Songs About Mondays

Posted in: Musicouching by Mark Gordon Brown on November 18th, 2009 | 9 Comments

These are songs, some more popular than others, that reference Monday in the title, and some tell a story or of an emotion connected to that, least favorite, day of the week.


Sunday, Monday, or Always by Bing Crosby. Released in 1943 was interestingly enough made during a musicians strike at the time. Frank Sinatra also recorded the same song during the same strike. Both had to use background vocals as music. And you thought rappers were the first!


Call it Stormy Monday by T-Bone Walker. Released in 1947. One of the most covered Monday songs, it also is known under the name Stormy Monday and Call it Stormy Monday (but Tuesday is just as bad). This song has been recorded many times from artists such as B.B. King, to the Allman Brothers, and Jethro Tull.


Blue Monday by Fats Domino. Released in 1956, this song became one of the first Rhythm and Blues (R&B) songs to hit the pop charts. Not to be confused with Blue Monday by New Order as listed below.


Monday Monday by The Mamas and Papas. Released in 1966. We must ask did this song spawn a dislike for the day when it suggested that Mondays could not be trusted? Perhaps. As a note about the song, listen close and you will hear a false finish, a pause that teases the listener.


Rainy Days and Mondays by The Carpenters. Released in 1971. Oddly enough the B side of the single is the song “Saturday”. This is another song which talks about Mondays as being depressing. Not so good when you look at an event that happened a few years later, (see I Don’t Like Mondays).


Come Monday by Jimmy Buffet. Released in 1974 this song was written by Jimmy to his wife while he was on tour. It soon became one of his popular standards.


Monday Morning by Fleetwood Mac. This 1975 song is generally considered a relationship song, about being unable to commit. Making it a slightly better song for Monday than the majority on the list so far.


I Don’t Like Mondays by the Boomtown Rats. Released in October 1979 this song recounts a true story. On January of that year 16-year old Brenda Spencer shot at a group of children arriving for school in San Diego. She killed the school principal who was attempting to rescue the kids, as well she killed a school custodian who in turn was trying to help save the principal. She shot and wounded eight children and police officer. She was asked why she did it, and remarked “Because I don’t like Mondays.”. As a side note Brenda was up for parole August 2009, which was denied.

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