Johnny Nash’s ‘I Can See Clearly Now’ is top summer song


Johnny Nash’s reggae song ‘I Can See Clearly Now’ has been named the most-played summer song of the past year in a new survey undertaken by the UK’s Performing Right Society (PRS).


Originally written and recorded by Nash in 1972, ‘I Can See Clearly Now’ has been covered by many artists over the past three decades, including a 1993 hit version by Jimmy Cliff.


‘Walking On Sunshine’ by Katrina & The Waves came second in the PRS survey, with the Bryan Adams hit ‘Summer Of ‘69’ taking third place even though it only ever reached No. 42 on the UK charts.


The Kinks’ hit ‘Sunny Afternoon’ – written by the band’s Ray Davies – came fourth. Don Henley’s ‘The Boys Of Summer’ (apparently a common nickname for baseball players in America) is listed at Number 5 in the survey.


“The summer’s been a bit of a wash-out, so it’s great to hear these classic summer-time songs that remind us of the best of British weather,” said PRS chairman Ellis Rich. “All these summer songs have stood the test of time, which goes to show the importance of music in our lives and the nostalgia it brings, no matter what the weather forecast.”


The survey’s results are based on data compiled by the PRS in order to pay accurate royalties to its 60,000 composer, songwriter and music publisher members whenever their music is broadcast or publicly performed.


The full Top 10 is:

1. ‘I Can See Clearly Now’ – Johnny Nash (1972)

2. ‘Walking On Sunshine’ – Katrina & The Waves (1983)

3. ‘Summer Of ’69’ – Bryan Adams (1984)

4. ‘Sunny Afternoon’ – The Kinks (1966)

5. ‘The Boys Of Summer’ – Don Henley (1984)

6. ‘In The Summertime’ – Mungo Jerry (1970)

7. ‘Cruel Summer’ – Bananarama (1983)

8. ‘Summer Breeze’ – Seals & Crofts (1972); Isley Brothers (1974)

9. ‘Here Comes The Sun’ – The Beatles (1969)

10. ‘Summer Holiday’ – Cliff Richard (1963).


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