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Summer in the City" is a song recorded by The Lovin' Spoonful, written by John Sebastian, Mark Sebastian and Steve Boone.
It appeared on their album
, and reached number one on the Hums of the Lovin' Spoonful in August 1966, for three consecutive weeks. Billboard Hot 100 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 s list of Rolling Stone' The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. 
The signature keyboard part is played on a Hohner
Pianet, and the organ is a Vox Continental.
Chart performance [ edit ]
Weekly singles charts [ edit ]
RPM Top Singles 1
Dutch Singles Chart
Finnish Singles Chart
New Zealand (
) Listener  3
Norwegian Singles Chart
UK Singles Chart
Billboard Hot 100 1
Year-end charts [ edit ]
Billboard Hot 100  11
Cover versions [ edit ]
Joe Cocker covered "Summer in the City" on his 1994 album . It was released as the lead single and Have a Little Faith reached the charts in several European countries.
Joe Jackson recorded a stripped down version of the song for his 2000 live album with only piano, bass and drums. Summer in the City: Live in New York 
^ 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.
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