Hot in the City

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"Hot in the City"
Single by Billy Idol
from the album Billy Idol
Released 27 May 1982
Format 7", 12"
Recorded 1982
Genre New wave
Length 3:38
Label Chrysalis
Writer(s) Billy Idol
Producer(s) Keith Forsey
Billy Idol singles chronology
"Mony Mony"
"Hot in the City"
"White Wedding"

"Hot in the City" is a 1982 song by Billy Idol, released on his self-titled album. It charted at No. 23 in the US[1] and No. 58 in the UK.[2] A re-release of the song in the UK in 1987 reached No. 13.[2]

Formats and track listings[edit]

  • (1982) UK 7" vinyl single
  1. "Hot in the City"
  2. "Dead On Arrival"
  • (1982) UK 12" vinyl single
  1. "Hot in the City" (Extended Version)
  2. "Dead On Arrival"
  • (1987) UK 7" vinyl single
  1. "Hot in the City"
  2. "Catch My Fall" (Remix Fix)
  • (1987) UK 12" vinyl single
  1. "Hot in the City" (Exterminator Mix)
  2. "Catch My Fall" (Remix Fix)
  3. "Soul Standing By"

Music video[edit]

There are two versions of the video. The first version (the 1982 version) starts off with a girl walking into a record store. She picks up a Billy Idol record and the song starts to play. The video features scenes from New York City, interspersed with stock footage of nuclear bomb tests. The second version (the 1987 version) was banned by MTV because it showed Idol's girlfriend Perri Lister bound to a cross toward the end of the video. The later version was included on the DVD edition of The Very Best of Billy Idol: Idolize Yourself.

Other versions and covers[edit]

Although the released version of the song has Idol shouting "New York!", other versions of the song were recorded for various radio stations, including ones for such cities as "Boston", "Amarillo", "Minneapolis" and "New Haven".

In 1986, the Norwegian swing/pop duo Bobbysocks! did a cover on their LP Waiting for the Morning.

Appearances in other media[edit]

The song was used as the introduction for Booker, the TV series spin-off of 21 Jump Street. It is also featured in the 1988 hit film, Big, starring Tom Hanks.


Chart (1982) Peak
UK Singles Chart[2] 58
US Billboard Hot 100[1] 23
Chart (1988)1 Peak
Swiss Singles Chart 13
UK Singles Chart[2] 13
US Billboard Hot 100 48
US Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks[1] 31
  • 1Re-released in 1987


  1. ^ a b c "Billy Idol | Awards". AllMusic. 1955-11-30. Retrieved 2014-04-09. 
  2. ^ a b c d Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 266. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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