Feels Like Summer (Childish Gambino song)

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"Feels Like Summer"
Childish Gambino - Feels Like Summer.jpg
Promotional single by Childish Gambino
from the EP Summer Pack and the album 3.15.20
ReleasedJuly 11, 2018 (2018-07-11)
  • 4:57 (EP version)
  • 5:21 (album version)
  • Wolf+Rothstein
  • Liberator Music
  • RCA
  • Glover
  • Göransson
Music video
"Feels Like Summer" on YouTube
Audio sample

"Feels Like Summer" is a song by American recording artist Childish Gambino. The song was released by Wolf+Rothstein, Liberator Music and RCA Records on July 11, 2018.[2] It was written and produced by Gambino and his longtime collaborator Ludwig Göransson. The song was made available for digital download and streaming along with "Summertime Magic" as a part of the extended play Summer Pack.[3] It is featured on the FIFA 19 soundtrack.[4] It later appeared on his fourth album 3.15.20 under the title "42.26".[5] The song received a Grammy nomination for Best R&B Song at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards.[6]

Music video[edit]

A music video for "Feels Like Summer" was released on September 1, 2018. It was directed by Glover, Ivan Dixon and Greg Sharp.[7] In the animated video, Gambino walks calmly through a neighborhood watching all of his neighbors playing during the summer as well as stopping to have dream sequences. The neighbors are all famous rappers or modern black figures that consist of (in order and group):[8][9][10]

The large amount of celebrities featured in the music video is juxtaposed against the environmentally-focused lyrics of the song, a contrast seen by some as deliberate; the video distracts from the song, in similar fashion to how some are so focused on celebrities and their personal lives that they forget more pressing issues in the world, such as climate change.[11] This is not too dissimilar from the music video to Gambino's earlier 2018 hit, ‘This Is America’, where Gambino and a crew of backup dancers perform distracting, choreographed dances while the background of the video and lyrics to the song are loaded with political commentary and carnage.

Animator Andrew Onorato claimed on Instagram that an animated rendition of comedian Eric Andre was supposed to appear: "Initially [Andre] was meant to be walking alongside [Gambino] the entire video but we must have had the layer turned off when we rendered it out." He posted a still image revealing that Andre would have worn a greenscreen bodysuit with a bird perched on his shoulder, a costume he notably wears during the "Bird Up!" segments of The Eric Andre Show.[12][dubious ] This may have been a simply well-edited joke, however.

A follow-up video shows the animated Gambino walking into his house (which seems to partially resemble, or at least invoke, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood) and taking off his shoes to a new pair of Adidas. This was used to announce Glover's role as an ambassador and "brand co-creator" for the corporation.


French musician Sébastien Tellier released a cover of "Feels Like Summer" on July 2, 2020, exclusively for the french streaming service Deezer.[13][14]


Credits adapted from Tidal.[15]

  • Donald Glover – production, mix engineering
  • Ludwig Göransson – production
  • Riley Mackin – mix engineering, master engineering, record engineering
  • Justin Richburg - character design, animation
  • Felix Colgrave - production, animation[16]
  • Jessica Maffia - single art


Chart (2018) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[17] 79
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[18] 13
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[19] 47
Ireland (IRMA)[20] 51
New Zealand Hot Singles (RMNZ)[21] 9
Portugal (AFP)[22] 76
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[23] 71
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[24] 64
US Billboard Hot 100[25] 54
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[26] 25


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[27] Platinum 1,000,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Ref.
Various July 11, 2018
  • Wolf+Rothstein
  • Liberator Music
  • RCA


  1. ^ Ovenden, Olivia (July 11, 2018). "Childish Gambino Has Dropped 'Summer Pack' To Soundtrack The Heatwave". Esquire. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  2. ^ Merrill, Philip (July 11, 2018). "Childish Gambino Releases Two-Tune 'Summer Pack' EP". Grammys. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  3. ^ Aswad, Jem (July 11, 2018). "Childish Gambino Drops Two New Summer-Themed Songs (Listen)". Variety. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  5. ^ "03.15.20 by Childish Gambino". Apple Music. Retrieved March 22, 2020.
  6. ^ "61st Annual GRAMMY Awards". GRAMMY.com. 2018-12-06. Retrieved 2018-12-14.
  7. ^ Lewis, Philip (September 2, 2018). "Childish Gambino Drops New 'Feels Like Summer' Animated Video". Complex. Retrieved September 2, 2018.
  8. ^ O'Connor, Roisin (September 2, 2018). "Childish Gambino's Feels Like Summer video: All the cameos, from Drake to Kanye West and Michelle Obama". Independent. Retrieved September 2, 2018.
  9. ^ Beach, Alex (September 3, 2018). "all the cameos in childish gambino's new rapper-filled 'feels like summer' music video". MTV. Retrieved September 3, 2018.
  10. ^ Dessem, Matthew; Wickman, Forrest (September 4, 2018). "All 62 Cameos in Childish Gambino's New 'Feels Like Summer' Video, Identified". Slate. Retrieved September 4, 2018.
  11. ^ "We tried to explain all the celebrity cameos in Childish Gambino's 'Feels Like Summer' video". 4 September 2018. Retrieved 8 August 2020.
  12. ^ Onorato, Andrew (September 5, 2018). "andrewonoratoBIRD UP 🐥 not sure how @ericfuckingandre wasn't included in Gambino's latest music video??????". Instagram. Retrieved October 1, 2018.
  13. ^ "Sébastien Tellier : Feels Like Summer - Souvenirs d'été - Musique en streaming - À écouter sur Deezer". Deezer. Retrieved July 3, 2020.
  14. ^ "Sebastien Tellier sur Twitter : "🌈 Découvrez ma reprise de "Feels Like Summer" de Childish Gambino exclusivement sur @DeezerFR pour #SouvenirsDÉté ! ✌️☀️👉 https://t.co/i7VGXbT2iS https://t.co/ExzBk09Za1" / Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved July 3, 2020. External link in |title= (help)
  15. ^ "Summer Pack / Childish Gambino TIDAL". Tidal. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  16. ^ "Felix Colgrave". https://twitter.com/felixcolgrave/status/1036421373747318784?lang=en. Retrieved 2018-09-17. External link in |website= (help)
  17. ^ "ARIA Chart Watch #490". auspOp. September 15, 2018. Retrieved September 15, 2018.
  18. ^ "Ultratop.be – Childish Gambino – Feels Like Summer" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved October 13, 2018.
  19. ^ "Childish Gambino Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved September 11, 2018.
  20. ^ "Irish-charts.com – Discography Childish Gambino". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved September 15, 2018.
  21. ^ "NZ Hot Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. September 17, 2018. Retrieved September 14, 2018.
  22. ^ "Portuguesecharts.com – Childish Gambino – Feels Like Summer". AFP Top 100 Singles. Retrieved September 21, 2018.
  23. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved September 8, 2018.
  24. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved September 8, 2018.
  25. ^ "Childish Gambino Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved September 10, 2018.
  26. ^ "Childish Gambino Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved September 10, 2018.
  27. ^ "American single certifications – Childish Gambino – Feels Like Summer". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved July 30, 2020. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 
  28. ^ "Feels Like Summer – Single". iTunes Store. Retrieved July 11, 2018.
  29. ^ "Summer Pack – Single". iTunes Store. Retrieved July 11, 2018.

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