Who would’ve thought that one of Kid Rock’s biggest hits to date would be a mash-up of two of the 1970’s hit rock songs? The result of the musical combo was named All Summer Long and was released in Rock’s album, Rock n Roll Jesus as the third single. It was the fourth song from Kid Rock’s musical pieces to earn a spot on the Billboard Hot 100. It ranked 23rd. But, on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay, All Summer Long snagged the number three spot. [Editor’s Note: You may also love one of our top articles on the death of Johnny Horton here].
Among the songwriting geniuses behind the track are Ed King, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Johnny Van Zant, and Gary Rossington. The southern rock group’s major hit, Sweet Home Alabama was also sampled in the song, hence, the credit to their names. Sweet Home Alabama also earns a shoutout midway through All Summer Long’s lyrics. Other artists credited in the song include Warren Zevon for parts of his song, Werewolves of London, Uncle Kracker for his co-writing contributions in the mashup hit, and of course, LeRoy Marinell and Waddy Wachtel for All Summer Long.
Since the song’s background was overflowing with talented minds left and right, it was eventual that the mashup hit Top 10 on country radio and on other Southern rock stations—a definite first for Rock at that time. The lyrics depict repeated allusions of various vices and activities between nature and his girlfriend. It denoted underage whiskey drinking, smoking what is implied to be marijuana and other substances, as well as making love between the two. The story of the song is also said to have taken place in the northern part of Michigan, which happens to Rock’s hometown.
On the other hand, the song’s video depicts a carefree take on life; with Kid Rock cruising around and chilling while on a boat. The scene was followed by a flashback of a teenage couple having a fine summertime at the lake, as well as moments were Rock was enjoying a boat party with a string of gorgeous ladies. Here’s another fun fact about the song: It was used as the official theme song for Backlash 2008, the pay-per-view event of WWE. Not only that, All Summer Long was also used as the theme song for many other hit shows. It was featured in the Power Gig Rise of the Sixth String video game. It was also used as the 2009 World Cup theme song. Two different versions of the song were released as well, courtesy of two distinct musical groups—one was the karaoke company, The Hit Masters version and the cover done by karaoke band The Rock Heroes. In total, All Summer Long sold over 943, 000 copies in the United States alone as of April 2016.
If you are looking for the perfect song to get your chill groove on with your friends, All Summer Long will surely keep you in the great company especially in the heat of the summer sun.