New Order

Blue Monday

Composed by Bernard Sumner / Gillian Gilbert / Peter Hook / Stephen Morris

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Still the best-selling 12" single of all time, "Blue Monday" cemented New Order's transition from post-punk to alternative dance with vivid sequencers and a set of distant, chilling lyrics by Bernard Sumner. The single, first released in 1983 though it's been remixed and reissued countless times since, united the group's frequent synthesizer experimentation with an explicit dancefloor aesthetic rooted in electronics pioneers like Kraftwerk as well as the new electro bursting out of New York City. As usual for New Order, the title is never mentioned in the lyrics, which deal with the romantic kiss-off, another constant for the group. Official single reissues followed in 1988 (for the Substance compilation) and 1995 (for The Best of New Order).

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Power, Corruption & Lies 1983 Rhino 7:28
Substance 1987 Factory / Rhino 7:29
Kult Dance Klassix: New Wave 1993
Various Artists
SPV 7:06
New Order Story 1994 WSM/Warner Bros
The Best Dance Album in the World...Ever!, Vol. 3 1994
Various Artists
Virgin 7:23
No Image 1994
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels 6:58
Hit That Perfect Beat, Vol. 1 1995
Various Artists
Oglio Records 7:39
Fetenhits: Real Classics 1995
Various Artists
Polygram / Polystar (Japan) 7:27
The Rest of New Order 1995 Phantom
Our Friends Electric [2 CDs] 1996
Various Artists
Telstar
This Is the 80's [Alex] 1996
Various Artists
WEA International 7:26
Dance Mix UK, Vol. 2 1996
Various Artists
Alex
Platinum on Black, Vol. 3 1996
Various Artists
Full Frequency Range Recordings / Ffrr 3:57
Lost Property 1996
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 7:29
The Wedding Singer [Original Soundtrack] 1998
Original Soundtrack
Maverick / Warner Bros./Maverick 7:25
Eighties Mix [Import] 1998
Various Artists
Import 5:23
Relax: Ultimate 80's Mix 1998
Various Artists
Polygram 6:46
Now: 1983 [2 CD] 1999
Various Artists
Virgin/EMI 7:24
Machine Soul: An Odyssey Into Electronic Dance Music 2000
Various Artists
Rhino 7:27
Club Mix Retro: The '80s, Vol. 1 2000
Various Artists
Cold Front Records 7:29
Simply the Best [Warner Bros. 40 tracks] 2000
Various Artists
WEA International 4:03
Simply the Best Eighties 2001
Various Artists
Warner Strategic Marketing 7:24
Electric Dreams: '80s Synth Pop Classics 2002
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
24 Hour Party People 2002
Original Soundtrack
London 90 7:30
International 2002 Warner Bros. 7:29
Retro 2002 London 6:39
Platinum 80s 2002
Various Artists
Warner Strategic Marketing 3:51
Ibiza: The History of House 2003
Various Artists
WEA International 5:01
Culture Club Compilation 2003
Various Artists
News 3:07
Mixmag Presents: Big Tunes 2004
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 7:23
Acid House Mixes by 808 State (1988) 2004 Rephlex
Moog [Original Soundtrack] 2004
Various Artists
Hollywood / Hollywood Records (UK) 7:29
I Love Techno Pop 2004
Various Artists
Beggars Banquet
Cream Classics, Vol. 2 2005
Various Artists
Warner Dance 6:45
Item 2005 Rhino
Singles 2005 Warner Bros.
Sounds of the Underground [Time/Life] 2005
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 7:24
The Rock 'N' Roll Rider: Jack Lives Here 2005
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 4:07
Manumission: Ibiza Classics Collection 2006
Various Artists
Warner Elektra Atlantic Corp. / WEA
XFM Presents: This Is Music 2006
Various Artists
MSI Music Distribution / Sony BMG / Sony Music Distribution
The History Boys 2006
Original Soundtrack
Rhino 7:22
The History Boys Digital EP, Vol. 2 2006
Original Soundtrack
Rhino 7:28
No Image 2007
Various Artists
Rhino 7:27
Simply the Best Songs 2007
Various Artists
Rhino 3:26
Dubstars, Vol. 1: From Dub to Disco and from Disco to Dub 2008
Various Artists
Echo Beach 8:28
Ministry of Sound Anthems II: 1991-2009 2008
Various Artists
Ministry of Sound 3:24
Revolutions in Sound: Warner Bros. Records - The First 50 Years 2008
Various Artists
Warner Bros. 7:29
Factory Records: Communications 1978-1992 2008
Various Artists
Rhino 7:34
Smash Hits 1983 2009
Various Artists
Rhino
Vox Pops Presents 1980s 2009
Various Artists
WEA International
Pacha Classics 2009
Various Artists
Nes / New State 3:23
Anthems: Electronic '80s 2009
Various Artists
Ministry of Sound 4:58
Lo Esencial De Antrologia 2009
Various Artists
Sony Music Entertainment 7:28
The Underground 2010: Ibiza 2010
Various Artists
Ministry of Sound 7:05
XX Twenty Years 2011
Various Artists
Ministry of Sound 4:59
Ministry of Sound: Anthems Collection 2011
Various Artists
Ministry of Sound 4:59
80s: The Collection 2012
Various Artists
Rhino 3:48
No Image 2013 Liberation Music 7:09
No Image 2014
Various Artists
Warner Music 7:29
80s Mix 2014
Various Artists
Ministry of Sound 4:05
Synth Pop 2015
Various Artists
Sony Music 7:29
80s Fundamentals 2015
Various Artists
Rhino 7:28
Triple J: 40 Years of Music 2015
Various Artists
ABC 7:29
Classic Dance [Rhino] 2015
Various Artists
Rhino
100 Hits: Electric Eighties
Various Artists
Demon 7:29
Best of British [Universal]
Various Artists
EMI TV / Universal Distribution / Universal Music TV 7:27
Classic '80s [Rhino]
Various Artists
Rhino
Classic 80's [Rhino]
Various Artists
Rhino 7:28
No Image 7:57
Fade to Grey: 1980-1984
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 7:28
No Image
Various Artists
Now That's What I Call a Million
Various Artists
Sony Music / Universal Music TV 4:03
Pony Club Kampen, Vol. 3
Various Artists
Kontor Records 6:44
No Image 7:10
No Image
Original Soundtrack
Maverick 6:16
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