17 Of The Best Songs About Wednesdays: Hump Day Playlist

Written by Dan Farrant
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After Monday, Wednesday is arguably the most challenging day of the week. Ever wonder why it’s called “hump day”? It’s because it can be viewed as the highest point of our climb over the Monday to Friday hill before we can finally enjoy the weekend.

Musicians have a lot to say about this particular day of the week. They draw inspiration from it or encourage us to push through it. As you can see from our list below, they have written all manner of songs about Wednesday.

From indie-pop to harmonic rock, here are 17 of the best songs about Wednesday. Enjoy reading!

1. “A Wednesday Car” By Johnny Cash

To start our list, we have Johnny Cash’s “A Wednesday Car,” coming from his 1977 album The Rambler.

In the song, the speaker has some advice for car buyers: buy a car on a Wednesday. Earlier in the week, the assembly line workers are still hungover from the weekend. From Thursday, their minds are on their paychecks and the coming weekend.

This song perfectly encapsulates how workers often feel throughout the week. The song proposes that the day workers get the most work done is Wednesday. It’s when they’re at their most productive and do their best to do a good job.

Related: Read our list of best songs about days of the week.

2. “Wednesday’s Child” By Matt Monro

The inspiration behind Matt Monro‘s 1967 song “Wednesday’s Child” is the nursery rhyme “Monday’s Child.”

The nursery rhyme is intended to teach children the days of the week and assigns different attributes to people born on different days. According to “Monday’s Child,” a child born on a Wednesday is “full of woe.”

In “Wednesday’s Child,” the narrator is the titular character. He falls in love, and, for a time, he is happy. He feels like a Friday’s child who wins at love and giving with her. But his lover leaves him, reminding him that he is bound to be alone.

3. “Wednesday Morning 3 A.M.” By Simon & Garfunkel

Songs with “Wednesday” in the title won’t be complete without Simon & Garfunkel’s “Wednesday Morning 3 A.M.” It is a soft, harmony-filled song that follows a man as he’s watching his lover sleep.

The song’s speaker describes his girl with love, tenderness, and sadness. He’s about to leave and may never see her again because he robbed a liquor store.

The song’s title signifies a pause between committing a crime and paying the price. It is the hump between action and consequence, where you don’t like what’s coming. But you can’t go back and change what you’ve done.

4. “Wednesday” By Tori Amos

As our list shows you, we’ve got a lot of songs with “Wednesday” in the lyrics. Here’s Tori Amos’ “Wednesday” from her Scarlet’s Walk album.

Amos is well known for lyrics that come together like a collage. She takes inspiration from history, mythology, literature, religion, and art to build an emotional portrait.

“Wednesday” is about being lost or stuck in time, a place, or in the middle of a decision. You go about your business quietly, like you have all the time in the world, but you don’t. Here, Wednesday is a bubble. Sooner or later, it will pop, and things will move on. You can make a choice or have the choice made for you by indecision.

5. “A Wednesday In Your Garden” By The Guess Who

Our next song is one from The Guess Who called “A Wednesday in Your Garden.” The single came from their 1969 album, Wheatfield Soul.

Lyrics-wise, the singer desperately wants to spend a Wednesday in his love interest’s garden. She will not let him in. And when he manages to do so, she won’t let him linger. Instead, she mocks him.

The song is about pining after someone and not being allowed to enter their world. Whether the woman refuses the singer altogether or won’t fully open up to him is up to interpretation. But we can see that he is willing to give up everything for her.

6. “Wednesday Lover” By The Gap Band

The narrator of The Gap Band’s “Wednesday Lover” is head-over-heels in love with his lover. This song proclaims it over and over again.

In the song, he tells us that he met her on a Wednesday, prompting him to call her his Wednesday lover. This is fantastic because Wednesdays aren’t usually when amazing things happen.

The singer goes on to profess his love for her, saying he knows she’s the one. She gives him tender love, and he’s not going to suppress his feelings anymore. He wants to be by her side always because she makes him feel complete.

7. “It’s Already Wednesday” By Freya Clausen

A lot of people would resonate with “It’s Already Wednesday” by Danish singer-songwriter Freya Clausen. The song’s speaker details her week, surprised that it is already Wednesday and she hasn’t gotten much done.

This song captures the feeling of depression, of how hard it can be to pull yourself up and accomplish things. But you feel worse when you don’t have anything to show for the time you’ve lived.

On the other hand, the song is also about feeling a lack of direction in your life. You don’t go anywhere because you don’t know where you want to go.

8. “Wednesday Morning” By Macklemore

While the day isn’t mentioned in the lyrics, Macklemore’s single is about a particular “Wednesday Morning.” He wrote this song to express how he felt the morning after the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

In the song, the singer sees a campaign fueled by the kindling of separation, suspicion, and hate. He wonders what the country’s future will be like for him, his daughter, and marginalized people.

The song is also a call to action for people who want to fight for what they believe in and what they believe is right.

9. “Wednesday Week” By Elvis Costello

Before we get to what the song means, let’s get one thing out of the way. In British, “Wednesday week” means a week from Wednesday. Elvis Costello released “Wednesday Week” in 1979 from his album, Armed Forces.

This song chronicles a whirlwind romance where the singer and his lover more or less crash into each other. They move quickly in the relationship, exchanging affection and words of love.

Notably, the singer doesn’t trust this woman. She’s moving so fast that he doesn’t think it’s real. He thinks she’s probably been like this with other men and will soon forget him. In the end, he learns this might not be the case, but he still can’t trust her and hopes he can forget her by the end of the week.

10. “Wednesday Night Interlude” By Drake

Here’s another one that will come to mind when we talk about songs that mention “Wednesday.” Drake released “Wednesday Night Interlude” in 2015 from his album, If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late. The song, basically, is a phone call in song form.

The lyrics find the singer lonely and calling up an ex-lover. He doesn’t have anyone else to call to fill the loneliness and desperation. Obviously, they’ve hurt each other before. But they also know what to expect from each other.

The song perfectly captures that feeling of loneliness and desperation that can happen in the middle of the week when it is quiet and nothing is happening. It’s about what you’ll settle for and how you treat people when starving for connection.

11. “Wednesday” By Harriette

Coming up next is “Wednesday” from Harriette, an indie-pop singer-songwriter from Texas. She released the song in 2021 from her Wednesday album.

A lot is going on in this song about Wednesday. The singer is upset with people who have a problem with Wednesdays. She calls out American writer John Steinbeck and his novel Sweet Thursday for calling Wednesdays “lousy.”

This song is about middle children and what is Wednesday but the middle child of the week. The singer identifies with Wednesday Addams. She believes that this day of the week and those who identify with it are secret, hardworking, and unsung heroes.

12. “Wednesday Morning” By Slackstring

We’ve got another “Wednesday Morning” track on our list, this time from Slackstring’s 2002 album, Van Album.

This song follows the singer as he wakes up on a Wednesday morning, walks outside, and experiences the world with optimism and hope.

It tells us about not letting “hump day” get you down. Any day is the right day to choose to be happy and to live in appreciation and contentment rather than resentment and regret. The singer is so full of joy just to be alive. It’s a song about learning to appreciate what you have, even in the quiet moments.

13. “Wednesday Evenin’ Blues” By John Lee Hooker

Our next song, “Wednesday Evenin’ Blues,” is by American blues singer John Lee Hooker. It’s one sad song that tells us what happened on this particular Wednesday evening.

From the lyrics, the singer describes a stormy Wednesday night when his lover packs up her things and leaves him. He’s on his knees, begging her not to go, but she has made up her mind.

He must have done bad things to drive his lover away, for he prays, “Lord, have mercy, help me in my wicked ways.” He asks the Lord to help him change and to send her back home to him.

14. “Wednesday’s Song” By John Frusciante

Coming up next is “Wednesday’s Song” by on-again-off-again Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante. It comes from his 2004 album, Shadows Collide with People.

The lyrics of “Wednesday’s Song” are a bit abstract. It seems to be a breakup song. He’s left someone he loves but can’t trust, and he’s redefining what happiness and joy look like for him.

This song uses the “hump day” quality of Wednesdays to speak about choosing to make a change even when you feel stuck. If you can’t see your way out, make a door to the sun any way you can.

15. “When It’s Night-Time In Italy, It’s Wednesday Over Here” By The Everly Brothers

From the harmonic rock duo The Everly Brothers, we have the 1962 song “When It’s Night-Time in Italy, It’s Wednesday Over Here.” The single was featured on their Instant Party! album.

This song spans the world of opposites to dig up all the ways people from various countries and cultures are different. It’s one time in one country and a whole other day in another. People eat different things and have different habits. It handles people and cultures as all relative to one another.

The song highlights the world’s variety, delving into what separates us but also what connects us.

16. “Wednesday Love” By Marquis Hill

Jazz musician Marquis Hill’s “Wednesday Love” is an ode to a whirlwind romance. In this song, the singer describes meeting the person on a Monday. By Tuesday, she kisses him. And on Wednesday, she falls in love.

Unlike similar songs on this list, this is a sweet, passionate love song that does not take a turn into things falling apart. It’s about allowing yourself to live in the moment and not think outside of that moment.

The song basically says that if you’re in love, be in love. If you’re in love on Wednesday, don’t worry about what happens on Thursday and the other days that follow.

17. “Waiting For Wednesday” By Lisa Loeb

And the last on our list is Lisa Loeb’s emotional “Waiting for Wednesday” from her 1994 album Tails.

The lyrics tell a story of a woman whose period is running late, so she’s waiting to find out if she’s pregnant. She thinks she is, but she doesn’t want to be. She wants to leave the toxic relationship, and she is waiting for now.

This song speaks to how women become trapped in toxic relationships. It also says a lot about the arbitrary conditions people set up before making a frightening change that often keeps them from moving on from a stuck place into a better life.

Summing Up Our List Of Wednesday Songs

Love it or hate it, we have around 52 Wednesdays a year. We may feel stuck with Wednesdays, but we don’t have to be. Life is full of beautiful possibilities, even on long and tedious days.

There are many things these songs about Wednesday tell us. But if there’s anything you take from them, take the solidarity in mid-week misery and the optimism from expecting something from the hump day of the week.

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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. He plays the guitar, piano, bass guitar and double bass and loves teaching music theory.