Mondays are rough. Whether you’re a grumpy feline or an overworked office drone, it’s no fun dragging yourself back into your weekly routine after a couple days off.
If you’ve got a case of the Mondays and need a little nudge to get things headed in the right direction, give a listen to these songs that pay tribute to the most hated day of the week. And remember: There are only four more days until Friday.
10. Fleetwood Mac: “Monday Morning”
This upbeat tune kicks off with a nice thought: “Monday morning, you sure look fine.” If you’re like us and look more like a zombie on Monday morning, think of this Lindsey Buckingham-penned track as something to aspire to.
9. The Innocence Mission: “The Happy Mondays”
It’s hard to stay in a bad mood for long when you hear singer Karen Peris’s gorgeous, breezy vocals on this song off of My Room in the Trees.
8. Duran Duran: “New Moon on Monday”
If productivity on Monday morning isn’t exactly your thing, ease yourself into things by trying to figure out the deeper meaning behind lines like “Shake up the picture, the lizard mixture.”
7. Tegan and Sara: “Monday Monday Monday”
The twins call us out on our mopey Monday nonsense here, singing “Damn your moodswings.” Cheer up, or face the wrath of our favorite sisterly duo.
6. The Mamas & the Papas: “Monday Monday”
“Every other day of the week is fine, yeah / But whenever Monday comes you can find me cryin’ all of the time.” Truer words about the yuckiness of Mondays have never been sung. Plus, those killer harmonies are guaranteed to put a smile on your face.
5. The Bangles: “Manic Monday”
Prince penned this classic Monday jam about the absolute worst aspect of the day: oversleeping and scrambling to make it to work.
4. Fats Domino: “Blue Monday”
This song reminds us there’s a light at the end of the tunnel, as it builds up to Saturday, when Fats declares “Got my money, got my honey / And I’m out on the stand to play.”
3. Wilco: “Monday”
Didn’t have time for your coffee this morning? This rockin’ little number from Being There is the perfect pick-me-up.
2. The Boomtown Rats: “I Don’t Like Mondays”
Be careful about telling people you identify with this one: Bob Geldof actually wrote it about 16-year-old Brenda Ann Wilson, who went on a shooting spree in 1979 and told reporters her motive was “I don’t like Mondays. This livens up the day.” Egads.
1. New Order: “Blue Monday”
One of the greatest songs, well, period. The pulsating drum beat is just the kick you need to get yourself in gear and start the work week off right.