Monday has made a reputation for itself as the most hated day of the week. It signals the end of fun and the beginning of tedious days.
No wonder people dread Mondays most of the time. Going back to work or school for another long week ahead just does not sit right. You wish you could somehow extend your weekend vacation. Don’t worry, you’re not alone.
Even artists realized this and wrote songs to help us get through the first day of the workweek. Check out 15 of the best songs about Monday!
1. “Manic Monday” By The Bangles
We’d say that The Bangles‘ catchy song about the stresses of Monday mornings deserves to start off our list. The band speaks for all of us when we find it so difficult to get out of bed, especially when we had a fun weekend.
But women will have fun listening to this song because it reflects the everyday dilemma they face. For instance, it takes longer for one to figure out what to wear for the day! She may blame the train for being late, but she will never hear the end of it from her boss.
We can only wish it’s Sunday already, which, for many of us, is our “fun day.” But “it’s just another manic Monday” to get through.
Related: For more, read our list of songs with days of the week in the lyrics.
2. “Monday Morning Merle” By Cody Johnson
When you’re going through a heartbreak, listening to songs can help you deal with the pain. One day at a time. Take it from Cody Johnson‘s “Monday Morning Merle,” a song released in 2019.
The man in the song has just broken up with his girlfriend and is trying to get over her. He’s got some songs lined up to listen to on a particular day. The name in the title refers to Merle Haggard, an American country singer with the hit song “If We’re Not Back in Love by Monday.”
Every week he goes through the cycle of being okay and gets over her by listening to fun songs. When Monday rolls around, he is reminded that he is still in love with the girl and has not gotten over it. This cycle keeps repeating as he tries to move on.
3. “Every Little Honky Tonk Bar” By George Strait
A honky-tonk bar seems like a good place to be if you listen to George Strait‘s “Every Little Honky Tonk Bar.” Here, he sings about the similarities of honky tonk bars across the United States.
Every weekend, the place is crowded with people who are there to have fun, forget a loss, or hang out with their friends.
The weekend starts on Friday night, with Strait claiming you will be living and having fun. You go into the weekend thinking you are ready to take on anyone. When Monday morning comes, it is a given that you will be dragging at work while trying to recover from the weekend.
4. “Monday Morning Church” By Alan Jackson
Our next song with “Monday” in the title is one that would surely tug at heartstrings. Alan Jackson‘s “Monday Morning Church” talks about a man who has lost the woman he loves.
Since she was gone, life has never been the same for this man. It prompts him to say, “You left my heart as empty as a Monday morning church.” We all know no one goes to church except on Sundays. Monday mornings the church is empty, which speaks of loneliness and aching.
The pain must be so intense that he’s slowly losing faith. He says he still believes in heaven, knowing in his heart that she’s there. But for him, there’s no guarantee he can move on from her passing away.
5. “Monday” By Imagine Dragons
This 2021 song by Imagine Dragons takes a different spin on Monday. While most of us don’t look forward to this day, the narrator in the song thinks Monday is the best day of the week.
The lyrics find the man comparing this woman to Monday, even calling her “My Monday.” For him, Mondays are underrated and should be looked at as a fresh start instead of the most dreaded day.
We can see how the man would think highly of Monday. That’s what love does to you. Even the things that would normally dampen you now make you happy.
6. “Sundy Or Mundy” By Koe Wetzel
The title of this song may be a funny form of Sunday and Monday, but the message behind it is far from being funny. Koe Wetzel shows us how he’s in a struggling relationship in “Sundy or Mundy.”
From the lyrics, we can tell that both the man and the woman are not happy. He’s reduced to complaining, “You don’t like anything” and “I’m too tired to play.” He even wonders why his love for her flickers and is not as steady as it used to be.
Now he’s just pretending that everything is all right. In truth, he’s confused. He can’t even tell if it’s Sunday or Monday.
7. “Come Monday” By Jimmy Buffett
Missing someone is the worst feeling. You want to close that distance and have that person back in your arms. That’s what Jimmy Buffett talks about in his song “Come Monday.”
In the song, Buffett laments the downside of being away from his woman. He misses her while he’s in California while she is on vacation. He can’t help looking forward to Monday when he will be holding her tight.
He has also made plans for when they’re together again, saying they can go hiking on Tuesday. In fact, he’d go anywhere just as long as she was beside him.
8. “Monday Morning” By Fleetwood Mac
Up next, we have a Fleetwood Mac song with “Monday” in the lyrics. “Monday Morning” resonates with people from all walks of life as the experience is something that does not discriminate between men and women.
From the lyrics, we can tell that it’s about a man who keeps waiting on a woman. The line, “First you love me and then you fade away” is proof that she’s not serious or sure about her love for him.
He’s tired of their situation, but he must be smitten because he’s “got nothing but love” for her. That’s despite the fact that she only wants him when he gets over her. He still promises to be there for her if she wants him to.
9. “I Don’t Like Mondays” By The Boomtown Rats
The Irish rock band The Boomtown Rats speaks for many of us who don’t like Mondays. But it might surprise you to discover the story, or the inspiration, behind the 1979 song “I Don’t Like Mondays.”
The year 1979 witnessed the gruesome shooting spree at Grover Cleveland Elementary School in San Diego, California. The suspect was 16-year-old Brenda Spencer who lived right across the school. A reporter was able to talk to her and asked her why she did it. Her answer? “I don’t like Mondays.”
The song did not chart well in the United States, where gun violence is a big deal. However, it did not stop radio stations from playing the song on Mondays.
10. “Monday Comes Around” By Switchfoot
Being young can be overwhelming sometimes, as Switchfoot‘s “Monday Comes Around” shows us. We are not experienced and knowledgeable enough to deal with the problems that life throws at us.
The notable line in the lyrics goes, “Hey, Friday, what you gonna do now, When Monday comes around?” Whether at work or at school, Friday gives us relief knowing it’s time to get some rest.
But when Monday comes, we know we’re facing yet another week of challenges. On the other hand, Monday can be a fresh start for us.
11. “Monday Morning” By Christina Aguilera
Have you ever been in a situation where you have to choose between rigid and boring routines and enjoyable life? American singer-songwriter Christina Aguilera knows it too well in her song “Monday Morning.”
She’s telling us, “Hey, forget about your Monday morning, We are never gonna be that boring.” We all know Mondays have the capability to ruin our day. But Aquilera is saying that she’s not going to allow that. She doesn’t want “the same old story” that doesn’t do her good.
So whether in the context of a relationship or just life in general, she wants to let us know that we should enjoy life. Have fun, loosen up, and be positive.
12. “If We’re Not Back In Love By Monday” By Merle Haggard
Keeping the love alive for years is no easy feat. There’s the possibility of falling into a rut or, worse, falling out of love. But Merle Haggard found some ways to stir the flame in “If We’re Not Back in Love by Monday.”
In the song, the singer suggests to his wife the idea of going away, just the two of them. It’s clear that they have done this before and he wants to take a trip to Florida again.
For a relationship to work, both partners need to make an effort. The man wants to try to rekindle or rediscover their love again before calling it quits. And if by Monday they have not fallen in love, then he’s ready to accept that they’re not meant to stay together.
13. “Laundromat Monday” By Joe Jackson
This song may appear funny in some ways. But then you realize that you never want to have anything to do with a person described in Joe Jackson‘s “Laundromat Monday.”
The song is about a man who is not ready to grow up, even wishing for his mom to cook for him. He wants to “change the world” but lacks the initiative to do so. The narrator then goes to the part of the song that mentions “Monday.”
We find out from the second verse that he wants a French maid to wash his jeans for him. Seems like he does not want the responsibilities that come with being on his own.
14. “Rainy Days And Mondays” By Carpenters
What do rainy days and Mondays have in common? According to the Carpenters in their song “Rainy Days and Mondays,” both “always get me down.”
This is a song that anyone can easily resonate with. We’ve all experienced moments of being in the dumps. For the singer, it’s worsened when it happens to be a rainy day and a Monday.
Good thing she has someone who loves her. A person who truly cares about us, may it be a lover or a family, makes all the difference. They help drive the blues away.
15. “New Moon On Monday” By Duran Duran
There are songs aplenty that leave it to the listeners to interpret what it means. Duran Duran‘s “New Moon on Monday” is one of those. The song was released in 1983 as part of the band’s album, Seven and the Ragged Tiger.
Clues here and there somehow give us a picture of a revolution. Some lines go, “Send me your warning siren,” “As if I could ever hide,” and ,”I light my torch and wave it for the New Moon on Monday.”
Listening to the entire song leaves you with a feeling of loneliness. But at the same time, it offers hope.
16. “Blue Monday” by Fats Domino
And finally, here we have Fats Domino singing his familiar song “Blue Monday.” The son about the struggles we all go through during a work week. A blue Monday signifies the struggles of going back to work after a weekend off. Each day of the week is described by the hard work that is done each day.
After blue Monday, Friday rolls around, and the paycheck comes in. By Saturday, all of his tiredness has gone away, and he is recharged over the weekend. Blue Monday rolls around again, and the cycle repeats.
Summing Up Our List Of Monday Songs
Every time you feel blue on a Monday, know that you’re not the only one. Someone out there might be going through a Monday and already feeling down.
While no one should dictate how you should view your start of the week, it’s your mindset that will make a difference. Don’t worry, though. Monday will come and pass.
In the meantime, enjoy Monday as much as you can. Save this list for the future, as it may help you get through the day quicker and soon reach Tuesday.