Released as a single towards the end of summer 1969, “Hot Fun in the Summertime” was a radio song promoted to take advantage of Sly and the Family Stone‘s high-profile performance at The Original Woodstock Festival. The song was originally intended
for an upcoming studio album but was only included on the 1970 Greatest Hits LP.
While the song was an immediate hit, peaking at #2 on the US pop charts, its influence is far more wide reaching. It has been covered several times, most famously by the Beach boys in 1990, and has also been cited as a direct influence on the later rock hits “Hold the Line” by Toto and “Misunderstanding” by Genesis, the latter of which directly lifts the methodical riff and staccato piano verbatim.
Listen to “Hot Fun in the Summertime”: