Boys (Summertime Love)

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"Boys (Summertime Love)"
Boys (Summertime Love) (cover).jpg
Single by Sabrina
from the album Sabrina
B-side"Get Ready (Holiday Rock)"
Released29 May 1987
  • Claudio Cecchetto
  • mixed by Matteo Bonsanto and Roberto Rossi
Sabrina singles chronology
"Lady Marmalade"
"Boys (Summertime Love)"
"Hot Girl"

"Boys (Summertime Love)" is a song recorded by Italian singer Sabrina. It was released in May 1987 as the third single from her eponymous album and achieved great success in many countries, including Spain, Switzerland, Germany, France and Italy, where it was a number-one single. It was Sabrina's first single to be released in the UK, where it reached number 3 in June 1988.

The song was re-released as a remixed version twice: in France in 1995, retitled as "Boys '95", and in 2003 as "Boys Boys Boys (The Dance Remixes)".

Music video[edit]

Sabrina in the music video for
"Boys (Summertime Love)".

Part of the success of the song is due to its music video, filmed at the Florida hotel in Jesolo (Veneto, Italy). In it, Sabrina splashes about in a swimming pool, while her bikini top keeps sliding down, thus repeatedly revealing varying shares of her nipples.[1] As a result, the BBC added black bars around the image when the video was aired on Top of the Pops in June 1988, effectively cropping it into widescreen. It remains one of the most downloaded videoclips on the Internet.[2]

During an interview with Nino Firetto on the Music Box program on Super Channel in late 1988, Sabrina explained that the video for "Boys" was originally created to be a segment in a magazine show. This was Sabrina's explanation of why its style more closely matched that of Italian magazine shows of the time (more overtly sexualised) than that of the traditional music video.

The song was a big hit in France, staying for five weeks at number one. The single debuted at number 29 and remained on the French SNEP Singles Chart for 25 weeks from December 12, 1987 to May 28, 1988. Sabrina was the only pin-up girl at that time to reach the top of the charts in France, as opposed to the French Lova Moor and the British Samantha Fox. Certified Gold disc by the SNEP, the single was the first number one by an Italian singer.[3] According to the Infodisc Website, the song is the 292nd best-selling single of all time in France, with 683,000 copies sold.[4] It also reached number three in the UK Singles Chart (despite, or perhaps because of, the video's ban[citation needed] there) and number 11 in Australia in 1988. It also reached #6 in South Africa.[5]

Cover versions[edit]

  • Japanese pop singer Aya Sugimoto's 1988 debut single was a cover version of the song. An alternate version, using the original English lyrics and entitled "Boys (Tokyo Mix)", appears on Sugimoto's debut album Aya.
  • In 1989 and 2013 respectively, Cantonese singers Yolinda Yan and Hacken Lee covered the song in Cantonese.
  • In 1994, the song was covered by French punk/alternative rock band Ludwig von 88 on their album 17 plombs pour péter les tubes.
  • The Cheeky Girls released a version of the song called "Boys and Girls (Christmas Time Love)".
  • In 1994, Bollywood movie Khuddar covered the song. Two versions were released, "Sexy Sexy" and "Baby, Baby".
  • In 1999, the Swedish eurodance group made a cover of the song, that pays homage to the original from Sabrina Salerno.'s version was named "Boys".
  • In 2001, the song was covered by Rimini Project, a dance trio based in Austria.
  • In 2002, Bulgarian rap group Upsurt covered it with different lyrics as "Joint" and included it on their album Chekai malko.
  • In 2006, former porn star Aylar Lie made her debut in the music scene releasing a cover of Sabrina's "Boys (Summertime Love)".
  • In 2007, Chinese singer He Jie covered the song, titled "Boys".
  • In 2007, gay dance music band Bearforce 1 covered the song as part of the self-titled single "Bearforce 1"
  • Slovak duo TWiiNS released a cover version of the song in January 2010, under the title "Boys Boys Boys", featuring German rapper Carlprit, and filmed in the same swimming pool where the original video took place, in Jesolo (Italy).
  • In 2011, Finnish singer Sansa recorded a folk version of the song and included it on her album Savior. Sabrina herself made a cameo appearance on the music video of the song.
  • In 2011, Polish singer Paula Marciniak recorded a cover version of the song.
  • In 2012, the song was covered by 2 Atrevidas (Spanish for "2 Naughties"). The duo consists of Sonia Monroy [es] and Yola Berrocal.[6]
  • In 2013, the song was covered by Georgian model and actress Shorena Begashvili on a Georgian TV show.
  • In 2015, Russian ice dancer-turned-singer Anna Semenovich recorded a Russian remake of the song featuring MBAND's member Artyom Pindyura and released as a single.[7]
  • The song is featured in the video game Just Dance 2016, it was covered by The Lemon Cubes.
  • In 2019, the song was sung by the swim team in the French movie The Shiny Shrimps (French: Les Crevettes pailletées).

Track listings[edit]

7" single Chic
  1. "Boys (Summertime Love)" – 3:56
  2. "Get Ready (Holiday Rock)" – 3:20
7" single Dureco Benelux
  1. "Boys (Summertime Love)" – 3:30
  2. "Get Ready (Holiday Rock)" – 3:30
12" single
  1. "Boys (Summertime Love)" (Extended mix) – 5:40
  2. "Boys (Summertime Love)" (Dub version) – 5:35
  3. "Get Ready (Holiday Rock)" – 3:30
12" single (remix)

A Boys (Summertime Love) (Remix – Wally Brill) 8:43 B Boys (Summertime Love) (Dub Version) 5:40

CD single – 1995 release[8]
  1. "Boys '95" (Radio Lovers remix) – 5:36
  2. "Boys '95" (N.Y.D.P. mix) – 3:40

Charts and certifications[edit]


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