20 Best Songs About Clocks

By Nico Gonzalez

Songs about clocks can be very captivating. Some songs are about the time in general, others about a specific clock in a room or on a wall. In some cases, clocks themselves can even become characters in the song’s story line. Songs that have been written about the numerous aspects of the clock and time include every kind of music style, from rock to classical. Here are the  20 best songs about clocks, listed in no particular order.


Clocks –   Coldplay

Coldplay - Clocks (Official Video)

This song is about the feeling of watching the time move on. It’s about how life keeps moving forward, no matter what you do.  The song was featured on the band’s fourth studio album, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends. Its lyrics were written by lead singer and pianist, Chris Martin. Many of Coldplay’s songs are inspired by literature—this song was written after Martin read A Sentimental Education, a novel by English writer, Gustave Flaubert.

Broken Clocks –   SZA

SZA - Broken Clocks (Official Audio)

SZA, or Solána Rowe, wrote this song in early 2016. It was inspired by the same novel that Coldplay’s Clocks was based on—A Sentimental Education. Broken clocks represent broken hearts, and lost time can never be recovered. The chorus of SZA’s song is very catchy: “If my vibe is the truth, then you can’t change that/I’m not tryna fight for you. I just wanna fly.” Its lyrics are about cutting toxic people out of your life.

Stop the Clocks –   Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

Noel Gallagher - Stop the clocks - Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

This song is a tribute to former Oasis bandmate, and Gallagher’s older brother, Liam Gallagher. The song was featured on Noel Gallagher’s self-titled second solo album, which was released in 2011. The album was produced by Noel and Dave Sardy. The lyrics are about how life keeps moving forward, no matter what you do. Its lyrics are also a warning to Liam, telling him to “stop the clocks” before it’s too late.

Moving Clocks Run Slow –   We Were Promised Jetpacks

Moving Clocks Run Slow by We Were Promised Jetpacks

Written in 2014, this song is about how life feels so fast due to the perception of time. The intro lyrics are “Thought I felt it coming on again breathing heavy in the heat/Time has gone so slow since you broke my heart.” The Scottish indie rock band’s music is filled with many emotions—sadness, anger, and passion. The band’s name, We Were Promised Jetpacks, was inspired by a 1950s Bible quote that says man would fly on the “wings of eagles.”

Stop The Clocks –   Donots

Donots - Stop the Clocks (Official Video)

This punk rock song was written in 2006 by Ingo Knollmann and Guido Knollmann. It’s a fast-paced, high-energy song about not wanting time to move forward. The lyrics are “So what if we’re getting old?/So what if we can’t take it with us when we go?/We’ll stop the clocks and make time stand still.” The song is about not wanting to grow up and lose our youth.

Clocks Go Forward –   James Bay

James Bay - Clocks Go Forward (Audio)

This song is about the confusion that happens when people forget to change their clocks during Daylight Savings Time. Although it’s a simple concept, Bay makes it into a catchy love song with lyrics “I just wanna love you in my own language/But I don’t know how.” Its lyrics are also a warning to Liam, telling him to “stop the clocks” before it’s too late. Some of Bay’s other popular songs include Hold Back the River and If You Ever Want to Be in Love.

Clocks Forward –   Psalm Trees

Psalm Trees x Guillaume Muschalle - Clocks Forward

This song is about the confusion that happens when people forget to change their clocks during Daylight Savings Time. Although it’s a simple concept, Psalm Trees makes it into a haunting ballad with lyrics “I just wanna love you in my own language/But I don’t know how.” The song is about not wanting to grow up and lose our youth. Some of Psalm Trees’ other popular songs include Somewhere Else and The Weight.

Stop the Clocks (Single Edit) –   Enter Shikari

Enter Shikari - Stop the Clocks (Official Video)

This song is about how time keeps moving forward, and the realization that we will all die someday. It’s a fast-paced rock song with lyrics like “You were never gonna make it/Your heart and your mind at war” and “But hang on there’s still time to turn this around/’Cause you keep living life like there’s no tomorrow.” Many of the band’s songs are politically and socially charged, and this one is no exception.

Clocks And Timepieces –   Search The City

Clocks and Time Pieces - Search the City (Lyrics on Screen)

This song is about the joys and simplicity of clocks and timepieces. It’s a slow ballad with lyrics like “I love to watch them ticking/the hands moving round and round/I can’t imagine living without clocks and timepieces.” The band is from Manchester, England, and released their first album in 2014. Its lyrics are about how life always feels like there isn’t enough time to live it to the fullest. Its lyrics are also about how life keeps moving forward, no matter what you do.

Running The Clocks –   Our Last Night

Our Last Night - Running the Clocks (Lyric Video)

This pop-punk song is about the passage of time and how it never stops, even after we die. It’s a fun tune that features heavy drums and guitars throughout. Its lyrics are “When I was young/I thought I’d be alive long enough to see me grow old.” The band Our Last Night consists of four members who formed in 2004. Its lyrics are about the passage of time and how it never stops, even after we die.

Clocks & Calendars –   Show Me the Skyline

Clocks and Calendars - Show Me the Skyline

This song is about how time can be a cruel mistress, and how it often feels like we’re running out of time. It’s a sad ballad with lyrics like “And every day I’m feeling older/As the sands of time keep slipping through my hands.” The band Show Me the Skyline is from Toronto, Canada, and formed in 2007. Its lyrics are about how time can be a cruel mistress, and how it often feels like we’re running out of time. Many of the band’s other songs are about time, including Minutes, Seconds, and Hours.

Calendars and Clocks –   The Coral

The Coral - Calendars and Clocks (Live)

This song is about the realization that life keeps moving forward no matter what, and how it’s hard to keep up with all of time’s changes. It’s a fast-paced pop rock song with lyrics like “So I’ve given up my dreams/Now they’re just calendars and clocks.” The band named themselves after the novel Lord of the Flies, and formed in 1996. Its lyrics are about the realization that life keeps moving forward no matter what, and how it’s hard to keep up with all of time’s changes. Many of the band’s other songs are about time, including Twenty Four Hours and In The Morning.

Two Clocks –   RÜFÜS

RUFUS DU SOL - Two Clocks

This song is about how time often goes by faster than we expect it to. It’s a slow jam that has lyrics like “I need you now/But I won’t get the chance because life goes fast.” The band consists of three Australians, Tyrone Lindqvist, Jon George, and James Hunt. Its lyrics are about how time often goes by faster than we expect it to. It’s a slow jam that has lyrics like “I need you now/But I won’t get the chance because life goes fast.” Its lyrics are also a warning to Liam, telling him to “stop the clocks” before it’s too late.

Clocks and Spoons –   John Prine

John Prine - Clocks and Spoons

This classic folk song is about how love can change time, and make it feel like we have all the time in the world. It’s a fun tune with lyrics like “Sun’s going down/Looks like everybody’s leaving but here come your sweet eyes again.” The band consists of three members, Kris Kristofferson, Gordon Payne, and Kenneth A. Buttrey, who formed in 1971. Its lyrics are about how love can change time, and make it feel like we have all the time in the world. It’s a fun tune with lyrics like “Sun’s going down/Looks like everybody’s leaving but here come your sweet eyes again.”

Grandfather Clocks –   Mike Irish

Mike Irish - Grandfather Clocks feat. Khary

This song is about the memory of a loved one who has passed away. It’s a slow ballad with lyrics like “The only time that I feel close to him/Is when I’m winding up his clock.” The artist Mike Irish is from Canada, and released this song in 2006. Its lyrics are about the memory of a loved one who has passed away. It’s a slow ballad with lyrics like “The only time that I feel close to him/Is when I’m winding up his clock.”

The Clocks, The Clocks –   The Ergs!

The Ergs-04-The Clocks, The Clocks

This song is about the fear of time running out, and how it’s hard to keep track of all the time that’s passing. It’s a fast-paced punk rock song with lyrics like “Every day feels like such a waste/When I can’t see beyond my own little space.” The band formed in 2002, and broke up in 2008. Its lyrics are about the fear of time running out, and how it’s hard to keep track of all the time that’s passing. It’s a fast-paced punk rock song with lyrics like “Every day feels like such a waste/When I can’t see beyond my own little space.”

Time Clocks –   Joe Bonamassa

Joe Bonamassa - Time Clocks Track by Track

This song is about the importance of making the most of our time on earth. It’s a slow blues song with lyrics like “You can’t stop the hands of time/But you can make every moment count.” The artist Joe Bonamassa is from New York, and has released dozens of albums since he started his career in 1989. Its lyrics are about the importance of making the most of our time on earth. It’s a slow blues song with lyrics like “You can’t stop the hands of time/But you can make every moment count.”

The Clocks Aren’t Ticking Backwards –   Your Demise

Your Demise - The Clock's Aren´t Ticking Backwards

This song is about how time feels like it’s flying by, and that we’re not making the most of every moment. It’s a fast punk rock song with lyrics like “There isn’t much to do/But I’m determined to have fun, even if it kills me.” The band formed in 2006 in Manchester, England. Its lyrics are about how time feels like it’s flying by, and that we’re not making the most of every moment. It’s a fast punk rock song with lyrics like “There isn’t much to do/But I’m determined to have fun, even if it kills me.”