Every weekday, I’m going to drop a song that I like to call the 4:20 HIT of the Day. What does this mean? Simply, it’s a song that I think will give you some good vibes, ‘spark up’ nostalgia or just remind you about a tune that you might love but just haven’t heard in a while.
Today’s HIT is the last one for a week as I’ll be taking vacation time so it’s appropriate that I make it about HOT, FUN and SUMMERTIME with Sly & the Family Stone’s “Hot Fun in the Summertime.”
The song peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart in 1969, kept out of the#1 spot by “I Can’t Get Next to You” by The Temptations. It is also ranked as the 7th biggest hit in the US that year. There’s not a whole lot of deep thinking to figure out what this one’s about! “Hot Fun in the Summertime” is a dedication to the fun and games to be had during the summer. This song is known for its rare use of strings in a Sly and the Family Stone song, featuring violins.
Phil Collins cited the song as one of the musical inspirations for the Genesis song, “Misunderstanding.” The members of Toto have also cited it as an inspiration for “Hold the Line.” Enjoy the HOT FUN!