BILLBOARD TOP 40 HITS 1971: #88: ‘RAINY DAYS AND MONDAYS’- CARPENTERS

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Billboard Top 40 Hits 1971: #88: ‘Rainy Days And Mondays’- Carpenters. May 15, 1971.

  • Single: ‘Rainy Days And Mondays’- Carpenters
  • Record Company- A&M
  • Genre: Pop
  • Written by Paul Williams and Roger Nichols
  • Time: 3:36
  • B-side:’Saturday’
  • Album: Carpenters
  • Grade: A+
  • Peaked at #2 12 weeks in Billboard Hot 100.

The Carpenters are one of those groups/artists that as a teenager I certainly wasn’t into. My mother had their first greatest hits album and played it now and then. In the days before I really got into music- it sounded ok to me but when I got heavily into music while they weren’t someone I would make fun of- it didn’t seem cool in 1977 to like them. I’ve seen this trait in a lot of young people. As I became an adult though while I can’t say I’ve ever been a Carpenters-head – I’ve grown to appreciate their music and the singing of Karen Carpenter.

This was the fourth Top 40 hit of their career and they were on a roll- after a #1 with ‘Close To You’ in 1970 this was the third single in a row to peak at #2- ‘Superstar’ the next single would also peak at #2. This is one of my favorites of theirs- I don’t like Mondays.

7 responses to “BILLBOARD TOP 40 HITS 1971: #88: ‘RAINY DAYS AND MONDAYS’- CARPENTERS

  1. I really liked them as a little kid, then went through a stage where I thought them ‘uncool’ but I really like their stuff again. Cracker do a fine cover of this on ‘If I Were A Carpenter’, a tribute album i highly recommend

  2. I was 15 when they released ‘Close to You’ and I loved it, but I was just about the most uncool teenager around back then. I wrote an essay about how much I loved their music for a high school English class in 1971.

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