13 Of The Best Songs About Tuesday

Monday, Friday, and the weekend days have plenty of songs written about them. But Tuesday, the underdog of the calendar, also has plenty of smash hits under its belt.

Whether you like classic rock or slow country beats, this day of the week has quite the following. In fact, we have a hard time choosing which songs should go into our list below.

Read on to find out 13 of the best songs about Tuesday. We promise you’ll be adding them to your playlist!

1. “Ruby Tuesday” By The Rolling Stones

Classic rock legends the Rolling Stones wrote “Ruby Tuesday” about a mysterious woman. She’s a free spirit and changes her perspective of the world daily. The singer reflects on how he misses her after she leaves but understands her need to be free.

Released in 1967 in the heart of the Free Love movement, this song demonstrates a woman who can’t be tied down. Guitarist Keith Richards supposedly wrote the song based on his girlfriend at the time, Linda Keith. He wrote it on a Tuesday, thus the inspiration for its name.

The song became the Rolling Stones’ fourth hit in America. “Ruby Tuesday” remains one of their most popular songs.

2. “Tuesday’s Gone” By Lynyrd Skynyrd

Another classic rock hit (this time with southern roots), “Tuesday’s Gone” by Lynyrd Skynyrd, is a going away song. A song with Tuesday in the title, the Tuesday here is the name of a woman.

The lyrics describe the heartache and hardships of leaving Tuesday. The singer doesn’t know where this chosen path will lead. He feels alone and admits he has a long way to go to conquer sadness.

“Tuesday’s Gone” hit the charts in 1973 and reached moderate success. Ronnie van Zant wrote the lyrics alongside guitarist Allen Collins. Van Zant stated he wanted to describe his feelings after the band signed with MCA Records. He realized his life would never be the same and desired freedom.

3. “Tuesday Morning” By The Pogues 

The 1990s brought New Wave, grunge, and alternative music in droves. The Pogues‘ “Tuesday Morning” is the quintessential 90s edgy hit that reflects on sad times.

“Tuesday Morning” was the first Pogues hit released after Shane McGowan’s departure. Singer Spider Stacy composed the lyrics about a struggling relationship that manages to find its footing – on a Tuesday.

The lyrics describe the sadness the narrator feels, knowing his lover will be leaving him soon. He loves her so much that he’s willing to drown in sorrow just so he can live in the moment.

4. “Tuesday” By Burak Yeter

Up next is one of the newest songs with Tuesday in the lyrics. “Tuesday” by Burak Yeter is a high-energy hit featuring Danelle Sandoval for additional vocals. The song launched in 2016 and hit popularity the following year.

Unlike the melancholy songs above, Yeter references living it up in a club on a Tuesday night. A line says, “Always workin’ OT, overtime and outta town.” This could mean that the narrator has worked hard, and now it’s time for him to party.

Why Tuesday, you ask? The singer notes that weekend parties have lost their oomph, and Tuesday is when the real party happens. “Tuesday” is an electronic dance music version of the original I Love Makonnen song.

5. “Sweet Tuesday Morning” By Badfinger

A heartfelt tune from 1971, “Sweet Tuesday Morning” by Badfinger, is the perfect love song. It features dreamy acoustics and lyrics referencing the smile of a loved one and total loss of fear.

In the lyrics, the narrator remembers that it is a Tuesday morning when his loved one comes and smiles at him. He notes how “All of my fears/They have left me.” He feels joy and brightness in the darkness for the first time.

And the best thing about it? Knowing that the woman you fall in love with is also in love with you.

6. “Tuesday Afternoon” By Moody Blues

At the pinnacle of the 1960s psychedelic rock movement, English rock band Moody Blues released “Tuesday Afternoon.” The song employs the charms of space, progressive and trippy rock music blended with unique vocals.

The lyrics are ambiguous and left to interpretation. However, lead singer and songwriter Justin Howard recalls how it was a Tuesday afternoon when he wrote the song. The song just came into his head.

He was also with his dog named Tuesday at that time, although he said the pooch had nothing to do with the song.

7. “Tuesday’s Dead” By Yusuf / Cat Stevens

Our next song on the list is Yusuf/Cat Stevens‘ “Tuesday’s Dead” from his 1971 album Teaser and the Firecat. Stevens talks about leaving a mark on history, his loneliness, and his inferiority to his predecessors.

Stevens hasn’t ever described the significance of Tuesday – or what the song means. Some interpretations see it as a continuation of the Babel story from the Bible. Others leave it up to interpretation. “Tuesday’s dead” is repeated in the lyrics. It offers a sense of futility about time that days no longer have meaning.

The lyrics reveal that gender and name don’t matter. The song recounts human limitations and the urge to create something groundbreaking to turn the world around.

8. “Tuesday I’ll Be Gone” By John Anderson Ft. Blake Shelton

Country music has a reputation for being emotional, and “Tuesday I’ll Be Gone” is no exception. John Anderson and Blake Shelton released this song in 2020 with heavy Southern-rock influences.

The lyrics describe wanting to be alone and deciding to leave to find life somewhere. The narrator doesn’t know where he’s headed, but he knows something has to change. He’s not even sure what to do after this just that he’s leaving on Tuesday.

Anderson and Shelton alternate lines to create a unique and heart-wrenching dialogue. There’s no mention of why the speakers chose Tuesday. But Anderson said the song came after a health scare nearly costing him his life.

9. “Tuesday Heartbreak” By Stevie Wonder

A song that mentions Tuesday relative to heartbreak, this Stevie Wonder hit recounts the unfairness of lost love. “Tuesday Heartbreak” features Wonder singing and playing the clavinet, bass, and drums.

The song uses R & B, funk, and soul vibes to create a romantic-yet-yearning tone. The lyrics describe the woman he loves breaking up with him on a Tuesday. Allegedly, she finds another man. And so this day reminds him of heartbreak.

Despite the pain, he still wants to be with her. He wants to “stay and never go away.” So if you’re looking for a song for post-breakup blues, give this one a try.

10. “Love You Till Tuesday” By David Bowie

Music legend David Bowie released “Love You Till Tuesday” in 1967. This may have been his attempt at writing a love song. Unfortunately, it comes out stalker-ish.

The start of the song finds Bowie sitting outside her window. He must have fallen in love quickly, observing how his “burning desire started on Sunday,” and he plans to love her “till Tuesday.” In addition, he hides in the apple tree and promises to “watch you until my love runs dry.”

Bowie uses Tuesday as a metaphor for a day-long rendezvous, an affair riddled with an obsession that might only last 24 hours. He then jokingly says he could maybe extend his love until Wednesday.

11. “Tuesday’s Broken” By Sugarland

Songs based on tragic events have the ability to pull on the heartstrings. Sugarland used “Tuesday’s Broken” as a response to recent school shootings. This is reminiscent of the 70s song “I Don’t Like Mondays,” which was based on the tragic San Diego shooting.

Vocalist Kristian Bush stated that a report on a school shooting in the northeast (on a Tuesday) inspired the lyrics. “Tuesday’s Broken” describes a frightening Tuesday scene. As you probably guessed, the lyrics are dark and talk about how another kid in another school brought a gun.

It sheds light on the fact that some people are desensitized toward these issues. Sugarland also takes note that loneliness can push someone into doing horrific things.

12. “Sun Comes Up, It’s Tuesday Morning” By Cowboy Junkies

Released in 1990, “Sun Comes Up, It’s Tuesday Morning” by Cowboy Junkies tells the story of a woman trying to get through the week without her partner. It’s that kind of breakup song.

In the lyrics, we discover how the narrator, a woman, misses her ex. She remembers what it was like when she and her lover were still together. She misses the sound of splashing water in the bathroom and the kisses when she was asleep.

The song uses Tuesday as a stabilizer, a way for the speaker to ground herself when she forgets she’s alone in her bed. Eventually, Tuesday helps her move on, and she realizes she enjoys the extra bed space.

13. “Tuesday Night” By Josh Abbott Band

Apathetic, cynical, and yet still charming. That’s how the 2014 hit “Tuesday Night” by Josh Abbott Band describes making it through the long week. The narrator feels sad on a Tuesday and feels really depressed.

To make matters worse, he keeps getting phone calls from his ex, and this worsens his sadness. Nothing helps him cope with the apparently recent breakup.

In this song, Tuesday represents monotony and the hassles of daily life after a breakup. He states that Tuesday feels like another Monday. He’s going through the motions, partying, and trying his best to move on.

Summing Up Our List Of Tuesday Songs

As you can see from the list above, Tuesday is a surprisingly prevalent theme for songwriters. And there are still a lot of songs out there that would make a good addition to your Tuesday playlist.

You have to admit, there’s just something different about this day. Breakups, or meeting your significant other… A lot can happen on a Tuesday.

Whether this particular day of the week is special to you, we suggest you save all of the songs on our list. You can listen to them any day of the week.

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Written by Dan Farrant
Dan Farrant, the founder of Hello Music Theory, has been teaching music for over 15 years, helping hundreds of thousands of students unlock the joy of music. He graduated from The Royal Academy of Music in 2012 and then launched Hello Music Theory in 2014. Since then, he's been working to make music theory easy for over 1 million students in over 80 countries around the world.