This song was written by Loverboy guitarist Paul Dean, drummer Matt Frenette, and lead singer Mike Reno. In our interview with Paul Dean
, he explained the song's origin: "That one was originally, 'Everybody's Waiting for the Weekend.' I was walking down close to where I was living. It was a Wednesday afternoon, beautiful afternoon, and I'm walking in this heavily populated area, and it was deserted. Everybody was at work. And me being the musician, I'm out working and my work is, okay, what am I going to do for inspiration and where can I find it? So I'm out on the beach and wondering, 'Where is everybody? Well, I guess they're all waiting for the weekend.'
So that experience spurred that. And Mike had the great idea of, 'Why don't we call it, Working for the Weekend?' and I said, 'Yeah, that's good. That's fine.' Not a huge difference, still works, it's kind of cool, it's quirky with a little bit of a twist on the lyrics, so yeah, let's go."