Monday, Monday

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This article is about the song recorded by The Mamas & the Papas. For the album by Paul Horn, see Monday, Monday (album). For the British television series, see Monday Monday.
"Monday, Monday"
Single by The Mamas & the Papas
from the album If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears
B-side "Got a Feelin'"
Released March 1966
Format 7" single
Recorded December 16, 1965, Western Recorders, Los Angeles
Genre Sunshine pop, folk rock
Length 3:00
Label Dunhill
Writer(s) John Phillips
Producer(s) Lou Adler
The Mamas & the Papas singles chronology
"California Dreamin'"
"Monday, Monday"
"I Saw Her Again"

"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[1] for their 1966 album If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears. It was the group's only number-one hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.[2]

Phillips said that he wrote the song quickly, in about 20 minutes.[3] The song includes a false ending, when there is a pause before the coda of the song, and goes up a half note for the bridges and refrains of the song. It was the second consecutive number-one hit song in the U.S. to contain a false ending, succeeding "Good Lovin'" by the Young Rascals, and the first time this novelty had occurred between consecutive number one hits.

On March 2, 1967, The Mamas & the Papas won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for this song.

Arguably the best live or studio version of the song was performed at the Monterey Rock Festival (California) in 1967.[4] The performance was recorded for film at the time but not in a solo album.[5]

The song appears on the soundtrack of Michael Apted's film Stardust.

Track listing[edit]

7-inch vinyl
  1. "Monday, Monday" (Phillips) – 3:27
  2. "Got a Feelin'" (Doherty, Phillips) – 2:44

Cover versions[edit]

In popular culture[edit]


  1. ^ Hartman, Kent (2012). The Wrecking Crew. St. Martin’s Griffin. pp. 261–263. ISBN 978-1-250-03046-7. 
  2. ^ The Mamas and the Papas
  3. ^ John Phillips interviewed on the Pop Chronicles (1969)
  4. ^ City Paper, DC 1996
  5. ^ Hammond Times Music Reviews

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Good Lovin'" by The Young Rascals
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
May 7, 1966 (three weeks)
Succeeded by
"When a Man Loves a Woman" by Percy Sledge
Preceded by
"Good Lovin'" by The Young Rascals
Canadian RPM Top Singles number-one single
May 16, 1966 (two weeks)
Succeeded by
"When a Man Loves a Woman" by Percy Sledge