“Summer of ’69” is a song recorded by the Canadian musician Bryan Adams, from his fourth album, Reckless (1984). The song was written by Adams and Jim Vallance, a long-time writing partner of Adams. “Summer of ’69” was produced by Adams and Bob Clearmountain. It was released in June 1985 under A&M Records as the fourth single from Reckless. “Summer of ’69” is an up-tempo rock song.
The song was released with two B-side tracks; “Kids Wanna Rock” and “The Best Was Yet to Come”, which had previously appeared on the albums Reckless and Cuts Like a Knife respectively. “Summer of ’69” received favorable reviews from music critics. The single had a strong effect on music charts internationally, with its highest peak being number four in the Netherlands, and its least successful charting country being Germany. The track was promoted with a music video, which was filmed by Steve Barron. The video features Adams and his backing band in a variety of settings, including running from the police.
In 1985 the song won the BMI (Broadcast Music Inc.) Citation of Achievement for US radio airplay, the following year 1986 – Procan Award (Performing Rights Organization of Canada) for Canadian radio airplay and in 2000 it won a Socan Classics Award for more than 100,000 Canadian radio performances. In a poll conducted by Decima Research in 2006, “Summer of ’69” was voted the best driving song among Canadians who sing in their cars. The song topped the survey with both sexes, and with French and English-speaking Canadians. In 2010, the song was voted the “hottest summer song” in Germany. In another poll, this time by Canadian magazine Chart, “Summer of ’69” was voted the fourth best song of all-time in 2000; four years earlier it had been voted the twenty-fourth best song of all-time. The song was ranked #17 on CBC Radio’s 50 Tracks: The Canadian Version. In 2008, the song was voted the 87th best-song of all-time by radio listeners in Norway, becoming the second highest Adams song ranked, the highest being “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You” from 1991. It was voted the fourth best-song ever on Radio 2, a Belgian radio station, in 2008.
“Summer of ’69” remains popular to this day in many countries around the world. Bryan Adams sang “Summer of ’69” during the 2011 Cricket World Cup opening ceremony in Bangladesh.