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Which Days Of The Week Have Inspired The Most Hit Songs?

We studied 57 years of Billboard charts to see which days of the week get the most love from songwriters. Bet you can't name a single hit written about Thursday
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Quindell Willis for Vocativ
Jan 21, 2015 at 3:20 PM ET

Rebecca Black may have single-handedly ruined what was once the greatest day of the week for an entire generation of Americans, but why should Friday get all the musical glory? We searched every monthly Hot 100 chart in the Billboard archives—dating all the way back to the first in 1958—for songs that contain a day of the week (or multiple days of the week) in their titles.

We would’ve guessed that Friday or Saturday would ride weekend-night party anthems to victory, but to our surprise, the clear winner is Sunday (think “Pleasant Valley Sunday“), followed by Saturday (think “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting“), Monday (think “Monday, Monday“) and Friday (think “Friday I’m in Love“). Tuesday and Wednesday number only seven songs between them, while Thursday inspired just one Billboard hit: Johnny Mathis’ “Sweet Thursday,” dating back to 1962.

But the Billboard charts are a relatively limited sample of songs that were, by definition, mainstream hits in the United States. For consistency’s sake, we compared our findings with the contents of the Music Lyrics Database, an online repository of more than 20,000 songs. The days of the week actually appeared in MLDb’s song titles in the exact same order of frequency, from Sunday all the way down to Thursday.

Here are all 83 day-of-the-week songs found in Billboard’s archives.

1. Sunday (30 songs)

“Sunday Barbecue,” Tennessee Ernie Ford, 1958
“Never on Sunday,” Don Costa and His Orchestra and Chorus, 1960
“A Sunday Kind of Love,” Jan & Dean, 1962
“Sunday and Me,” Jay & The Americans, 1965
“Sunday for Tea,” Peter and Gordon, 1967
“Sunday Will Never Be the Same,” Spanky and Our Gang, 1967
“Pleasant Valley Sunday,” The Monkees, 1967
“Sunday Mornin’,” Spanky and Our Gang, 1968
“(The Puppet Song) Whiskey on a Sunday,” The Irish Rovers, 1968
“Sunday Sun,” Neil Diamond, 1968
“Will You Be Staying After Sunday,” The Peppermint Rainbow, 1969
“Sunday,” The Moments, 1969
“Sugar on Sunday,” The Clique, 1969
“Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down,” Ray Stevens, 1969
“(One of These Days) Sunday’s Gonna’ Come on Tuesday,” The New Establishment, 1969
“Sunday Mornin’,” Oliver, 1969
“Sunday Morning Coming Down,” Johnny Cash, 1970
“What Are You Doing Sunday,” Dawn feat. Tony Orlando, 1971
“Beautiful Sunday,” Daniel Boone, 1972
“Sunday Morning Sunshine,” Harry Chapin, 1972
“Another Park, Another Sunday,” The Doobie Brothers, 1974
“Like a Sunday Morning,” Lana Cantrell, 1975
“Sunday Sunrise,” Anne Murray, 1975
“Like a Sunday in Salem (The Amos & Andy Song),” Gene Cotton, 1978
“Saturday Night, Sunday Morning,” Thelma Houston, 1979
“On a Sunday Afternoon,” Lighter Shade of Brown, 1991
“Sunday Morning,” Earth, Wind & Fire, 1993
“Raining on Sunday,” Lighter Shade of Brown, 2003
“That’s What I Love About Sunday,” Craig Morgan, 2005
“Sunday Morning,” Maroon 5, 2005

2. Saturday (23 songs)

“Lonely Saturday Night,” Don French, 1959
“Jukebox Saturday Night,” Nino and the Ebb Tides, 1961
“Another Saturday Night,” Sam Cooke, 1963
“Saturday Night at the Movies,” The Drifters, 1964
“I’ve Got Five Dollars and It’s Saturday Night,” George Jones and Gene Pitney, 1965
“On a Saturday Night,” Eddie Floyd, 1967
“Saturday Night at the World,” Mason Williams, 1969
“Come Saturday Morning,” The Sandpipers, 1969
“Saturday Morning Confusion,” Bobby Russell, 1971
“Saturday in the Park,” Chicago, 1972
“Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting,” Elton John, 1973
“Dancin’ (On a Saturday Night),” Flash Cadillac & The Continental Kids, 1974
“Saturday Night Special,” Lynyrd Skynyrd, 1975
“Saturday Night,” Bay City Rollers, 1975
“Almost Saturday Night,” John Fogerty, 1975
“Saturday Nite,” Earth, Wind & Fire, 1977
“Livingston Saturday Night,” Jimmy Buffet, 1978
“Saturday Night, Sunday Morning,” Thelma Houston, 1979
“Saturday Night,” Herman Brood, 1979
“Saturday Love,” Cherelle feat. Alexander O’Neal, 1986
“Saturday (Oooh! Ooooh!),” Ludacris, 2002
“American Saturday Night,” Brad Paisley, 2009
“Saturday,” Rebecca Black, 2013

3. Monday (13 songs)

“Fell in Love on Monday,” Fats Domino, 1961
“Stormy Monday Blues,” Bobby “Blue” Bland, 1962
“Monday, Monday,” The Mamas & The Papas, 1966
“Rainy Days and Mondays,” The Carpenters, 1971
“Come Monday,” Jimmy Buffet, 1974
“If You’re Not Back on Love by Monday,” Millie Jackson, 1977
“I Don’t Like Mondays,” The Boomtown Rats, 1980
“New Moon on Monday,” Duran Duran, 1984
“Manic Monday,” The Bangles. 1986
“Blue Monday 1988,” New Order, 1988
“Blue Monday,” Orgy, 1999
“I Don’t Have to Be Me (‘Til Monday),” Steve Azar, 2002
“Monday Morning Church,” Alan Jackson, 2004

4. Friday (11 songs)

“Friday’s Child,” Nancy Sinatra, 1966
“Friday on My Mind,” Easybeats, 1967
“Black Friday,” Steely Dan, 1975
“Thank God It’s Friday,” Love & Kisses, 1978
“Livin’ It Up (Friday Night),” Bell and James, 1979
“Friday I’m in Love,” The Cure, 1992
“Keep Their Heads Ringin’ (From Friday),” Dr. Dre, 1995
“Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.),” Katy Perry, 2010
“Friday,” Rebecca Black, 2011
“Last Friday Night,” Glee Cast, 2011
“Friday Night,” Eric Paslay, 2013

5. Tuesday (5 songs)

“Ruby Tuesday,” The Rolling Stones, 1967
“Tuesday Afternoon (Forever Afternoon),” The Moody Blues, 1968
“(One of These Days) Sunday’s Gonna’ Come on Tuesday,” The New Establishment, 1969
“Everything’s Tuesday,” Chairman of the Board, 1970
“Tuesday,” iLoveMakonnen feat. Drake, 2014

6. Wednesday (2 songs)

“Wednesday,” The Royal Guardsmen, 1967
“Waiting for Wednesday,” Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories, 1996

7. Thursday (1 song)

“Sweet Thursday,” Johnny Mathis, 1962

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