Hot Hot Hot (Arrow song)

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"Hot Hot Hot"
Arrow Hot Hot Hot.jpg
Single by Arrow
from the album Hot Hot Hot
Released June 19, 1983
Format 12"
Recorded December 31, 1982
Genre Calypso, soca
Length 7:08
Label Chrysalis
Songwriter(s) Alphonsus Cassell
Producer(s) Leston Paul
Arrow singles chronology
"Soca Rhumba"
"Hot Hot Hot"
"Long Time"

"Soca Rhumba"
"Hot Hot Hot"
"Long Time"
"Hot Hot Hot"
Hot Hot Hot Buster.jpg
Single by Buster Poindexter
from the album Buster Poindexter
Released June 19, 1987
Format CD single, 7", 12"
Recorded November 22, 1986
Genre Pop, soca
Length 4:07
Label RCA Records
Songwriter(s) Alphonsus Cassell
Producer(s) David Johansen
Buster Poindexter singles chronology
"Hot Hot Hot"

"Hot Hot Hot"

"Hot Hot Hot" is a song written and first recorded by Montserratian musician Arrow, featured on his 1982 studio album, Hot Hot Hot. The song became an instant dance floor hit and was later covered by artists around the world, most notably in 1987 by American singer Buster Poindexter. The song was produced by Leston Paul from Trinidad and Tobago.[1]

The song was Arrow's first chart hit, peaking at No. 59 on the UK Singles Chart. A remix of the song, dubbed as the "World Carnival Mix '94" was later released in 1994 and peaked higher than the original, at number 38 on the UK Singles Chart.

Buster Poindexter version[edit]

The song was later covered in 1987 by Buster Poindexter, the former lead singer of the New York Dolls, and released as the first single from his album Buster Poindexter. It garnered extensive airplay through radio, MTV, and other television appearances. The music video is unique in the fact that it crosses the two identities: Despite being in the Buster Poindexter persona, the video begins with Johansen briefly mentioning his role in the New York Dolls, showing the band's vinyl and tossing them aside while talking about the "really outrageous clothes" he wore and how he came to be interested in a "refined and dignified kind of a situation", which leads into the song.

In an interview on National Public Radio, Johansen called the tune "the bane of my existence," owing to its pervasive popularity as a karaoke and wedding song. The Johansen version of the song has long served as the opening theme for Jimmy Buffett's concert appearances.

Bill Murray appears in the music video; Johansen would later costar with Murray in the 1988 movie Scrooged.

In the extended mix, Buster Poindexter says the word "hot" 137 times.

Other cover versions[edit]

The Merrymen also covered this song in their album Hot Hot Soca in 1983.

The song was covered in 1985 by Indian duo Babla & Kanchan, titled "Kuchh Gadbad Hai" in Hindi. It was also later covered by popular Latin teen group Menudo. In 1986 it was covered by the Central American Grupo Rana as "Caliente Caliente" (credited to Alfonso Cassell, Arrow's official name) in their record De La Cabeza A Los Pies Rana Otra Vez!!

In 1998, the song was covered by The Countdown Singers, a group of studio artists at Madacy Entertainment.

In 2010, the track was sampled by British electro DJ Hervé in his track "Hot! Drum Attack".

In 2013, reggaeton artist Don Omar released a cover titled "Feeling Hot" for his upcoming live album Hecho en Puerto Rico.[2] His version peaked at No. 22 on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart in the United States.[3] Omar's cover led to Arrow posthumously winning the ASCAP Latin Award on the Urban category.[4]

Also in 2013, the track was re-interpreted/covered by Dutch eurodance group Vengaboys in their track of the same name. This cover adds a Dutch house-sounding drop, a reggaeton-style rap and extra lyrics.[5]


Arrow version[edit]

Chart (1984) Peak
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[6] 59
Chart (1994) 1 Peak
UK Singles Chart 38


  • 1 - Denotes chart position of 1994 "World Carnival Mix '94" version.

Buster Poindexter version[edit]

Chart (1987-88)[7] Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 45
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 11

In popular culture[edit]

Movies, Sing-along and television[edit]


In 1986, the song was the theme song of the FIFA World Cup.[8] The song is an unofficial football chant adopted by the Montserrat national football team.

During games in which they score at least four goals, the Philadelphia Flyers play this song at the Wells Fargo Center after the fourth goal. Fans in attendance receive a free hot breakfast sandwich from McDonald's the next day.

The Toronto Maple Leafs used this song as a goal song from 1996-1999 whenever the Leafs scored a goal at their home rink.

The song is used as the walk-on tune for the 2018 PDC Darts world champion Rob Cross.


In 1989, the song was the opening theme song of Miss Universe 1989 held in Cancun, Mexico.


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Don Omar lanza su nuevo sencillo 'Feelling hot' de su nuevo álbum 'Hecho en Puerto Rico' NTN
  3. ^ Don Omar - Chart history: Hot Latin Songs Billboard
  4. ^ "22nd Annual El Premio ASCAP 2014". ASCAP Latin Awards. American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. 2014-03-18. Retrieved 2014-03-20.
  5. ^ "Vengaboys - Hot Hot Hot". YouTube. July 25, 2013. Retrieved October 1, 2013.
  6. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  7. ^ allmusi ((( Buster Poindexter > Charts & Awards < Billboard Singles )))
  8. ^ Laing, Dave. "Arrow obituary". The Guardian, September 16, 2010. Retrieved on July 14, 2013.