Summer in the City

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For the film, see Summer in the City (film). For the Regina Spektor song, see Begin to Hope.

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

"Summer in the City"
Single by The Lovin' Spoonful
from the album Hums of the Lovin' Spoonful
B-side "Butchie's Tune"
Released July 4, 1966
Format 7" 45rpm
Genre Rock, pop, psychedelic pop
Length 2:41
Label Kama Sutra
Writer(s) John Sebastian, Mark Sebastian, Steve Boone[a 1][1][2]
Producer(s) Erik Jacobsen
Certification Gold (U.S.)
The Lovin' Spoonful singles chronology
"Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind?"
"Summer in the City"
"Rain on the Roof"

It appeared on their album Hums of the Lovin' Spoonful, and reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in August 1966, for three consecutive weeks.[3] The song features a series of car horns during the instrumental bridge, starting with a Volkswagen Beetle horn, and ends up with a jackhammer sound, in order to give the impression of the sounds of the summer in the city. The song became a gold record. It is ranked number 401 on Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.[4]

The signature keyboard part is played on a Hohner Pianet, and the organ is a Vox Continental.[citation needed]

Chart performance[edit]

Weekly singles charts[edit]

Chart (1966) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 1
Canadian RPM Top Singles 1
Dutch Singles Chart 2
Finnish Singles Chart 1
Norwegian Singles Chart 3
UK Singles Chart 8

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1966) Rank
UK [5] 85
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 [6] 11


  1. ^ Although John Sebastian wrote most of the Lovin' Spoonful's original material, this song was a collaboration between him, the group's bassist Steve Boone, and Sebastian's brother (and non-group member) Mark Sebastian.


  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. Retrieved 2012-07-11. 
  5. ^
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Preceded by
"Wild Thing" by The Troggs
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
August 13, 1966 (three weeks)
Succeeded by
"Sunshine Superman" by Donovan