Top 5: A tribute to Rebecca Black's abysmal 'Friday'
- Kate Russell
- 18 March 2011
Spotify playlist: The best songs featuring days of the week
This week will go down in history as the week music soiled itself: chirpy thirteen-year-old Rebecca Black's single 'Friday' was released on iTunes, quickly notched up 10million YouTube hits, and is probably the most critically panned song ever released. With Auto-Tune further squashing the already negligible melody, we are treated to lyrical delights taken straight out of a child's first book. Highlights include “Gotta go downstairs/ Gotta have my bowl/ Gotta get cereal” and “Tomorrow is Saturday/ And Sunday comes afterwards”. Perhaps one day in the future she'll come clean and admit it was a knowing joke intended to highlight the sickly-sweet blandness of modern American tween pop.
In reaction to this appalling day-of-the-week listing, here is a list of the top 5 songs with days of the week in the title.
1. I Don't Like Mondays – The Boomtown Rats (1979)
Based on the playground shootings of Brenda Ann Spencer, who gave as a reason for her mass killings, “I don't like Mondays, this livens up the day”. The song went to number one in the UK and stayed there for four weeks plus won Outstanding British Lyric at the Ivor Novello Awards. It was the defining moment of their career and gave Bob Geldof a platform from which to preach/irritate/do some good stuff for charity.
2. Ruby Tuesday – The Rolling Stones (1966)
Reaching number one in the US singles chart and number three in the UK, 'Ruby Tuesday' is about a girl so free-spirited you can't 'hang a name on' her. Rolling Stone magazine ranked it 303rd in its 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and it has spawned too many cover versions to mention.
3. Friday I'm In Love – The Cure (1992)
Everybody knows the words, everybody wants to sing along. So much so that it appeared in an advert for SingSta . This song reached number six in the UK charts and 18 in the US, and it was the last of The Cure's tunes to make it into the American Top 40. Certainly one of their more upbeat songs, though allegedly this was a mistake due to Robert Smith messing around with equipment. Feel free to have a listen to the Marmaduke Duke cover version as well.
4. Saturday Night – The Misfits (1999)
Yes, there are more obvious choices for Saturday. No, they are not as good. Arguably one of the best tracks from their career-defining album Famous Monsters, 'Saturday Night' rolls its B-movie lyrics around in a lounge-esque punk-influenced sound. A must and a favourite.
5. Sunday Girl – Blondie (1979)
Though it charted at number one in the UK and Ireland, 'Sunday Girl' was never released as a single in the US, and there was a lot of confusion about its chart position in Australia. It failed to chart on its first release, but its re-release as a b-side to 'In The Flesh' went to number one. Whether this piggy-backing to the top spot counts, no-one is sure.
You can also check out our extended 'Days of the Week' Spotify playlist.