"This Is the Day" is a song written by Matt Johnson and originally released as a single by his band The The in September 1983. It reached #71 in the UK Singles Chart. A version of the song was included on the band's debut album Soul Mining, released in October 1983.

A re-recorded version of the song, re-titled "That Was the Day", was released as the lead track on the Dis-Infected EP in 1993. The EP reached #17 in the singles chart.


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Track listing[edit]Edit

7" single
  1. "This Is the Day" – 3:42
  2. "Mental Healing Process" – 3:44
12" single
  1. "This Is the Day (Extended Version)" – 5:22
  2. "I've Been Waitin' for Tomorrow (All of My Life) (Special Mix)" – 7:36

Manic Street Preachers version[edit]Edit

"This Is the Day"
Single by Manic Street Preachers
from the album National Treasures – The Complete Singles
Released 18 September 2011
Format Digital downloadCD
Recorded Faster Recording Studios, Cardiff
Genre Alternative rock
Length 3:37
Label Columbia
Producer Loz Williams & Manic Street Preachers
Manic Street Preachers singles chronology
"Postcards from a Young Man"


"This Is the Day"


"Show Me the Wonder"


In September 2011, "This Is the Day" was covered by the Manic Street Preachers as a single to promote their National Treasures – The Complete Singles compilation album. The CD single was only available as a limited edition with the CD/DVD version of National Treasures on the HMV website.[1]

Track listing[edit]Edit

Digital download
  1. "This Is the Day" – 3:37
  2. "We Were Never Told" – 3:20
HMV exclusive CD
  1. "This Is the Day"
  2. "Rock 'n' Roll Genius"
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