September (Earth, Wind & Fire song)

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Not to be confused with September Song.
Single by Earth, Wind & Fire
from the album The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1
B-side "Love's Holiday", "Can't Hide Love"
Released November 18, 1978
Format 7", 12"
Recorded September 1978
Genre R&B, funk
Length 3:35
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Maurice White, Al McKay, Allee Willis
Producer(s) Maurice White
Certification Gold (RIAA)
Earth, Wind & Fire singles chronology
"Got to Get You into My Life"
"Boogie Wonderland"

"September" is a song by Earth, Wind & Fire written by Maurice White, Al McKay, and Allee Willis. It was recorded during the I Am sessions and released as a single in 1978. Featured on the band's album The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1, "September" reached number one on the US R&B chart, number eight on the Billboard Hot 100,[1] and number three on the UK singles chart.[2]


The song was certified silver by the British Phonographic Industry and certified gold in the U.S. (Until the RIAA lowered the sales levels for certified singles in 1989, a Gold single equaled 1 million units sold.) "September" was later certified Gold for digital sales by the RIAA.[3][4][5]


  • In 1998, Italian DJ X-Treme recorded a remix of the song, which appeared on his album X-Treme[6] and another remix titled "September (Rap Mix)", which appeared on the 1999 compilation album Dancemania X1.[7]
  • In 1999, the song was remixed by Phats & Small titled "September 99" and was a dance hit.
  • In 2015, electronic music producer Throttle, gave his own spin on the song, and released it as a single on Ultra Music on November 13, 2015. It is one of the first remixes of the song for 14 years to be officially released.[8]



Appearances in other media[edit]

  • The song has been featured in movies such as The Ringer, Soul Food, Dan in Real Life, Lost & Found, Get Over It, Night at the Museum and Last Vegas.
  • The 2011 French movie Intouchables features the song during the opening sequence.
  • The song's remix, "September 99", is played in the Japanese nightclub in the film Babel.
  • It was used as the theme song for the 2002 Japanese drama Zoku-Heisei Meotojawan.
  • The song was featured in Family Guy on the Season 11 premiere episode "Into Fat Air", showcasing Stewie in a casino scene.
  • The song was featured in The Cleveland Show on the Season 1 finale episode "You're the Best Man, Cleveland Brown".
  • The song was featured in American Dad! on the Season 1 eighteenth episode "Finances with Wolves".
  • This song has been featured on NBC's TV series Chuck
  • The song also appears on the promo of ABC for their hit shows premiering in the Fall 2008.
  • On December 14, 2007, the song was covered during Fox Television's reality-competition The Next Great American Band by Nashville big-band group Denver and the Mile High Orchestra.
  • Ruff Ruffman parodied the song for Season 3 of FETCH! as "The 29th of September".
  • Japanese comedic performer, Smelly, parodied the song with his promotional video "Suki Suki Smelly".[9]
  • The song has been used in video games such as the European release of Donkey Konga and in the Xbox 360 game Dance Dance Revolution Universe which a remix titled "September 99" is featured. *A cover version of the song also appears in the Nintendo DS video game Elite Beat Agents and the Wii game Wii Music. The song is in GuitarFreaks V4 and DrumMania V4. The song also appears in the video game Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol Encore.
  • The song was used in a point-and-click game called Isis.
  • The song was used as the entry theme for boxing champion Thomas "Hit Man" Hearns in the late 1970s. Hearns said in an interview he liked the song's reference to September 21, which was the date of one of his early victories as an up-and-coming fighter in the Detroit area and also the birthday of Alexis "Eastland" Cherniak, one of his early mentors.
  • The song served as Al Gore's campaign theme during his 2000 US Presidential campaign.
  • It is also featured on a stereo test disc that came with some 2003 models of the Toyota Avalon.
  • The song was featured in a commercial announcing the Subway (restaurant) anniversary in 2012.
  • In Apple Stores, the iPad, iPhone, and iPod store samples have a default preloaded music library, which includes this song.
  • Earth, Wind & Fire performed this song (as well as Pure Gold) with the Japanese idol group SMAP in a 2006 episode of the group's variety program, SMAP×SMAP.
  • Earth, Wind & Fire sang a special TV-related version of the song with The Black Eyed Peas at the 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.
  • Earth, Wind & Fire performed the song in the Closing Ceremony of the 2002 Winter Olympics.
  • The song was used in the wedding ceremony and reception of characters Patrick Jane and Teresa Lisbon, in the finale of the CBS TV series The Mentalist broadcast on February 18, 2015.
  • The song was used in the end scene of the CBS TV series Scorpion - Season 1, Episode 17 "Going South" (23 Feb 2015) - with Sylvester dancing with Megan and then scene transitions to Walter in the warehouse
  • The song was used in the end scene of the ABC TV series Black-ish - Season 1, Episode 16, "Parental Guidance" (4 March 2015), in the wedding celebration montage. With recent uses on "The Mentalist" and "Scorpion", this was the third use of this song during the last five minutes of an episode of a broadcast network series in the space of 15 days.
  • The song was featured in 2014- 2015 Brazilian soap Opera Boogie Oogie
  • Jeremy Vine and Karen Clifton danced the Cha-cha-cha to the song in the 13th series of Strictly Come Dancing.


Chart (1978-1979) Peak
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[10] 19
Canada Top Singles (RPM) 10
Germany (Official German Charts)[11] 20
Ireland (IRMA)[12] 8
Italy (FIMI)[13] 43
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[14] 18
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[15] 12
Norway (VG-lista)[16] 6
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[17] 13
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[18] 3
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 8
U.S. Billboard Hot Soul Singles 1
Chart ("September 1999") Peak
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[10] 32
France (SNEP)[19] 64
Germany (Official German Charts)[11] 40
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[14] 12
Norway (VG-lista)[16] 15
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[17] 48
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[20] 33
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[18] 25
Chart (2011) Peak
France (SNEP)[19] 29


Region Certification
Italy (FIMI)[21] Gold
United Kingdom (BPI)[22] Silver
United States (RIAA)[23]
Physical release
United States (RIAA)[23]
Digital download


The information regarding accolades attributed to September ' is adapted from[24]

Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
Bruce Pollock U.S. The 7,500 Most Important Songs of 1944–2000 2005 *
Gary Mulholland U.K. This Is Uncool: The 500 Best Singles Since Punk Rock 2002 *

(*) designates lists that are unordered.


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942–2004. Record Research. p. 179. 
  2. ^ Dean, Maury (2003). Rock N' Roll Gold Rush. Algora. p. 289. ISBN 0-87586-207-1. 
  3. ^ RIAA Certification for September
  4. ^ "Rock Music, etc., Terms". Retrieved March 23, 2009. 
  5. ^ British Phonographic Industry certification for September
  6. ^ Discogs, X-Treme (album, 1998)
  7. ^ Discogs, X-Treme
  8. ^
  9. ^ "SMELLY" (PHP). Kugelblitz. 2005–2006. Retrieved September 8, 2009. 
  10. ^ a b " – Earth, Wind & Fire – September" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "sc_Flanders_Earth.2C_Wind_.26_Fire" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  11. ^ a b " – Earth, Wind & Fire Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  12. ^ "Irish Singles Chart – Search for song". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved July 6, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Hit Parade Italia – Indice per Interprete: E". Hit Parade Italia. Retrieved July 6, 2012. 
  14. ^ a b "Nederlandse Top 40 – Earth, Wind & Fire search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  15. ^ " – Earth, Wind & Fire – September". Top 40 Singles.
  16. ^ a b " – Earth, Wind & Fire – September". VG-lista. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "sc_Norway_Earth.2C_Wind_.26_Fire" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  17. ^ a b " – Earth, Wind & Fire – September". Singles Top 100. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "sc_Sweden_Earth.2C_Wind_.26_Fire" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  18. ^ a b "Earth, Wind & Fire: Artist Chart History" Official Charts Company.
  19. ^ a b " – Earth, Wind & Fire – September 99 (Phats & Small Remix)" (in French). Les classement single. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "sc_France_Earth.2C_Wind_.26_Fire" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  20. ^ " – Earth, Wind & Fire – September 99 (Phats & Small Remix)". Swiss Singles Chart.
  21. ^ "Italian single certifications – Earth, Wind & Fire – September" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved 3 October 2014.  Select Online in the field Sezione. Enter Earth, Wind & Fire in the field Filtra. The certification will load automatically
  22. ^ "British single certifications – Earth, Wind & Fire – September". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 3 October 2014.  Enter September in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Select Silver in the field By Award. Click Search
  23. ^ a b "American single certifications – Earth, Wind & Fire – September". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 3 October 2014.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  24. ^ Acclaimed Music – Shining Star

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Got to Be Real" by Cheryl Lynn
Billboard's Hot Soul number one single
January 13, 1979
Succeeded by
"Aqua Boogie" by Parliament