Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In
|"Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In"|
|Single by The 5th Dimension|
|from the album The Age of Aquarius|
|The 5th Dimension singles chronology|
"Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In" (commonly called "The Age of Aquarius" or "Let the Sunshine In") is a medley of two songs written for the 1967 musical Hair by James Rado & Gerome Ragni (lyrics), and Galt MacDermot (music), released as a single by The 5th Dimension. The song peaked at number one for six weeks on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart in the spring of 1969. The single became the first medley to top the American pop charts and was eventually certified platinum in the U.S. by the RIAA.
The song listed at #57 on Billboard's "Greatest Songs of All Time."
This song was one of the most popular songs of 1969 worldwide, and in the United States it reached the number one position on both the Billboard Hot 100 (for six weeks in April and May) and the Billboard Adult Contemporaries Chart. It also reached the top of the sales charts in Canada and elsewhere. It was also ranked as the #1 single for 1969.
The recording won both the Grammy Award for Record of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Group for the Grammy Awards of 1970, after being published on the album The Age of Aquarius by The 5th Dimension, and also being released as a seven-inch vinyl single record.
The lyrics of this song were based on the astrological belief that the world would soon be entering the "Age of Aquarius", an age of love, light, and humanity, unlike the current "Age of Pisces". The exact circumstances for the change are "When the moon is in the seventh house, and Jupiter aligns with Mars." This change was presumed to occur at the end of the 20th century; however, major astrologers differ extremely widely as to when. Their proposed dates range from 2062 to 2680.
"Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In" was ranked thirty-third on the 2004 AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs.
|A.||"Medley: Aquarius / Let the Sunshine In"||4:50
radio edit 3:07
|B.||"Don'tcha Hear Me Callin' To Ya"||3:54|
A chorus from the Original Broadway Cast
The last verse of "The Flesh Failures" and first chorus of "Let the Sunshine In" from the Original Broadway Cast
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|Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)||11|
|Canada RPM Singles Chart||1|
|Dutch Top 40||12|
|Swiss Singles Chart||4|
|UK Singles Chart||11|
|U.S. Billboard Pop Singles||1|
|U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary||1|
|U.S. Billboard Black Singles||6|
|Single by Party Animals|
|from the album Good Vibrations|
|Released||July 27, 1996|
|Genre||Happy hardcore, gabber|
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- Donna Summer, then Donna Gaines, was cast in the German version of the musical singing the lead in Wassermann (Aquarius), in 1968.
- Cilla Black recorded the song for her 1969 studio album Surround Yourself with Cilla.
- Engelbert Humperdinck recorded a cover of the song in his 1969 self-titled album Engelbert Humperdinck.
- Andy Williams released a version in 1969 on his album, Get Together with Andy Williams.
- Diana Ross & The Supremes recorded a cover on their 1969 Let the Sunshine In album.
- The instrumental band The Ventures covered the medley on their 1969 album Hawaii Five-O.
- "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In" was also covered by The Osmonds on the 1970 album, "Hello! The Osmond Brothers."
- The Undisputed Truth recorded a version called "Aquarius" for their 1971 self-titled LP.
- Charles Earland, a jazz hammond player, recorded a version of this song in his album Black Talk.
- George Shearing, a piano player, recorded a version of the song in 1974 on the album The Way We Are.
- Pop-gabber Dutch band Party Animals covered "Aquarius" on their debut album Good Vibrations in 1996. The single was certified Platinum and peaked at the number one position for three weeks.
- The "Let the Sunshine In" portion of the medley was covered by Swedish dance group Army of Lovers on their 2000 album Le Grand Docu-Soap. Their version also included most of the original verses (with some changes) performed as a pseudo-rap by group member Dominika Peczynski.
- Lightspeed Champion covered the song on his Domino Records special edition covers EP. The track is listed as "The Flesh Failures".
- Star Academy Arab World season one finalist students covered the song and made it as their first single, known as Jay Al-Hakyka.
- Spencer Davis Group single "Aquarius Der Wasserman" b/w "Let the Sunshine In", was released because Davis studied German in college and found tour audiences there so appreciative, he decided to honor their support with a version of this pop hit in German.
- The German krautrock/progressive rock band Jeronimo on their 1970 album Cosmic Blues.
- Brian Auger, Julie Driscoll and the Trinity recorded this song on their album The Best Of Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity (1970).
- The Austrian singer Marianne Mendt recorded a German-language version of "Aquarius" about the City of Vienna in 1970 named "Der Wasserkopf (Aquarius)".
- The Chopsticks (a Hong Kong female duo, made up of Sandra Lang (仙杜拉) & Amina (亞美娜)), covered this medley song in their 1971 LP 《All Of A Sudden》issue.
- Jackie Davis released a cover of "Aquarius" under his moniker, "Chico Arnez". The track, Chico Arnez - "Aquarius" features on his album New Sounds of Chico Arnez, released on Contour records in 1972.
- Hans Zimmer recorded a cover version for the introductory section to the 1990 movie Bird On A Wire, listed on the soundtrack as "Aquarius".
- The cast of the 2005 film The 40-Year-Old Virgin covered the song for the ending of the film.
- The "Let the Sunshine In" portion of this medley was covered by Lisa Cool and the South Spirit for the rhythm dance game Pump It Up: The PREX 3.
- "Let the Sun Shine," an Ibiza-inspired re-make of The "Let the Sunshine In" portion of this medley was released by the German housemusic duo Milk & Sugar in 2003. In 2009, they released a remix featuring Jamaican vocalist Gary Pine and Bob Sinclar entitled "Let The Sun Shine 2009."
- Classical pop singers Armand and Angelina covered this medley song on their 2013 CD The Age of Aquarius adding outer space vocalese and rap section.
- Edurne, a Spanish singer, recorded "Aquarius" for her album Première.
In popular culture
"Let The Sunshine In" has been adopted by soccer fans in Argentina to proclaim their support. For instance, fans of Racing Club de Avellaneda will use the melody to sing "Soy de Racing, soy de Racing Club, de Racing soy yo", which is translated "I belong to Racing, I belong to Racing Club, to Racing Club I belong", while supporters of other clubs will substitute their own team's name or nickname. A cover version by Ubisoft in-house band The Sunlight Shakers appears in Just Dance 2014.
- Hot 100 No. 1 Hits of 1969 (USA)
- List of Hot 100 number-one singles of 1969 (U.S.)
- List of recordings of songs Hal Blaine has played on
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- Billboard Hot 100
- Top4000.nl Chart week 23, 1969. Accessed: November 26, 2006
- SwissCharts.com "Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In" page. Accessed: November 26, 2006
- Donna Summer Discography
- NVPI.nl Certification page. Accessed: November 26, 2006
- Stichting Nederlandse Top 40, 500 Nr. 1 Hits uit de Top 40, page 330, ISBN 90-230-0944-4 (Book in Dutch)
- "Lightspeed Champion". Archived from the original on 25 December 2008. Retrieved 19 December 2008.
- "Chico Arnez". Retrieved 20 January 2012.
- "Prex-3-CZ-Let the Sunshine-Youtube". Retrieved 28 October 2012.
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