Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In

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"Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In"
Single by The 5th Dimension
from the album The Age of Aquarius
ReleasedMarch 1969
GenreSunshine pop
Length4:49
LabelSoul City
Writer(s)James Rado
Gerome Ragni
Galt MacDermot
Producer(s)Bones Howe
The 5th Dimension singles chronology
"California Soul"
(1969)
"Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In"
(1969)
"Wedding Bell Blues"
(1969)
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"Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In"
Single by The 5th Dimension
from the album The Age of Aquarius
ReleasedMarch 1969
GenreSunshine pop
Length4:49
LabelSoul City
Writer(s)James Rado
Gerome Ragni
Galt MacDermot
Producer(s)Bones Howe
The 5th Dimension singles chronology
"California Soul"
(1969)
"Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In"
(1969)
"Wedding Bell Blues"
(1969)
Music sample
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"Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In" (commonly called "The Age of Aquarius" or "Let the Sunshine In") is a medley of two songs written for the 1967 musical Hair by James Rado & Gerome Ragni (lyrics), and Galt MacDermot (music), released as a single by The 5th Dimension. The song peaked at number one for six weeks on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart in the spring of 1969. The single became the first medley to top the American pop charts and was eventually certified platinum in the U.S. by the RIAA.[1]

The song listed at #66 on Billboard's "Greatest Songs of All Time."[2]

History[edit]

This song was one of the most popular songs of 1969 worldwide, and in the United States it reached the number one position on both the Billboard Hot 100 (for six weeks in April and May) and the Billboard Adult Contemporaries Chart. It also reached the top of the sales charts in Canada and elsewhere. It was also ranked as the #1 single for 1969.[citation needed]

The recording won both the Grammy Award for Record of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Group for the Grammy Awards of 1970, after being published on the album The Age of Aquarius by The 5th Dimension, and also being released as a seven-inch vinyl single record.

The lyrics of this song were based on the astrological belief that the world would soon be entering the "Age of Aquarius", an age of love, light, and humanity, unlike the current "Age of Pisces". The exact circumstances for the change are "When the moon is in the seventh house, and Jupiter aligns with Mars." This change was presumed to occur at the end of the 20th century; however, major astrologers differ extremely widely as to when. Their proposed dates range from 2062 to 2680.

"Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In" was ranked thirty-third on the 2004 AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs.

Track listing[edit]

SideTitleLength
A."Medley: Aquarius / Let the Sunshine In"4:50

radio edit 3:07

B."Don'tcha Hear Me Callin' To Ya"3:54

Chart positions[edit]

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A chorus from the Original Broadway Cast

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The last verse of "The Flesh Failures" and first chorus of "Let the Sunshine In" from the Original Broadway Cast

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Chart (1969)Peak
position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)11
Canada RPM Singles Chart1
Finnish charts2
German charts3
Australian charts3
Dutch Top 4012[3]
Swiss Singles Chart4[4]
UK Singles Chart11
U.S. Billboard Pop Singles1
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary1
U.S. Billboard Black Singles6
"Aquarius"
Single by Party Animals
from the album Good Vibrations
ReleasedJuly 27, 1996 (1996-07-27)
GenreHappy hardcore, gabber

Cover versions[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

"Let The Sunshine In" has been adopted by soccer fans in Argentina to proclaim their support. For instance, fans of Racing Club de Avellaneda will use the melody to sing "Soy de Racing, soy de Racing Club, de Racing soy yo", which is translated "I belong to Racing, I belong to Racing Club, to Racing Club I belong", while supporters of other clubs will substitute their own team's name or nickname. A cover version by Ubisoft in-house band The Sunlight Shakers appears in Just Dance 2014.

The song also appeared in episode 3 ("Harmony of the Worlds") of Carl Sagan's Cosmos during a sequence debunking the practice of astrology. [11]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ AllMusic.com The Age of Aquarius page Accessed: November 8, 2013
  2. ^ Billboard Hot 100
  3. ^ Top4000.nl Chart week 23, 1969. Accessed: November 26, 2006
  4. ^ SwissCharts.com "Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In" page. Accessed: November 26, 2006
  5. ^ Donna Summer Discography
  6. ^ NVPI.nl Certification page. Accessed: November 26, 2006
  7. ^ Stichting Nederlandse Top 40, 500 Nr. 1 Hits uit de Top 40, page 330, ISBN 90-230-0944-4 (Book in Dutch)
  8. ^ "Lightspeed Champion". Archived from the original on 25 December 2008. Retrieved 19 December 2008. 
  9. ^ "Chico Arnez". Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  10. ^ "Prex-3-CZ-Let the Sunshine-Youtube". Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  11. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZB88HnlLgZ8


Preceded by
"Dizzy" by Tommy Roe
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
April 12, 1969 (six weeks)
Succeeded by
"Get Back" by The Beatles
Preceded by
"Time of the Season" by The Zombies
RPM Canadian Singles Chart number-one single
April 7, 1969 - April 21, 1969 (three weeks)
Succeeded by
"You've Made Me So Very Happy" by Blood, Sweat & Tears
Preceded by
"Galveston" by Glen Campbell
Billboard Easy Listening Singles number-one single (The Fifth Dimension version)
May 10, 1969 (two weeks)
Succeeded by
"Happy Heart" by Andy Williams