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Top 10 Monday Songs

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by Cressida Ryan (subscribe)
Classicist and traveller
Published May 13th 2015
If you need perking up on a Monday morning, then here's a list of some great songs just for that special day of the week. Add your favourites in the comments... who knew there were so many to choose from?

1.) For a bright start to the week, try Monday Monday by The Mamas and Papas (1966). The Mamas & the Papas won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with this song's vocals in 1967. Monday Monday even appears on the soundtrack of the film Stardust.

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Photo of The Mamas and the Papas performing on The Ed Sullivan Show. From left-Michelle Phillips, Cass Elliot, Denny Doherty, and John Phillips. This work is in the public domain because it was published in the United States between 1923 and 1977 and without a copyright notice.

2.) If music from the shows is more your kind of thing, what about Bing Crosby's Sunday, Monday, or Always (1943)? It may be old-fashioned, but the classic songs can sometimes be the loveliest.

3.) Duran Duran's New Moon on Monday is a great example of 80s rock.

4.) More contemporary is Melanie C's Suddenly Monday(1999). A good jazzy beat combined with her slightly husky tones and positive message 'You make me high...' will leave you tapping your toes.

5.) Celebrating that wonderful phenomenon, the Bank Holiday Monday which extends our weekend a few times a year, you have Stereophonics' 2007 song. The lyrics are the most violent and disruptive of the songs I've mentioned though.

6.) More obviously pessimistic, 1979 saw The Boomtown Rats' I Don't Like Mondays. A UK No.1 song for four weeks in 1979, it offers an anthem to all those trying to keep away from school, with some great piano playing too. You might not know the band, but its writer is the rather more famous Bob Geldof.

7.) The Bangles' Manic Monday is quite pensive, retrospectively glorifying Sundays, with a strong beat and some fun rhymes and good vocals.

8.) The theme gets played with by Gov't Mule's Monday Mourning Meltdown. Long (over 8 minutes), with a great guitar leadin, this is a wonderful example of Southern Rock, something to listen to with a glass in your hand when you need your mind to unwind a bit. It's on their Album 'By a Thread', one of their latest releases, from just 2009.

9.) Back to the 80s, New Order's Blue Monday(1983) sounds glum, but after it was remixed in 1988 and 1995, it became a popular anthem in the dance club scene. It is one of the longest tracks ever to chart on the UK Singles Chart, at over 7 minutes long, and is the biggest-selling 12 inch single of all time.

10.) One of my favourites is Rainy Days and Mondays by The Carpenters (1971). It was The Carpenters' 4th No.1 song on the Adult Contemporary singles chart. The Carpenters are sometimes criticised as being too middle class to be interesting, but you can't deny Karen Carpenter has an amazing voice, a wretched life story, and some great lyrics. It's rather mournful though, so perhaps better for relaxing to than being motivated by!

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The Carpenters on the Walk of Fame. This work has been released into the public domain by its author, The Obento Musubi at the Wikipedia Project

Happy listening...
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