Summer in the City

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"Summer in the City"
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Single by The Lovin' Spoonful
from the album Hums of the Lovin' Spoonful
B-side"Butchie's Tune"
ReleasedJuly 4, 1966
Format7" 45rpm
GenrePop rock, psychedelic pop
LabelKama Sutra
Songwriter(s)John Sebastian, Mark Sebastian, Steve Boone[1][2]
Producer(s)Erik Jacobsen
The Lovin' Spoonful singles chronology
"Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind?"
"Summer in the City"
"Rain on the Roof"

"Summer in the City" is a song recorded by The Lovin' Spoonful and written by John Sebastian, Mark Sebastian, and Steve Boone.

It appeared on their album Hums of the Lovin' Spoonful and reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, in August 1966, for three consecutive weeks.[3] The song features car horns and jackhammer noises during the instrumental bridge, to represent the sounds of a noisy city street. The song became a gold record. It is ranked #401 on Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.[4]

Chart performance[edit]



  1. ^ "Summer In The City". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-08-30.
  2. ^ "Hums of the Lovin' Spoonful". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-08-30.
  3. ^ "Hot 100". Billboard. Nielsen. 78 (33): 22. 1966-08-13. Retrieved 2009-09-03.
  4. ^ "The RS 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". Rolling Stone (Wenner Media). 2011-04-07. Archived from the original on 2011-05-27. Retrieved 2018-07-24.
  5. ^ Go-Set's National Top 40, 12 October 1966
  6. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". 1966-08-22. Retrieved 2018-03-07.
  7. ^ "flavour of new zealand - search listener". Retrieved 2016-09-29.
  8. ^ "SA Charts 1965–March 1989". Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  9. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  10. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1966/Top 100 Songs of 1966". Retrieved 2016-09-29.


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