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Songs of the Week that have Monday in them

Updated on February 18, 2011

I decided to write a hub each day about songs that use one of the days of the week in their title. This hub is on songs that have "Monday" in their titles and includes a variety of artists both old and new. I'm only taking on five songs per hub so I might have missed yours. If I have, please let me know what your favorite "Monday song" is in the comments section.

If you would be so kind to vote in the poll as well... it would be much appreciated!

I Don't Like Mondays - Boomtown Rats

I Don't Like Mondays - Boomtown Rats

Album:  	
The Fine Art of Surfacing
Artist:		
The Boomtown Rats
Composer:	
Bob Geldof
Release Date:	
July 21, 1979
Highest Rating:	

#73(US), #1(UK)

 
 

A song that many workers or students feel they can relate to after a weekend when they find themselves facing yet another Monday, this song has a much bleaker reason for being than to address the Monday Blues faced by commuters. Bob Geldof wrote this song after reading a report about Brenda Ann Spencer, a 16 year-old who went on a shooting rampage at Cleveland Elementary School in San Diego. On January 29th, 1979 Brenda Ann Spencer fired on children at the school's playground, killing two adults and injuring eight children. When police arrived a stoic Brenda Ann Spencer simply offered, "I don't like Mondays."

Geldof took some heat for the song with critics hinting he took advantage of the tragedy to get a hit. He took great offense to this comment and said that he wrote about a senseless act with a senseless reason and was in no way trying to exploit the tragedy or the lives of those affected by the shooting. The song has been an anthem to tragedy and the mental depression aspects that Monday seems associated with. Geldolf performed this song with the Boomtown rats for the final time at the 1995 Live Aid benefit which he organized along with Midge Ure.

 
 

Manic Monday - The Bangles

Manic Monday - Bangles

Album:
Different Light
Artist:
The Bangles
Composer:
Prince
Release Date:
January 27, 1986
Highest Rating:

#2(US), #2(UK)

Written by Prince under the name of "Christopher", this song was originally intended for Apollonia 6 but Prince changed his mind and handed the single over to The Bangles' Susanna Hoff in exchange for her going to bed with him. That, at least, seems to be the not much disputed rumor.

Unlike the Boomtown Rat's song about Monday, this one is actually about a girl waking up at 6 o'clock from a dream and having to go to work. She wishes it was Sunday because that's her "fun day". Oddly enough the song stalled at the #2 position in the US because it was blocked by Prince's #1 song "Kiss".


Monday Monday - The Mamas and the Papas

Monday Monday - Mamas and the Papas

Album:  
If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears
Artist:
The Mamas and the Papas
Composer:
John Phillips
Release Date:
1966
Highest Rating:

#1

Remarkably, "Monday Monday" is the only number one hit for the very successful group - The Mamas and the Papas. This number one song was also the first number one hit in the United States from a group that was made up of both men and women (not including duos). The Mamas and the Papas unique vocal arrangements were created by singer songwriter John Phillips who also co-wrote the Beach Boys #1 hit "Kokomo". John had a daughter, McKenzie Phillips of "One Day at a Time" TV fame who toured with him and it said he spent quite a bit of time sharing drugs with her. Recently McKenzie Phillips has released a memoir covering a sexual relationship she had with Phillips amongst other abuses during her childhood. Without question, John Phillips was a troubled man yet he managed to write and perform throughout his life despite his demons, abuses and drug addictions. In their number one hit he talks about the promise of a Monday morning but in the end - Monday evening left him crying.

Monday - Wilco

Monday - Wilco

Album:
Being There
Artist:
Wilco
Composer:
Wilco
Release Date:
1996
Highest Rating:

None

Wilco is a group that hails from Chicago, Illinois and formed in 1994. The band has Grammy Award acclaim but its membership has changed numerous times throughout their history. The only surviving members from the original Wilco would be Jeff Tweedy (vocals) and John Stiratt (bassist). Wilco gives my hub the first truly upbeat Monday song.

Monday by Wilco - Lyrics

Choo-choo Charlie had a plenty good band but he couldn't understand why no
one would go
A world record players on a tour of Japan, Charlie fixin' his van with the
left arm tan
He said
Monday, I'm all high, get me out of FLA
In school, yeah, I fooled ya, now I know I made a mistake
Blister on a turnpike, let me by, I only wanna wonder why when I don't die
Ewww, I shot ya, yeah, I know, I only wanna go where my wheels roll
Monday, I'm all high, get me out of FLA
I fooled ya, in school yeah, now I know I made a mistake
Everybody's wonderin', "where he'd go?" He must be down in Pensacola
hidin' from the snow
The world record players on a tour of Japan, Charlie's fixin' his van,
he's waitin' for a postcard
And he said
Monday, I'm all high, get me out of TLA
Well, I cut class, in school yeah, now I know I made a mistake
I made a big mistake
Alright
Yeah, alright
Alright
(Man, I've been listen to Creedence Clearwater Rivival)
Son of a.....

Blue Monday - New Order

Album:  
Released as a single
Artist:
New Order
Composers:
Bernard Sumner, 
Peter Hook
Stephen Morris, 
Gillian Gilbert
Release Date:
March 7, 1983
Highest Rating:

#5(US), #9(UK)

Anyone who danced in the 80's has got to be aware of New Order and their single "Blue Monday". The dance club version runs seven minutes and was one of the longest time-length singles to chart in the UK. Their 1982 hit song, "Blue Monday" is the best selling 12-inch single of all time.

New Order is a British band of the 80's, most well known for their song True Faith (check out the video found below the comments section) and their synthesized techno sound. New Order music was a staple at of the New York 80s dance scene as well as in any dance club in the United States during that era. I don't like to dance and especially did not like to dance in the 80s but if New Order was playing... I'd dance.  New Order broke up in 1993 only to reform in 1998 but they never recaptured their place in the music industry which they so dominated in the 80s.

What is your favorite

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True Faith - New Order

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    • JBeadle profile imageAUTHOR

      J Beadle 

      5 years ago from Midwest

      Thanks George Green Jr... I might have to throw Rainy Days and Mondays in after the fact here! Still not sure how I missed that one.

    • George Greene Jr. profile image

      George Greene Jr. 

      5 years ago from California PA

      that would be the one I would have voted forso of course i voted not on the list. but you have my 2nd with the Boom town rats! Good job!

    • JBeadle profile imageAUTHOR

      J Beadle 

      8 years ago from Midwest

      I realize I did miss The Carpenter's hit "Rainy Days and Mondays". A big miss! It went #2 in 1971.

    • JBeadle profile imageAUTHOR

      J Beadle 

      8 years ago from Midwest

      Thanks Rasta. Not so sure about the month hubs but I'll think about it!

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      Rasta 

      8 years ago

      Clever idea! Strangely enough, I've had the song "I don't like Mondays" stuck in my head for several weeks now. An omen?

      Maybe after this, you can do songs for the 12 months!

    • JBeadle profile imageAUTHOR

      J Beadle 

      8 years ago from Midwest

      Well thanks for the stop by Mr. Distazo. I feel bad for ranting on you at your listgroup now! I'm not really sure if my audience is older than I am... if I had to bet I'd guess probably they are. But there are some old dogs in here as well so it is hard to say.

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      Distazo 

      8 years ago

      Good choices, went with the oldie. You may not get a lot of takers for this choice (unless your audience is older than you).

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