On This Day: Kenny Chesney Drops 10th No. 1 Hit ‘Summertime’ in 2006

by Keeli Parkey

Released just in time for the season it celebrates, Kenny Chesney’s hit song “Summertime” made a big splash when it dropped 15 years ago today (April 11). It was the 10th No. 1 hit of the Tennessee native’s career.

The song perfectly captures the feel of summer days and nights. It’s a song about spending time with friends, enjoying the simple things in life, and just having fun.

School’s out and the nights roll in / Man, just like a long lost friend / You ain’t seen in a while / And can’t help but smile,” Chesney sings in “Summertime.”

You certainly can’t help smiling as you listen to the song. In addition to capturing the feel of the season, the song is also a toe-tapping, catchy tune. It definitely can get stuck in your head – especially the chorus. You can watch the music video for Kenny Chesney’s hit song “Summertime” below. It will get you ready for those beautiful summer days ahead!

‘Summertime’ Was Third Single Off Kenny Chesney’s ‘The Road and the Radio’ Album

According to The Boot, Kenny Chesney’s hit “Summertime” was written by Steve McEwan and Craig Wiseman. Wiseman said that he and his writing partner were working on another song when the inspiration for “Summertime” popped into his head.

“We were writing ‘My Old Friend’ (for Tim McGraw), but we were trying not to write a ballad, so we kept trying not to write that particular song,” Wiseman recalled. “Finally, around midnight, we took a break from writing ‘My Old Friend’ and went out on the back steps of my office; 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.”

The next day, Wiseman said, he just couldn’t stop thinking about the summer-themed song.

“That next day, I was driving in to write with Steve. For whatever reason, I kept going, ‘Summertime! Summertime!’ It was sticking in my head,” Wiseman told the publication. “We got to the office, and I pulled up a drumbeat and started saying it to the beat.”

It’s not surprising that “Summertime” so closely reflects actual things many people do in the summer. Wiseman said he used his own feelings about the season when writing the song.

“I’m from Mississippi, so I’m a kid from the South. Summertime was always the start of the year for me, and it still is,” Wiseman said. “I look at my year starting not in January, but in June when school is letting out. If I’m going to be associated with a season, I’d rather it be summertime than try to write another Christmas song or something!”

“Summertime” was not the first song written by McEwan and Wiseman that Kenny Chesney recorded. He also recorded two other songs they penned – “Young” and “Time Flies.”