Monday, Monday

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"Monday, Monday"
Single by the Mamas & the Papas
from the album If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears
B-side"Got a Feelin'"
ReleasedMarch 1966
RecordedDecember 16, 1965
StudioUnited Western, Los Angeles
GenreSunshine pop, folk rock
Songwriter(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 #1 hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100,[2] and the first time in history a song by a mixed gender group reached the top of the charts.[3]

Phillips said that he wrote the song quickly, in about 20 minutes.[4] The song includes a pregnant pause before the coda, which modulates up a semitone.

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.

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

Chart history[edit]

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. ^ Archived 2011-06-28 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ John Phillips interviewed on the Pop Chronicles (1969)
  5. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". 1966-05-30. Retrieved 2018-09-16.
  6. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Monday Monday". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved June 26, 2018.
  7. ^ "South African Rock Lists Website SA Charts 1969 – 1989 Acts (M)". Retrieved 8 September 2018.
  8. ^ "Official Charts Company". Retrieved 2018-07-19.
  9. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955–1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  10. ^ Cash Box Top 100 Singles, May 21, 1966
  11. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1966/Top 100 Songs of 1966". Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  12. ^ Archived 2017-02-17 at the Wayback Machine Cash Box Year-End Charts: Top 100 Pop Singles, December 24, 1966

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