Manic Monday is the first track on The Bangles' second album Different Light, and two weeks before the album’s release, Manic Monday was released as the album’s first single.
The song was written by Prince (under the pseudonym Christopher, a reference to his character Christopher Tracy from Under The Cherry Moon). In 1990, it was included as the third track on The Bangles' compilation album Greatest Hits.
In 1998, it was included as the sixth track on The Bangles' compilation album Super Hits. In 2004, it was included as the first track on The Bangles' compilation album The Essential Bangles.
Basic tracking for Prince’s original version took place on 4 February 1984 at Sunset Sound in Hollywood, California (the day before recording Ooo She She Wa Wa), a day after basic tracking for A Million Miles (I Love You) and In A Spanish Villa); the song was intended for Apollonia 6 (as a duet between Prince and Apollonia), and was included as the third track on the 29 February 1984 and Spring 1984 configurations of the Apollonia 6 album, but was withdrawn from the album prior to release.
It was offered to The Bangles after Prince apparently take a liking to the band, having enjoyed their video for "Hero Takes A Fall" from 1984. Prince possibly got the idea to offer something to them when both were recording at Sunset, the Bangles in a session recording I Got Nothing for 'The Goonies' OST, in April 1985. When they got offered the song in May 1985, they were at Sunset Sound sister studio The Sound Factory recording for the second album.
Besides Manic Monday, Prince also submitted Jealous Girl, which was rejected.
The Bangles' version of Manic Monday was mostly re-recorded, likely in the second week of May 1985 at The Sound Factory, but it features some of Prince’s original backing tracks (Brenda Bennett’s background vocals can still be heard on the released version).
In 2019, Prince’s own version was released as the third track on the posthumous album Originals. A video with footage of Prince and The Revolution rehearsing at the Flying Cloud Drive Warehouse in 1984 was also made to promote the release of the album.