Summertime (Kenny Chesney song)

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Single by Kenny Chesney
from the album The Road and the Radio
Released April 11, 2006
Recorded 2005
Genre Country
Length 3:26 (album version)
3:07 (single version)
Label BNA
Songwriter(s) Craig Wiseman
Steve McEwan
Producer(s) Buddy Cannon
Kenny Chesney
Kenny Chesney singles chronology
"Living in Fast Forward"
"You Save Me"
"Living in Fast Forward"
"You Save Me"

"Summertime" is a song written by Craig Wiseman and Steve McEwan and recorded by American country music artist Kenny Chesney. It was released in April 2006 as the third single from his 2005 album The Road and the Radio. The song reached number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.[1]

Background and writing[edit]

Co-writer Craig Wiseman told The Boot that he and McEwan had been working on "My Old Friend" for Tim McGraw until he took a break from writing and went out on the back steps of his office. Wiseman said "It was that first night when it stays warm, and you can smell the grass growing. I walked outside and was like, 'Man ... summertime! Smell that!' It was that first warm night of summer. It was great." He also said that the next day he was driving in to write with Steve and he couldn't stop saying "Summertime!". Once he got to the office he pulled up a drumbeat and kept saying it. Wiseman said that he didn't originally want to call the song 'Summertime' because he wanted to be original, but he just kept coming back to that title.[2]


The song talks about many different activities that take place in the summer.

Music video[edit]

The music video was made, and premiered after the single's actual chart run, and while "Beer in Mexico" was climbing the charts. The video was shot at various concerts, and was directed by Kenny Chesney and Shaun Silva. It was also Kenny's directorial debut.

Chart performance[edit]

"Summertime" charted for one week at number 60 on the Hot Country Songs chart dated for November 26, 2005. It re-entered at number 31 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week of April 15, 2006. It reached number one and remained there for five consecutive weeks until it was knocked off by The World by Brad Paisley.

Chart (2006) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[3] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 34
US Billboard Pop 100 51

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2006) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 3
Preceded by
"Settle for a Slowdown"
by Dierks Bentley
Billboard Hot Country Songs
number-one single

June 17 - July 15, 2006
Succeeded by
"The World"
by Brad Paisley


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 91. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ Conaway, Alanna (25 June 2010). "Kenny Chesney, 'Summertime' - Story Behind the Lyrics". The Boot. Retrieved 29 June 2010. 
  3. ^ "Kenny Chesney Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  4. ^ "Kenny Chesney Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  5. ^ "Best of 2006: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2006. Retrieved July 10, 2012. 

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