New Order

Blue Monday

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Song Review by John Bush

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
Blue Monday 1983 Warner Music
Power, Corruption & Lies 1983 Rhino 0:00
Substance 1987 Qwest 7:29
Kult Dance Klassix: New Wave 1993
Various Artists
SPV 7:06
It's Electric 1994
Various Artists
Double Power / Sony Music Entertainment 7:27
No Image 1994
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels 6:58
No Image 1995
Various Artists
Oglio Records 7:39
The Rest of New Order 1995 Polygram 8:35
No Image 1996
Various Artists
Telstar
Dance Mix UK, Vol. 2 1996
Various Artists
Lost Property 1996
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 7:29
The Wedding Singer [Original Soundtrack] 1998
Original Soundtrack
Maverick / Warner Bros. 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
No Image 2002
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
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 Rhino / Warner Bros. 7:25
Retro 2002 London 7:28
Platinum '80s [Warner] 2002
Various Artists
Warner Music 3:51
The Sound of the Cosmos 2002 Hooj Choons 2:14
Moog [Original Soundtrack] 2004
Various Artists
Hollywood 7:29
Singles 2005 Rhino / Warner Bros. / Warner Music 7:30
Sounds of the Underground [Time/Life] 2005
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 7:24
Baby Goes New Wave 2007 Baby Goes Records 3:34
Factory Records: Communications 1978-92 2008
Various Artists
Rhino 7:28
Vox Pops Presents 1980s 2009
Various Artists
WEA International 7:25
Anthems: Electronic '80s 2009
Various Artists
Ministry of Sound 4:59
Lo Esencial De Antrologia 2009
Various Artists
Sony Music Entertainment 7:28
3/60: The Eighties 2011
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 7:25
Happy New Year! [Rhino UK] 2014
Various Artists
Rhino 7:30
80s Fundamentals 2015
Various Artists
Rhino 7:28
Ready Player One [Songs from the Motion Picture] 2018
Original Soundtrack
Universal
100 Greatest Feel Good
Various Artists
Rhino 7:30
100 Greatest Throwback Songs
Various Artists
Rhino 7:30
12 Inch Dance: '80s Synthpop
Various Artists
Rhino 7:30
80s Classics 80s Pop 80s Bangers 80s Songs
Various Artists
Rhino 7:30
80s Throwback
Various Artists
Rhino 7:30
Classic Dad
Various Artists
Spectrum Music / Universal 3:44
No Image 7:57
Essential 80s [Rhino]
Various Artists
Rhino 7:30
Just Spin
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Music 7:28
Most Streamed Songs: Biggest Tracks Ever
Various Artists
Rhino 7:30
New Years Eve
Various Artists
Rhino 7:30
New Years Eve Party at Home
Various Artists
Rhino 7:30
Pop Hits 80s
Various Artists
Rhino 7:30
Pop Throwback
Various Artists
Rhino 7:30
Retro Pop [Rhino]
Various Artists
Rhino 7:30
No Image 7:10
No Image
Various Artists
Rhino