The Bangles, "Manic Monday" (1986)
Hot 100 Chart Position: Number Two
After seeing an early Bangles show in Los Angeles, Prince sent the band a tape with two original songs he wanted them to record. One was "Manic Monday," a jangly, infectious diary of 9-to-5 office blues, that Prince was able to accurately capture without experiencing. The track is relatively innocent, but Prince does get in a classic line: "Of all of my nights/Why did my lover have to pick last night to get down?" It was the band's first hit, reaching Number Two in the U.S. "I remember going in and singing that song and being on the mike and it was kind of like red light fever," Bangles singer Susanna Hoffs told Songfacts. "I knew it was a Prince song, and I wanted to do a great job on it." Her mind was eased when Prince listened to the track. "He was really thrilled with how it came out. I think he might have said something like, 'Oh, I was surprised you guys didn't use my track,' or something. But he was very happy with it."