This is the first single by Swedish indie pop trio Miike Snow, from their second full-length album, Happy To You. "It's definitely a house song," the band told Billboard magazine. "We recorded a lot of [the album] in ABBA's old studio. That's the one you can hear it on." The song premiered on 19 January 2012 on Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe's show, after which it was released online.
New Order took the title for "Blue Monday" from an illustration, which read "Goodbye Blue Monday," in the Kurt Vonnegut book Breakfast Of Champions. The image referred to the invention of the washing machine improving housewives' lives.