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"Manic Monday" is a 1986 single by The Bangles, taken from Different Light, their second album. Written by Prince, it was the group's first hit, reaching #2 on the singles charts in UK, USA (Billboard Hot 100), Austria, Ireland and Germany.



Manic Monday was originally written by Prince in 1984 and recorded as a duet for the Apollonia 6 album but the song was eventually pulled.[1] Two years later, as he was attempting to "court" Bangles singer Susanna Hoffs, he offered the group the song under the pseudonym Christopher,[2]. The Bangles' recording reached #2 in both the UK and US record charts, coincidentally behind Prince's own song "Kiss", which reached #1 in the US.

The lyrics tell of someone waking from a romantic dream at 6 o'clock on Monday morning, and facing a hectic journey to work when she would prefer to still be enjoying relaxing on Sunday--her "I-don't-have-to-run day". Actor Rudolph Valentino is referred to in some of the lyrics.

The verse melody strongly resembles the verse melody of Prince's hit "1999" and the Bangles rendition features their familiar female harmonies and jangly guitars and has been described as less funky but rockier and more accessible than Prince's live version.

Remixes by the Bangles include an "Extended Version" with an additional acoustic guitar interlude, and a "California Extended Version" where the acoustic interlude also forms the intro to the song.

Track listing

Side Title Length
A "Manic Monday" 3:03
B "In a Different Light" 2:50


Chart Date Position Certification
Billboard Hot 100 April 1986 #2 [3]  
United Kingdom March 15, 1986 #2 [4] Silver [5]
Ireland February 20, 1986 #2 [6]  
Germany April 1986 #2 [7]  
Austria May 15, 1986 #2 [8]  
VG-lista, Norway March 1986 #4 [9]  
Switzerland April 13, 1986 #4 [10]  
The Netherlands March 1986 #24 [11]  


  • "Manic Monday" was covered by Leningrad Cowboys on Zombie's Paradise
  • "Manic Monday" was covered by Relient K on the compilation CD Punk Goes 80s.
  • "Manic Monday" was covered by Missile Innovation on their self titled mini-album .
  • "Manic Monday" was used by Dean Gray in a mash up of Green Day's song "Whatsername".
  • Manic Monday is also sung by Bonnie Pink on her 2005 cover album Reminiscence.
  • Every Monday on Maryland WJZ-13 news at 6:15 AM a group of people sing Manic Monday and some time in November the news team has a Mammoth Manic Monday Meltdown to award the winner of the best performance of the song.


  1. ^ Apollonia 6 Biography Retrieved: Sept 15, 2006
  2. ^ Stichting Nederlandse Top 40, 500 Nr. 1 hits uit de Top 40, Page 234, 9023009444
  3. ^ The Bangles singles chart history Accessed: November 4, 2006
  4. ^ [1] UK Top 40 database Accessed: September 27, 2009
  5. ^ Certification "Manic Monday" (Accessed: November 4, 2006)
  6. ^ Irish chart search (Accessed: November 2, 2006)
  7. ^ Infinity charts German Top 20 - The Chart Of April 1986 (Accessed: November 4, 2006)
  8. ^ "Manic Monday" page. Accessed: October 28, 2006
  9. ^ "Manic Monday" page. Accessed: October 29, 2006
  10. ^ "Manic Monday" page Accessed: November 2, 2006
  11. ^ Chart week 10, 1986 Accessed: November 2, 2006

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