As you relax after the first day of this long April work-week (or as you read this from the vantage point of what is currently the future, but what will be your past…oh, fuck it), perhaps you’d like to kick back with some Tunes? And since you’ve got a whole week of days ahead of you, why not view it through the eyes of some awesome music from the past few decades?
As usual, we’ll make this easy for you: you can stream each song through the YouTube players below, and if you’re curious about the artist, you can click on the name to take you to other articles we’ve published about them. Clicking the song name will take you iTunes, where you can download the Tune. Lastly, we’ve included the year of release (for your edification and to satisfy your curiosity) and a few comments about the song.
There are, obviously, countless songs titled with each day of the week — we’ve already made a playlist of 10 others, and who knows, there may be more coming! Anyhow, we did our best to select tracks for you to discover — or rediscover, as it may be. Leave us a comment at the bottom or send us a message with the form slightly down and to the right!
1. Grizzly Bear – “Two Weeks” (2009)
I couldn’t resist the punderful idea to start Days Of The Week, Pt. 2 with a song entitled “Two Weeks.” Sorry. But I think you’ll forgive me once you press play. The second track from Grizzly Bear’s breakout 2009 album Veckatimest, this song is one of the most charming and seductive (think Helen of Troy-level) indie pop pieces ever written.
2. Fleetwood Mac – “Monday Morning” (1975)
To start off our week, here’s the famous British pop group doing the intro from their lauded ’75 self-titled album. Hopefully your week has started better than the speaker in these lyrics, who is caught in a relationship with a bipolar lover who can’t figure out whether or not he wants to be with her.
3. The Moody Blues – “Tuesday Afternoon” (1968)
What comes after Monday morning? Why, Tuesday afternoon, of course! Somewhere between psychedelia, symphonic pop, and progressive rock, The Moody Blues mashed genres together way ahead of their time, and their talent is on full display here.
4. Spoon – “Sunday Morning Wednesday Night” (2005)
A B-side from the Austin, TX indie band, I chose this track specifically because of the fact that it completes the progression from Monday morning to Tuesday afternoon to Wednesday night — even if Sunday’s thrown in there too. We’ll get back to you, Sunday. For now, enjoy Spoon — not at their best, but the coarsely glowing solo in the midst of this song is quite relaxing, especially for Hump Day.
5. David Bowie – “Thursday’s Child” (1999)
Yet another example of Rolling Stone getting it wrong: they gave Bowie’s 1999 release Hours… four stars…who the hell remembers it now? Classic artists are good because of the tracks they released in the ’60s, ’70s, ’80s — not when they’ve grown too old to compose memorable songs. Sadly, this lead single from Bowie is of the latter quality. But it’s one of the few songs out there that uses “Thursday,” since that day is evidently the least popular day of the week. Bah. I always liked it.
6. Valencia – “Friday Night” (2010) / Lily Allen – “Friday Night” (2006)
And now…a DOUBLE feature! Two songs, both from the last few years, from very different artists: Valencia are pop-punk group from Philadelphia, popular in certain circles, and Lily Allen is a (very, very) British pop singer who is making her way over to the States behind her creative, unique sound and her charismatic Cockney accent. The first is a forgive-me-I-fucked-up song with an earworm of a chorus; the second is a bit of a ramble about going out on a Friday night behind a half-ska beat.
7. Fall Out Boy – “Saturday” (2003)
Pretty much everyone knows Fall Out Boy by now, and whatever your opinion of them, they were a very important band for American music in the mid-’00s, as well as for pop-punk music. What many people don’t know is that much of this important lies with their debut album Take This To Your Grave, from which there were no radio hits (“Dance, Dance” and “Sugar, We’re Goin’ Down” were on their 2005 release From Under The Cork Tree). “Saturday” and its ilk draw from classic ’90s and early-’00s pop-punk like New Found Glory and Saves The Day to create an album full of rocking songs that are much heavier on the punk and much lighter on the pop than FOB’s later material.
8. U2 – “Sunday Bloody Sunday” (1983)
To wrap up our seven days, here’s an undeniable classic. This early U2 track pounds the incidents of Bloody Sunday (30 January 1972) into the listener, describing the day when 13 civilians were killed after they were fired upon by British troops during a peaceful protest.
9. The Beatles - “Eight Days A Week” (1964)
This early Beatles pop track shows a band not yet disillusioned by war, politics, and personal difficulties — a Beatles that could write a song about loving a lady all week long, plus one more day. It doesn’t “carry the weight” of their later material, but it’s fun, upbeat, and sure to cheer you up any Monday of the year.
10. Lil Wayne – “It’s Been A Week” (2009) MP3
That it has. Sing it, Weezy.