The Friday Five (Or So): Your Day Of The Week Songs

Okay, so back on March 24, I did a Friday Fifteen (as it turned out) of songs that had days of the week in the title. I asked you to come up with more, and you answered with eight more. I might just combine this with the playlist I did then, but that’s for another day. In the meantime, here’s what you came up with.

The Moody Blues, “Tuesday Afternoon” Dan came up with this. It’s from their 1967 album Days Of Future Passed, on which it’s the first part of “Forever Afternoon (Tuesday?)” It reached #24 on the Hot 100 and #12 on the RPM Hot Singles chart in Canada in 1968.

The Easybeats, “Friday On My Mind” Arlee added this, which I forgot about. It reached #16 in the US in 1966.

Simon & Garfunkel, “Wednesday Morning, 3 AM” Ed suggested this one. It’s the title track from their 1964 debut album, which was re-released in 1966 because “Sounds of Silence” did so well on the singles chart that year.

Jim Croce, “Thursday” Ed also suggested this, from Croce’s 1973 album I Got A Name. That was to be his last studio album, released posthumously.

U2, “Sunday Bloody Sunday” Pat and Joey came up with this one. It’s from their 1983 War album, and reached #7 on the Billboard Top Tracks chart that year.

Katy Perry, “Last Friday Night” Pat also shared this one, about which he says, “The latter song is a bit too campy for my tastes, but the video is mildly entertaining (modeled after an ’80s movie) including cameos by Corey Feldman, Debbie Gibson, and Kenny G.” How could I bypass it after that?

Lynyrd Skynyrd, “Tuesday’s Gone” Joey also came up with this. It’s from their 1973 debut album, (Pronounced leh-nerd skin-erd). It’s been covered a bunch of times, including by Metallica, which might have been the version she was thinking of. I’m going with the original; it’s nice to hear a song by Skynyrd that isn’t “Free Bird” or “Sweet Home Alabama,” both of which were played ad nauseum by the local rock station until they gave up the Zeppelin and Skynyrd and started playing The Backstreet Boys (or their modern counterparts)…

The Commodores, “Easy (Like Sunday Morning)” Joey came up with this as well, and although the song is named “Easy,” I tossed it in here, anyway, because it’s a great song. Released in 1977, it rose to #1 on the R&B chart and #4 on the Hot 100.

Thanks to all for your suggestions. If you have more, let me know. That’s your Friday Five for April 7, 2017.

The Friday Five (x 3): Days Of The Week

Got an email from my brother Pat this morning (I’m writing this Thursday):

Had a revelation while in this heavy work travel period that you should do a Friday Five with song titles including days of the week! Inspired by my shuffle that just played Another Park, Another Sunday by the Doobie Brothers. Perhaps you’ve done before, but, if not, happy searching….give me credit for that song though 😉

I’m glad he wrote, because in all the pre-A to Z Challenge confusion I realized I hadn’t written a post for today. So this was a good break, and when I got started with the songs I couldn’t stop, at least until I had fifteen, including Pat’s. There are so many, I built a playlist, which runs close to an hour. Hey, when I get going, sometimes I have trouble stopping…

  1. Another Park, Another Sunday – The Doobie Brothers Pat’s original idea, from 1974’s What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits. This was the first single from the album, and while it only reached #32, it was played a lot on FM radio. Most people probably bought the album.
  2. Monday, Monday – The Mamas And The Papas Written by John Phillips in 1966, it was their only #1 hit.
  3. Saturday In the Park – Chicago From Chicago V, the song reached #3 nationally and spent several weeks at #1 in Chicago. It made the album a million-seller.
  4. Friday I’m In Love – The Cure The second single from their 1992 album Wish, it reached #18 on the Hot 100 and #1 on Billboard‘s Hot Modern Rock Tracks list.
  5. I Don’t Like Mondays – The Boomtown Rats This song by Bob Geldof only reached #73 on the Hot 100 and #84 on the Cash Box survey, but spent four weeks at the top of the UK charts in 1979.
  6. Stormy Monday Blues – Junior Wells With Buddy Guy A classic blues number, this is the first version I heard and still my favorite.
  7. Another Saturday Night – Sam Cooke From 1963, it reached #10 on the Hot 100 and spent a week at #1 on the R&B chart. Cat Stevens’s version from 1974 reached #6 on the Hot 100.
  8. Come Saturday Morning – The Sandpipers I always liked this one; it was the title track from their 1970 album and reached #17 on the Hot 100. A different version was in the movie The Sterile Cuckoo.
  9. Pleasant Valley Sunday – The Monkees Gerry Goffin and Carole King wrote this one, and The Monkees recorded it in 1967. It reached #2 on the Hot 100 that year.
  10. Manic Monday – The Bangles This one was written by Prince under the pseudonym “Christopher” and was on The Bangles’ second studio album, 1986’s Different Light. It reached #2 on the Hot 100.
  11. Rainy Days and Mondays – The Carpenters Karen and Richard released this in 1971 and it reached #2 on the Hot 100 and Cash Box survey, as well as being their fourth #1 on the Easy Listening chart. Like I said, they were a hit machine in the early Seventies.
  12. Ruby Tuesday – The Rolling Stones This was a double-sided single with “Let’s Spend The Night Together” and reached #1 in 1967, as well as providing a name for a chain of restaurants.
  13. Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting – Elton John It’s Sir Elton’s birthday tomorrow. This was the first single off of 1973’s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, and only reached #12 on the Hot 100, but it’s one of his better-known songs and I remember it being on the radio all the time.
  14. Black Friday – Steely Dan The first single off of 1975’s Katy Lied, it rose to #37.
  15. Sunday Will Nver Be The Same – Spanky and Our Gang From their eponymous 1967 album, this rose to #9 and was their first charting single.

Anyway, thank you, Pat! And believe me, there are plenty more songs with days of the week in the title. If you come up with one or more of them, leave me a comment, and we’ll see if we can get it on the air. That’s The Friday Five (x 3) for March 24, 2017.