Rainy Days and Mondays

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"Rainy Days and Mondays"
Single by The Carpenters
from the album Carpenters
B-side "Saturday"
Released May 21, 1971
Format 7" single
Recorded 1971
Genre Pop
Length 3:36
Label A&M 1260
Writer(s) Paul Williams; Roger Nichols
Producer(s) Jack Daugherty
Certification Gold (RIAA)
The Carpenters singles chronology
"For All We Know"
"Rainy Days and Mondays"
Carpenters track listing
Side one
  1. "Rainy Days and Mondays"
  2. "Saturday"
  3. "Let Me Be the One"
  4. "(A Place to) Hideaway"
  5. "For All We Know"
Side two
  1. "Superstar"
  2. "Druscilla Penny"
  3. "One Love"
  4. "Bacharach/David Medley"
  5. "Sometimes"

"Rainy Days and Mondays" is a 1971 song by The Carpenters, with instrumental backing by L.A. session musicians from the Wrecking Crew,[1] that went to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and it was the duo's fourth #1 song on the Adult Contemporary singles chart.[2] However, the song failed to chart in the United Kingdom until it went to #63 in a reissue there in 1993. "Rainy Days and Mondays" was certified Gold by the RIAA

The song was composed in 1971 by the then-fairly unknown composers Roger Nichols and Paul Williams. It was released as the first track on the album Carpenters, popularly known as the Tan Album, and the B-side on the single is "Saturday", written and sung by Richard Carpenter.

Olivia Newton-John, one of Karen's best friends and viewed by Richard as "a genuine friend",[3] recorded a cover version of this song on her album Indigo: Women of Song as a tribute to Karen.

Andy Williams released a version in 1971 on his album, You've Got a Friend.

In 2016, Dami Im recorded a version for her album Classic Carpenters.


Chart performance[edit]


  • Yesterday Once More
  • From the Top
  • Interpretations
  • Love Songs
  • The Essential Collection
  • Carpenters: Gold 35th Anniversary Edition

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