500 Greatest Songs of All Time
Sly and the Family Stone, 'Hot Fun in the Summertime'
Writer: Sly Stone
Released: Aug. '69, Epic
16 weeks; No. 2
Summer was already under way when Stone handed in this heavenly soul ballad to Epic, which was wary of releasing a summer song in August - but it was a smash anyway. The single came out just before the Family Stone performed at Woodstock - they were the first band to sign up for the historic festival. Michael Jackson later bought the rights to the song.
Appears on: Greatest Hits (Epic)