The Boys Of Summer (4:49)

Cover of Building The Perfect Beast

From Building The Perfect Beast and 16 other releases

“The Boys of Summer” has lyrics written by Don Henley and music composed by Mike Campbell (guitarist with Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers). It is the lead track and first single from Henley’s 1984 album Building the Perfect Beast. The song’s music video (a French New Wave-influenced piece directed by Jean-Baptiste Mondino) won a number of awards.

The song title is taken from the 1972 non-fiction book, The Boys Of Summer by Roger Kahn. Kahn’s “boys of summer” are the Brooklyn Dodgers and his book is a history of the team leading up to their victory in the 1955 World Series.

“The Boys of Summer” was a big hit, reaching number 5 on the U.S. pop singles chart and topping the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. It was also a hit in the United Kingdom, reaching number 12 on the UK Singles Chart. A re-release of the single in 1998 also reached #12.

Henley won the Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance for the song.

“The Boys of Summer” was ranked #416 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

The song was performed live by Henley with the reunited Eagles; a version is included on the group’s 2005 Farewell 1 Tour-Live from Melbourne DVD.


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  • jaguar7676

    While good separate...nothing beats the Eagles

    11 Apr 11:19am Reply
  • hkanniai

    I can see you...

    5 Apr 2:06pm Reply
  • JeremyAce4


    31 Mar 2:24am Reply
  • b5stewa

    Henley throws a killer song out, Frey does the same, then Henley, then Frey..kinda like the left side of the Twix bar and the right side of the Twix bar....hey, let's just package it together, these two guys are pure genius together.....

    28 Mar 11:27pm Reply
  • denfran61

    In the top 100 songs of all time

    17 Feb 3:07am Reply
  • Eviebb13


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  • Photophobia


    28 Jan 11:55pm Reply
  • freestar66

    Brings back memories of the year I graduated High School...1984. The 80's were actually kinda awesome when you think back on those times.....

    18 Jan 8:31am Reply
  • gemijo

    Sigh, memories.

    10 Jan 3:10pm Reply
  • ChipEwton

    This is the BOMB !!

    9 Jan 4:00pm Reply

    Spank! California Rocks! I have lived in Southern and Northern and again in Southern California and I still love every minute of it! Spank!

    28 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Drazba

    Really paints a fine picture of California. Hate it, but but give it full marks for description. Great hooks

    15 Dec 2013 Reply
  • LandslideGoat

    That kid playing drums from the video so so long ago...and when Henley looks back when he says "don't look back you can never look back"..very impacting when you are a tot....

    12 Dec 2013 Reply
  • PghDwayne

    Love this song

    3 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Sharpur

    The vocals on this live version are bloody awful. Sounds like his nuts are in a vice. Change it back.

    26 Nov 2013 Reply
  • racing4mat

    Brings back memories, wonderful song

    14 Nov 2013 Reply
  • midliferickman

    Henley trumps Frey EVERY day, man! Every day......

    27 Oct 2013 Reply
  • tresfoufou

    Got that hair slicked back and those Wayfarers on…

    23 Oct 2013 Reply
  • greenvillepa

    Nice !

    15 Oct 2013 Reply
  • rolo_mcflurry

    a summer classic for sure

    4 Oct 2013 Reply
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