, ethereal and timeless track from the Memphis-born singer-songwriter's latest LP.

17. Velvet Underground: “Sunday Morning”
Fun fact: this song was penned by Lou Reed on an actual Sunday morning.

18. Dawes: “When the Tequila Runs Out”
Always have a back-up plan. For this California based band, it’s champagne for “when the tequila runs out.”

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Laura Scholz is a freelance writer with a passion for spirits and wellness who believes life, like a good cocktail, is best lived in balance. Her work has appeared in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta Magazine, Eater Atlanta, Liquor.com, SevenFifty Daily, Simply Buckhead and Tales of the Cocktail. Laura is also a certified Pilates and TRX instructor who loves running, yoga, live music, traveling, hiking with her dog, and playing the piano and ukulele. She lives on Atlanta's Westside with her husband Tim and freely admits she does more singing, dancing and drinking than cooking in her Southern kitchen.