|Single by The Mamas & the Papas|
|from the album If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears|
|B-side||"Got a Feelin'"|
|Recorded||December 16, 1965, Western Recorders, Los Angeles|
|Genre||Sunshine pop, folk rock|
|The Mamas & the Papas singles chronology|
"Monday, Monday" is a 1966 song written by John Phillips and recorded by the Mamas & the Papas, using background instruments played by members of The Wrecking Crew for their 1966 album If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears. It was the group's only #1 hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, and the first time this had been achieved by a recording act containing both genders.
Phillips said that he wrote the song quickly, in about 20 minutes. The song includes a false ending, with a pause before the coda of the song, modulating up a half note for the bridges and refrains of the song.
On March 2, 1967, the Mamas & the Papas won a Grammy Award for this song, in the category Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.
The song was performed at the Monterey Pop Festival (California) in 1967. The performance was filmed for the movie of the festival, but not included in the final print.
- 7-inch vinyl
- "Monday, Monday" (Phillips) – 3:27
- "Got a Feelin'" (Doherty, Phillips) – 2:44
- Petula Clark on her album I Couldn't Live Without Your Love (1966)
- The Beau Brummels on their album Beau Brummels '66 (1966)
- Neil Diamond on The Feel of Neil Diamond (1966)
- Jay and the Americans on their album Livin' Above Your Head (1966)
- Sérgio Mendes on his instrumental album The Great Arrival (1966)
- Marianne Faithfull on Faithfull Forever (1966)
- Mrs. Miller on her album Will Success Spoil Mrs Miller ?!, (1966)
- Lenny Breau on his debut album Guitar Sounds from Lenny Breau (1968)
- Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass on their album The Beat of the Brass (1968)
- Ed Ames from the album Who Will Answer? and Other Songs of our Time (1968)
- Circus from the album Circus (1969)
- The Cowsills on The Johnny Cash Show
- The 5th Dimension on their album The 5th Dimension/Live!! (1971)
- Dionne Warwick on Only Love Can Break A Heart [previously unreleased recording] (1977)
- Galenskaparna och After Shave, Swedish parodic text Bandy, Bandy about bandy (1988)
- The Adventures on Lions and Tigers and Bears (1993)
- Hear'Say on Popstars (2001)
- Wilson Phillips three times: a modern rock take on their album California (2004), an a cappella single version the same year, and a straightforward take paying tribute to the original on the album Dedicated (2012)
- Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs on their album Under the Covers, Vol. 1 (2006)
- Rick Price and Jack Jones covered the song on their album California Dreaming (2017)
In popular culture
- ESPN announcer Chris Berman referred to Rick Monday as "Monday, Monday".
- The Mamas and the Papas' version of "Monday, Monday" is heard in a chase scene in the 2010 movie The Other Guys.
- The song is used in one of the Discovery Channel's promos for the reality TV series Dirty Jobs, which ran for eight seasons.
- The Daredevil villain, Typhoid Mary, sings this song when in her "Typhoid" personality.
- ESPN uses the Mamas and the Papas' version in a 2017 TV commercial to promote Monday Night Football.
- Hartman, Kent (2012). The Wrecking Crew. St. Martin’s Griffin. pp. 261–263. ISBN 978-1-250-03046-7.
- The Mamas and the Papas
- John Phillips interviewed on the Pop Chronicles (1969)
- "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. 1966-05-30. Retrieved 2018-09-16.
- "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Monday Monday". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved June 26, 2018.
- "South African Rock Lists Website SA Charts 1969 – 1989 Acts (M)". Rock.co.za. Retrieved 8 September 2018.
- "Official Charts Company". Retrieved 2018-07-19.
- Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955–1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
- Cash Box Top 100 Singles, May 21, 1966
- "Top 100 Hits of 1966/Top 100 Songs of 1966". musicoutfitters.com. Retrieved 1 December 2017.
- http://tropicalglen.com/Archives/60s_files/1966YESP.html Archived 2017-02-17 at the Wayback Machine Cash Box Year-End Charts: Top 100 Pop Singles, December 24, 1966