Pop, rock, country, and R&B music have cranked out scores of songs with a day of the week in the title. Each music genre provides some great picks for these such songs with catchy tunes to those of different cultures, religions, and races. These songs with days of the week in the title often have many different meanings, but there are usually some themes that we notice in many of them. Here’s our list of the top songs with days of the week in the title:
1. “Saturday Love” — Cherelle and Alexander O’Neal
“Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday Love…” This dynamic music duo sang about taking a hard fall for love and commemorated all the days of the week in this fantastic single. “Saturday Love,” performed by Cherelle and Alexander O’Neal, was one of those hit songs we loved in the 80s with its sultry, up-tempo beat. “Saturday” reached Billboard’s R&B Hot 100 at #2. Cherelle and O’Neal almost convince you they’re in love when their voices melodically collide.
2. “Another Sunday in the South” — Miranda Lambert
Miranda Lambert paints a love-in-the-deep-south picture in “Another Sunday in the South.” The lyrics are so expressive that listeners won’t have difficulty relating to the writer’s feelings or imagining a southern atmosphere. Lambert vividly expresses a mix of affection, frustration, and tranquility in this romantic chanty.
3. “Saturday Nights” — Khalid
Khalid discusses family feuds and intimacy in his song, “Saturday Nights.” It appears to be a dazzling explanation of why the girl in his life is dissatisfied with home. The singer ensures her he’ll be a more reliable person than those in her family. This one has proven to tug on the heartstrings of many admirers of the song for underscoring family pain.
4. “American Saturday Night” — Brad Paisley
There’s a big toga party tonight down at Delta Chi, They got Canadian bacon on their pizza pie, They got a cooler full of cold Coronas and Amstel light.
Even if you don’t eat bacon, and don’t drink beer, Brad Paisley will still make you want to do both in his song, “American Saturday Night.” It’s one of those melodies we enjoy reminiscing about college and the “good ol’ days” to.
5. “Sunday Morning” — Earth, Wind, and Fire
“Sunday Morning” is a mid-rhythm jam by Earth, Wind, and Fire. The song is rhythmically brilliant, and the lyrics are quite sensual. The R&B group demonstrates anxiety surrounding hooking up with an old flame, preparing for the exciting passion that awaits her.
6. “Saturday in the Park” — Chicago
The band Chicago honors a lovely day on the Fourth of July. “Saturday in the Park” reminds us of a highly energized day in the park with ice cream trucks, convivial spirits, and Italian singing. This inspired number was lead singer Robert Lamm’s idea. He said a walk in Central Park one Fourth of July set his wheels in motion. The song was not poised to be a hit but sold over one million copies.
7. “One More Saturday Night” — The Grateful Dead
Lyrics like, with a basement full of dynamite and live artillery, and, the temperature keeps risin’, everybody gittin’ high, gives you a hint who’s hitting these notes.
The Grateful Dead gets down in the music trenches with their single, “One More Saturday Night.” Its fun strings lead into the piano solo, which creates a funkiness that compliments the singer’s voice as the background vocalists chime in too. Give this one a listen for your weekend playlist.
8. “Laundromat Monday” — Joe Jackson
The 1982 single, “Laundromat Monday” by Joe Jackson is about procrastination. Jackson adds to his honesty and admits he loses his quarters in washer machines when he washes his own clothes, so he wants his mother to do his laundry. He’s aware of his potential to do big things but doesn’t feel like starting the task. Somehow we think that many people can relate to these sentiments…
9. “Monday, Monday” — The Mamas and The Papas
In March 1966, The Mamas and The Papas released “Monday, Monday.” No, it may not be a great love song, but the fondness for every other day of the week. Group member and songwriter John Phillips said he wrote the song because he and most people dread the beginning of the workweek, but there are some other meanings too if you’re savvy.
10. “Tuesday” — ILoveMakonnen ft. Drake
Of course, rappers are talking about their love for mischief and partying. “Tuesday” by ILoveMakonnen featuring Drake is a bona fide banger about looking forward to a soiree after a hard week of hustling. With a head-bopping jingle coupled with an all-star rapper, the duo keeps their business transactions and extra curriculum activity low key in this pop/rap melody. It doesn’t have to be a weekend to get down, which is what this song emphasizes perfectly.
11. “Thursday” — Jess Glynne
In “Thursday,” Glynne chops it up with us about insecurity and loneliness. Her words express what people often feel, mainly women, about their bodies, facial features, and how society sees women. This little gem is about self-love, which we think everyone should emphasize (even though it can be hard at times).
12. “If You’re Not Back in Love by Monday” — Millie Jackson
Written by Sonny Throckmorton and Glenn Martin, “If You’re Not Back in Love by Monday” is a step-by-step guide to getting back in love with someone. The version recorded by Millie Jackson is super sultry. Her raspy voice adds a gritty appeal, almost eliminating the instruments used for support. Jackson released the record in 1977, and it’s been a great song with a day of the week in the title ever since.
13. “Friday Night” — The Darkness
If you enjoy jest, the British rock band, The Darkness, delivers heavily. “Friday Night” is led by Justin Hawkins and is the total antithesis of eloquence. Hawkins’ shouting match with the guitar superbly commands the audience’s attention in this 2003 masterpiece from the album titled, Permission to Land.
14. “Saturday Morning Confusion” — Bobby Russell
Bobby Russell blames his “Saturday Morning Confusion” on his co-worker with whom he had a few beers to kick off the weekend. The rhythm sounds similar to Russell in a countdown before blasting into orbit. “Confusion” is a funny ditty, allowing the performer to take us into a familiar Saturday that many of us have experienced. Released in 1971, it became Russell’s biggest hit. We’re sorry if you ever feel the effects of Friday night the next day, be sure to hang in there and avoid that hair of the dog!
15. “A Sunday Kind of Love” — Etta James
“A Sunday Kind of Love” by Etta James is one of our favorite songs with a day of the week in the title. We enjoy hearing James belt out the lyrics to this 1960 hit on her album, At Last! Probably one of the best singers of all time, Etta James’ iconic voice is etched forever in our minds.
16. “Tuesday’s Broken” — Sugarland
Sugarland discusses school shootings in a way that doesn’t make you feel uncomfortable. The mastery of the lyrics in “Tuesday’s Broken” is relevant and personal. Probably one of the most impactful songs on this list, it’s certainly earned its spot.
17. “Sunday Rain” — Foo Fighters
“Sunday Rain” is a song with undertones of politics. But, the ultimate meaning behind this Foo Fighters theme is pursuing peace, particularly after an encounter that was less than loving (something we can always keep in mind, at that).
18. “Love You Till Tuesday” — David Bowie
David Bowie sounds like he’s teasing his love interest in “Love You Till Tuesday.” The Da da da dumb jingle makes us question whether he’s referencing his lover or something else. Regardless, it’s an interesting song that we had to include on this list.
19. “Friday Fish Fry” — Kelis
Kelis’ “Friday Fish Fry” has the opening of a western. The instruments sound like Kelis is in a duel with the man she’s begging to bed her against her better judgment. Kelis and her rock ‘n’ roller voice teases herself in this mid-tempo beat. The sultry feel of the track and the subject matter are what drew us in so deeply (not to mention her amazing singing).
20. “New Moon on Monday” by Duran Duran
The Seven and the Ragged Tiger album produced “New Moon on Monday” by Duran Duran. At mid-tempo, the group members entertain us with esoteric lyrics. The duo uses other words to describe “moon,” like “luna.” Depending on your interpretation, we think even the word “satellite” is a metaphor for “moon.”
21. “Suicide Sunday” — The Friday Night Boys
“Suicide Sunday” does not mirror its fast tempo. The Friday Night Boys playfully dispatch this likable song about a man being miserable and wishing he had a girl to take his mind off suicide.
22. “Oh, Sunday Night” — Carrie Underwood
Some People like dual meanings in songs. “Oh, Sunday Night” by Carrie Underwood is one of those themes that make you debate whether the action is football or some other pleasure on a Sunday night… Regardless it’s a good pump up song for sports!
23. “Tuesday Afternoon” — The Moody Blues
There’s a beat switch in one of our favorites, “Tuesday Afternoon” by The Moody Blues. A desperate tone appears in the lead singer’s delivery, adding mystique, while metaphors add charm to this music.
24. “Lazy on a Sunday Afternoon” — Queen
In this one-minute track, Queen sings in a barbershop-quartet style. More than the singing style, we appreciate the length of the song and the way they incorporated the events taking place on all the days of the week, deservingly leading to being “Lazy on a Sunday Afternoon.”
25. “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F)” — Katy Perry
Katy Perry is excellent at manufacturing comedy. “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” is hilarious and showcases Perry’s charisma. Along with the music arrangements, she has a cadence in this tune that reminds me of 80’s pop. A video is not needed. This is a song you can see, but we still think the music video is great too!
26. “One Million Billionth of a Millisecond on a Sunday Morning” — The Flaming Lips
After a three-minute instrumental intro, “One Million Billionth of a Millisecond on a Sunday Morning” by the Flaming Lips begins the performance at a screaming pitch for a few seconds. The long, voiceless intro is worth the wait. After some quick lyrics, the instrumental returns with a killer guitar solo.
27. “Manic Monday” — The Bangles
Speaking of the 80s, “Manic Monday,” performed by The Bangles, gives credence to Murphey’s Law, “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.” And, it’s happening on a Monday. The middle of the song reveals a boyfriend at the root of the problems in the song. The Bangles select words and phrases that garner our empathy and sympathy for the lead. The lyrics, ‘Come on baby, let’s go make some noise’ makes “Manic Monday” a classic and ultimate song with days of the week in the title.
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