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Top 10 Songs About Monday

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Script Written by Q.V.Hough. Let's face it. We all hate Mondays. Join WatchMojo.com as we count down our picks for the Top 10 Songs About Monday. For this list we are looking at the songs that directly reference Monday in the lyrics. Unfortunately that means we will be leaving off New Order’s “Blue Monday” as well as its ever so popular cover by Orgy. Special thanks to our user Tudor Baltoiu for submitting the idea on our Suggestions Page at WatchMojo.comsuggest
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Top 10 Songs About Monday


Let’s face it. We all hate Mondays. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 10 Songs About Monday.

For this list we are looking at the songs that directly reference Monday in the lyrics. Unfortunately that means we will be leaving off New Order’s “Blue Monday” as well as its ever so popular cover by Orgy.


#10: “Come Monday” (1974)
Jimmy Buffett


We kick off our list with a laid back artist and his soothing Monday morning sounds. Written on tour for his wife, Jimmy Buffett sings about a hazy L.A. week and the rock and roll truth about hush puppies. With soothing acoustic guitar and Buffett’s classic soft vocals, the song became Jimmy’s first top 40 hit single and has become a concert staple ever since. It’s a love song at heart and perfect for star-crossed lovers come rain or come shine…or come Monday.

#9: “Monday Morning” (1975)
Fleetwood Mac


Talk about a case of turn back the clock Monday rock! As the first joint off Fleetwood Mac’s tenth album, this energetic track tumbles down the rocky road to romance but lands safely on Monday morning. In other words, weekdays are for makeups and break-ups, Friday’s for hitting the road while Monday starts the process all over again. This song marked the beginning of a new era in Fleetwood Mac’s career, as Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham had recently joined the band and proceeded to make Monday mornings a little easier for all of us.

#8: “New Moon on Monday” (1984)
Duran Duran


Here’s a classic 80s track that will get you up and dancing on your otherwise dull and routine Monday. Featuring some seriously ridiculous lyrics, and an even more ridiculous music video, Duran Duran leaves the listener guessing as to what it could all mean. Is the song about revolution? Is it about having to deal with a past love? Whatever it is, these guys celebrated the new moon of Monday with the best damn fire dance the world has ever seen, hilarious as it was.

#7: “Monday Morning Church” (2004)
Alan Jackson


Oh, you know we couldn’t forget to put a little country twang in our list. Accompanied by the angelic voice of Patty Loveless, Alan Jackson sings about a man struggling with the death of his wife and his crumbling faith. While “Monday Morning Church” makes our days a little less chaotic, we would be lying if we said it didn’t cause us to break down a little. Finding a spot on the Billboard Hot 100 and finding an even higher spot on the US Hot Country Songs charts, Alan Jackson could probably sing about any day of the week and we would enjoy it.

#6: “Rainy Days and Mondays” (1971)
The Carpenters


This Monday morning jam is the ultimate song to get your day started. Oh, wait – that’s the next one?. Ahem – Well, this song will probably make you want to call in sick and watch “House of Cards” all day. There’s nothing happy about this tune, although it does feature one killer saxophone solo at the midway mark. Despite the song’s negativity, you really can’t blame them for releasing this track,Mondays suck. Hitting number 1 on the Adult Contemporary charts, the song struck a chord with the masses and became one of the duo’s greatest hits.

#5: “Blue Monday” (1956)
Fats Domino


Don’t confuse this title with New Order’s club hit; this was the ORIGINAL “Blue Monday” soaked in rhythm and blues. Lyrically, Fats takes us on a journey beginning with the first day of the week and makes six more stops until the inevitable return of a messy Monday. Yeah, the song’s lyrics make it clear that Monday’s a drag, but that Fats Domino flavor makes it worthwhile. “Blue Monday” has been covered by the likes Bob Seger for the “Road House” soundtrack and was even performed by Fats Domino himself in the 1956 film “The Girl Can’t Help It.”

#4: “Monday” (1996)
Wilco


After a long weekend, Monday is the time to reflect and Wilco serves as the perfect alt-rock band for a morning backdrop. For their second album, the Chicago-based group sang about getting high and a good-time Charlie dreaming of a career like those world record players in Japan. Musically, Wilco knows how to wail and lyrically they weave together a fun-loving joint tinged with rebellion. With an explosive sound, and even more explosive vocals coming from the latter half of the track, “Monday” makes us want to just get up and rock out.

#3: “I Don’t Like Mondays” (1979)
The Boomtown Rats


This New Wave song has often been labeled as one-hit wonder of the 80s, but it was released in the late 70s after a rather dark incident. When a 16-year old went on a shooting spree and offered up “I Don’t Like Mondays” as a reason, songwriter Bob Geldof was inspired to write the catchy number. Lyrically, the Boomtown Rats hover over the deadly truth, which makes this song accessible for anybody dealing with a case of the Mondays.

#2: “Monday, Monday” (1966)
The Mamas & The Papas


Back in 1966, the Mamas and The Papas released a Monday song of unrequited love, and decades later they continue to entertain us with their matching green jeans and funky threads. This 60s classic became the group’s only #1 hit and earned them a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance – not bad for a song written in 20 minutes. Millennials may recognize “Monday, Monday” from the 2010 Will Ferrell film “The Other Guys,” while older folks probably cried themselves to sleep at least once in their life while listening to this mildy-depressing track. Even so, it remains one of the best.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.

“Monday Morning” (2011)
Death Cab for Cutie

“Monday Monday Monday (2002)
Tegan and Sara

“The Happy Mondays” (2010)
The Innocence Mission

“Rainy Monday” (2008)
Shiny Toy Guns

“Monday Morning Blues” (1928)
Mississippi John Hurt

#1: “Manic Monday” (1986)
The Bangles


Many artists have written about the trials and tribulations of Monday, but it was The Bangles who captured the essence of a waking life Monday moment. While most know “Manic Monday” as one of the definitive pop tracks of the 80s, you might be surprised to learn that Prince actually wrote this song back in 1984. With a reference to Rudolph Valentino in the first verse, the song is inherently classic and confronts all the realities of a routine Monday. We wish it was Sunday too.


So, do you agree with our selections? What is your favorite Monday song? For more mind-blowing Top 10s published daily, be sure to subscribe to WatchMojo.com.
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