As a reminder, this is not days of the week nor specific holidays (like Christmas Day). This is songs with the word "day" (or "days") meaning simply the time between sunrise and sunset, with no repeated songs from the sun columns.
One song per artist, one version of each song, I need to like the song – you know the rules. But this also covers the first list; Therefore, a song or artist in the first list will not appear here.
Let's have recent songs about a day! And by recent, I mean in the last 40 years (as I write this). 1984 until now. Okay? Okay.
'Dance Hall Days' by Wang Chung (1984)
One of Wang Chung's two big hits, this song about the old days of the dance hall is a fun bit of New Wave pop.
'Day By Day' by Doug And The Slugs (1984)
The lesser known of two songs released at about the same time with the same title, I prefer this one. It is a decent, mellow rock song and it just appeals to me.
'Glory Days' by Bruce Springsteen (1984)
Looking back at the past as the best years of our life, told in a story about three people, and one of Springsteen's best songs from a classic album.
'One Small Day' by Ultravox (1984)
Ultravox is known for one song, but that's unfair because they released so many great tracks over the years. This is one of them, an up-tempo synth-rock piece that just pumps along. Also one of my very favourite 12" extended mixes.
'Day By Day' by The Hooters (1985)
The other, more popular, higher charting song with this title, The Hooters had a few hits at the time, then fell off the chart scene. Shame, as they were a fun rock band.
'Inbetween Days' by The Cure (1985)
The band that it almost feels like gave birth to the emo sub-culture, or first gave them voice. But this up-tempo track just rocks along and was a popular one in Blue Light Discoes at the time.
'King For A Day' by Thompson Twins (1986)
Thompson Twins (named for characters in the Tintin comics) had a string of hits in the 1980s, and this was one of their charting ones. Another great piece of New Wave pop.
'Day-In Day-Out' by David Bowie (1987)
One of my favourite David Bowie tracks, this song rocks well when many other artists at the time were getting into more pop stylings.
'As The Days Go By' by Daryl Braithwaite (1988)
In the 1980s, Daryl Braithwaite well and truly left Sherbert behind and had a string of Australian charting songs, and this is one of the more popular ones.
'Another Day In Paradise' by Phil Collins (1989)
One of Collins' ballads, one about homelessness, and one of his better slower songs as well. A strong track, all-up.
'Waiting For That Day' by George Michael (1990)
Listen Without Prejudice is still my favourite Michael's album, and this is one of the many great songs on that collection.
'Couple Days Off' by Huey Lewis And The News (1991)
Huey Lewis hit the charts through the 80s, but he did not stop there, as this track shows. One of his many fun songs, written just to be fun.
'Four Seasons In One Day' by Crowded House (1991)
Crowded House rarely released a dud song, and this hit single is definitely not that. The vocal harmonies mesh so well and the playing is not over-stated. Such a good track.
'Not A Day Goes By' by Rick Price (1992)
I'm not sure if Rick price had any success outside of Australia, but in this country he certainly did, and this was one of the more successful of his tracks.
'Beautiful Day' by U2 (2000)
After some interesting musical diversions in the 1990s, U2 came back to rock mode in the year 2000, and this track was a big part of that.
'Bad Day' by Daniel Powter (2005)
Yeah, a song with depressing lyrics, but it is still a good one sung by an artist I have not heard from since. I do know many critics hate this song, but I think it's perfectly fine.
'Have A Nice Day' by Bon Jovi (2005)
The title is probably sarcastic, considering the rest of the lyrical content, and considering the political discourse of the time, that's probably understandable.
'Best Day Of My Life' by American Authors (2013)
This was a deliberate attempt to write a positive, uplifting song after some nasty tragedies in the USA. It might be a little twee, but I still find it to be a decent track.
'The Days' by Avicii (2014)
Leaving us far too soon, EDM artist Avicii was one of the few proponents of that style of music I could listen to as music for music's sake, and this is one of my favourites of his songs.
'Good Old Days' by Macklemore feat. Ke$ha (2017)
A song about nostalgia, looking back on the days when we thought time was better. I haven't listened to this in a few years, and it still holds up well and is definitely my favourite Macklemore track.
Yes, a lot of 1980s songs here, but also quite a few from this century. The concept of a day has clearly continued on as a topic for music without break. So many good songs over so many years.