Daze Of The Week: When The Calendar Meets The Charts

Weekend warriors.

Weekend warriors.

Friday marks the debut of the Canadian band MAGIC!‘s new single titled “Sunday Funday”, which a few stations on the pop panel have already jumped on (at least in overnight rotation.) The quartet’s previous radio single, “No Way No”, was pulled a few weeks ago in favor of this release. “Sunday” heads to the airwaves just as another song also hits the same format by an independent band (or so I think it’s a band, it’s all very mysterious right now) called Freddy’s Dilemma. Their “Only On A Saturday Night” found a handful of adds last week, and could produce some more stations this week.

These songs are just two of the many that have gone to radio (and, in most cases, charted) in an active year for songs about days of the week and the weekend. So, now is as good a time as any to update the biggest chart singles about all seven days of a given week and we’ll be looking at the results through peaks on different U.S. trade papers, plus a couple of extra international stats. So, get a pen and take down these tunes on the calendar:

SUNDAY
Cashbox: “Pleasant Valley Sunday” by The Monkees (#3, 1967)
Hot 100: “Pleasant Valley Sunday” by The Monkees (#3, 1967)
R&R/Mediabase: “Sunday Morning” by Earth, Wind and Fire (#18, 1993)
Australia (ARIA): “Sunday To Friday” by The Justice Crew (#18, 2011)
United Kingdom (OCC): “Sunday Girl” by Blondie (#1 for three weeks, 1979)

The act Spanky & Our Gang took their “Sunday Will Never Be the Same” to #9 on Cashbox and the Hot 100 in 1967. Just a year later, their “Sunday Mornin'” wasn’t nearly as well-received.

MONDAY
Cashbox: “Monday, Monday” by The Mamas & The Papas (#1 for three weeks, 1966)
Hot 100: “Monday, Monday” by The Mamas & The Papas (#1 for three weeks, 1966)
R&R/Mediabase: “Manic Monday” by The Bangles (#5, 1986)
Australia (ARIA): “Blue Monday ’88” by New Order (#4, 1988)
United Kingdom (OCC): “I Don’t Like Mondays” by The Boomtown Rats (#1 for four weeks, 1979)

A number of other big “Monday” titles made it into the top ten on the three U.S. charts, the most out of any day on here, including songs from the CarpentersDuran Duran and Fats Domino.

TUESDAY
Cashbox: “Ruby Tuesday” by The Rolling Stones (#1 for two non-consecutive weeks, 1967)
Hot 100: “Ruby Tuesday” by The Rolling Stones (#1 for one week, 1967)
R&R/Mediabase: “Tuesday” by iLoveMakonnen featuring Drake (#22, 2015)
Australia (ARIA): “Tuesday” by You Am I (#29, 1997)
United Kingdom (OCC): “Ruby Tuesday” (as a double a-side with “Let’s Spend The Night Together”) by The Rolling Stones (#3, 1967)

“Ruby” is one gem of a title (in the U.K., a version by Rod Stewart also ranked in the mid-90’s) but the Stones original, believe it or not, could only climb as high as #3 in their home country.

WEDNESDAY
Cashbox: “Waiting For Wednesday” by Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories (#78, 1996)
Hot 100: “Waiting For Wednesday” by Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories (#83, 1996)
R&R/Mediabase: “Waiting For Wednesday” by Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories (#29, 1996)
Australia (ARIA): No middle of the week music here.
United Kingdom (OCC): “Wednesday Week” by The Undertones (#11, 1980)

The only other title with this day of the week is “Wednesday” by The Royal Guardsmen, which went to #97 on the Hot 100 and #101 (#1 Looking Ahead) on Cashbox in 1967.

THURSDAY
Cashbox: “Sweet Thursday” by Johnny Mathis (#75, 1962)
Hot 100: “Sweet Thursday” by Johnny Mathis (#99, 1962)
R&R/Mediabase: Songwriters, artists… there have been zero U.S. top 40 hits containing this day of the week, so get writing!
Australia (ARIA): Nothing down here as well…
United Kingdom (OCC): “Thursday’s Child” by David Bowie (#16, 1999)

In 2013, a song simply titled “Thursday” made the top 20 on the Dance Club Songs chart for the Pet Shop Boys, an duo that pop radio hasn’t sent into the top 40 since the fall of 1988.

FRIDAY
Cashbox: “Friday On My Mind” by The Easybeats (#16, 1967)
Hot 100: “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” by Katy Perry (#1 for two weeks, 2011)
R&R/Mediabase: “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” by Katy Perry (#1 for five weeks, 2011)
Australia (ARIA): “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” by Katy Perry (#5, 2011)
United Kingdom (OCC): “Friday Night” (as a double a-side with “Sorry’s Not Good Enough”) by McFly (#3, 2006)

In 1992, “Friday, I’m In Love” by The Cure got enough love to reach #4 on R&R that July, but it charted just inside the top 20 on the other two trade papers (#18 on both, to be exact.)

SATURDAY
Cashbox: “Saturday Night” by The Bay City Rollers (#1 for one week, 1975)
Hot 100: “Saturday Night” by The Bay City Rollers (#1 for one week, 1976)
R&R/Mediabase: “Saturday Night” by The Bay City Rollers (#3, 1975)
Australia (ARIA): “Saturday Night” by Jessica Mauboy featuring Ludacris (#7, 2010)
United Kingdom (OCC): “Saturday Night” by Whigfield (#1 for four weeks, 1994)

Singles by both Chicago and Sam Cooke (as well as a cover of Cooke’s song by Cat Stevens) made the top ten on the Billboard Hot 100, though nothing went beyond the #3 spot.

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