So as I don’t believe I’ve mentioned yet, beyond music and films and books and the like I have a passion for listing, categorising and cataloguing everything I can. In this blog I intend to have an occasional (i.e. when I’ve been too busy to truly pay attention to anything) segment in which I reel off some of my favourite “pops” according to whatever criteria I feel like at the time. I almost called this “Top of the Pops”, but that was too easy (as well as being frankly ridiculous). As such, I’m settling on “Top Pops”, which is less plagiaristic. I’m also not going to commit to a specific number of items in any given post, as I don’t want to call it my top 5 and have to cut out something I actually like, nor do I want to scrape a top 10 from the bottom of a barrel every time. So I’m listing as many as I want to.
And as I’m writing this on a Monday morning (mostly), and Monday morning is always a hot topic, here are my top five songs about (you guessed it): Mondays.
#5 New Order – Blue Monday
I’m including this song because I like it, it’s catchy, and it has good memories for me. Oh, and it has the word “Monday” in the title. However, I’m yet to be convinced that the song really has anything to do with this most miserable of days other than assuring us in the title that they can be, yes, Blue.
#4 Fleetwood Mac – Monday Morning
A nice upbeat song about Monday for once, representing the first day of the week as fresh and exciting. As the opening track on the first album featuring the band’s classic lineup, this song certainly signals the start of something remarkable for me.
#3 The Mamas and the Papas – Monday Monday
This song is a traditional depressing M&Ps number, and although it does give a true impression of how most people feel at the start of the week (slightly melodramatically), listening to this tune isn’t going to help anybody get out of bed.
#2 The Bangles – Manic Monday
A ballad to the archetypal Monday, on which everything goes wrong. As opposed to #3, this song makes me think “It may be Monday, but my day’s not going nearly as bad as hers”. But still. I wish it was Sunday too, girls.
#1 The Boomtown Rats – I Don’t Like Mondays
Well, it had to be this really. The song that (as far as I’m concerned) is the only reason Bob Geldof is actually famous in the first place. Does anybody know another Boomtown Rats song? This one sums up my feelings towards Mondays perfectly, with an almost humorous annoyance. Of course we all wish we could get rid of them altogether, but they’re not the worst thing in the world (ironic, perhaps, that the song was apparently written about a girl who went on a shooting spree and explained herself with the titular phrase). Nobody likes Mondays. The charitable saint that is Bob Geldof doesn’t even like Mondays. And guess what?
I don’t like Mondays either.