Mony Mony Live - Billy Idol

Mony Mony “Live” – Billy Idol | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#1) and Mainstream Rock (#27) ; 1987

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

In 1987, Tommy James received a unique entry in the rock ‘n’ roll record books. It all started on November 7th, when teen thrush Tiffany took I Think We’re Alone Now to the top of the Hot 100, 20 years after Tommy’s own recording peaked at #4. Tiffany’s triumph lasted two weeks, then was replaced by Billy Idol’s take on Mony Mony, a #3 Tommy James smash from 1968. Mony had held a special place in Idol’s, er, heart, ever since it had provided musical background to a young Billy’s thrilling tryst with a girl. So when Idol went looking for songs with which to kick off his solo career, Mony Mony was at the top of his list. Released on Billy’s Don’t Stop EP in 1981, Mony made little noise. However, six years later, he was a big star and his “live” rendition of Mony went all the way. Mony‘s success marked the first time cover versions of hit songs by the same original artist (Tommy James) had become back-to-back #1’s.

This content and all Song Meaning articles were created and written by Top 40 Contributing Editor Ed Osborne. © 2023 Ed Osborne. All Rights Reserved. In addition to these song meaning articles, Ed has written our “Year in Music 1960s-1990s” articles.

Produced by:

  • Keith Forsey

Lyrics Written by:

  • Tommy James
  • Bo Gentry
  • Ritchie Cordell
  • Bobby Bloom