Everyday Is Like Sunday

Composed by Morrissey / Stephen Street

Song Review by

It is, Morrissey has mused, one of life's great mysteries why so many people have covered "Everyday Is Like Sunday", without ever quite understanding what the song is really about. Not that he has ever been at all forthcoming on the subject, but among the many guesses hazarded in that direction, the comparison between a British seaside town in the winter, closed apart from a few hardy beachwalkers, and the absence of life following a nuclear disaster, is at least borne out by a superficial reading of the lyric.

As for the song's grip upon everybody who hears it, of course, there really is no mystery there. Quite simply, it is one of the loveliest songs Morrissey (with producer Stephen Street ever wrote, a lushly orchestrated, deeply melodic and stirringly arranged piece, its very chord sequence drenched in nostalgia for a lost world - for British viewers of a certain age, the accompanying video is riddled with reference points to the late-season holidays of their own youths. The mood that the song conjures, however, is clearly universal - Americans Chrissie Hynde and Natalie Merchant are numbered among the song's admirers, with the latter's interpretation less-than-kindly immortalized in the Morrissey b-side "Have A Go Merchant".

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Viva Hate 1988 Rhino / Warner Bros. 3:35
Everyday Is Like Sunday 1988 EMI
Everyday Is Like Sunday/Disappointed 1988 Rhino / Warner Bros. 3:33
Hulmerist 1990 Warner Reprise Video / Warner Bros.
Bona Drag 1990 EMI / EMI Music Distribution
Never Mind the Main Stream: The Best of MTV's 120 Minutes, Vol. 2 1991
Various Artists
Rhino 3:34
Your Arsenal 1992 Sire
No Image 1992 Parlophone
London 1991 1992 Redline Records
Best Album in the World...Ever! Vol. 1 1995
Various Artists
Circa / Virgin 3:32
Lost Property 1996
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:32
The Best of Morrissey: Suedehead 1997 EMI Digital / Parlophone 3:33
Best of 1980-1990, Vol. 12 1997
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:34
Double Shot: Pop Alternative 2000
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:33
The CD Singles, Vol. 1: 1988-1991 2000 EMI Music Distribution
!Oye Esteban! [DVD] 2000 Warner Bros. 3:42
The Best of Morrissey 2001 Rhino / Warner Bros. 3:33
No Image 2002 EMI
No Image 2004 Warner Reprise Video
Acoustic 80's 2005
Various Artists
Universal International
Best Bands 2005 2005
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:32
The Ultimate Bands: The Classic Anthems 2006
Various Artists
EMI/Virgin TV
101 80's Hits [EMI] 2007
Various Artists
EMI/Virgin 3:30
Massive 80's Hits 2007
Various Artists
EMI / EMI Gold 3:34
Greatest Hits 2008 Decca 3:32
Playlist: Alternative 2008
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:31
100% 80's 2008
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:30
Top of the Pops: Eighties [2009] 2009
Various Artists
Mixed Repertoire 3:34
The HMV/Parlophone Singles 2009 EMI / EMI Music Distribution
101 Indie Classics 2009
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:31
Antyradio: Najlepszy rock na świecie, Vol. 3 2017
Various Artists
Warner Music
Brits in the 80s
Various Artists
EMI / EMI Gold / EMI Music Distribution
Massive Hits! Eighties
Various Artists
EMI / EMI Gold 3:36
The 7" Singles 1988-1991 EMI
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